Southwest Life

Since 2003, locals have called on AEDs 15 times

The automated external defibrillators dispersed through La Plata Countyas first responders for incidents of sudden cardiac arrest have beencalled on about 15 times since the program began in...

DATE: July 19, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Local woman says facet joint works wonders

An artificial facet joint inserted in her lower spine three months ago has made a night-and-day difference in her level of physical activity and mental outlook, a Durango woman says.The artificial...

DATE: July 13, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

He's got your back

Durango's Dr. Jim Youssef is one of 16 surgeons nationally who are participating in clinical testing of a device that could make a common complaint of the elderly - "Oh, my aching back" - a lament...

DATE: July 13, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

How a drug gets approved for prescription

Have you ever wondered about the safety of your medications? Who decides if drugs are safe for use and, in fact, whether they provide benefit for treatment of disease?Each year, with millions of...

DATE: July 6, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Backpacking for bucks

Four great friends - all great hikers, as well - have finalized details for a 100-mile backpacking trip on the Colorado Trail to raise funds to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.The...

DATE: July 6, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Expert questions gas-drilling chemicals

The toxic chemicals used to extract natural gas from deep underground and process it are among substances creating a dizzying list of embryonic - and subsequent - developmental aberrations in...

DATE: June 29, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Of mice and men (women, too)

Fifty years ago, there were no "rec" centers - if my recollection is correct. For me, there was the local YMCA.The weight room and its users, alternately grunting and flexing in front of mirrors,...

DATE: June 29, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Can't keep still

Dr. John Withers, a former Durango surgeon who finds it difficult to take it easy, is enjoying his latest retirement - practicing medicine in Montana. Withers, 75, is going on his third year at...

DATE: June 22, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

American Red Cross announces classes The American Red Cross will offer the following health and safety classes at its Southwest Chapter office, 1911 Main Ave., Suite 282:•First aid is offered...

DATE: June 22, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Don't panic, but mold is everywhere

There is a hidden agent out there, often invisible and lurking in our homes, infecting the air we breathe, constantly challenging our immune systems and sometimes making us sick. This nefarious...

DATE: June 22, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Aging means closely watching your health

According to national statistics, in the next 20 years the number of Americans older than 65 will double to 71 million. That is more than one in five Americans.While much remains to be learned...

DATE: June 15, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Food for thought

Influences on the neurological development of a fetus and the outcome of a pregnancy can reach back five generations, Dr. Jamie McGregor says. But Thursday, he'll concentrate mainly on how a...

DATE: June 15, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health