Southwest Life

Selection bias an issue in 'nanny trial'

Eight-month-old Matthew Eappen collapsed in the care of his British nanny.He had a large blood clot (subdural hematoma) between the brain and a tough membrane that lies between the brain and...

DATE: April 13, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Preventing early childhood tooth decay

Tooth decay is the leading cause of chronic illness among children, occurring five times more often than asthma and seven times more often than hay fever.According to the U.S. Surgeon General, more...

DATE: April 6, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Lang and legs: Living with loss of limbs

Back East, a neighbor and friend shared dinner with my family. Later, he entertained us with guitar, harmonica and a gravelly, two-pack-a-day voice singing country and western.We had no idea of his...

DATE: March 30, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Assault victim to talk about healing

Healing is possible. The perpetrator, not the victim, is the guilty one.Those are the messages a Durango psychotherapist who was raped two decades ago will convey Thursday as the leadoff speaker in...

DATE: March 30, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Give Colorado 'A' for colon cancer legislation

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This year, Coloradans have good reason to celebrate. A new law effective July 1 will help ensure access to life-saving colorectal cancer...

DATE: March 23, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

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