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Parkinson’s group to meet in Durango A meeting of patients with Parkinson’s disease is held at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Drive. This...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

For-profits may be cherry-picking hospice patients

CHICAGO – For-profit hospices may be cherry-picking the least costly, most lucrative patients, potentially putting the nonprofit industry at a financial disadvantage, a study suggests.The...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Colo. Medical Society president says U.S. needs to focus on costs

With America already short $38 trillion needed to pay for Medicare insurance for the elderly over the next 75 years, the nation must focus on controlling health-care costs, according to Dr. Michael...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Halve your salt

WASHINGTON – You should eat less salt, the government says. A lot less. It won’t be easy. Consumers will need help from food companies if they are going to meet the government’s ambitious new...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

‘The breadth is amazing’

Leon Vinci had barely settled into his new job as director of the San Juan Basin Health Department when he was tagged to be co-chairman of the Health Alliance of La Plata County.Vinci took the...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Corpulent’ in 1860s, ‘overweight’ now

WASHINGTON – Before there was Dr. Atkins, there was William Banting. He invented the low-carb diet of 1863. Even then, Americans were trying out advice that urged fish, mutton or “any meat except...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Chopin may have had epilepsy

LONDON – Frederic Chopin’s habit of drifting off and hallucinating at the piano may have been caused by epilepsy, according to a new study of the 19th-century romantic composer.Chopin’s tendency to...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Free adult immunizations offered Adults can get free shots at the San Juan Basin Health Department for pneumonia; TdaP, which is the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) booster;...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

No higher mental health risk after abortion

LOS ANGELES – Having an abortion does not increase the risk of mental health problems, but having a baby does, one of the largest studies to compare the aftermath of both decisions suggests.The...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Hepatitis C sufferers take note: New drugs on way

WASHINGTON – There’s new hope for an overlooked epidemic: Two powerful drugs are nearing the market that promise to help cure many more people of liver-attacking hepatitis C – even though most who...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Don’t have a heart attack

Women in La Plata County are being sought to join a Tufts University research project to see if diet modification and low to moderate aerobic exercise can reduce their chance of heart attack or...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Distracted driving presentations offered San Juan Basin Health Department’s Injury Prevention Coalition has been awarded a grant for distracted driving community education and awareness.The goals...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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