Southwest Life

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

Treating each case is specific

The national autism rate is approaching one in 100 children, but at least one expert says a child has a one in 10chance of being “cured." The battle to find that cure continues, with few...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

The new year is a good time to review health

The beginning of a new year is a time to take an accounting of our lives and personal situations. For many, it may takethe form of reflection and a commitment to change.There are practical aspects...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Skiing in trees and the lure of fresh powder

There is nothing quite like the hoots and hollers of skiers and snowboarders enjoying a powder day, especially firstchair on a weekday.For some, the attraction of skiing trees is especially...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Mercy CT software promises less risk

In order to lower radiation exposure to patients, Mercy Regional Medical Center next month will install new software ina diagnostic tool that provides a three-dimensional view of organs, bones and...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

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

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