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Medicare deadlines pushed forward

For 630,000 Coloradans enrolled in Medicare, it’s time to make decisions. The period for open enrollment has been moved up this year. Instead of the usual Dec. 31 deadline, the enrollment period...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Prostate tests not always satisfying

Terry Dyroff’s Prostate-Specific Antigen blood test led to a prostate biopsy that didn’t find cancer but gave him a life-threatening infection.In the emergency room several days later, “I didn’t...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Radon poster contest for available students The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a radon poster contest for students ages 9 to 14. Members of a sponsoring club, such as a Scouting...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Pancreatic cancer among deadliest

Pancreatic cancer is notoriously lethal – there are almost as many deaths from it each year as there are new cases. The deaths this week of Apple founder Steve Jobs and Nobelist Ralph Steinman...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

A pink lid does a body good

Chelsea McSparren is gone, but she hasn’t forgotten.McSparren, who last year as a Durango High School senior spearheaded a drive to collect pink lids from Yoplait yogurt to raise funds for breast...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Some parents snub vaccine advice

CHICAGO – By age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses, the U.S. government advises. More than 1 in 10 parents reject that, refusing some...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

69M must travel farther to nearest trauma center

WASHINGTON – One hour can spell the difference between life and death for victims of severe injury, but about a quarter of Americans now have to travel farther to reach the nearest hospital trauma...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Worst hospitals at high risk

CHICAGO – The nation’s worst hospitals treat twice the proportion of elderly black patients and poor patients than the best hospitals, and their patients are more likely to die of heart attacks and...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Women’s health series to continue at library The Durango Public Library will continue its Women’s Health Lecture Series from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at the library, 1900 East Third Ave. Julie Gwyther,...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Getting a head start on head injuries

ATLANTA – The number of athletic children going to hospitals with concussions is up 60 percent in the last decade, a finding that is likely because parents and coaches being more careful about...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Skilled hands for feet

A Durango podiatric surgeon helps Four Corners residents put their best foot forward by performing two innovative procedures not done by other practitioners in the region and often by only a...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

You don’t need two airplane seats to be classified as obese, overweight

Maggie Murphy had struggled with her weight for years but never really understood how serious her problem was until last January. That’s when a doctor looked at her 5-foot-5, 187-pound frame and...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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