Southwest Life

CDC chief picks 6 ‘winnable battles’ in health

ATLANTA – Where would you start if you were charged with keeping the nation healthy? Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has chosen six priorities –...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Take on TABOR

  Takeon TABOR Limits will hurt thestate when economy picks up January13, 2003 The Colorado General Assembly opened this year’s sessionWednesday with leaders of both houses explaining what they...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

It’s for the kids

Overweight children – 14 percent of Colorado’s kids ages 2 to 14 are – shouldn’t shoulder the entire blame for their flabbiness, says Felicia Hubbell, manager of Anytime Fitness in Durango.Parents...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Alzheimer’s brain tangles offer clue to worsening

WASHINGTON – That sticky gunk coating Alzheimer’s patients’ brains gets all the notoriety, but another culprit is gaining renewed attention: Protein tangles that clog brain cells and just might...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Toy recall, report signal dangers of small batteries

CHICAGO — Swallowing button batteries can be fatal or cause serious harm, and research suggests that severe injuries in children, though relatively scarce, are on the rise.The dangers are...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Harnessing energy

Establishing in children what she calls an internal guidance system prepares them to manage the whipsaw succession of physical, mental and emotional challenges they encounter, Erika Berglund...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Limber lumbar

Two surgeons at Mercy Regional Medical Center are participants in nationwide clinical trials of devices designed to ease lower-back and leg pain resulting from a compromised lower spine.Dr. Jim...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. smoking rate stuck at 1 in 5 adults

ATLANTA – U.S. smoking rates continue to hold steady, at about one in five adults lighting up regularly, frustrated health officials reported last week.About 21 percent of U.S. adults were smokers...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Fruit, vegetable consumption is poor in the United States

ATLANTA – An apple a day? Apparently not in the United States.Most Americans still don’t eat vegetables often enough, and fruit consumption is dropping a little, according to a new government...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Laser pointers can damage eyes

NEW YORK – A 15-year-old boy damaged his eyes while playing with a laser pointer he’d bought over the Internet, say doctors who warn that dangerously high-powered versions are easily available...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

New test for TB provides immediate results

Scientists are reporting a major advance in diagnosing tuberculosis: A new test can reveal in less than two hours, with very high accuracy, whether someone has the disease and if it’s resistant to...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Flu shot season

WASHINGTON – It’s flu-shot season already, and for the first time, health authorities are urging nearly everyone to get vaccinated. There is even a new high-dose version for people 65 or older.What...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health