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St. Mary’s NICU

Smallest patients receive care at the NICU

By Special to the Sentinel

Nancy Lofholm Special to the Sentinel Sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital Inside two warm and humid isolettes, draped in quilts to keep out light and dampen sound, teeny twins are curled inside oval-shaped “nests.” They are in this peaceful, hushed environment in St. Mary’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because they were born months before their due date. Here, with the help of oxygen, nutrition and medication, these infants can continue to develop in conditions that ...


Health foundation has $100 million to disburse in state

By Amy Hamilton

Good health isn’t just a nice perk. A community’s overall health goes hand-in-hand with its poverty rates and its economic development success rates. Securing an education, like graduating from high school and continuing onto secondary education, is good for a person’s health. Health is also affected by social and community connections and how regularly citizens vote on issues. That’s the thinking of the nonprofit Colorado Health Foundation, which last week ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Oct. 6, 2015

By Staff

Free flu shot clinic offered through Montrose County Montrose County and Walgreens have once again partnered to provide a free flu vaccination clinic. Flu shots will be available from noon to 
4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Baldridge Park/Riverbottom Park, 205 Apollo Road. “It will be a drive-through clinic to test our emergency preparedness functions. We will also be offering a walk-up or bike-up option,” said Montrose County Health and Human Services Director Kristen ...


Upcoming discussion about pancreatic cancer part of spy plane talk

By Charles Ashby

Aviation enthusiasts who come to next month’s talk about the famed Blackbird SR-71 spy plane during the Grand Junction Air Show will hear something unexpected. The retired SR-71 pilot who’s delivering that presentation, Brian Shul, will spend the first 20 minutes talking about pancreatic cancer. That’s because in 2010, Shul lost his mother and brother to the deadly disease, and he and the group that’s sponsoring the talk, Wings of Hope, want to help educate people ...

Health Briefs, Sept. 29, 2015

By Staff

Nuclear Care Partners plan open house Nuclear Care Partners, an authorized provider of skilled home health care under the U.S. Department of Labor, will be celebrating their expansion to a new office with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, followed by an open house, at 631 24 1/2 Road, Suite C, located just across from Goodwill. Nuclear Care Partners has been headquartered in Grand Junction for more than four years and has recently started providing patient care ...


Cold-season crops prevail, thanks to weather

By Erin McIntyre

At the end of every gardening season, there are winners and losers. Sometimes, it depends on the kind of weather we had in the Grand Valley. This year, I blame the weather for my usual winners being real losers. And like every year, I tally my observations and make notes about what to improve upon next year. The problem is, our weather this year was unusual. Not that I’m complaining about the record moisture and low temperatures we enjoyed in our high desert climate. It was a ...


GYM: Balanced Core

By Staff

BALANCED CORE Another general principle of balanced training which stabilizes, balances and strengthens the core is to perform two pull to one push exercise when working the upper body. The following three exercises provide this balance as well a forward and backward lower body resistance requiring a core anchor both anterior and posterior.   Seated Resistance Band Row Start by sitting in an “L” and holding the handles of a resistance band. Sit tall and keep your ...

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On the Wings of Hope

By Charles Ashby

Aviation enthusiasts who come to next month’s talk about the famed Blackbird SR-71 spy plane during the Grand Junction Air Show will hear something unexpected. The retired SR-71 pilot who’s delivering that presentation, Brian Shul, will spend the first 20 minutes talking about pancreatic cancer. That’s because in 2010, Shul lost his mother and brother to the deadly disease, and he and the group that’s sponsoring the talk, Wings of Hope, want to help educate people ...


My apologies to the deer, havoc from hornworm

By Erin McIntyre

I blamed the deer that jump the fence into our yard for destroying my tomatoes. To be fair, they have a habit of nipping off the tops of all the plants, giving them random haircuts. It doesn’t usually happen this time of year, because they have other, more delicious things to eat, such as the apples that fall off the trees and the grapes along the back fence. But still, the damage was so extensive that I blamed the deer. What else could be defoliating my poor tomatoes so ...

Hearing Foods

The easy and fun way to eat well for healthy hearing

By Special to the Sentinel

Sponsored content by Colorado West Audiologists You’ve probably heard the phrase “you are what you eat.” While that statement is most commonly associated with heart health, weight control and overall health, the foods you consume can have a positive effect on your hearing. Studies indicate foods rich in certain nutrients can help boost your hearing. In some cases, they may even help prevent or delay hearing loss. Years ago, researchers noticed that, even though the ...

