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Sponsored Content: Reaching a peak in an African girl’s school by way of a mountain

By Sponsored Content

Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center Climbing to the top of Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro was an awe-inspiring achievement for St. Mary’s hospitalists Dr. Dan Harris and physician assistant Marcia Mendenhall. Spending time in a Kenyan girls’ school in the middle of one of the world’s largest slums, was even more life-altering. Harris and Mendenhall did both of those things last year as part of an effort to fund an unusual school that has been cobbled ...


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A SOUND concept

By Duffy Hayes

Davis Sleigh is a fifth-grader and he’s set to attend East Middle School next year.  When he does, he’ll have a direct link to his teacher’s voice — he or she will wear a microphone, and Davis will hear the teacher’s voice through a hearing aid surgically implanted on his right side. Davis has unilateral hearing loss, meaning he can only hear on his left side. He was born without a middle ear or ear canal on his right side. “He’s not able ...


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GYM: Core strength

By Staff

CORE STRENGTH Many people equate difficulty in doing a push up to lack of arm strength. Often it is lack of core strength that is the limiting factor. Think of it as the difference between picking up an awake child versus one who is asleep and who feels heavier because their core isn’t engaged. In this exercise, the Progressive Push Up, the plank position is maintained along with the eccentric contraction (lengthening of the muscle while loaded) of the chest and arms. A good ...


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STAR power: Training, rehab program energizes cancer survivors

By Amy Hamilton

eth Weathersby can’t wait to get back to providing massages. But the Pear Park resident who enjoys offering the therapeutic treatments realizes she must nurture herself first before heading back into her chosen profession. Weathersby was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in October 2015. After a double mastectomy and some chemotherapy, she still is undergoing treatments to eradicate the cancer. She is one of the first people to work through the Survivorship Training and ...


Health and Wellness briefs: April 26, 2016

By Staff

Steel Cowgirls plan ride to benefit Collbran man The local women’s motorcycle group known as the CSCs, aka Colorado Steel Cowgirls, is holding a Benefit Ride for a local Collbran man who is going through treatment for esophageal cancer. This ride is affectionately called the CSCs Benefit Rooster Ride and will include a progressive supper stop in four locations. All proceeds of the ride will go to cancer warrior Dave Brant Sr. to help with treatment costs. The ride is May 7. ...


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Lilacs bring back childhood thoughts

By Erin McIntyre

I keep a space in my yard for sentimental plants. There is Grandma’s rhubarb, hollyhocks and cosmos that re-seed themselves every year and remind me of family members’ gardens that I played in as a child. These are the plants that come back every year, and, when that happens, I get the chance to relish the places, people and times buried in the crevasses of my memory, awakened by these plants coming to life. Luckily, I didn’t have to plant lilacs as this sentimental ...


Health and Wellness briefs: April 19, 2016

By Staff

Caregiver Summit and Retreat planned May 19 Region 10’s Community Living Services will sponsor its third annual Caregiver Summit and Retreat from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 at the Grace Community Church, 16371 Woodgate Road, in Montrose. The Caregiver Summit and Retreat gives local caregivers an opportunity to connect with others while gaining new insight into their rewarding but challenging role. A suggested $10 donation includes continental breakfast, informative sessions, lunch ...


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Depression on trial

By Gary Harmon

estern Colorado adolescents suffering from depression could be part of a clinical trial using a noninvasive therapy already being provided in Grand Junction. Rocky Mountain TMS is part of the trial being conducted by Neuronetics Inc., which is conducting the study at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of daily, active Neurostar® TMS treatments in adolescents meeting criteria for major depressive disorder. Rocky ...


Health and Wellness briefs: April 12, 2016

By Staff

Laser-assisted surgery for cataracts offered ICON Eyecare is the first in Grand Junction to offer laser-assisted cataract surgery. The CATALYS Precision Laser System is a next-generation laser cataract surgery system enabling ICON Eyecare surgeons to perform image-guided, pre-operative laser lens conditioning with unparalleled accuracy and patient comfort. “A tracked laser is used to make the incision and help guide the procedure. The technology removes the need for a blade ...


Advance-care planning workshops offered during National Healthcare Decisions Week

By Erin McIntyre

It’s never too early to think about what you would want at the end of your life, health-care professionals say. Because if you don’t make your wishes known, someday it could be too late. That’s why the Advance Care Planning Task Force is offering a variety of events during the week of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 14, designed to help people consider what they want at the end of their lives, whenever that may be. Thinking about death or talking about it ...


