Southwest Life

Number, severity of brain injuries raises dementia risk

SEATTLE – A large study offers more evidence of a link between traumatic brain injuries and dementia later in life, with repeated injuries and severe ones posing the greatest danger. Researchers...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Stop-smoking drugs Chantix, Zyban pose no heart risks, study says

CHICAGO – Two popular stop-smoking drugs are as safe for the heart as nicotine patches and dummy pills, according to research requested by U.S. and European regulators. The results come from an...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Take it easy on yourself, and be healthier – the power of self compassion

If you think you need to channel your inner drill sergeant to eat your vegetables and get to the gym, think again. Research shows that a healthy dose of self-compassion actually helps us form...

DATE: April 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

CDC: Drug-resistant ‘nightmare bacteria’ pose growing threat

“Nightmare bacteria” with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the United States last year in a first-of-a-kind hunt to see how much of a threat these...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Midlife ‘wealth shock’ may lead to death, study suggests

A big financial loss may shorten your life, a new study suggests. Middle-aged Americans who experienced a sudden, large economic blow were more likely to die during the following years than those...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Antacids, antibiotics for infants linked to later allergies

Infants who are given antacids like Zantac or Pepcid are more likely to develop childhood allergies, perhaps because these drugs may alter their gut bacteria, a new large study suggests. Early use...

DATE: April 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Yucky ducky? Study reveals bath-time toy’s dirty secret

BERN, Switzerland – Scientists have the dirt on the rubber ducky: Those cute yellow bath-time toys are – as some parents have long suspected – a haven for nasty bugs. Swiss and American researchers...

DATE: April 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Science Says: What we know about cancer risk and coffee

Trouble is brewing for coffee lovers in California, where a judge ruled that sellers must post scary warnings about cancer risks. But how frightened should we be of a daily cup of joe? Not very,...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Montezuma, La Plata counties rank high for two STDs

Montezuma and La Plata counties rank in the top 20 among Colorado counties for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Montezuma County had the second highest rate of chlamydia and the third highest rate for...

DATE: March 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Selfie medicine: Phone apps push people to take their pills

SEATTLE – Take two tablets and a selfie? Your doctor’s orders may one day include a smartphone video to make sure you took your medicine. Smartphone apps that monitor pill-taking are now available,...

DATE: March 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Study: Medical bankruptcies may not be as common as thought

Medical bills can push patients over the financial cliff, but a new study says this may not happen as often as previous research suggests. Hospitalizations cause only about 4 percent of personal...

DATE: March 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Dentist group puts teeth in push to curb opioid painkillers

CHICAGO – The American Dental Association wants dentists to drastically cut back on prescribing opioid painkillers. The association announced a new policy Monday that “essentially says eliminate...

DATE: March 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health