<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/health Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:04:18 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Heart Ball: Gatsby goes Western]]> By Linda Navarro, The Gazette, linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-heart-ball-gatsby-goes-western/article/1547266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-heart-ball-gatsby-goes-western/article/1547266?custom_click=rss

It was a "Howdy, m'am" and "Hey there, cowboy" black-tie kind of night.

No oxymoron this.

The 32nd annual Heart Ball, traditionally a formal affair, drew 340 people to a Black Tie & Boots Gala Feb. 28 at the Broadmoor International Center, raising $240,000 for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Some of the fashionable gents wore dress cowboy boots with their tuxedoes while some of the women happily opted for custom boots beneath their long gowns instead of kill-your-feet-by-evening's -end stilettos.

The Western theme was throughout. Greeting arrivals on the blustery night were the Girl of the West Rachael Braaten and her Aide Allison Mitchell representing this summer's 75th anniversary



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It was a "Howdy, m'am" and "Hey there, cowboy" black-tie kind of night.

No oxymoron this.

The 32nd annual Heart Ball, traditionally a formal affair, drew 340 people to a Black Tie & Boots Gala Feb. 28 at the Broadmoor International Center, raising $240,000 for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Some of the fashionable gents wore dress cowboy boots with their tuxedoes while some of the women happily opted for custom boots beneath their long gowns instead of kill-your-feet-by-evening's -end stilettos.

The Western theme was throughout. Greeting arrivals on the blustery night were the Girl of the West Rachael Braaten and her Aide Allison Mitchell representing this summer's 75th anniversary

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:25:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Guide offers tips, resources to avoid senior hospitalizations]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/guide-offers-tips-resources-to-avoid-senior-hospitalizations/article/1547232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guide-offers-tips-resources-to-avoid-senior-hospitalizations/article/1547232?custom_click=rss

Family members can play a pivotal role in maintaining the health and independence of senior loved ones by taking steps ahead of time to recognize and address major risk factors in the aging adult's home or lifestyle.

Forty-seven percent of aging adults have put their health at risk by delaying medical attention, and nearly 50 percent of senior hospitalizations are preventable, according to a survey of geriatric nurses by Home Instead Senior Care, whose franchises provide home care, support and companionship services for older adults living independently.



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Family members can play a pivotal role in maintaining the health and independence of senior loved ones by taking steps ahead of time to recognize and address major risk factors in the aging adult's home or lifestyle.

Forty-seven percent of aging adults have put their health at risk by delaying medical attention, and nearly 50 percent of senior hospitalizations are preventable, according to a survey of geriatric nurses by Home Instead Senior Care, whose franchises provide home care, support and companionship services for older adults living independently.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:44:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Ruining the athlete: Parents, coaches err by forcing children into just one sports]]> By Milo F. Bryant Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/ruining-the-athlete-parents-coaches-err-by-forcing-children-into-just-one-sports/article/1547228?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ruining-the-athlete-parents-coaches-err-by-forcing-children-into-just-one-sports/article/1547228?custom_click=rss

Soapbox in place. Stepping onto it.

We should be ashamed of ourselves.

Early specialization among our young sports enthusiasts is bordering on an epidemic. Call it the systematic killing of the great athlete. And we are the culprits.

"We" refers to the adults among us who force children to play one sport, forsaking all others; guilt, coerce or pressure other adults to continue their children in season after season of participation in order to keep the athlete in an organization's developmental pipeline; spend inordinate amounts of money on children's sports programs and expect a financial return on the investment.

Systematic and institutional death. Cue the organ.



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Soapbox in place. Stepping onto it.

We should be ashamed of ourselves.

Early specialization among our young sports enthusiasts is bordering on an epidemic. Call it the systematic killing of the great athlete. And we are the culprits.

"We" refers to the adults among us who force children to play one sport, forsaking all others; guilt, coerce or pressure other adults to continue their children in season after season of participation in order to keep the athlete in an organization's developmental pipeline; spend inordinate amounts of money on children's sports programs and expect a financial return on the investment.

