<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:42:14 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Norovirus sickens 159 on cruise ship docked in Norfolk]]> http://gazette.com/norovirus-sickens-159-on-cruise-ship-docked-in-norfolk/article/feed/343303?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norovirus-sickens-159-on-cruise-ship-docked-in-norfolk/article/feed/343303?custom_click=rss

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Passengers on a cruise ship docked in Virginia have been sickened with norovirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Balmoral, which is docked Friday in Norfolk, reports 159 crew and passengers have reported being sick. The ship operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines left Britain April 16.

A company spokeswoman, Ruth Burton, says conditions have improved and there are currently just seven guests in isolation. There are more than 1,400 passengers and crew aboard.

The CDC says it plans to have staff to evaluate the ship when it arrives in Baltimore on Saturday or Sunday.

Norovirus can be transmitted from contaminated food or water or an infected person.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:19:43 -0600 <![CDATA[SC health officials report 1st case of travel-related Zika]]> http://gazette.com/sc-health-officials-report-1st-case-of-travel-related-zika/article/feed/343339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sc-health-officials-report-1st-case-of-travel-related-zika/article/feed/343339?custom_click=rss COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Public health officials say the first South Carolinian to test positive for Zika virus contracted it while traveling abroad and wasn't contagious upon returning home.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control announced the case Friday.

Dr. Teresa Foo told The Associated Press the person went to the doctor as a precaution, though symptoms experienced while traveling had subsided. Foo gave no details on the person or the trip, citing patient confidentiality.

There have been 426 cases of Zika reported in 50 states — all linked to travel to outbreak areas. The virus is primarily spread through mosquitoes.

Zika causes a mild and brief illness, at worst, in most people, with symptoms i

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:18:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Are you ready to replace your moisturizer with a pill?]]> http://gazette.com/are-you-ready-to-replace-your-moisturizer-with-a-pill/article/feed/343269?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/are-you-ready-to-replace-your-moisturizer-with-a-pill/article/feed/343269?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — The makeup industry is trying to convince women that looking good on the outside starts from within — but it's unclear whether the products they're trying to hawk are safe and effective.

Big-name beauty companies and retailers including Sephora and Urban Outfitters are rolling out pills and drinkable liquids loaded with exotic herbs, vitamins, seeds, berries and substances such as collagen. The products promise to do things such as firm up skin and improve its natural glow.

The trend is picking up steam. Although a small portion of the $16 billion beauty products market, sales of beauty supplements targeting the face have grown from less than $1 million in 2013 to over $4 million in 2015, according to market

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:24:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Read this before blaming road rage on your cat]]> http://gazette.com/read-this-before-blaming-road-rage-on-your-cat/article/1574844?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/read-this-before-blaming-road-rage-on-your-cat/article/1574844?custom_click=rss

Pity the cats. They're always getting blamed for something.

In the 13th century, Pope Gregory IX declared them evil and worthy of death, which led to their widespread killing. More recently, they've been accused of killing off U.S. birds and other wildlife, as well as of being all-around jerks.

Now there's this: Cats cause road rage.

That's been one common takeaway from a study, published last month in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, that is the latest to link the common parasitic infection toxoplasmosis to behavior changes or psychiatric disorders in humans.



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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:47:24 -0600
<![CDATA[First North Dakota resident tests positive for Zika virus]]> http://gazette.com/first-north-dakota-resident-tests-positive-for-zika-virus/article/feed/342750?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-north-dakota-resident-tests-positive-for-zika-virus/article/feed/342750?custom_click=rss BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Health Department says a state resident has tested positive for the Zika virus — the first such case in the state.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the case in a woman who traveled to Puerto Rico while pregnant. She was not identified.

The Zika virus can cause microcephaly, a severe birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads. It is spread by mosquitoes and sexual contact.

The Health Department says no Zika-related problems have been identified in the woman's baby. The agency plans to monitor the infant for a year.

