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Celiac disease controls lives of most severe sufferers

By Emily Shockley

For some people gluten-free eating is a trend. For people like Clifton resident Angela Wetzel, it’s a life-saver. Wetzel, 36, was diagnosed with celiac disease nearly three years ago, three months after her father received the same diagnosis. The autoimmune disorder can run in families and makes those with celiac ill if they ingest gluten, a protein composite found in foods processed with wheat and related grains. Wetzel said more people are learning what celiac is, but she hopes ...


Health Brief, May 22, 2012

By Staff

Marillac Clinic director wins award Marillac Clinic Executive Director Steve Hurd is one of 15 recipients of the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved’s Health Care Champion Awards. Hurd received the honor May 15 at an award ceremony in Denver. Other recipients this year included former Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher and former Colorado governors Bill Ritter and Dick Lamm.  ...


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Scenic classmates help student with diabetes

By Emily Shockley

Ten-year-old Calvin Vaughn knows all the names for his shots. One, Lantus, helps keep his blood sugar level throughout the day. The other, Humalog, is fast-acting and helps regulate his blood sugar level on a more case-by-case basis. Vaughn learned the names of these shots after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Leap Day, Feb. 29, 2012. He tests his blood every two hours when he’s awake and sometimes during the night to see if he needs an insulin injection. Unlike Type 2 ...


Health Briefs, May 15, 2012

By Staff

Pediatrics group opening Fruita office Western Colorado Pediatric Associates will expand its practice to include a Fruita location this summer. The new office will be located at 455 Kokopelli Blvd., Unit C. The office’s phone number will be 243-5437. An open date has not been announced. Wester Colorado Pediatric Associates’ office in the Primary Care Partners building at 3150 N. 12th St. will remain open. Check pcpgj.com for updates on the expansion. Free skin cancer ...


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Primary Care Partners to get new director

By Emily Shockley

Dr. Michael Pramenko will become the executive director of Primary Care Partners June 1. Current executive director Dr. Roger Shenkel will retire at the end of this month. Shenkel, 69, founded one of the three practices that merged in 1998 to create Primary Care Partners. The partnership, based at 3150 N. 12th St. with a satellite office at 1120 Wellington Ave., offers primary family and pediatric care, mammography and diagnostics, nutrition services and after-hours care service Docs on ...


Diabetes Counts summer schedule released

By Staff

Diabetes Counts, a local group for kids with Type 1 Diabetes and their families, has nine activities planned for this summer. Network coffees for families of children with Type 1 Diabetes will take place May 19, June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18. Each coffee gathering will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Cups Coffee and Bistro Library at Hospice Care Center, 3090B N. 12th St. Kids with Type 1 Diabetes and their families can get pizza and a slice for $6 June 9 at Nick-n-Willy’s ...


Grand Junction elevation, sunshine put residents at risk for skin cancer

By Emily Shockley

Grand Junction’s elevation and status as the seventh-sunniest city in the United States puts its citizens at risk for skin cancer. Not that any city’s residents are immune. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone with naturally light skin tone, natural red or blonde hair, a personal or family history of skin cancer or a history of sunburns in childhood is at elevated risk for skin cancer. With hot summer weather sneaking up fast this year, ...


Health Briefs, May 1, 2012

By Staff

KAFM fundraiser for DJ A fundraiser for Zachariah Walker will take place from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Friday at the KAFM Radio Room. Walker, who is known as Professor Skywalker on KAFM, recently was diagnosed with leukemia and completed his first round of chemotherapy. The fundraiser will help him with medical and living expenses, so he can focus on healing. Flat Top Reed and Straygrass will perform, and Walker and disc jockeys Rankin Rob and Warrior One will DJ at the event. There will ...


Health Briefs, April 24, 2012

By Staff

Local MS Society office moving The National MS Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter’s Western Slope Regional Office is moving into a new space at 521 Rood Ave., Suite B. The chapter will open in its new office Monday. Call Karen Galloway at 257-1831 for more information about the new location or programs and services offered by the National MS Society. Whooping cough vaccinations available   Teens, adults and seniors can get free whooping cough vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 5 ...


Western Slope practices may be included in new Medicaid program

By Emily Shockley

Colorado is one of four states and three regions selected to participate in a new initiative that aims to make U.S. health care more affordable and more effective. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation selected Colorado, Arkansas, New Jersey, Oregon and metropolitan areas in and around Tulsa, Okla.; Cincinnati, Ohio, and Albany, N.Y., to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. The initiative pairs Medicare with private insurance companies and Medicaid to ...


