Southwest Life

Lifespan falls in hundreds of U.S. counties

ATLANTA – Americans are living longer, but not in every corner of the country. A new study shows that in hundreds of U.S. counties – mostly in the South – life expectancy has fallen.The researchers...

DATE: June 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Joints on fire

WASHINGTON – Dr. Sue Zieman can almost set her watch by her disease: Twice a day, she gets a fever, and the already arthritic joints in her arms and hands, legs and feet abruptly, painfully swell...

DATE: June 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Drink coffee, talk on the phone, get cancer?

You’re sitting in a freshly drywalled house, drinking coffee from a plastic foam cup and talking on a cellphone. Which of these is most likely to be a cancer risk?It might be the sitting,...

DATE: June 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Life expectancy rate at 78, but first 69 years are healthiest

WASHINGTON – Americans’ life expectancy may be 78 years, but a new report says only 69 of those years tend to be healthy ones – and the problems can start long before people reach a doctor’s...

DATE: June 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Scientist unravels mystery between weight gain, nicotine

WASHINGTON – Scientists say they’ve finally discovered why smokers tend to gain some weight when they kick the habit.It turns out that nicotine can rev up brain cells that normally signal people to...

DATE: June 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Acupuncture program to be offered Tuesday Durango Community Acupuncture will present “Eliminating the Fear of Oriental Medicine; An Acupuncture Demonstration” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 128 W. 14th St.,...

DATE: June 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Comfort or conflict: Earlier Down syndrome test debated

NEW YORK – The results of the blood test revealed only a risk, but when she saw them, she still threw up. Now she had to find out for sure. So she lay on her back at a doctor’s office, praying,...

DATE: June 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Study: Gay, bisexual teens take more risks

ATLANTA – Gay and bisexual high school students are more likely than their heterosexual classmates to smoke, drink alcohol or do other risky things, according to a government study.Based on...

DATE: June 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

DNA could reveal fetus facts

NEW YORK – Imagine being pregnant and taking a simple blood test that lays bare the DNA of your fetus. And suppose that DNA could reveal not only medical conditions like Down syndrome but also...

DATE: June 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Radiate my food

WASHINGTON – Zapping salad fixings with just a bit of radiation can kill dangerous E. coli and other bacteria – and food-safety experts say Europe’s massive outbreak shows that wary consumers...

DATE: June 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health-care shoppers: Help is near

Want to know how much it costs to have a baby? How about replacing that blown-out knee or clearing up your vision with laser surgery? Want to know which facility in your community charges the most...

DATE: June 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

After 30 years of AIDS, hope for a cure

Sunday marked 30 years since the first AIDS cases were reported in the United States. And this anniversary brings fresh hope for something many had come to think was impossible: finding a cure. The...

DATE: June 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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