Hang in there with plants as they recover

By Dennis Hill

Our tomato plants and pepper plants turned white soon after being planted outside. — Nancy I think what you’re seeing is just the plant reacting to being planted outside. Whenever you move a plant out of a house or greenhouse, it is a good idea to “harden off” the plant first. This is a process of getting it used to the conditions outdoors since it is used to the more benign conditions inside where it is protected from the extremes of temperature, humidity and ...


Health and Wellness briefs: March 29, 2016

By Staff

Sprint Relay will be topic 
of Hearing Loss meeting People of all ages and all types of hearing loss are welcome to attend the next local meeting of the Hearing Loss Association of America from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction. It features Tatyana Mezentseva of Sprint Relay Colorado. Sprint Relay Colorado is a free public service that enables people with hearing or speech loss who use an assistive phone device to ...


Health and Wellness Briefs, March 22, 2016

By Staff

Suicide-prevention event on Saturday The Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation has teamed up with ThunderStruck Valley, 436 Main St., to host an awareness event on Saturday at 6 p.m., to honor Craig Shearwood. All donations from the event will support the work of the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation and their efforts to prevent suicide in the Grand Valley. The point of the event, organizers said, is to honor one of the Grand Valley’s men and encourage ...


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Marillac Clinic hopes to double its number 
of patients served

By Melinda Mawdsley

The message is simple but potentially life-altering for western Colorado: “New Patients Welcome!” For the first time in its 28-year history, Marillac Clinic has expanded its services and is accepting patients of all ages, including children and seniors, no matter what insurance, if any, they have. The shift in care to include obstetrics, prenatal, pediatrics and family medicine for seniors, as well as optical and dental services for all ages while still treating adults 18 to ...


Health Briefs, March 15, 2016

By Staff

Bookstore to host kinesiology class The “Off The Shelf” event at 1 p.m. Sunday at Crystal Books and Gifts, 439 Main St., will feature a free one-hour class in “Applied Kinesiology.” Jeff McCloskey will discuss how to use muscle strength testing to identify areas of lymphatic stagnation, get clues on organ or gland weaknesses, and identify nutritional supplements that might aid the body. He will explain which stressed major organs and glands cause weakness or ...


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GYM, March 10, 2016

By Staff

Pre-Braced Core Straight Leg Raise In the first picture, notice that the toe just barely reaches the marker against the wall. In the second picture, prior to raising the leg, a resistance band, which has been anchored to a stationary object, is grasped and is pulled to the floor so that in the third picture, when the leg is raised again, the heel nearly passes the marker against the wall. This additional range of motion is possible because the core is functionally pre-braced (engaged) ...


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Rifle seeks to replicate high marks given to Grand Junction’s school lunch program

By Dennis Webb

IFLE — Jake Hattstaedt approached the rear end of a pickup Friday with his girlfriend’s daughter, Audrey Miner, as volunteers stationed there handed out free sack lunches to waiting youths. Hattstaedt, who suffered a construction job injury in November, has been watching Audrey during the days, and said he just learned about the program when the local school district texted his girlfriend. It sounded good to him. “Then I don’t have to make her lunch,” ...


Health and Wellness Briefs, March 8, 2016

By Staff

Stepping On program centers on balance   St. Mary’s Life Center will sponsor a seven-week “Stepping On” program beginning March 22 for anyone concerned about falling or poor balance. In the fun and friendly peer-supportive class, participants will learn simple, yet effective balance and strength training, as well as how to control personal and environmental factors that contribute to falls. The program will be from 10 a.m. to noon through May 3 at the St. ...


Health Briefs, March 1, 2016

By Staff

Low-vision support group will visit equine center Western Slope Visionaries, a low-vision support group through the Center of Independence, will visit Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Reimer’s Rainbow Ranch. “This is a very big deal for them as some of the participants have never seen a horse before, let alone having touched one,” a news release said. Call Lexi Sherwood at 241-0315, ext. 23, or email .(JavaScript must ...


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Death of son spurs mother to fight patients’ rights

By Katie Langford

When Patty Skolnik’s son died after an array of complications from unnecessary brain surgery, she knew she had to make a choice. “I knew I could be an angry, bitter mother for the rest of my life. Part of me wanted to die with Michael, and the third choice was, ‘Maybe you should go out and do something about it, because that’s what Michael would have wanted,’ ” she said. Skolnik went on to found Citizens for Patient Safety, an organization dedicated ...


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