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Smartphone addict? Use it to kick habit

By Greg Ruland

Luddites who savor every particle of tar or nicotine that billows from their delivery device should read no farther. This story is directed at tech-savvy smokers who actually want to quit. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment last week announced a free smartphone app that helps smokers break their addiction to cigarettes. Now people addicted to using smartphones will be able to use them to fight another, more dangerous addiction — the addiction to ...

Health Briefs, April 8, 2014

By Staff

Dr. Pramenko to speak on state of health care Dr. Michael Pramenko will present an update on health care reform at 7 p.m. Monday in the community room at the central branch of Mesa County Libraries, 443 N. Sixth St. Pramenko is the executive director of Primary Care Partners, the largest primary care practice in western Colorado. As an outspoken proponent of Grand Junction’s unique health care system, he has appeared on PBS’s “News Hour” and NPR’s ...

Overdose deaths jump with epidemic abuse in Colorado

By Greg Ruland

Colorado ranked second-worst in the nation when it comes to abuse of prescription medication, with more than 255,000 abusers at last count, state officials said. These addicts and abusers contributed to the quadrupling of the state’s overdose death rate between 2000 and 2011, according to the September 2013 “Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse.”  Between 200 and 500 Coloradans die from such overdoses each year, officials said. The high numbers are being ...

Deep Brain Stimulation St. Mary’s

Deep Brain Stimulation

By Greg Ruland

“Deep brain stimulation is a way to turn off parts of the brain without purposefully destroying those parts like more radical surgery does.” DR. BRIAN WITWER, Grand Junction neurosurgeon Deep brain stimulation Electrical impulses steady tremors in patients with Parkinson’s, other movement disorders By GREG RULAND .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; ...

Health Briefs: March 24, 2014

By Staff

Preparing for end of life April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day, a national grassroots initiative to encourage individuals to express their health care wishes through conversations and the completion of advance directives. Learn how to prepare for and make end-of-life decisions at a symposium April 16 at the St. Mary’s Hospital Saccomanno Education Center, 2635 N. Seventh St., fifth floor. Two sessions are scheduled for that date,  8:30 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7:30 ...

HEALTH BRIEFS: March 18, 2014

By Staff

Plague, hantavirus season upon us The Mesa County Health Department is warning residents to avoid exposure to hantavirus and plague as they begin spring cleaning projects and start getting out with their animals. Precautions are especially important while cleaning homes, sheds, cabins, barns or other areas where mice or mouse droppings are present. Both hantavirus and plague can be dangerous and deadly diseases. Hantavirus is caused by a virus that is carried primarily by deer mice. ...


Prescription for exercise

By Greg Ruland

Chuck Ackerman stays fit since surgery took his prostrate cancer away four years ago. The 72-year-old Fruita resident is free of cancer and working out to keep his mind and body healthy. Twice each week, the focus on fitness takes him to the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St. That’s where Lindsay Maurer, a credentialed instructor, helps cancer survivors create an individualized exercise regimen. The patient-centered approach is the centerpiece of a new, innovative ...


Avalon ensures quality experience for hearing impaired

By Greg Ruland

Hearing experts have completed installation of a wire array at the Avalon Theatre that will take audio from on-stage performances directly into the heads of the hearing impaired. The hearing loop system, valued at more than $30,000, will be completed once funds are committed. Then the contractor, Assist 2 Hear, will return with amplifiers to connect the wire array into the theater’s overall audio-visual system, owner and President Laura Hansen said. Fundraising to pay for the loop ...

Health Briefs, March 11, 2014

By Staff

Olive oil makes healthy food better Everyone wants to eat healthy, but not everyone knows how to make healthy foods taste great. That’s why the Colorado Chiropractic & Muscle Care Healthy Living Series is offering at 6 p.m. today a free community presentation, “Fresh EVOO: You Can Really Taste The Difference” at Movement Therapies, 2232 N. Seventh St., Suite 8. The event is part of an ongoing series of talks, media presentations and demonstrations meant to engage ...

