Southwest Life

Athletic protection

Five years ago, high schools in La Plata County - with the exception of Durango, which contracted for certified athletic trainers - weren't assured of having anyone with sports-medicine training or...

DATE: March 23, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

PAP smear remains an important test

Before the widespread use of the PAP smear, cancer of the cervix was the leading cause of cancer death among women. The cervix is the opening of the uterus found in the back of the vagina.While...

DATE: March 16, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Class helps police departments handle day-to-day stress

WHEAT RIDGE (AP) - Wheat Ridge police Detective Cheri Ells isn't sure whether she's stressed out.But with a motorcycle crash and a collection of crimes-against-children cases under her belt, it's...

DATE: March 9, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

New strain

Staring at a computer screen for hours at a time won't ruin your vision, but after a while it can produce tired, scratchy eyes, loss of focus, dry eyes, neck and shoulder pain or headaches. In...

DATE: March 2, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Study shows old drugs might give TB a 1-2 punch

By Lauran NeergaardAP Medical WriterWASHINGTON - Scientists might have found a way to deal drug-resistant tuberculosis a one-two punch using two old, safe antibiotics - and studies in ill patients...

DATE: March 2, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Mammograms best way to detect cancer

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer among women and the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States.While various screening methods have been introduced to permit early...

DATE: March 2, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Battling PTSD takes big commitment

Surviving post-traumatic stress disorder requires acknowledging and confronting a bugaboo squarely and reliving it as often as it returns, says a retired U.S. Marine Corps sergeant who has been...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Can you count to 10 on your fingers?

A recent accident is the focus for this week's column: Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic's encounter with a snowblower and his expected three-month absence from hockey. Who'd a thunk it? Well,...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Therapist: Get help for PTSD disorder

The advice of a Durango licensed therapist for people suffering all types of post-traumatic stress disorder is: Don't try to tough it out."People who experience post-traumatic stress disorder as...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Network helps those with brain injuries

The eighth regional CIRCLE of the Brain Injury Association of Colorado is scheduled to open in Durango on Thursday. The group works to link people who've had traumatic brain injuries with the...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Prevention vital for controlling heart disease

I attended a conference a few years ago hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services called "Steps to a Healthier U.S."The conference showcased some of the nation's leading experts on the...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Teens go out, smoke pot less often

CHICAGO - Kids on both sides of the Atlantic are smoking less pot and going out less often with friends at night, a study of 15-year-olds in 30 countries found.The double declines occurred in the...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health