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Tiny implant opens way to deliver drugs deep into the brain

WASHINGTON – Scientists have created a hair-thin implant that can drip medications deep into the brain by remote control and with pinpoint precision. Tested only in animals so far, if the device...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Flu widespread across U.S. for third consecutive week

NEW YORK – Sick with the flu? You’ve got a lot of company. The flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third consecutive week. Only Hawaii has been spared. Last week, 1 in 15 doctor visits...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Study confirms flu increases risk of heart attack in elderly

NEW YORK – As if the flu wasn’t bad enough already: Researchers have confirmed that flu sharply increases the risk of heart attack for older people. Doctors have long known that flu can trigger...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Afraid of getting sick? Six things you can do at home

Coughing, sneezing and misery are a part of many households these days as cold and flu season kicks into high gear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say we are in the midst of a “very...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now. Many groups are working on...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Injury prevention gets harder as you age. These methods help.

Baby, it’s cold outside, but even if you’re willing to bundle up and go for a run or sprint to the gym to work out, should you? I have a meaningful exercise routine, and I have never felt better. I...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs

TRENTON, N.J. – Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. The plan, announced...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

New Colorado law gives patients more transparency on medical fees

A new law that took effect this month means Colorado is joining states trying to force hospitals to reveal their fees before treatment. The law requires hospitals and doctors to publicly post their...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

What about the memory test Trump aced? It’s not for everyone

WASHINGTON – Drawing a clock. Counting backward by sevens. Rattling off words that begin with “F’’ before a minute’s up. They may not sound like difficult tasks, but they’re part of a cognitive...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Acupuncturist to give allergy talk Thursday at Durango Public Library

Acupuncturist Caleb Gates will give a talk about Advanced Allergy Therapeutics at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave. The talk is titled “Resolving Immune...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu

WASHINGTON – The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Warning: Stifling sneezes can be health hazard in rare cases

LONDON – Tempted to stifle a loud or untimely sneeze? Let it out instead, doctors in England warned Monday based on the very unusual case of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health