Southwest Life

There’s nothing positive about thinking negative

WASHINGTON – Spine surgeon Anders Cohen puts a lot of stock in patients’ expectations of pain relief. He prefers to operate only on those who “grab you by the collar and say, ‘I can’t take it...

DATE: March 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Easy for YOU to say

CHICAGO – A movie about a stuttering monarch, without sex, car chases or sinewy super heroes, hardly sounded like blockbuster box-office fare.But in a less flashy way, “The King’s Speech” is about...

DATE: March 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Trend reversal: Big drop in kids’ ear infections

ATLANTA – Ear infections, a scourge that has left countless tots screaming through the night, have fallen dramatically, and some researchers suggest a decline in smoking by parents might be part of...

DATE: March 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Where you live drives wait for liver transplants

WASHINGTON – Doctors dropped another bomb soon after telling Matthew Rosiello it was time for a liver transplant: The 21-year-old isn’t likely to get one any time soon in his home state of New...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Tenn. elephant spread TB to workers at sanctuary

ATLANTA – A tuberculosis outbreak among workers at a Tennessee elephant sanctuary in 2009 is being blamed on one of the pachyderms, even though some of the employees didn’t have close contact with...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Brain pacemakers can ease disorders

WASHINGTON – Call them brain pacemakers, tiny implants that hold promise for fighting tough psychiatric diseases – if scientists can figure out just where in all that gray matter to put them.Deep...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Helping hands

Dr. Kane Anderson, a surgeon at Durango Orthopedic Associates, apparently is the only doctor in the Four Corners offering the latest options in treating arthritic hands and carpal tunnel...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Artificial retina helps some blind people

LONDON – For two decades, Eric Selby had been completely blind and dependent on a guide dog to get around. But after having an artificial retina put into his right eye, he can detect ordinary...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

In the (o)zone

As incongruous as it sounds, ozone therapy is like a breath of fresh air, says Renelle Stewart, a personal trainer in Durango who offers the service as a sideline.“Ozone therapy detoxifies,”...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

The Southwest Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering classes online. The written part of the exam can be completed online any time, while hands-on skills are performed every Monday...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Why aren’t you eating more fiber?

CHICAGO – Eat more fiber, and you just may live longer.That’s the message from the largest study of its kind to find a link between high-fiber diets and lower risks of death not only from heart...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Strokes rising fast among young

LOS ANGELES – Strokes are rising dramatically among young and middle-aged Americans while dropping in older people, a sign that the obesity epidemic may be starting to shift the age burden of the...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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