Southwest Life

Big steps: Paralyzed man moving freely

LONDON – After Rob Summers was paralyzed below the chest in a car accident in 2006, his doctors told him he would never stand again. They were wrong.Despite intensive physical therapy for three...

DATE: May 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

MRI shopping can save thousands

Many consumers will check half a dozen gas stations for a few cents difference in price but would never think they could save thousands of dollars by checking prices for a medical test such as an...

DATE: May 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

The joint boom

SAN DIEGO – We’re becoming a nation of bum knees, worn-out hips and sore shoulders, and it’s not just the Medicare set. Baby boomer bones and joints also are taking a pounding, spawning a boom in...

DATE: May 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Experts debate future of smallpox

LONDON – Smallpox, one of the world’s deadliest diseases, eradicated three decades ago, is kept alive under tight security today in just two places – the United States and Russia.Many other...

DATE: May 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

South Korean survey shows higher autism rate

CHICAGO – A study in South Korea suggests about 1 in 38 children have traits of autism, higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in 100.By casting a wider net and looking closely at mainstream...

DATE: May 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Everyone’s business

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Nestled between two Jacksonville motels long past their prime on a seedy stretch of Philips Highway, a small diner serves hot coffee, sandwiches and a sobering message:...

DATE: May 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Landmark study fails to slow use of stents for heart patients

CHICAGO – Landmark research that should have changed the way doctors treat millions of heart patients with clogged arteries has had little effect – many still don’t first try medicines that...

DATE: May 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Early therapy can reduce spread of HIV

WASHINGTON – Treating HIV right away, before patients are too sick, dramatically lowers their chances of spreading the AIDS virus to a sexual partner, says a major international study that may...

DATE: May 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Food-safety class to be held Thursday A food-safety class will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday in San Juan Basin Health Department’s training room, 281 Sawyer Drive. This class is designed for...

DATE: May 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Allergy season here with vengeance

There may be a whiff of truth to claims by allergy sufferers who sniffle that this season is, well, a bigger headache than years past.And now, more bad news: It’s also lasting longer, prolonging...

DATE: May 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Mushroom medicine

As a microbiologist who worked in cancer research, Anna-Marija Helt knows complete remission of the scourge is often a long shot.But as an herbalist who studies fungi, including mushrooms, she...

DATE: May 8, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Cases of measles on the rise in United States

ATLANTA – The United States seems to be on track to have more measles cases than any year in more than a decade, with virtually all cases linked to other countries, including Europe, where there’s...

DATE: May 8, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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