Southwest Life

Free introduction to mindfulness offered Sept. 25

Cindy Schmidt will offer a free mindfulness class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Pathways Physical Therapy, 2243 Main Ave., Suite 1B, Durango. Schmidt, a certified mindfulness teacher, will...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Lab test may identify dangerous gene mutations, study finds

NEW YORK – Scientists say they’ve found a new way to help determine whether specific genetic abnormalities are likely to make people sick, a step toward avoiding a vexing uncertainty that can...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Southwest Memorial’s cutbacks hit home in Dolores

Cutbacks at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez are having an impact on Dolores, Southwest Health System CEO Tony Sudduth told the Dolores Town Board about the hospital’s financial health....

DATE: Sept. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. officials call teen vaping ‘epidemic,’ weigh flavor ban

WASHINGTON – U.S. health officials say teenage use of e-cigarette has reached “epidemic” levels and are calling on the industry to address the problem or risk having their flavored products pulled...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Hot, dry summer bringing fewer cases of Lyme disease

New England’s hot summer might be helping keep the ticks that carry Lyme disease at bay. The Northeastern states – which are some of the worst for Lyme in the U.S., posing a hazard to residents and...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Mercy to offer community presentation on neck and back pain

Two spine surgeons will present “Back and Neck Pain Explained,” a free presentation hosted by Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Spine Center of Excellence, on Tuesday. Drs. Jim Youssef and Doug...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Southwest Memorial has plan to recover financial health

Southwest Memorial Hospital is struggling financially, but a robust recovery plan has been implemented to right the ship, top managers told a crowd of 50 residents and staff at a recent board...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man living full life after pancreatic cancer diagnosis

When it seemed likely that Durangoan Tom Riesing had pancreatic cancer in 2013, one of his doctors apologized profusely to his wife, Mindy Iris. “He was basically shutting the door on any hope,”...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Want to be healthier? Pick up the pace

Everyone knows that walking is one of the best exercises for health, which is why physicians regularly recommend 150 minutes a week. But that’s a measure of volume. What about walking speed? Does...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Mom’s use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids’ learning

CHICAGO – Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Could increased antidepressant use be contributing to global obesity problem?

The world has changed a lot in the past 30 years, leaving no shortage of possible causes for the global obesity problem: more calories, more sugary beverages, less physical activity, poor sleep and...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Mind-altering breast milk? New pot study poses that question

CHICAGO – Marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers’ breast milk in a small study that comes amid evidence that more U.S. women are using pot during pregnancy and...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health