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Study finds obesity robs the tongue of taste buds in mice

WASHINGTON – Packing on pounds seems to dull people’s sense of taste, and puzzled researchers turned to mice to figure out why: Obesity, they found, can rob the tongue of taste buds. If Tuesday’s...

DATE: March 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Flu, crowded shelters create perfect storm for homeless

The flu descended on Connie Gabaldon like a fog, she recalled, clouding her mind and compromising her judgment. It progressed to chest and back pain, the aches perhaps made worse by a fall the...

DATE: March 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Do my ‘social prescriptions’ help patients?

About a decade ago, a colleague told me about a cool new initiative, something called “Exercise Is Medicine.” The idea made total sense to me: Rather than just tell my patients about exercising, I...

DATE: March 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Abortion is safe but barriers reduce quality of care, report says

WASHINGTON – Abortions in the U.S. are very safe but getting one without facing delays and false medical information depends on where women live, says a broad examination of the nation’s abortion...

DATE: March 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Cholesterol drug lowers risk of death, heart attack, study says

ORLANDO, Fla. – A newer cholesterol drug, used with older statin medicines, modestly lowered heart risks and deaths in a big study of heart attack survivors that might persuade insurers to cover...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Homer can help you’: War veterans use ancient epics to cope

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The trials of Odysseus are really not that different from the struggles of those learning to readjust after wars of today, modern veterans are finding. A small group of military...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Doctors find air pocket where part of man’s brain should be

The 84-year-old man arrived in the emergency room with complaints that weren’t uncommon for a patient his age. He had reported feeling unsteady over the past several months, culminating in repeated...

DATE: March 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Barbershop study trimmed black men’s hair and blood pressure

ORLANDO, Fla. – Trim your hair, your beard, your blood pressure? Black men reduced one of their biggest medical risks through a novel project that shows the power of familiar faces and trusted...

DATE: March 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Prescription opioids fail rigorous new test for chronic pain

CHICAGO – A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better...

DATE: March 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Opioid overdoses in ERs up 30 percent as crisis worsens

NEW YORK – Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year – the latest evidence the nation’s drug crisis is getting worse. A government report released Tuesday shows overdoses...

DATE: March 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Community colleges one signature away from offering four-year nursing degrees

A bill that will allow Southwest Colorado Community College and other community colleges to offer a four-year bachelor of science in nursing degrees won final approval Tuesday in the state House....

DATE: March 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Even the small stresses of daily life can hurt your health

When people talk about harmful stress - the kind that can affect health - they usually point to big, life-changing events, such as the death of a loved one. A growing body of research suggests that...

DATE: March 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health