Southwest Life

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

Health Briefs

New coalition forms on elder abuse The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, serving Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties, was awarded a $10,000 grant to establish a...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Surgeon general: 1 cigarette is 1 too many

WASHINGTON – Think the occasional cigarette won’t hurt? Even a bit of social smoking – or inhaling someone else’s secondhand smoke – could be enough to block your arteries and trigger a heart...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Breast-feeding workshop Wednesday The breast-feeding workshop “Have a Successful Start to Breast-feeding!” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kids Rock, 1032 Main Ave. The workshop will...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

More vitamin D? Yes, but take it easy

WASHINGTON – Got milk? You may need a couple cups more than today’s food labels say to get enough vitamin D for strong bones. But don’t go overboard: Long-awaited new dietary guidelines say there’s...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Good’ bacteria may aid children

CHICAGO – A leading medical group says there’s some evidence that probiotics, or “good” bacteria, may have limited benefits for certain illnesses in children.But the group says the science isn’t...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Virtual biopsy’ may detect athletes’ brain injuries from concussions

CHICAGO – Football players with memory and behavior problems have no way of knowing for sure if getting hit too many times caused brain damage. The only test to diagnose their condition is done...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

A focus on the future

The KidSight program of the Colorado Lions Clubs, which screens preschoolers for vision problems, is based on the reasoning that foresight beats hindsight.“In some cases, children start school and...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

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