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SAVING FACE

By Greg Ruland

The medical treatments necessary to keep air flowing to Merry Sechrist’s lungs often sapped her of energy and caused her stress. She said the stress and weariness sometimes showed in her face. Eventually, Sechrist reached out to April Schulte-Barclay, a doctor of Chinese medicine, for answers. Barclay is clinic director at Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions, 2139 N. 12th St., No. 7. Improvement came quickly. Sechrist said she has been able to cut her medications in half. ...


HEALTH BRIEFS FOR: Feb. 3, 2015

By Staff

Free radon test kits, education in Montrose Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas responsible for hundreds of Colorado lung cancer deaths each year. Montrose County Health and Human Services will sponsor several radon classes to increase public awareness about this health risk and will also provide free radon test kits to homeowners. About 50 percent of homes in Colorado have radon levels in excess of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended action ...


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G.Y.M.

By Staff

Tricep Wall Press Start with hands on the wall, shoulder width apart. Make sure the spine is in a neutral position and the abs and glutes are engaged.   Bend at the elbows allowing the elbows to come toward the wall. Press back to the starting position.   Resistance can be increased or decreased by adjusting the distance the feet are from the wall. The body should stay in a straight line throughout the movement. Repeat for three sets of 12 repetitions.  ...


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MEDICAL MATH: Examining the costs

By Greg Ruland

Grand Junction hospitals competing for local health care dollars refused to talk about a recent medical study that showed the cost of health care may rise as much as 20 percent when doctor-owned physician groups and hospitals merge operations. The leader of a large group medical practice, however, said he is working to reverse the trend by forming a new type of medical entity that maintains his physician group’s independence, avoids merger with a hospital and reduces health care ...


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Learning on the run

By Greg Ruland

Thousands of schoolgirls are expected to learn about joy, health and self-confidence while they train with professional running coaches and each other during the Girls on the Run mentoring and life skills program that starts in February. Registration for the program, which takes place at 90 locations around western Colorado and eastern Utah, continues through Feb. 1, said Melanie Steele, Girls on the Run 5K race and marketing director. “We’re expecting around 2,700 girls in ...


Health Briefs: Jan. 19, 2015

By Staff

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GOOD EATS

By Greg Ruland

Latino children are at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese than their peers, according to a national survey conducted by the University of Southern California in 2014. Several Grand Valley Latino families were concerned enough about the issue to recently attend a weekly health education class at Primary Care Partners. Entering its third year, the Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition program is proving local families of all ethnicities can live a healthy ...


HEALTH BRIEF FOR: 01-13-2015

By Staff

Free cholesterol screening given with blood donation St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center will provide a free cholesterol screening when you donate blood through Jan. 31, according to a news release. Patients can take advantage of the offer by visiting the Blood Center on the second floor of St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion, 750 Wellington Ave., or at any sponsored blood drives throughout the community. “This is not a fasting cholesterol screening because we want ...


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Education series takes on diabetes, once ‘silent killer,’ to save lives, limbs

By Greg Ruland

The kitchen oven at Margaret Evans’ house — normally stacked with cookies, cakes, pies and other assorted holiday baked goods this time of year — was cold much of December. Just thinking about it recently brought Evans to tears. The absence of frosted Christmas delights was a dramatic break from tradition for the Fruita mother and her husband, Bobby, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in January. Margaret, 66, said she decided not to express her love for family and ...


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Healthy course

By Greg Ruland

Of the more than 250 juniors and seniors from seven area high schools who interviewed for a seat in the medical preparation program at Western Colorado Community College this year, only 100 were accepted. Enrollment for the class has tripled since 2007, about the time Theresa Bloom and Darren Oxford took the reins and changed the focus from career exploration to medical training. “Grades matter and they have to have a great attitude” to be accepted into the program, Bloom ...


HEALTH BRIEFS FOR: 12-23-2014

By Staff

Delta hospital opens urgent care center A new urgent care clinic operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital is now open for business. It is located directly across from the hospital at 155 Stafford St., according to a news release. Two experienced professional certified nurse practitioners, Gina Justus and Jane Rosen, are the providers for new the urgent care facility. Rosen has worked in Colorado and Wyoming clinic settings for some 16 years in both family practice and internal ...


