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New standards would make school lunches healthier

WASHINGTON – Schoolchildren would have to hold the fries – and pick up more whole grains, fruits and vegetables – on the lunch line under proposed new federal standards for school lunches. The...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Some defibrillator implants questionable

CHICAGO – One in five heart defibrillators may be implanted for questionable reasons without solid evidence that the devices will help, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis.Implanted...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. says there’s too much fluoride in water

ATLANTA – Fluoride in drinking water – credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay – may now be too much of a good thing. Getting too much of it causes spots on some kids’ teeth.A...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Treatment promising for bowel disorder

NEW YORK – New research found two weeks of treatment with an antibiotic relieves symptoms for some sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome, a poorly understood and painful condition that especially...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Shedding pounds for charity

It’s that time of year.Gyms and health clubs again are enticing people with a new year’s resolution or a guilty conscience concerning their flabby physique with all sorts of offers.Reduced rates...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Heart health class for women today Colorado State University Extension will hold “Strong Women Strong Hearts” classes at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. today at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave....

DATE: Jan. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Never loses the beat

LOS ANGELES – Andrea Ybarra’s donated heart was beating rhythmically by the time she awoke from the grogginess of her surgery.Lub-dub. Lub-dub. Lub-dub. In fact, it was warm and pumping even before...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. teen birth rate at lowest point

ATLANTA – The rate of teen births in the U.S. is at its lowest level in almost 70 years. Yet, the sobering context is that the teen pregnancy rate is far lower in many other countries.The most...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Parkinson’s disease support group to meet A Parkinson’s disease support group will meet at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Drive. The emphasis...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Sleep trouble? Try an implant

WASHINGTON – Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea, depriving you of enough zzzz’s to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack.Now scientists are beginning...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

More than just lending an ear

WASHINGTON – Elise Lutz never let her friends see what was left of her ear.She’d carefully style her long hair into a one-sided ponytail, or swelter under a swim cap for hours at meets, to cover...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Birth rate falls on hard times

ATLANTA – The U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its lowest point in almost 70 years of record-keeping – a decline that stunned experts who believe it’s partly because of the recession.The birth...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

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