Systematic and institutional death. Cue the organ.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:40:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Live Well: Yoga can help improve fertility in new class series]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/live-well-yoga-can-help-improve-fertility-in-new-class-series/article/1547230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-yoga-can-help-improve-fertility-in-new-class-series/article/1547230?custom_click=rss

Trying, and failing, to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term can be a silent killer of the spirit.

At a time when emotional support is paramount, women and men struggling with fertility often don't talk about it.

"A few close friends or family members might know," said Kate Potvin, a local yoga teacher who recently started offering Yoga for Fertility classes. "One in seven couples will struggle with fertility - that's a lot. But we don't often know."

About 11 percent of women across the country, ages 15-44, have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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Trying, and failing, to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term can be a silent killer of the spirit.

At a time when emotional support is paramount, women and men struggling with fertility often don't talk about it.

"A few close friends or family members might know," said Kate Potvin, a local yoga teacher who recently started offering Yoga for Fertility classes. "One in seven couples will struggle with fertility - that's a lot. But we don't often know."

About 11 percent of women across the country, ages 15-44, have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:23:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting March 3, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-3-2015/article/1547225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-march-3-2015/article/1547225?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.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. March 18, $35. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. March 25, $10. "Achieve with Us" ARC Colorado Film Festival - 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 18, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free. Reservations: 471-4800, stargazerstheatre.com.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 8-9:40 a.m. and 11

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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.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. March 18, $35. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. March 25, $10. "Achieve with Us" ARC Colorado Film Festival - 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 18, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free. Reservations: 471-4800, stargazerstheatre.com.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 8-9:40 a.m. and 11]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:15:05 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: The Y honors volunteers, imagines what's to come]]> By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-the-y-honors-volunteers-imagines-whats-to-come/article/1546874?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-the-y-honors-volunteers-imagines-whats-to-come/article/1546874?custom_click=rss

"Imagine" was the challenge and the charge from Boyd Williams, ebullient daydreamer and president/CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.

"Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton.

There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said, including a proposal by the city for transfer of the Senior Center to the Y. It's one of a number of community partnerships imagined or already underway. There are changes to come, Williams said.

"We will dare to be different," he told past and present board members, volunteers, staff and donors.

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"Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton.

There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said, including a proposal by the city for transfer of the Senior Center to the Y. It's one of a number of community partnerships imagined or already underway. There are changes to come, Williams said.

"We will dare to be different," he told past and present board members, volunteers, staff and donors.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:30:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Survivor profile: Stroke survivor credits St. Francis staff, facility with full recovery]]> By Hannah Blick, hannah.blick@gazette.com http://gazette.com/survivor-profile-stroke-survivor-credits-st.-francis-staff-facility-with-full-recovery/article/1546941?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/survivor-profile-stroke-survivor-credits-st.-francis-staff-facility-with-full-recovery/article/1546941?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: “My story is simple, but complicated,” Joe* said. It all started in May 2014, during a month-long trip to Hong Kong. “I developed a blood clot that traveled all the way through my body, my heart, my lungs – and got lodged in the right side of my brain.” As a result, Joe experienced a stroke on May 19 at age 60 and was simultaneously diagnosed with cardiomyopathy – disease of the heart muscle.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:08:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Survivor profile: Calcium Score Scan discovers blockage in man’s heart]]> By Hannah Blick, hannah.blick@gazette.com http://gazette.com/survivor-profile-calcium-score-scan-discovers-blockage-in-mans-heart/article/1546940?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/survivor-profile-calcium-score-scan-discovers-blockage-in-mans-heart/article/1546940?custom_click=rss Sponsored feature: If Marty Townsend could give any piece of advice, it would be not to put all your eggs in one basket – so to speak. “If something is wrong, don’t rely on the results of one test,” he said. “I relied on just one test and it could have killed me.”

