Southwest Life

U.S. teen birth rate at lowest point

ATLANTA – The rate of teen births in the U.S. is at its lowest level in almost 70 years. Yet, the sobering context is that the teen pregnancy rate is far lower in many other countries.The most...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Parkinson’s disease support group to meet A Parkinson’s disease support group will meet at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Drive. The emphasis...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Sleep trouble? Try an implant

WASHINGTON – Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea, depriving you of enough zzzz’s to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack.Now scientists are beginning...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

More than just lending an ear

WASHINGTON – Elise Lutz never let her friends see what was left of her ear.She’d carefully style her long hair into a one-sided ponytail, or swelter under a swim cap for hours at meets, to cover...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Birth rate falls on hard times

ATLANTA – The U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its lowest point in almost 70 years of record-keeping – a decline that stunned experts who believe it’s partly because of the recession.The birth...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Don’t count on echinacea for colds

NEW YORK – Got the sniffles? The largest study of the popular herbal remedy echinacea finds it won’t help you get better any sooner.The study of more than 700 adults and children suggests the...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

American Red Cross announces classes The Southwest Colorado chapter of the American Red Cross will hold these health and safety classes at its office, 1911 Main Ave., Suite 282:b Adult, child and...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Tragedy transforms parents into activists

CHICAGO – Epilepsy kills as many as 50,000 people each year – grim statistics Mike and Mariann Stanton hadn’t heard until their 4-year-old son, Danny, became one of them.Somehow, that horrible...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

A matter of getting over the yuck factor: Stool transplants get a try

WASHINGTON – A superbug named C-diff is on the rise, a germ that so ravages some people’s intestines that repeated tries of the strongest, most expensive antibiotic can’t conquer their disabling...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

In a good space

Astronauts, who may be the fittest of fliers, still require medical monitoring, says a Durango physician who was a flight surgeon at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for 12...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Mammogram statistics may be misleading

SAN ANTONIO – Remember the uproar last year when a government task force said most women don’t need annual mammograms? It turns out that only half of women older than 40 had been getting them that...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

New bone drug flops in breast cancer study

SAN ANTONIO – One of the most promising new approaches for fighting breast cancer took a stunning setback Thursday when a major study showed that a bone-building drug did not stop cancer from...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

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