Southwest Life

Smoke ... and mirrors

Anti-tobacco forces across the country are watching their state funding dissipate like smoke as legislators divert money earmarked to persuade kids not to start smoking or to get cigarette fiends...

DATE: June 1, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Hospice services are valuable for clients, families

Hospice provides care for the terminally ill and support for their families and caregivers. Although the concept of hospice has been around for centuries, the first U.S. hospice program began...

DATE: June 1, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

UV Index

The UV Index adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Weather Service is available online. It's displayed as a map of the United States in bands of vibrant red, purple,...

DATE: May 25, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Ondine's curse: A fascinoma to medical world

Drop the dictionary - you won't find fascinoma. It's medicalese for a highly interesting, unusual or rare medical "case."Ondine (from Greek and Roman to German) was a mythical water nymph or spirit...

DATE: May 25, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Thin skin

Overcast days, thunderstorms or even snow - in other words, the type of weather that's hindered our last two Memorial Day weekends - don't mean people who work or play outside needn't worry about...

DATE: May 25, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Invisible poison

Eighteen months of jousting with health-impairing vapors given off by common construction materials, new furniture and cabinetry has been a nightmare for a Durango family. It was a week or so...

DATE: May 18, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Early diagnosis key to treating Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is among the leading causes of chronic adult illness in the United States. Along with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking, it is a leading contributor to...

DATE: May 18, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Rx: Indian doctors

PHOENIX (AP) - For a young Hopi medical student, the problem was overcoming her culture's view of handling a dead body.For a Navajo student, it was learning to believe he could become a doctor when...

DATE: May 11, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

What you should do about H1N1 flu

You no doubt have heard or read reports about the international 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak affecting many countries, including the United States. This new strain of influenza, which is spread among...

DATE: May 4, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Pregnancy Center gets new director

The observation of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on Wednesday  is a good time to review options available to women at the Durango Life Center, also known as the Durango Pregnancy...

DATE: May 4, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Malaria: Not the fat lady's sour opera solo

"Whether the late unparalleled increase of piracies is to be ascribed to defects in the laws of civilized nations, or the laws not being enforced, or to other causes, it is alike certain that it is...

DATE: April 27, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Commitment needed to stop child abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2007, there were more than 790,000 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect....

DATE: April 20, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health