Southwest Life

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

Usage remains low for pill that can prevent HIV infection

NEW YORK – From gritty neighborhoods in New York and Los Angeles to clinics in Kenya and Brazil, health workers are trying to popularize a pill that has proven highly effective in preventing HIV...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Fitness chain bans cable news networks as part of ‘healthy way of life’

With the start of the new year, scores of Americans are rushing to their local gyms, resolving to get a head start on a healthier routine. For some, particularly amid today’s high-velocity news...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

U.S. OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancer caused by an inherited flawed gene. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved AstraZeneca PLC’s...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Expert says Colorado flu season could be nearing its peak

DENVER – A Colorado doctor says the state’s heavy flu season is far from finished, but might be near its peak. The Denver Post reported Thursday that state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy says...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Our shame over sexual health makes us avoid the doctor, but these apps might help

We’re taught to feel shame around our sexuality from a young age, as our bodies develop and start to function in ways we’re unfamiliar with, as we begin to realize our body’s potential for...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Robot duck’s aim: Helps kids with cancer via power of play

ATLANTA – A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer – a social robot that can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them, and help them...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

IV bag shortage has hospitals scrambling to treat flu

TRENTON, N.J. – An ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Rowing, rebounders, boxing among 2018’s top fitness trends

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – If you skipped most of your workouts to be more “present” during the holiday festivities and aren’t looking forward to getting back on the treadmill, we feel you. We rounded...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health