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:04:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Celebrate heart health in style with fresh, red recipes]]> Courtesy of the American Heart Association http://gazette.com/celebrate-heart-health-in-style-with-fresh-red-recipes/article/1546939?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/celebrate-heart-health-in-style-with-fresh-red-recipes/article/1546939?custom_click=rss
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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:54:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs among 'fit' cities — with a footnote]]> By LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-among-fit-cities-with-a-footnote/article/1546794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-among-fit-cities-with-a-footnote/article/1546794?custom_click=rss

Let's all pat ourselves on the back — and then maybe go for a run.

Colorado Springs is near the head of the pack when it comes to the nation's healthier cities, but there's plenty of room to improve.

That's the thrust of an assessment released last week by betterdoctor.com, which ranked the Springs 16th of 85 major cities evaluated for its Fit City Index - trailing Aurora, the top-place finisher, and Denver, which came in sixth.

Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak and boasting dozens of parks and open spaces and hundreds of miles of trails, Colorado Springs is accustomed to receiving kudos for its fit, outdoorsy residents. But in this case, the city lost precious ground for its meager park spending, the



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Let's all pat ourselves on the back — and then maybe go for a run.

Colorado Springs is near the head of the pack when it comes to the nation's healthier cities, but there's plenty of room to improve.

That's the thrust of an assessment released last week by betterdoctor.com, which ranked the Springs 16th of 85 major cities evaluated for its Fit City Index - trailing Aurora, the top-place finisher, and Denver, which came in sixth.

Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak and boasting dozens of parks and open spaces and hundreds of miles of trails, Colorado Springs is accustomed to receiving kudos for its fit, outdoorsy residents. But in this case, the city lost precious ground for its meager park spending, the

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:18:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Eat Well: Healthy berries and flour-less pizza crust add up to good nutrition]]> By teresa j. farney teresa.farney@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/eat-well-healthy-berries-and-flour-less-pizza-crust-add-up-to-good-nutrition/article/1546792?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eat-well-healthy-berries-and-flour-less-pizza-crust-add-up-to-good-nutrition/article/1546792?custom_click=rss

Recently I came across two new-to-me products packed with healthy nutrients.

Let's start with aronia berries, or chokeberries. There's a reason they're called chokeberries: These purple berries offer an astringent taste. The fruit is native to North America and was a staple in the diets of Native Americans and early settlers.

The batch of frozen Superberries brand berries I sampled from was incredibly bitter. However, the fruit mellowed when cooked in something, such as pancakes, and was downright delicious with the addition of warm maple syrup. The berries also can be added to smoothies with endless flavor combinations that soften their taste.



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Recently I came across two new-to-me products packed with healthy nutrients.

Let's start with aronia berries, or chokeberries. There's a reason they're called chokeberries: These purple berries offer an astringent taste. The fruit is native to North America and was a staple in the diets of Native Americans and early settlers.

The batch of frozen Superberries brand berries I sampled from was incredibly bitter. However, the fruit mellowed when cooked in something, such as pancakes, and was downright delicious with the addition of warm maple syrup. The berries also can be added to smoothies with endless flavor combinations that soften their taste.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:35:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Autism expert Temple Grandin to speak in Colorado Springs]]> BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/autism-expert-temple-grandin-to-speak-in-colorado-springs/article/1546788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/autism-expert-temple-grandin-to-speak-in-colorado-springs/article/1546788?custom_click=rss

Childhood isn't exactly a serene time, especially at its best.

Consider the traditional highlight activities - parades, circuses, even a visit with Santa at the mall - and then consider the sensory workout: the heart-jarring peal of a firetruck horn, the sharp smell of hay, the scratchy feel of a beard.

For someone with sensory processing disorder, life's ambient "noise" can be too much.

"Just imagine normal noises, like a noisy restaurant, that don't bother most people would really bother you," said Temple Grandin, a leading autism expert, best-selling author, inventor and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. "One person might have sound sensitivities and one person might have light sensitivities.



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Childhood isn't exactly a serene time, especially at its best.