Surgery option to keep weight loss vows

By Greg Ruland

Squeamish overeaters pay heed: This a story about weight loss surgical procedures that could get a little graphic. Roughly 60 days since thousands pledged to get fit and drop the extra weight, several pledge-takers see little progress from their efforts and a few may even be considering weight-loss surgery. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery estimates 18 million Americans currently qualify for the surgery, but only 1 percent — about 160,000 — actually ...


G.Y.M. Monster Walks

By Staff

In a full upright position, cross the handles and move the feet outward creating an inward tension on the band. Turn the feet so they are slightly pigeon-toed.   Walk in this position, keeping the feet apart and toes slightly in. Beginners should walk for 30 seconds. Increase the time and repeat as your strength improves. You also may increase the resistance of the band.  ...

Health and Wellness Briefs, Feb. 25, 2014

By Staff

Free clinic appointments Thursday The Good Samaritan free medical clinic is now accepting appointments on Thursday for its offices located at 634 Main St. in the Downtown Vineyard Church Offices. Good Samaritan Clinic is open to the public. and operated by volunteer medical professionals from our community. If you don’t have insurance, or have insurance but are still unable to afford a doctor’s visit, we are here to help. To schedule an appointment, volunteer to help, or ...


Hospice need outgrows Montrose facility

By Greg Ruland

HopeWest Hospice and Palliative Care is hoping its application for a city building permit comes through soon so it can get to work on the A. Curtis Robinson Center for Hope in Montrose. Construction of the roughly 10,000-square-foot, $3 million center could begin as soon as Friday if Montrose gives the green light, said Nancy Hoganson, HopeWest director of community relations. The need for a new center arose when demand for hospice services in and around Montrose, Ridgway and Ouray ...

Don’t jump the gun on planting garden

By Erin McIntyre

The first day high temperatures reached into the low 50s, I felt the itch. Why not clear that flowerbed of leaves? Dig around and see if the irises are starting to push their vibrant green spear-like leaves through the winter muck. Take off that ratty sweatshirt and put my feet in the dirt? Nobody wants to believe Punxsutawney Phil’s depressing prediction that we’ll endure more wintry weather before we see spring. Personally, I have little faith in a New England resident ...


Get Yourself Moving: The Swiss Ball Pass Over

By Staff



How women 
can take care 
of their hearts

By Staff

eart disease personified would be a vicious killer of women who hid in the open, unrecognized and ignored before taking another life. The sneaky killer was probably lurking among the 200 or so who attended the first day of a two-day education and awareness program at St. Mary’s Hospital last week. St. Mary’s Cardiac and Vascular Services Department presented the Go Red for Women program where Dr. Maria Anderson, a cardiologist, and Dr. Sara Pereira, a thoracic surgeon, spoke ...

Health Briefs, Feb. 18, 2014

By Staff

Discussing mammograms With recent studies casting doubt on when and if women should have mammograms, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends women speak with their health care providers to make the best decision. “With all the public confusion over mammograms, we want to make it clear that no one knows a woman’s medical needs better than her health care provider,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, the department’s executive director and chief ...


Veteran’s costly ride in ambulance highlights federal benefits dilemma

By Greg Ruland

People in need of an ambulance don’t normally shop around for the best price. Life or death emergencies don’t work that way, nor should they, Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center officials said Friday. The right time to call an ambulance is usually obvious, but some people try to save money anyway at the risk of their lives. “Is your life really worth $900?” asked VA Medical Center spokesman Paul Sweeney. Some veterans say yes, considering the number ...

Health Briefs, Feb. 4, 2014

By Staff

Rocky Mountain MS Center names CEO The Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center selected Gina Berg as its new chief executive officer. The Rocky Mountain MS Center is the regional leader in providing clinical care, research, education and support to people with multiple sclerosis and their families. As CEO, Berg has oversight of the strategic direction and operation of the center’s programs and services. Berg has more than 14 years of experience as a nonprofit executive. Prior ...


Blind civil rights group forming to serve Western Slope

By Greg Ruland

In the mind of the beholder, the sight of a blind person navigating the sidewalk with a service dog or white cane may generate thoughts that further disable them but rarely define them. Do blind people really count their steps to get from one place to another? Do blind people really have increased hearing ability and other heightened senses? “If people think you have these weird capabilities, then you’re separate and apart,” said Kevan Worley of Worley Enterprises, a ...

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