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Appendix removal is linked to lower risk of Parkinson’s

WASHINGTON – Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson’s disease may get its start not in the brain but in the gut – maybe in the appendix. People who had their appendix removed early in life...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Trippy depression treatment? Hopes and hype for ketamine

CHICAGO – It was launched decades ago as an anesthetic for animals and people, became a potent battlefield pain reliever in Vietnam and morphed into the trippy club drug Special K. Now the...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Guns send over 8,000 U.S. kids to ER each year, analysis says

Gun injuries, including many from assaults, sent 75,000 U.S. children and teens to emergency rooms over nine years at a cost of almost $3 billion, a first-of-its-kind study found. Researchers...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Science Says: Sex and gender aren’t the same

WASHINGTON – Anatomy at birth may prompt a check in the “male” or “female” box on the birth certificate – but to doctors and scientists, sex and gender aren’t always the same thing. The Trump...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. approves first new type of flu drug in 2 decades

TRENTON, N.J. – U.S. health regulators have approved the first new type of flu drug in two decades. Wednesday’s approval of Xofluza for people age 12 and older comes ahead of the brunt of this...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Desperate and duped? GoFundMe means big bucks for dubious care

People seeking dubious, potentially harmful treatment for cancer and other ailments raised nearly $7 million over two years from crowdfunding sites, a study found. Echoing recent research on...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Montezuma County mobile health clinic hits the road

Family health benefits for low-income families are now being served up on the road. The Women Infants and Children program of the Montezuma County Health Department has purchased a Ford Transit Van...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. health chief says overdose deaths beginning to level off

WASHINGTON – The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic, health secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday, cautioning...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Immunotherapy scores a first win against some breast cancers

For the first time, one of the new immunotherapy drugs has shown promise against breast cancer in a large study that combined it with chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of the disease. But...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Colorado launching suicide prevention efforts

New efforts to improve mental health care for children and teenagers across Colorado will be rolled out over the next two to three years. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is providing $2.8...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Retina opens research center to conduct clinical trials

A new research center focused on ocular conditions in Durango will offer hope to patients suffering from otherwise incurable disorders. Southwest Retina Consultants added 800 square feet to its...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

New Durango sports medicine practice opens

Durango Sports Medicine, PLLC, is open and accepting new patients. Dr. Timothy Durkin, DO, is an experienced board-certified physician in both sports and emergency medicine. Durkin has strong ties...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

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