Southwest Life

Malaria: Not the fat lady's sour opera solo

"Whether the late unparalleled increase of piracies is to be ascribed to defects in the laws of civilized nations, or the laws not being enforced, or to other causes, it is alike certain that it is...

DATE: April 27, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Commitment needed to stop child abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2007, there were more than 790,000 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect....

DATE: April 20, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Eatery violations can lead to shutdown

Food outlets in La Plata, Archuleta and San Juan counties maintain high health standards for the most part, says Marian Schaub, food program manager at the San Juan Basin Health Department.But...

DATE: April 13, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Selection bias an issue in 'nanny trial'

Eight-month-old Matthew Eappen collapsed in the care of his British nanny.He had a large blood clot (subdural hematoma) between the brain and a tough membrane that lies between the brain and...

DATE: April 13, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Preventing early childhood tooth decay

Tooth decay is the leading cause of chronic illness among children, occurring five times more often than asthma and seven times more often than hay fever.According to the U.S. Surgeon General, more...

DATE: April 6, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Lang and legs: Living with loss of limbs

Back East, a neighbor and friend shared dinner with my family. Later, he entertained us with guitar, harmonica and a gravelly, two-pack-a-day voice singing country and western.We had no idea of his...

DATE: March 30, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Assault victim to talk about healing

Healing is possible. The perpetrator, not the victim, is the guilty one.Those are the messages a Durango psychotherapist who was raped two decades ago will convey Thursday as the leadoff speaker in...

DATE: March 30, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Give Colorado 'A' for colon cancer legislation

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This year, Coloradans have good reason to celebrate. A new law effective July 1 will help ensure access to life-saving colorectal cancer...

DATE: March 23, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Athletic protection

Five years ago, high schools in La Plata County - with the exception of Durango, which contracted for certified athletic trainers - weren't assured of having anyone with sports-medicine training or...

DATE: March 23, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

PAP smear remains an important test

Before the widespread use of the PAP smear, cancer of the cervix was the leading cause of cancer death among women. The cervix is the opening of the uterus found in the back of the vagina.While...

DATE: March 16, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Class helps police departments handle day-to-day stress

WHEAT RIDGE (AP) - Wheat Ridge police Detective Cheri Ells isn't sure whether she's stressed out.But with a motorcycle crash and a collection of crimes-against-children cases under her belt, it's...

DATE: March 9, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

New strain

Staring at a computer screen for hours at a time won't ruin your vision, but after a while it can produce tired, scratchy eyes, loss of focus, dry eyes, neck and shoulder pain or headaches. In...

DATE: March 2, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

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