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Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs

WASHINGTON – Bacteria live on everyone’s skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

CHICAGO – Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found. The research found declines...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Durango doctor named Physician of the Year

The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians recently named Dr. John Steven Lavengood of Durango as Family Medicine Physician of the Year. He will be recognized during an awards luncheon at the...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Acupuncturist to discuss allergies at library

Licensed acupuncturist Caleb Gates will present “Resolving Food Sensitivities, Airborne Allergies and Sinusitis” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Room 2 at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Targeting depression: Treatment uses magnetic pulses to reduce, eliminate symptoms

A recently opened clinic in Durango is now offering a new, drug-free treatment for patients suffering from depression that has just about the same success rate as prescribed medication. “This is...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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No designer babies, but gene editing to avoid disease? Maybe

WASHINGTON – Don’t expect designer babies any time soon – but a major new ethics report leaves open the possibility of one day altering human heredity to fight genetic diseases, with stringent...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Trying to lose weight? The colder months might be the perfect time

Freezing temps are no excuse to give up on fitness. As it turns out, you might stand a better chance of losing weight when it’s cold. A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports found...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Without your balance, life feels downside-up

Most people would say you have five senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. Recently, scientists have expanded their view of what makes up a sense. For example, some would argue that hunger...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Young children can receive dental screenings

San Juan Basin Public Health is offering free dental screenings and fluoride varnishes for children 1 to 5 years old. Kari Plante, regional oral health specialist, will be available in: Durango...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Step away from the scale: It’s not all about how much weight you lose

You made the fitness resolution while raising your glass of bubbly on New Year’s Eve, and you’ve worked out three times a week for more than a month. But the scale. Is. Not. Budging. Isn’t it...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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For La Plata County, a mild flu season so far

So far, this year’s flu season in La Plata County has been about average, but it’s not too late to get a vaccination, according to local health officials. Surveillance of the 2016-17 season began...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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An athlete’s age may be less important to performance than persistent practice

For three decades, Joseph Baker has been swimming, cycling and running in triathlons some would call punishing. Baker, 47, is also a professor of exercise sciences. As he competed in races as a...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health