Health and Wellness Briefs, Sept. 22, 2015

By Staff

Breast cancer walk planned for Oct. 10 Mesa County residents will unite with the American Cancer Society in their fight against breast cancer during the seventh annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at 8 a.m. Oct. 10 at Sherwood Park. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the official breast cancer awareness campaign founded by the American Cancer Society. And the group is leading the charge in Grand Junction. With more than 158 walkers last year, the group expects a large ...


St. Mary’s preps to open top two floors this week

By Charles Ashby

The opening of the two top floors of St. Mary’s Hospital later this week offers more than just a room with a view. It offers several such rooms, all with some spectacular views of the entire Grand Valley. But more than that, the 11th and 12th floors of the hospital that are set to open on Friday offer some pretty unique things, including a high-tech patient monitoring system that allows doctors and nurses to know what’s happening in real time to the people who are being cared ...

Mark your calendar for the Senior Fair

By Penny Stine

The Daily Sentinel is once again sponsoring the annual Senior Fair on October 23, which is focused on many aspects of retirement and senior living, including both recreation and health. It’s not a health fair, but because health figures so prominently in the lives of seniors, there are some great healthcare providers and health-related businesses who will be at the fair to answer questions, offer consultations and schedule screenings. Several hearing specialists will be at the ...


GJ woman takes on a silent killer

By Charles Ashby

Grand Junction resident Lorna Naegele didn’t know much about ovarian cancer before she contracted the disease in 2009. Her family had no history of the disease. In fact, she was the first person on either side of her family to be diagnosed with cancer. So when she began to experience many of the symptoms associated with the disease — bloating, abdominal pain, urinary urgency and difficulty eating — the last thing on her mind was that something was seriously ...

Health and Wellness briefs: Sept. 8, 2015

By Staff

2015 Children’s Resource Directory now available The Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction has just released the 2015 Children’s Resource Directory. The directory provides information on available resources and services that focus on the care and well-being of children in Mesa County. According to Doug Sorter, chairman of the directory committee, “This directory is a great example of how Kiwanis demonstrates a commitment to the children of Mesa County. It has been ...


Standing Balance with Shin Splint Prevention

By Staff

Standing Balance With Shin Splint Prevention Start in a standing position with a dumbbell balanced on the top of one foot with the toes pulled toward the knee. Get comfortable with being able to raise the weighted foot. At no time should it be directly above the other foot in order to avoid dropping the weight on your toes. Once you are comfortable, raise the weighted foot up and bring it back down in line with the other foot. Balancing the weight on the foot forces an engagement of ...


Regional Cancer Center opens up new treatments

By Special to the Sentinel

In a maze of hushed rooms several blocks from St. Mary’s busy Regional Cancer Center, banks of cabinets hold hundreds of thousands of samples and records of cancers. The materials span more than seven decades. And they represent more than just historical data about the origins and behaviors of cancers. They contain valuable promise for new treatments. Patients going to and from the Cancer Center never see these rooms. But here in the Saccomanno Research Institute, among a globally ...


Paying your doctor bills

By Charles Ashby

ore Coloradans than ever have some form of health insurance, according to a new study released this week. The number of state residents who don’t have insurance dropped by more than half since 2013, leaving only 6.7 percent of Coloradans uninsured, according to a detailed study released by the nonpartisan Colorado Health Institute, a Denver-based nonprofit group that researches health issues. Initial predictions didn’t expect that rate to fall below 8.5 percent. The greatest ...

Speaker touts GJ health care

By Staff

An award-winning journalist who thinks Grand Junction has one of the best health care systems in the United States is bringing his message to the Avalon Theatre next month. T.R. Reid, a reporter for The Washington Post and a contributor to National Public Radio, is slated to speak on “A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Healthcare” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Avalon Theatre. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Reid’s talk, which is hosted by the World Affairs ...

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The Link Between Hearing & Your Golf Score

By Special to the Sentinel

Whether you’re playing the alpine courses in Eagle-Vail or Beaver Creek or the high desert links in Rifle, Grand Junction or Moab, the game of golf is filled with hazards. Bodies of water, bunkers and sand traps, and dense vegetation can all wreak havoc with your game. Another important yet often ignored factor that can affect your final score is your hearing. Studies show individuals with strong binaural hearing (the ability to perceive sound with both ears) tend to play better ...

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