Southwest Life

Sharing the Care

A Durango-based ecumenical Bible-study group for women has developed a secular ministry to help the ill or injuredthrough trying times. Members of Great ol' Broads of God's, who started meeting...

DATE: March 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Acute sinusitis may be headed your way soon

It's bad enough that the snow still is falling while you rake your roof for what seems like the 10th time this season.You can't figure out why it's still 3 degrees when you wake up for work in the...

DATE: March 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

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

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