Southwest Life

Colorado’s skinny workforce appeals to some companies

Colorado is promoting its relatively healthy residents to lure new businesses to the state, arguing that able-bodied people are more productive and may cost less to insure.Tom Clark, CEO of the...

DATE: April 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Easing stress of pelvic exams

A solution can be so obvious that it’s invisible.Veryl Rosenbaum gave credence to the hypothesis when she devised a simple way to make gynecological exams less stressful.“The reaction I so often...

DATE: April 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Balloon bursts on U.S. pill-popping

TRENTON, N.J. – Spending on prescription drugs in the U.S. was nearly flat in 2011 at $320 billion, held down by senior citizens and others reducing use of medicines and other health care and by...

DATE: April 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Doctors try to ingore texts to better diagnose symptoms

WASHINGTON – Medical student Gregory Shumer studied the electronic health record and scooted his laptop closer to the diabetic grandfather sitting on his exam table. “You can see,” he pointed at...

DATE: April 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Fewer people are getting cancer

ATLANTA – Cancer rates in the U.S. continue to fall, according to a report released last week.New cancer cases have been inching down at a rate of about half a percent each year since 1999. And the...

DATE: April 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

New (kidney) stone age

Kidney stones that require surgery are no fun, but modern techniques make their removal more bearable and require less down time for the patient, a Durango urologic surgeon says.“The old way was to...

DATE: April 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Why not bust a move during lunch?

STOCKHOLM – Some workers in Sweden have found a rather offbeat way to spend their lunch hour. Actually, on-beat is more like it.Dripping with sweat and awash in disco lights, they dance away to...

DATE: April 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Compassion festival to be held in Telluride The Telluride Compassion Festival and Conference will be held July 18-22 at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride.For the third year, Stanford University...

DATE: April 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Help-line calls double after anti-smoking ads appear

ATLANTA – More than twice as many people called a toll-free number to help them quit smoking a week after the launch of a $54 million ad campaign that shows graphic images of diseased smokers,...

DATE: April 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Resisting drugs with immunity

WASHINGTON – Lindsay Porter’s kidneys were failing rapidly when a friend offered to donate one of his. Then she made an unusual request: Would he donate part of his immune system, too?Every day for...

DATE: March 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Youngest dementia patients defying disease’s stereotypes

LEESBURG, Fla. – Doreen Watson-Beard cared for more people with dementia than she could count. The nurse was so moved by her patients that she led Alzheimer’s support groups. She knew the warning...

DATE: March 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Mother’s meth use puts babies at risk

CHICAGO – The first study to look at methamphetamine’s potential lasting effects on children whose mothers used it in pregnancy finds these kids at higher risk for behavior problems than other...

DATE: March 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

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