Southwest Life

CDC panel: Teens need another meningitis shot

ATLANTA – Teens should get a booster dose of the vaccine for bacterial meningitis because a single shot doesn’t work as long as expected, a federal advisory panel said Wednesday.The vaccine was...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

United Blood Services announces drives United Blood Services will hold blood drives at these locations:b 1 to 6 p.m today, Tuesday and Wednesday at the United Blood Services office, 146 Sawyer...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

FDA panel backs anemia drugs for kidney disease

ADELPHI, Md. – Federal health advisers said last week that patients with failing kidneys should continue taking a group of widely used anemia drugs, despite a recent study showing they can increase...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Study: Surgery checklist saves lives

CHICAGO – Which hip is being repaired? Is this the right anesthesia? Do we have all the right surgery tools?Answering such basic questions from surgery checklists – and involving everyone as a...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

United Blood Services announces drives United Blood Services will hold these drives:b 1 to 6 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the United Blood Services Office, 146...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Some Africans, poor no more, hit by new diseases

JOHANNESBURG – The medical experts gathered from around Africa were here to talk about a continentwide epidemic, but it wasn’t AIDS or malaria – it was diabetes, and the bad habits that often bring...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Despite rules, surgery mistakes continuing

DENVER – Three healthy men had their prostate glands removed. Five people had surgery on the wrong part of their spines. A child underwent an unneeded ear operation after the wrong person was...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Too many treats?

Several nutrition-conscious professionals in La Plata County would like to put a new focus on Halloween, which traditionally kicks off a binge on sugar-laden goodies that doesn’t end until after...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Overtesting seen in late-stage cancer patients

CHICAGO — If you knew you had one year to live, would you have medical tests you didn’t need?Turns out a surprising number of patients with late-stage cancer get useless screening tests for new...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Discussion of herbal treatments Wednesday “Herbal ABC’s for Children” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dancing Willow Herbs, 1018 Main Ave. Debra Swanson, clinical herbalist and owner of...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Awareness key to breast cancer prevention

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer among American women, excepting skin cancer. It is the second-leading cause of cancer death among...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

On the cutting block

Custom-built has a nice ring to it, particularly to someone who needs a total knee replacement.Dr. Brinceton Phipps at Animas Orthopedic Associates is providing just that by using technology that...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health