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Path to recovery

Patients must not allow themselves to be put off when they hurt, and medical practitioners must learn to listen to their complaints.The foregoing message comes from a former Durango resident and...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

New report shows binge drinking can be 9 drinks for college students

ATLANTA – College-age drinkers average nine drinks when they get drunk, government health officials said Tuesday.That surprising statistic is part of a new report highlighting the dangers of binge...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Kansas hospitals use unusual bait

ASHLAND, Kan. – The hospital had lost the last doctor in a succession of those who came to the remote Kansas town and left again. A sole physician assistant kept watch over the 24-bed facility and...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Health office offers reproductive services San Juan Basin Health Department’s Reproductive Health Services offers annual exams, sexually transmitted disease testing and birth control. The program...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Changing lives for 200 years

Unhappy with today’s health care? Think of what it was like to be sick 200 years ago. No stethoscopes, antibiotics, X-rays or vaccines. Bloodletting was a common treatment. If you had a heart...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Minn. prosecutor wrongly pressures medical examiner

During a 2008 murder trial in Washington County, Minn., a medical examiner who was testifying for the defense, pulled out of the case by citing prosecutorial pressure.Nicole Beecroft, a teenage...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Rate of twins doubles in U.S.

ATLANTA – The number of twins born in the U.S. soared over the last three decades, mostly the result of test-tube babies and women waiting to have children until their 30s, when the chances of...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Agency wants face transplant regulation

The government wants to start regulating face and hand transplants just as it does now with kidneys, hearts and other organs, with waiting lists, a nationwide system to match and distribute body...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

New meaning for ‘college seniors’

College isn’t just for the young.With many people seeking a retirement that is culturally active and intellectually stimulating, colleges and universities are working to bring retirees to their...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Free preventive care can get expensive

CHICAGO – Bill Dunphy thought his colonoscopy would be free.His insurance company told him it would be covered 100 percent, with no co-payment from him and no charge against his deductible. The...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Preventive-care tips

Experts offer these tips for avoiding surprise medical bills for preventive care:Call your insurance plan – the 800 number on the back of your insurance card – to find out whether the plan must...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Science journal retracts report

NEW YORK – A prestigious scientific journal is retracting a controversial 2009 report that linked chronic fatigue syndrome to a virus.In an unusual move, the journal Science is taking that step on...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

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