Health and wellness briefs: March 14, 2017

2 doctors switch locations

John Bratteli, MD, will soon see his patients at Red Canyon Family Medicine, a division of Primary Care Partners in Fruita. Bratteli has practiced at Family Physicians of Western Colorado, also a PCP division, for more than 10 years.

Lynn Price, MD, will move from Red Canyon Family Medicine and will join Family Physicians of Western Colorado. Dr. Price joined the Fruita practice earlier this year.

Both transitions will take place later this month.

Family practice announced

  Family Values Medical Clinic, 2478 Patterson Road, Suite 27, announced it is accepting new patients and accepts most major insurance.

Dr. Jeri White is a doctor of osteopathic medicine, or DO. What is that? A DO is a fully licensed physician who practices in all areas of medicine. They use a whole-person approach to treatment and care.

She is a board-certified family physician and has been practicing medicine for 20 years. She also has a master’s degree in health professions education and has practiced in a variety of settings, including emergency care, urgent care, geriatric care and family practice.

Also added is Charlotte Chance, FNP, a board-certified family nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and a member of American Nurses Association.

She received both her bachelor’s degree from Colorado Christian University and a master’s degree in Nursing from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Whole milk may beat low-fat


Low-fat milk may not be the best option for children, though many experts recommend it to fight obesity for children older than 2.

Canadian researchers collected height and weight data on 2,745 healthy children ages 1 to 6 years. They took blood samples, and their parents reported how much skim, 1 percent, 2 percent and whole milk the children drank.

After controlling for age, sex, outdoor play and other factors that affect vitamin D levels and weight, they found that children who drank one cup of whole milk per day had a vitamin D level comparable to that of children who drank 2.9 cups of 1 percent milk, but their body mass index was lower by 0.79 points. The higher the fat content of the milk they drank, the lower the children’s BMI and the higher their vitamin D levels. The study is in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Why this happens is unknown, but the senior author, Dr. Jonathon L. Maguire, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto, suggested that vitamin D is better absorbed with fat, and drinking low-fat milk may leave a child hungrier for more calorie-dense food.

“These two things together may make it a double whammy for low-fat milk,” he said. “But this is a small piece of the puzzle. We really need to do the research to answer these very basic questions.”

150 cancer patients treated


Grand Valley Oncology celebrated the one-year anniversary of Community Hospital’s radiation oncology program March 7. In partnership with the University of Utah Health Care and Huntsman Cancer Institute, Community Hospital began providing radiation oncology treatment for cancer patients in western Colorado and eastern Utah in March 2016.

Since that time, hospital officials say, the radiation oncology team at Grand Valley Oncology has treated more than 150 cancer patients.

“Community Hospital’s oncology program has become a highly sought after, full-service cancer center, offering both medical and radiation oncology services and attracting patients from all over the region,” the hospital said in a release.

For information about Grand Valley Oncology, call 254-3180 or go online at


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