The CDC said recently that no local mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases have been reported in the U.S.,

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]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:49:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Hawaii reaches milestone in fighting dengue fever outbreak]]> http://gazette.com/hawaii-reaches-milestone-in-fighting-dengue-fever-outbreak/article/feed/342526?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaii-reaches-milestone-in-fighting-dengue-fever-outbreak/article/feed/342526?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials say they have reached a milestone in controlling the state's dengue fever outbreak now that 30 days have passed since the last known infected person was contagious.

"As we celebrate this milestone today, I think it's critical that everyone understand this is not the end," said Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health.

Hawaii welcomes 200,000 visitors per day, and the state's residents travel to places where dengue fever and the Zika virus — spread by the same mosquitoes — are endemic, Pressler said in a news conference Wednesday.

"This is just the beginning of a new phase where we need to be prepared every day for a new mosquito-borne disease outbreak," she sai

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:50:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: Finding a new skill, and a perma-smile, while fencing]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-finding-a-new-skill-and-a-perma-smile-while-fencing/article/1574845?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-finding-a-new-skill-and-a-perma-smile-while-fencing/article/1574845?custom_click=rss

Since seemingly the dawn of time, people have tried to impale each other with swords.

The carnage morphed slowly into military training and eventually into the sport of modern fencing around the 15th century. Fencing made its Olympic debut with men at the 1896 Games in Athens; women followed suit at the 1924 Games in Paris.

My knowledge of the sport consisted of its two questionable fashion choices: a beekeeper-like mask and white straight jacket. Oh, and that "Murder She Wrote" episode when a character was killed with a poison-coated foil.

But 60 minutes on a recent Monday night changed my outlook.



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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:47:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Born to run? It may be possible to nurture a preference for exercise in the womb]]> http://gazette.com/born-to-run-it-may-be-possible-to-nurture-a-preference-for-exercise-in-the-womb/article/1574847?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/born-to-run-it-may-be-possible-to-nurture-a-preference-for-exercise-in-the-womb/article/1574847?custom_click=rss

Pregnancy experts, including those at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, recommend that most pregnant women get 30 minutes of exercise a day. If that feels a little onerous, consider new findings out of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston suggesting that love of physical activity might start in the womb.

So maybe women who won't exercise for their own sake will do it for the baby.

The research in question involved mice, not women. A team led by Robert A. Waterland, an assistant professor of pediatrics, nutrition, and molecular and human genetics, selected female mice that enjoyed running, according to a press release. ("Enjoyed"? Did they smile?) Half of them were put in cages with running wheels

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]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:50:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting April 26, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-26-2016/article/1574846?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-26-2016/article/1574846?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Chocoholic Frolic - To benefit Kidpower, 7-10 p.m. May 7, The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St., $65. Reservations: kidpowercs.org.

Discover Goodwill's Annual Dinner - 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., $85 Reservations: discovermy goodwill.org.

Golf Classic - 12:30 p.m. May 4, to benefit Homeward Pikes Peak, The Broadmoor West Golf Course, 1 Lake Ave. Registration: tinyurl.com/z74tvnd.

March for Babies Walk - To benefit March of Dimes,

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]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:50:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Eat Well: Easy recipes to lighten up Passover meal]]> http://gazette.com/eat-well-easy-recipes-to-lighten-up-passover-meal/article/1574402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-easy-recipes-to-lighten-up-passover-meal/article/1574402?custom_click=rss

Passover, the eight-day Jewish festival that begins Saturday, isn't known for light, flavorful recipes. This year, let spring be the inspiration for lightening up Seder, the ceremonial opening meal.

The Seder plate, which serves as the centerpiece of the table, holds ritual foods including the shankbone (commemorating the sacrifice of lambs when the Hebrews fled Egypt), karpas (spring greens symbolizing the freshness of spring), charoset (sweet salad of apples, nuts, wine and cinnamon that represents the mortar used by the Hebrew slaves to make bricks), a roasted egg (signifying springtime and renewal) and maror (bitter herbs such as horseradish, recalling the bitterness of slavery).

