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Woman recounts experience of lost pregnancy at La Plata County Jail

Jail is no place to be pregnant – just ask Tuesday Olson. Olson learned of her pregnancy in 2013, one day before La Plata County Sheriff’s deputies arrested her for failing to appear in court twice...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango pancreatic cancer patient beating the odds

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, Durangoan Tom Riesing has beaten the odds for survival by seeking out a blend of effective nontraditional treatments. Only 9% of pancreatic...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Specialty clinic to fill niche for neurosurgical care in Durango

Two neurosurgeons have started work in Durango providing care to those with conditions such as herniated discs and carpal tunnel. Dr. Dominic Cannella and Dr. Paul Davis began offering...

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

LGBTQ community struggles to find adequate health care

Gaps in health care remain a problem in communities across Colorado, according to One Colorado, an advocacy group for the LGBTQ community, which held an informational and educational session Sunday...

DATE: June 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pediatric Partners of the Southwest to oversee Durango High School health clinic

Pediatric Partners of the Southwest will serve as the medical provider for the School-Based Health Center at Durango High School beginning July 1. The School-Based Health Center had been a...

DATE: May 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students learn to protect their minds from toxic stress

Big Picture High School sophomore Ava Aragon taught her peers how to focus on the flame of a candle this spring to help them calm down. The lesson was part of a class focused on understanding...

DATE: May 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Mercy Regional Medical Center to devote more time to sexual assault services

Mercy Regional Medical Center will expand staff hours dedicated to victims of sexual assault thanks to a state grant it will receive in January. Mercy will receive $75,000 from the grant, allowing...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Recovery group helps young people establish new lifestyles

Candice Seay started drinking when she was 10. In 2016, at age 26, she quit and found that a support network was key to recovering from her addiction. “I didn’t feel alone anymore,” she said. Since...

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

Former nurse trains dogs to detect low blood sugar

Lacy, a 7-year-old St. Bernard, can sniff out when her master, Cherie Hughes, needs to eat. The dog will first stick out her tongue when she detects low blood sugar, Hughes said. The signals...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

Court-ordered drug offenders being sent out of area for inpatient care

All La Plata County drug court participants must now travel outside the area for inpatient treatment after the closure of residential treatment services in Ignacio. Most drug court participants...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy targets emerging epidemic of fragile bone fractures

Mercy Regional Medical Center is aiming to reduce the number of broken bones osteoporosis patients suffer as the population ages. The National Orthopedic Association describes the 2 million...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

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