Health

Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

NEW YORK – The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Durango homeless coalition mum on progress

Camping on public lands has been at the center of a heated debate for several years in Durango as residents and public officials grapple with insufficient shelter for people who are homeless. To...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide survivor finds healing in art at Ignacio community center

IGNACIO – Bonnie Woodward’s depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are the result of a house fire, the loss of a child, physical abuse and other trauma. The trauma and poor mental health...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cleaning routine shows promise in curbing superbug infection

Think of it as decontaminating yourself. Hospitalized patients who harbor certain superbugs can cut their risk of developing full-blown infections if they swab medicated goo in their nose and use...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Pea-sized pill delivers insulin shot from inside the stomach

WASHINGTON – Scientists figured out how to hide a shot inside a pea-sized pill – creating a swallowable gadget, inspired by a tortoise shell, that can inject medicines like insulin from inside the...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Special Olympics coach bets on ‘human spirit ... winning’

Mollie Hanson didn’t know how to shift gears on a bike when she started cycling last year with Special Olympics Coach Scott Beckstead. But after months of training she went on to win first and...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Low-income residents spend thousands at Durango Farmers Market

Low-income residents are spending thousands of dollars more on fruits and vegetables at the Durango Farmers Market in recent years thanks to a statewide nonprofit that works to expand access to...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s the life expectancy in your neighborhood?

Life expectancy varies by more than 15 years based on where residents live in La Plata County. Poverty, race, education, income, transportation, available health care, shifting demographics and...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local group forms to help restaurant workers cope with stress, share stories

Restaurant workers face high-pressure, low pay, odd hours and sometimes unrelenting working conditions. As a result, those employees tend to be more susceptible to stress, unhealthy drinking habits...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Telemedicine’s challenge: Getting patients to click the app

Walmart workers can now see a doctor for only $4. The catch? It has to be a virtual visit. The retail giant recently rolled back the $40 price on telemedicine, becoming the latest big company to...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Make your chocolate dark ... for your health

Did you know that chocolate is the No. 1 food craved by women between the ages of 25 and 40 years old? Just about every woman in that age range knows this. It’s delicious. We are bombarded with...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Healing Nutrition

Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana

Chronic pain is the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs. That’s followed by stiffness from multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy-related...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

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