Salt water is also on the table and



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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:32:26 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Shopping for Chanel a benefit for Penrose-St. Francis Foundation]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-shopping-for-chanel-a-benefit-for-penrose-st.-francis-foundation/article/1574084?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-shopping-for-chanel-a-benefit-for-penrose-st.-francis-foundation/article/1574084?custom_click=rss

Now here's an exciting invitation for a Saturday afternoon of shopping: Chanel, Rodriguez, Saint Laurent.

Margaret Sabin, president/CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, invited friends and supporters of community health initiatives to her home to casually peruse, try on and buy new and gently used designer and couture items. Talk about the ultimate in recycling!

"Fashion with Compassion," which included the hostess's signature all-natural chocolate chip cookies, was a shopper's heaven benefit for the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation Leadership Circle, with projects including the Colorado Springs Police Department Culture of Fitness program, Penrose Hospital greenhouse and the Fire Department's CARES program.



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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:27:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting April 19, 2016]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-19-2016/article/1574401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-19-2016/article/1574401?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: Email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon and Fashion Show - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 7, Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., free for survivors, $25 for supporters. Reservations required by April 30: komencoloradosouth.org.

Child Abuse Prevention Conference - Building Self-Healing Communities - 2:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, $40-$120. Registration: peacefulhouseholds.org.

Colorado

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]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 04:40:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Still many questions about Zika's threat to pregnant women]]> http://gazette.com/still-many-questions-about-zikas-threat-to-pregnant-women/article/feed/338608?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/still-many-questions-about-zikas-threat-to-pregnant-women/article/feed/338608?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Zika may stand convicted of causing devastating birth defects but there still are lots of questions about how much of a threat the virus poses to pregnant women, and what to do about it.

Part of the answer has to do with geography: So far, mosquitoes aren't spreading Zika in the mainland U.S. That means for now, the main advice for pregnant women here is to avoid travel to Zika-affected parts of Latin America or the Caribbean. But that could change as mosquito season gets into full swing at home.

"It would not be surprising at all, if not likely, that we're going to see of a bit" of local Zika transmission, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health told Fox News Sunday.

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]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:21:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Canada's new assisted suicide bill doesn't allow visitors]]> http://gazette.com/canadas-new-assisted-suicide-bill-doesnt-allow-visitors/article/feed/337127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canadas-new-assisted-suicide-bill-doesnt-allow-visitors/article/feed/337127?custom_click=rss

TORONTO (AP) — Canada on Thursday introduced a new assisted suicide law that will apply only to citizens and residents, meaning Americans won't be able to travel to Canada to die.

Canadian government officials said a person would have to be eligible for health services in Canada to take advantage of the law, which applies to "adults who are suffering intolerably and for whom death is reasonably foreseeable." It says the person must be mentally competent, 18 or older, have a serious and incurable disease, illness or disability and be in an advanced state of irreversible decline of capability.

Canada's Supreme Court last year struck down laws that bar doctors from helping someone die, but put the ruling on hold while the gove

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]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:33:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Following vaccine controversy, Tribeca rolls out red carpet]]> http://gazette.com/following-vaccine-controversy-tribeca-rolls-out-red-carpet/article/feed/336912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/following-vaccine-controversy-tribeca-rolls-out-red-carpet/article/feed/336912?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival kicked off fashionably with the premiere of Andrew Rossi's "The First Monday in May," a behind-the-scenes documentary about the mounting of an ambitious fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the museum's annual star-studded Met Gala.

The film is an intimate and lively look at the highest aspirations of fashion, revealing everything from Anna Wintour fretting over seat assignments (Where to put Anne Hathaway?) to Rihanna's eye-popping budget for performing at the ball.

