Southwest Life

‘The breadth is amazing’

Leon Vinci had barely settled into his new job as director of the San Juan Basin Health Department when he was tagged to be co-chairman of the Health Alliance of La Plata County.Vinci took the...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Corpulent’ in 1860s, ‘overweight’ now

WASHINGTON – Before there was Dr. Atkins, there was William Banting. He invented the low-carb diet of 1863. Even then, Americans were trying out advice that urged fish, mutton or “any meat except...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Chopin may have had epilepsy

LONDON – Frederic Chopin’s habit of drifting off and hallucinating at the piano may have been caused by epilepsy, according to a new study of the 19th-century romantic composer.Chopin’s tendency to...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Free adult immunizations offered Adults can get free shots at the San Juan Basin Health Department for pneumonia; TdaP, which is the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) booster;...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

No higher mental health risk after abortion

LOS ANGELES – Having an abortion does not increase the risk of mental health problems, but having a baby does, one of the largest studies to compare the aftermath of both decisions suggests.The...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Hepatitis C sufferers take note: New drugs on way

WASHINGTON – There’s new hope for an overlooked epidemic: Two powerful drugs are nearing the market that promise to help cure many more people of liver-attacking hepatitis C – even though most who...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Don’t have a heart attack

Women in La Plata County are being sought to join a Tufts University research project to see if diet modification and low to moderate aerobic exercise can reduce their chance of heart attack or...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Distracted driving presentations offered San Juan Basin Health Department’s Injury Prevention Coalition has been awarded a grant for distracted driving community education and awareness.The goals...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Tobacco coalition to meet Wednesday The Lasso Tobacco Coalition will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the main conference room at the San Juan Basin Health Department, 281 Sawyer Drive.The public is...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

CPR 101: Coming soon?

DALLAS – Learning CPR at school has given 14-year-old Olivia Frierson more confidence when she babysits or helps out at a church nursery.“I’m not as worried if something would happen,” said Olivia,...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

New standards would make school lunches healthier

WASHINGTON – Schoolchildren would have to hold the fries – and pick up more whole grains, fruits and vegetables – on the lunch line under proposed new federal standards for school lunches. The...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Some defibrillator implants questionable

CHICAGO – One in five heart defibrillators may be implanted for questionable reasons without solid evidence that the devices will help, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis.Implanted...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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