Southwest Life

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

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

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