Southwest Life

Drug epidemic ensnares 25-year-old pill for nerve pain

WASHINGTON – The story line sounds familiar: a popular pain drug becomes a new way to get high as prescribing by doctors soars. But the latest drug raising red flags is not part of the opioid...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Tooth whiteners essentially bleach your teeth, and that has pros and cons

Walk down the toothpaste aisle at your typical drugstore and you’ll see a range of products that promise to whiten your teeth. Whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, a whitening gel that you can...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Diseases spread by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas more than tripled in the U.S.

The warmer weather of spring and summer means the start of tick and mosquito season and the diseases they transmit, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile and Zika. A new...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. seeking 1 million for massive study of DNA, health habits

WASHINGTON – Wanted: A million people willing to share their DNA and 10 years of health habits, big and small, for science. On Sunday, the U.S. government will open nationwide enrollment for an...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Portable test helps identify refugees at risk of outbreaks

WASHINGTON – Call it a lab in a box: Researchers created a device about the size of a toaster that can test a drop of blood to tell, in about half an hour, who’s immune to certain infections and...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Cataract surgery evolves to make vision even sharper

A new tool at Four Corners Eye Clinic ensures that surgeons can more precisely replace lenses in the eyes of cataract patients. The clinic’s intraoperative aberrometer, or ORA, allows doctors to...

DATE: April 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

NEW YORK – The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it’s only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children....

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

San Juan Basin Public Health offers tips to prevent rabies

San Juan Basin Public Health is warning residents about the dangers of rabies. This year in Colorado, 131 animals – 130 skunks and one alpaca – have tested positive for rabies, and according to a...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches

ATLANTA – Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of...

DATE: April 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: Methadone clinics

One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won’t cover: methadone....

DATE: April 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug

CHICAGO – Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients, a study suggests....

DATE: April 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Vaccinated against shingles? Great. Do it again.

Federal officials have recommended a new vaccine that is more effective than an earlier version at protecting older adults against the painful rash called shingles. But persuading many adults to...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health