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Health effects of secondhand smoke broad

One of the most frustrating health risks to combat is posed by smoking among adolescents and adults. Despite decades ofaccumulated evidence about the health risks of smoking and countless...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Keeping blood flowing

It's that time of year in the Four Corners when the need for whole blood or its components is rising and supply isfalling, says Nancy Cumming, one of two donor recruiters at United Blood Services...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Sleep apea common, can be cured

Do you feel tired all the time? Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you didn't get enough rest?Do you fall asleep easily, even in the middle of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

The amazing and delicate inner ear

Who hasn't sat at an intersection waiting on a red light as a driver coming from 90 degrees to the right, pushing theyellow, swings by the left front bumper?I notice not the driver's concentration,...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Pickle juice, canned fish - what really works for the day after?

The dedication to alcoholic beverage and revelry, the effects thereof and hangover cures, have been celebrated sincethe historian Herodotus and the physician Hippocrates, both fifth century B.C....

DATE: Nov. 30, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

How to handle a hangover

Everyone who knows you knows that you know better. But your libational excesses last night have left you with - let'sput it bluntly - a horrendous hangover.Recommendations on how to get that bale...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Fetal alcohol disorders are common

Did you know that one of the most common causes of preventable birth defects is related to alcohol use duringpregnancy?According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Flu Watch

Nov. 9-13Flu activity: There were few reported absences because of flu-like illness in Bayfield and Durango schools.Tuesday: In-school vaccination clinics at Park, Fort Lewis Mesa, Riverview and...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Get them while they're young

A child at 6 months is not too young for a first visit to the dentist, says a hygienist with Southwest Smile Makers, aSan Juan Basin Health Department program. The average age of 2½ years for the...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

A few healthy tips to survive the holidays

The stresses of the holidays are well-known and can have significant impact upon our physical and mental well-being.However, preparation and a little reflection can help us enjoy our holidays to...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Fort dances double

Stock dialogue aside, there was plenty of extra motivation behind the Skyhawks' fifth consecutive Rocky MountainAthletic Conference Tournament championship.At least one player didn't sugarcoat...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Screening crucial to care for diabetics

One of the most important challenges of providing good medical care for patients with diabetes is keeping up with the many important screenings recommended as part of routine diabetes care. ...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

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