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Fruita teen preparing for brain surgery

By Emily Shockley

Fourteen-year-old Carly Adkins of Fruita and her family hope to raise awareness while raising funds for a surgery that may save her life. Adkins was diagnosed in 2009 with Chiari malformation, a brain malformation that leaves too little room in the skull for the brain. The malformation can push brain tissue downward and cause neurological problems, something Adkins is experiencing. It’s a condition few people know about, and it can be hard to diagnose, according to Carly’s ...


Health Briefs: April 17, 2012

By Staff

Ariel-run hot dog cart returns today Ariel Clinical Services will roll out its “Whaz Up Dawg!” hot dog cart for the first time this season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The cart will be in the east parking lot of the Habitat for Humanity Restore, 2936 North Ave. Youth in transition and adults with developmental disabilities learn vocational skills by operating the cart in the summer and offering various kinds of hot dogs, condiments, soda and chips. The general manager and ...


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Benefit Saturday to help Fruita mom pay for surgery

By Emily Shockley

A roller coaster of health problems has left Fruita resident Wyn McConkie exhausted and in pain. The 36-year-old mom suffers from chronic migraines and hopes a new, rare procedure can make her the “go, go, go” parent she used to be. McConkie has a surgery date scheduled for April 20 at The Rose Clinic in Provo, Utah. The clinic’s namesake, Dr. Kevin Rose, is one of a handful of plastic surgeons who performs migraine surgery, a procedure that involves cutting nerves in ...


Twenty-seven local nurses earn Nightingale honor

By Staff

By SENTINEL STAFF Twenty-seven nominees from western Colorado were honored March 31 at The Nightingale Award for Human Caring ceremony at Colorado Mesa University. Nightingale Award ceremonies honor registered nurses from across Colorado for their contributions to the nursing profession and their commitment to representing the altruistic characteristics of Florence Nightingale. Ceremonies are hosted in various regions in the state, and nominees are selected by a state committee. This ...


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Teacher with multiple sclerosis hopes to inspire others to exercise

By Emily Shockley

Richelle Whiteside remembers the day she climbed 300 stories on a StairMaster at Gold’s Gym in Grand Junction. The achievement was particularly sweet because just a few months earlier she had troubling climbing five steps at her house. Whiteside, 49, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 15 years ago. The chronic disease attacks the central nervous system and can affect people in a variety of ways, from numbness in their arms and legs to blindness and paralysis. Whiteside’s ...


Health Briefs, April 3, 2012

By Staff

Scholarships help teens interested in health jobs Scholarships for the 2012 High School Summer Health Career Institute are available at tinyurl.com/88suwfh for Western Slope high school students who are interested in careers in the health care field. Twenty Western Slope applicants will be selected to attend the institute July 8–14 at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, where they will meet medical professionals, tour health care buildings, shadow ...


Health Briefs, March 27, 2012

By Staff

Blood donations to honor doctors Friday Mesa County residents are being asked to donate blood in honor of their doctors to celebrate National Doctors’ Day, which is this Friday. The Mesa County Medical Society Alliance will donate $20 to local nonprofit The House for each person who gives blood Friday and mentions Doctors’ Day. The House offers counseling and support to local homeless teens. To schedule an appointment to give blood between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday at ...


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Laser skin treatment unique on Western Slope

By Emily Shockley

A sore, red face is nothing anyone wants to live with for two weeks. But some men and women do, all in the hopes of seeing their wrinkles, blemishes or age spots disappear. Laser treatments can help a person have sleeker or younger-looking skin. But a recovery period that can last 14 days or longer can make such treatments a pain, literally. When Erin Larson, co-owner of Bellezza Laser Aesthetics, 2470 Patterson Road, No. 8, heard about a laser treatment that can allow a person to go ...


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Developmental disabilities don’t hold locals back

By Emily Shockley

Frequent lunchtime visitors to the Wendy’s near Mesa Mall probably recognize Ginger Brawley. Brawley has been wiping tables and taking care of the floors at the fast-food restaurant for 21 years and counting. “I’ll work here as long as I’m able,” she said. Brawley is one of the 50 to 100 locals who at any time are employed in the community with help from Mesa Developmental Services. MDS employment specialists help people with developmental disabilities ...


Health Briefs, March 20, 2012

By Staff

Health presentation planned tonight Dr. Ryan Gunyan will present “Highway to Health,” a wellness presentation, at 6 p.m. tonight at Roman Family Chiropractic, 2584 Patterson Road. The presentation will focus on ways the body is designed to live, heal and function; how to prevent the top three causes of death in the United States; and how chiropractic care can aid wellness. Space is limited. Call 243-8896 to reserve a seat. Colorectal cancer prevention class ...


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