Southwest Life

Childhood obesity brings chronic diseases

Many chronic diseases of adulthood are becoming more common in children and adolescents. In most instances, with risingrates of obesity and related increases in dietary sodium, fat and sugar, as...

DATE: June 7, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Help for the hopeless

In the West, a prevailing ethos of rugged individualism compels people to take care of problems on their own - even ifit means taking their own lives. Statistically, the region is one of the most...

DATE: June 7, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Russian invasion

Gym rats know all about barbells and dumbells, But the kettlebell - imagine a cantaloupe-sized cast-iron ball with ahandle - is probably an unfamiliar piece of exercise equipment. In an effort to...

DATE: May 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Two Spirits, one community

Break the silence. That's what organizers of a summit on Native American sexual assault say needs to happen for the cycle of abuse to end. To lead by example, Our Sister's Keeper, the domestic...

DATE: May 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Awareness key to controlling risk of stroke

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. Stroke is res-ponsible for137,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Stroke occurs either when a clot blocks...

DATE: May 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Iron Man, too

A Durango-based organization dedicated to helping endurance athletes maximize their training looked to perhaps the ironman of all times for its name. The Philippides Project draws on the exploits...

DATE: May 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Raw milk's popularity spurs debate over safety

ERIE - When the neighborhood kids visit the Lafferty family's bustling farmhouse, they're offered water, juice ormilk.“They always say, 'Milk, milk, milk,'" says Nickie Lafferty.The Laffertys' milk...

DATE: May 10, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Remembering Ray

A Durango woman is finalizing plans to walk 343 miles in 43 days this summer to honor people who have battled brain orspinal tumors - as did her late husband - and to call attention to a...

DATE: May 10, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

50 years later, CPR still is a valuable skill

Suppose you were walking between gates on the concourse of a large airport and you noticed an elderly man in front ofyou clutch his chest and fall to the ground unconscious. Would you know what to...

DATE: May 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Vail skier upbeat after cancer bout

VAIL (AP) - Within hours of waking up from surgery in an intensive care unit, most people likely would be days, if notmonths, away from skiing Vail Mountain again.Paul Maloney is not most people....

DATE: May 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Hearing good news

The La Plata County Eye and Ear Program, ready to fold from exhaustion three months ago, has found new life andcontinues to provide eyeglasses and hearing aids to children and adults of modest...

DATE: May 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Tough task: Breaking bad news to family

One of the most difficult responsibilities of an emergency room physician (and staff) is dealing with the death - oftensudden and unanticipated - of a patient.This can happen in someone awake and...

DATE: April 26, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

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