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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 ...


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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 ...


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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.J. 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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No time to waste

By Greg Ruland

Jim Crafton was relaxing at his ranch home near Collbran and chatting with his wife, Pat, when his raised-up arm suddenly lost strength and dropped to his side. The retired electrician thought it had fallen asleep, but Pat, a retired St. Mary’s Hospital intensive care unit nurse, saw the signs. Pat bundled her husband into the car and rushed him to Mesa, where they met an ambulance that carried them to the emergency room at St. Mary’s — all within an hour of his first ...


HEALTH BRIEFS, Aug. 25, 2015

By Staff

Local endocrinologist selected as ‘outstanding’ The Endocrine Society announced a Grand Junction physician as the winner of its Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award. Dr. M. Carol Greenlee received the annual award, which recognizes extraordinary contributions by a practicing endocrinologist to the endocrine and/or medical community. Since 1986, Greenlee has worked in private practice in Colorado, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Her current practice, Western Slope ...


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GYM: Swiss Ball Squat With Lateral Raise

By Staff

Swiss Ball Squat With Lateral Raise Stand upright so the Swiss Ball is supported by your lumbar curve (the small of your back). From this position move one foot forward so your heel lines up with the toe of your other foot. Bring your other foot forward this same distance. Hold a dumbbell in each hand by your sides. Maintaining an upright posture, lower your weight to a seated position while simultaneously raising the dumbbells to a horizontal position. Then lower your arms while ...


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St. Mary’s bariatric center receives high accreditation

By Special to the Sentinel

Patients visiting St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center could easily overlook the new plaque hanging near the check-in window. The plaque declares that the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program has awarded accreditation to St. Mary’s bariatric program. It is deemed to be a comprehensive Center of Excellence. This accreditation should be important for those seeking surgical treatment for severe ...


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Obstetrics program to be reborn

By Greg Ruland

After a 15-year hiatus, Community Hospital will begin delivering babies again when its new $49 million campus opens next spring — and in the process will take care of mother and child in an innovative way. Only four physicians are approved so far to use the delivery rooms being constructed at the new hospital at 2351 G Road, but the hospital is talking to other practices about the opportunity scheduled to go live in about seven months. Obstetricians with Colorado West WomanCare of ...


GYM: Swiss Ball Prisoner Squat

By Staff

Swiss Ball Prisoner Squat Stand upright so that the Swiss Ball is supported by your lumbar curve (the small of the back). From this position move one foot forward so that your heel lines up with the toe of the other foot. Bring the other foot forward this same distance. Place your fingertips at the back of your head behind your ears, palms forward and elbows back. Maintaining an upright posture, lower your weight to a seated position and return to the starting position. Your knees ...


Health Briefs, Aug. 11, 2015

By Staff

Montrose RN new coordinator at Stork’s Carol Swingle, a registered nurse, was recently named the new Stork’s Landing coordinator at Delta County Memorial Hospital.  Swingle brings a professional background of more than 30 years in the health care industry. As a registered nurse, Swingle has 18 years in obstetrics, including a certification in maternal child nurse. She was also a certified Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses electronic ...


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Critically understaffed Marillac hires 
5 new doctors, expects more to come

By Greg Ruland

With three new doctors expected Sept. 1 and two more the following month, Marillac Clinic has managed to hire five of the 10 medical staff it needs to meet its goal of nearly doubling its patient load to 10,000 before the end of 2016. The clinic has been critically understaffed since July with only Dr. John Whiteside, medical director, and Dr. Erica Lovett available to treat patients. In part because of the shift to a high-volume, more business-like and professional organization, ...


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Physicians in training remain patient

By Greg Ruland

survey by the popular online website Medscape asks, “Are Residents Happy?” The answer from medical residents — doctors in training — is generally yes, according to the national survey published last week. That also was the consensus of two doctors starting their third and final year at St. Mary’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. Many of the 24 residents enrolled in the regional residency program reflect the results of the national survey, doctors ...


HEALTH BRIEFS: Aug. 4, 2015

By Staff

Mind Springs on final list for ‘Top Company’ award Mind Springs Health, the largest provider of mental health and substance abuse therapy and services on the Western Slope, was named a finalist in the ColoradoBiz Top Company Awards, one of the most prestigious and competitive awards in the state, according to a news release. ColoradoBiz, a bi-monthly publication dedicated to covering the economy, business, finance and technology of the state, has recognized top companies ...


Preserving the sounds 
of summer

By Staff

Summertime in western Colorado is rich with opportunities for enjoying a host of outdoor activities from A-Z (ATV-ing to zip-lining). Most people remember to protect their skin from the high desert sun but how many of us remember to protect our hearing? While sunshine is great for our mood and offers a fun time to enjoy our favorite activities, it’s important to remember that many popular summer happenings can be hazardous to our ears. Prolonged exposure to the sounds of lawn mowers, ...


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Medicare: Four local nursing homes ‘below average’

By Greg Ruland

More than one-third of nursing homes within 50 miles of Grand Junction received a “below average” or “much below average” rating from the federal government based on health inspections, staffing and quality measures, according to Medicare. A review of data at medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare shows that of the nine, four received an overall “below average” rating. Two of those were rated “much below average” based on deficient health ...


Health and Wellness briefs: July 28, 2015

By Staff

Six-week nurse aide class starting up CNAs are always in demand and you can start a medical career or assist your loved ones, according to a news release. Enroll in an evening Nurse Aide Class starting Aug. 24 and become a Certified Nurse Aide. The fee is $975. The six-week course takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Stop by the Mesa County Workforce Center for information and to see if tuition reimbursement is available. Call 434-5474 for details and to ...


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Relief from depression can be a ‘THUMP’ away

By Gary Harmon

rapid series of barely perceptible thumps on the right temple is bringing hope to patients who suffer from chronic depression, said a Grand Junction psychiatrist who is using electromagnetic pulses to fire up brain cells. Dr. Bob Sammons, a psychiatrist who has practiced in Grand Junction since 1988, has expanded Mesa Behavioral Care, 1400 N. Seventh St., to accommodate a therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation. Stimulating brain cells on the right side with a tiny ...


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Mending a little heart

By Greg Ruland

ubrie Hughes of Grand Junction survived her first open heart surgery when she was 26 days old.     The procedure resulted in so many complications, the child was called on to demonstrate superhero healing powers in order to survive. Today, Aubrie is 9 months old. She is happy, lively and fun, thanks to excellent medical care and the love and support of her family. She may soon receive a Heart Hero Cape endorsing her superhero abilities thanks to several nonprofit ...


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