Consider the traditional highlight activities - parades, circuses, even a visit with Santa at the mall - and then consider the sensory workout: the heart-jarring peal of a firetruck horn, the sharp smell of hay, the scratchy feel of a beard.

For someone with sensory processing disorder, life's ambient "noise" can be too much.

"Just imagine normal noises, like a noisy restaurant, that don't bother most people would really bother you," said Temple Grandin, a leading autism expert, best-selling author, inventor and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. "One person might have sound sensitivities and one person might have light sensitivities.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:34:01 -0700
<![CDATA[The Survival Doctor: Take steps for heart-healthy winter]]> By James Hubbard Special to The Gazette - http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-take-steps-for-heart-healthy-winter/article/1546795?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-take-steps-for-heart-healthy-winter/article/1546795?custom_click=rss

After that warm start to February, I was hoping my snow shoveling was finished for the season. Wrong.

Did you know that more heart attacks occur in winter than any other season? Snow shoveling can play a role, but here's an interesting tidbit: Even in warmer regions of the country, there are more heart attacks in winter. While the reasons are unclear, there are some theories of which you might want to take note.

First, stress can be bad on the heart, and wintertime brings a mighty stressful holiday season.

Winter also brings shorter days, which means less sunshine. For some, that increases the risk of depression, and depression can lead to not caring as much about your health. You might exercise less, not follow your



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After that warm start to February, I was hoping my snow shoveling was finished for the season. Wrong.

Did you know that more heart attacks occur in winter than any other season? Snow shoveling can play a role, but here's an interesting tidbit: Even in warmer regions of the country, there are more heart attacks in winter. While the reasons are unclear, there are some theories of which you might want to take note.

First, stress can be bad on the heart, and wintertime brings a mighty stressful holiday season.

Winter also brings shorter days, which means less sunshine. For some, that increases the risk of depression, and depression can lead to not caring as much about your health. You might exercise less, not follow your

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:30:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting Feb. 24, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-feb.-24-2015/article/1546790?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-feb.-24-2015/article/1546790?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

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

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. March 18, $35. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. March 25, $10.

"Achieve with Us" ARC Colorado Film Festival - 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 18, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free. Reservations: 471-4800, stargazerstheatre.com.

Alpine Autism Center 5K Walk/Run - 8:30 a.m. April 25, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino

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

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. March 18, $35. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. March 25, $10.

"Achieve with Us" ARC Colorado Film Festival - 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 18, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free. Reservations: 471-4800, stargazerstheatre.com.

Alpine Autism Center 5K Walk/Run - 8:30 a.m. April 25, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:25:19 -0700 <![CDATA[The People's Pharmacy: Why don't doctors prescribe pills for the flu?]]> By Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D. King Features Syndicate - http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-why-dont-doctors-prescribe-pills-for-the-flu/article/1546789?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-peoples-pharmacy-why-dont-doctors-prescribe-pills-for-the-flu/article/1546789?custom_click=rss

From all indications, this season's flu shot was a big disappointment. It was not very effective at preventing influenza infections. But antiviral medications against flu viruses do work. Why have they been overlooked and underused for decades?

A meta-analysis of nine clinical trials recently was published in The Lancet (online, Jan. 29). It showed that people given oseltamivir (Tamiflu) got over their symptoms a day sooner and were less likely to develop pneumonia or be hospitalized than people on placebo.

Even though this research confirms other findings that Tamiflu saves lives when people have severe influenza infections, doctors still appear reluctant to prescribe it. This mysterious resistance to antiviral flu drugs has

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A meta-analysis of nine clinical trials recently was published in The Lancet (online, Jan. 29). It showed that people given oseltamivir (Tamiflu) got over their symptoms a day sooner and were less likely to develop pneumonia or be hospitalized than people on placebo.

Even though this research confirms other findings that Tamiflu saves lives when people have severe influenza infections, doctors still appear reluctant to prescribe it. This mysterious resistance to antiviral flu drugs has]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:25:18 -0700