The opening night, held Wednesday at the festival's customary Westside outpost at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, drew an especially well-heeled crowd eager for a documentary ant

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]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 02:45:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Live Well: The yoga class that can help with aging bodies]]> http://gazette.com/live-well-the-yoga-class-that-can-help-with-aging-bodies/article/1573920?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-the-yoga-class-that-can-help-with-aging-bodies/article/1573920?custom_click=rss

A friend once used this compelling example to illustrate what happens to the human body with age: He said it's like dying spiders that curl up into little dry balls.

That image has stuck with me and is reinforced often when I look around and see the many folks walking around who resemble that dying insect with shortened bodies, hunched shoulders and general rounding over. It's the reason I believe we all can benefit from working on our flexibility.

One way to do this is yin yoga. Yin is miles away from the moving and grooving of vinyasa flow yoga or the intense heat and humidity of Bikram.

In a yin class, you'll mostly stay on the floor and hold postures for up to 10 minutes.



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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:37:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs parkour practitioners defy gravity in urban playgrounds]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-parkour-practitioners-defy-gravity-in-urban-playgrounds/article/1573964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-parkour-practitioners-defy-gravity-in-urban-playgrounds/article/1573964?custom_click=rss

When a stoppable force meets an immovable object and ends up in the emergency room, that's physics. When the force instead does a backflip and lands on its feet? That's parkour.

The relatively nascent sport of "freerunning," which emerged on city streets in France during the late 1980s, is a mashup of gymnastics, acrobatics and a think-on-the-fly, urban treasure hunt for new and more challenging obstacles. Like Hollywood wirework without the wires, parkour done well makes a strong case for the argument that gravity plays favorites.

If so, gravity has a mad crush on Dante Grazioli.



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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:59:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Health notes for Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/health-notes-for-colorado-springs/article/1573963?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-notes-for-colorado-springs/article/1573963?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments required. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd., and Fort Carson Post Exchange, 6110 Picket St.; 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. April 19, Pikes Peak Community College, Rampart Range Campus, 11195 Colorado 83; 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. April 20, Pikes Peak Community College, The Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.;



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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:45:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Officials confirm first case of Zika in Washoe County]]> http://gazette.com/officials-confirm-first-case-of-zika-in-washoe-county/article/feed/335848?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-confirm-first-case-of-zika-in-washoe-county/article/feed/335848?custom_click=rss RENO, Nev. (AP) — Health officials say they've confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in Washoe County.

The Washoe County Health District said Monday that a woman who had recently traveled to El Salvador tested positive for Zika. She was one of 12 people in the county who were tested for the illness in recent weeks, and is the only one so far to get a positive result.

Clark County has reported two cases of Zika recently in people who traveled to Latin America.

Zika can spread through mosquito bites, but also through sex and from a mother to her baby during her pregnancy.

Most people who catch Zika only experience mild symptoms such as fever, but it's also been linked to a spike in babies born with abnormally

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]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:12:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Text of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address]]> http://gazette.com/text-of-ohio-gov.-john-kasichs-state-of-the-state-address/article/feed/334302?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/text-of-ohio-gov.-john-kasichs-state-of-the-state-address/article/feed/334302?custom_click=rss MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) — SPEAKER ROSENBERGER: The house will come to order.

I want to take the opportunity to welcome everyone here today to Marietta. It's fitting that we're here, seeing that tomorrow marks the 228th anniversary of the settlement in Marietta. And ever since that day, this great city has shined and continued to lead not only Ohio, but our nation. As we continue to go forward, it's been a great day to see the industries, the educational institutions, and everything else in between and the true and genuine history that this entire region provided.

And I want to personally take the opportunity to thank Representative Andy Thompson for the warm and gracious host that he has been while we've been here.

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]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 23:50:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Dogs help at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport]]> http://gazette.com/dogs-help-at-houstons-george-bush-intercontinental-airport/article/feed/333527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dogs-help-at-houstons-george-bush-intercontinental-airport/article/feed/333527?custom_click=rss HOUSTON (AP) — Trained dogs will be making the rounds at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston as a pet-friendly way to help stressed-out travelers relax.

