Southwest Life

Lessons from the tragic death of a pop icon

Michael Jackson's death and the fallout from the release of the medical examiner's report two weeks ago attracted hugemedia attention, probably far exceeding any other celebrity drug-overdose...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Report shows location affects health

Where you live plays a role in your health, and a new report that ranks health factors in each of the nation's3,000-plus counties promises to point local policymakers to ways they can help.Looking...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Pregnancy health good for mom and baby

When I was a young pre-med student, I had a conversation with my dad about preventive health strategies and theimprovement of public health.My dad, who is not in the medical profession but who had...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Three Vail doctors ready to assist at Winter Olympics

VAIL (AP) - When skier Lindsey Vonn crashed during a training run at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, Vail surgeonBill Sterett rushed to her side.“She was in a lot of pain," recalled Sterett,...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Putting the brakes on Parkinson's

A Parkinson's disease support group organized by the First United Methodist Church in Durango brings together peoplewho show amazing character under trying conditions, says associate pastor Roger...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Zumba 'exercise in disguise'

The snow is still piled high, and the ice is thick, but inside Durango studios, the mood is muy caliente.The reason is Zumba (zoom-ba), a hot 'n' spicy flavor of dance fitness. Students shimmy,...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Recognize, act when you see signs of blues

Depression is a leading cause of mental illness with a lifetime prevalence of up to 20 percent for women and up to 10percent for men in the United States.Depression ranks second only to...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Avoid common winter injury

The snow-removal season is a good time to learn - or brush up on - snowblower safety, says a hand surgeon  atMercy Regional Medical Center who often sees the dismemberment that careless use of the...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Noise-induced hearing loss: Forever gone

One difficult-to-forget patient encounter occurred several decades ago; the specifics are lost. A young and veryattractive woman, age mid- to late 20s, was seated in an examination room with two...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Silent killer could be in air of your home

It is silent but deadly. I know what you're thinking - but this is a colorless, odorless gas that can produce illnessor even death. The silent killer is carbon monoxide gas, produced as a byproduct...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

A call for safer driving

Multitasking generally is an admired or required skill - but not while behind the wheel of a moving motor vehicle, saysPattie Adler, director of the community health promotion division at the San...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

An alternative for autism

A Durango couple want to get the word out about an approach to living with an autistic child they say turns along-established method of familial interaction upside down.“We used to try to push our...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

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