Disease

MS Society rebuilding to help patients live active, independent lives

Durangoan Ian Altman was diagnosed 20 years ago with multiple sclerosis. But he hasn’t let the diagnosis slow him down. Altman continues to ski and rock climb, and he is now a teacher and...

DATE: April 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health may improve as regional poverty rates fall

Child poverty rates are falling in the region, a positive sign for long-term public health, according to new health rankings. Social and economic factors, such as child poverty and educational...

DATE: March 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

As drug use rises, so does the spread of syphilis

Syphilis is spreading nationally and across Colorado among residents using drugs, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Heterosexual syphilis and drug...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County ranks high for sexually transmitted disease

Sexually transmitted diseases have reached record levels for the fourth consecutive year in Colorado, and La Plata County is not immune to the trend. La Plata County ranked high among Colorado...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango fourth-grader dispels myths about diabetes

Adaira Nachtrieb, 9, passed out the day she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she told an attentive group of her peers late last year. “I had to drink a lot of water and was really thirsty and...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Animas High School warns of hand, foot and mouth disease

Animas High School is warning students and parents of a case of hand, foot and mouth disease among the student body. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a contagious illness caused by different...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

1 death linked to ongoing turkey salmonella outbreak

NEW YORK – Federal health officials on Thursday reported the first death in an ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the death was in...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Animas High warns parents, students about mono case

Animas High School is warning students and parents of a case of mononucleosis at the school. The school found out about the case among the student body Tuesday and plans to take preventive steps,...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flu season hard to predict after record-setting year

After a record-setting flu season last year, public health officials say it is difficult to know if a similar season is approaching. While there are some indicators public health officials are...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

An artist found a parasitic worm in his eye – and turned it into art

The painting was not an image of anything in particular, just an abstract confluence of psychedelic colors and wormlike patterns inside a perfectly round circle. Ben Taylor didn’t like it much, and...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

1st death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

NEW YORK – The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The death was reported in California, but state and federal health officials did not...

DATE: May 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches

ATLANTA – Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of...

DATE: April 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

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