The Houston Airport System on Tuesday announced the therapy dog program.

Volunteer dog teams, led by handlers in bright orange shirts, will visit various terminals and gates. A system statement says passengers will have an opportunity to pet and interact with the four-legged ambassadors.

Airport official Ken Whittaker says the goal is to make traveling less stressful and more pleasant.

The dogs will be wearing blue bandanas. All volunteer teams are registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a national therapy dog group with more than 14,000 member

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]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:08:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Subway posting calories nationally as regulation lags]]> http://gazette.com/subway-posting-calories-nationally-as-regulation-lags/article/feed/333435?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/subway-posting-calories-nationally-as-regulation-lags/article/feed/333435?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Subway is moving ahead and posting calorie counts on menu boards nationally despite another delay in a federal rule requiring the information.

The sandwich chain says its new menu boards with calorie counts are already rolling out around the country and should be up in all 27,000 of its U.S. stores by April 11. The decision to forge ahead comes as restaurant chains have awaited the Food and Drug Administration's final guidance and enforcement of a rule requiring food sellers with 20 or more locations to post the information.

"I think consumers are looking for this, and with all the delays, they're confused as to why it's not out there," said Lanette Kovachi, who leads Subway's global nutrition efforts.

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]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:15:33 -0600 <![CDATA[At New Jersey museum, getting older is a virtual reality]]> http://gazette.com/at-new-jersey-museum-getting-older-is-a-virtual-reality/article/feed/332509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-new-jersey-museum-getting-older-is-a-virtual-reality/article/feed/332509?custom_click=rss JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new exhibit at a science museum in New Jersey lets people get a virtual experience of what life is like as you age.

The exhibition that opened Friday at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City shows people what it feels, sounds and looks like to be elderly with the help of a high-tech exoskeleton equipped with virtual reality goggles.

The Age Suit is a collaboration between the California-based Applied Minds and Genworth Financial, which sells long-term care insurance.

The co-creator of the R70i Age Suit, Bran Ferren, says the suit simulates several ailments of old age such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and a hearing problem that produces ringing in the ears.

Ferren also said it

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]]> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 16:31:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Coast Guard lifts sick crewman off cruise ship in Pacific]]> http://gazette.com/coast-guard-lifts-sick-crewman-off-cruise-ship-in-pacific/article/feed/332011?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-lifts-sick-crewman-off-cruise-ship-in-pacific/article/feed/332011?custom_click=rss SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew lifted a sick crew member off a cruise ship in the Pacific 260 miles south of San Diego and brought him to a hospital for treatment.

The long-range rescue was organized when the crew of the cruise ship Star Princess reported at midmorning Wednesday that a 28-year-old man had symptoms of acute appendicitis. At the time the ship was more than 350 miles south of San Diego en route to Los Angeles.

The Coast Guard says a flight surgeon recommended the medical evacuation and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched shortly after 3 p.m. The man was hoisted off the ship at 4:45 p.m.

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane from Sacramento was also assigned to support the missi

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]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:45:01 -0600 <![CDATA[FBI: Man arrested after doing yoga, meditating on airplane]]> http://gazette.com/fbi-man-arrested-after-doing-yoga-meditating-on-airplane/article/feed/331737?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fbi-man-arrested-after-doing-yoga-meditating-on-airplane/article/feed/331737?custom_click=rss HONOLULU (AP) — A Japan-bound airplane returned to Hawaii because of a violent passenger who wanted to do yoga instead of sit in his seat, the FBI said.

The pilot of the March 26 United Airlines flight from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport turned the plane around after hearing that Hyongtae Pae was yelling at crew members and shoving his wife, the FBI said in a criminal complaint.

Pae told the FBI he didn't want to sit in his seat during the meal service, so he went to the back of the plane to do yoga and meditate. He became angry when his wife and flight attendants told him to return to his seat. "Pae pushed his wife because she was trying to make him stop," the complaint said. "He felt that s

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