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Building peace of mind

By Greg Ruland

The only psychiatric hospital on the Western Slope spent $400,000 over the past three months to build a safe place for area residents to receive treatment, adding to the range of mental health services available in the region. Until last week, Western Slope residents who suffered a psychiatric crisis — sometimes called a nervous breakdown — had limited treatment options, said Kim Boe, vice president of West Springs, the only hospital of its kind between Denver and Salt Lake ...


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Many causes, few treatments in battle against winter itch

By Greg Ruland

Like most physicians, Mesa County health officials endorse frequent hand washing to avoid illness, especially during cold, winter months when flu proliferates on the surface of stairwell bannisters and grocery store push carts. For chronic flu-fighters, repeated washing and drying of the hands may also lead to another common complaint this time of year — dry, flaky skin that cracks into painful, inflamed wounds, local dermatologists said. Hand washing isn’t the only culprit. ...


HEALTH BRIEFS FOR 12-09-14

By Staff

Hilltop guides help with health plan enrollment Hilltop Community Resources’ Health Access certified health coverage guides are partnering with certified insurance brokers in Mesa County to sponsor one-stop enrollment events to help people enroll in a health insurance plan. For coverage to start Jan. 1, people must sign up for a Connect for Health account or renew an existing policy by Dec. 15. Hilltop is sponsoring an open enrollment walk-in event from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...


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Picture of health

By Greg Ruland

To her family, 6-year-old Lella Young of Delta is one in a million. To the surgeons who replaced her scarred liver about five years ago, Lella was one in 15,000 — the statistical probability of being born with pediatric biliary atresia. Today, Lella thrives, so much so she attracted the attention of the federally designated organ procurement organization, Donor Alliance. Donor Alliance decided this year that Lella was ready for her close-up. The Delta girl marches Saturday in the ...


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Trimming the Trimmings

By Greg Ruland

The most wonderful time of the year isn’t for many who find themselves eating, drinking and spending too much, then worrying about it. This powerful combination of stress factors causes anxiety, depression and sickness, but not for those who plan ahead and take action to combat it. Local health care providers and professional trainers offer several strategies to combat holiday blues and improve health. Most folks report the biggest holiday stressors are expectations, finances and ...


HEALTH BRIEFS FOR 11-25-61

By Staff

3-D mammography now at Primary Care Partners Grand Junction Diagnostics and Mammography, a division of Primary Care Partners, now offers three-dimensional mammography. The new unit was installed at the end of October. It provides more precise digital images of breast tissue, reducing patient call-backs for re-screenings and other more costly diagnostic procedures, according to a news release. The practice is at 3150 N. 12th St. Call 241-6014 to schedule an appointment. Grants ...


Understanding autism

By Greg Ruland

A brain disorder that blocks the normal development of social and communication skills makes life tougher for one in 50 people in the U.S. — 50 times more 
often than it did nearly a quarter-
century ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in 2,500 people was diagnosed with autism in 1990. That number grew to one in 50 by 2013, the CDC said. The increased prevalence causes some in health care and the media to deride the diagnosis as a ...


HEALTH BRIEFS - 11-18-2014

By Staff

Mesa County clinics offer shots, tips to avoid flu The Mesa County Health Department has several upcoming flu shot clinics: ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Plateau Valley School auditorium in Collbran. ■ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at De Beque School ■ 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Mesa County Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road. In addition to getting vaccinated against influenza, Mesa County health officials urge residents to follow these tips to stay ...


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For youth, age-old problem of grief

By Greg Ruland

Eleven-year-old Bailey Williams traveled to northern California in August to see the redwoods at Redwood National and State Parks. She wanted to hug the ancient, tall trees because they remind her of her dad. A tall man at 6-foot-2, Bailey’s dad, Jacob, shared his daughter’s love of the great outdoors. Jacob Williams died last summer. His daughter thinks about him every day. “He was a good dad. He was helpful. He was funny. He liked to tease us a lot,” she ...


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