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GJ surgeon returns from African medical mission

By Emily Shockley

It would never get this bad in the United States. That’s what Grand Junction orthopedic surgeon Mark Luker thought when he saw some of the more severe cases of bone deformities and injuries in Tanzania during a medical mission trip there June 6–23. The eastern African nation was full of such cases, Luker said, because of poverty, a lack of advanced equipment and just 50 trained orthopedists in the country of 46 million. Luker, who has worked at Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic ...


Health Briefs, Aug. 28, 2012

By Staff

Marathon seminar Wednesday A free training and injury prevention forum will be offered at 
6:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Bicycle Studio at 2497 Power Road, No. 4, for runners preparing for the Rim Rock Marathon The marathon will take place Nov. 10 on Colorado National Monument. The forum will feature training advice from local physical therapist John Weirath and suggestions for avoiding the top five Rim Rock Marathon injuries from Bryce Christianson, a Grand Junction chiropractor ...


Health Briefs, Aug. 21, 2012

By Staff

Montrose food safety class canceled The Montrose County Health & Human Services Environmental Health Office has canceled a food safety class originally scheduled for today because of road closures associated with the Pro Cycle Challenge. The next class will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Montrose County Health & Human Services building at 1845 S. Townsend Ave. Classes also will take place Oct. 16 and Nov. 20. Preregistration for a food safety class is required ...


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Cancer survivors subject of film

By Penny Stine

When a young person is given a diagnosis of cancer, the standard response isn’t usually, “Thanks, this is going to change my life for the better.” Yet those who survive often say their diagnosis was like a gift. “After you manage to survive something like that, you can survive anything,” said Wilfredo Aqueron, a 35-year-old film student who also happens to be a cancer survivor and an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army. “You’re going to get the ...


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Woman plans 10,000-mile Harley ride to share testicular cancer info

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

When it comes to testicular cancer, it seems women have the balls to talk about it. “It’s easier to approach women and talk about testicles than men,” said Lorrie Sheley, who plans to start a nationwide 10,000-mile ride on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle this week to promote testicular cancer awareness. Sheley’s Biker For Balls tour will begin Friday, just one day after her 50th birthday, and will include all 48 continental states.  She’ll start in ...


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Clifton mom wins weight loss challenge

By Emily Shockley

Twelve hundred calories and 30 to 45 minutes on the treadmill every day for 90 days earned Clifton resident Amanda Avery a slimmer waistline and a ticket to San Diego. Avery, 38, is one of five winners of the TAIslim 90 Day Challenge who will travel to San Diego this Saturday through Tuesday as a reward from the company that makes TAIslim weight loss products for winning the contest. Avery won the trip, which includes a night at a San Diego Padres baseball game, a makeover and a $1,000 ...


Health Brief, Aug. 14, 2012

By Staff

Summer speaker series ending The last two presentations of the 2012 Summer Speaker Series presented by the city of Fruita and Family Health West will take place today and Saturday at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St. Dr. Waggar Khan-Farooqi will present “Healthy Feet and Ankles: Choosing Proper Footwear” at 6 p.m. today and Dr. Lynda Hamner will present “Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recommendations” at 10 a.m. Saturday. Both presentations are free and ...


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Gold’s Gym honoree loses 130 lbs., but gains so much

By Duffy Hayes

Clifton’s Lindsey Cotter found something at the end of the emotional journey that left her 130 pounds lighter. Her self-worth. She also picked up something a bit more tangible. Cotter recently received the “Most Inspirational” award among all the Gold’s Gyms worldwide, a recognition she was awarded in Las Vegas in July with her personal trainer, Deb Leany, close at hand. “There’s no price tag that you can put on healthiness and happiness,” ...


Tdap clinic serves as reminder for older students to get immunized

By Emily Shockley

Pencils. Notebooks. Immunizations. They’re all on the back-to-school checklist. Starting with kindergarten, Colorado students are expected to arrive for their first day of school immunized for measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, Hepatitis B and chickenpox or have proof they had chickenpox. Although some parents get into the flow of early childhood vaccinations, School District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee said some parents need a reminder that a booster ...


Local autism support plan to be formulated

By Staff

Mesa Developmental Services is hosting a community stakeholder meeting about autism on Thursday. The event is at capacity, so no more people will be allowed into the event, but the result of the meeting will impact Mesa County residents with autism, their families and education providers. The goal of “Enhancing Community Supports for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum” is to bring together representatives from the Autism Society of Colorado, University of Colorado Medical ...


Health Briefs, July 31, 2012

By Staff

Immunization walk-in hours extended Montrose County Health & Human Services will extend the hours of its immunization program on Wednesdays and Thursdays, when vaccinations are available to walk-in patients, ahead of the start of the school year. Colorado students are required to get certain immunizations before starting school unless they are exempt for medical, religious or personal reasons. Walk-in immunizations will be available to all patients from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ...


Community Hospital negotiating Western Ortho purchase

By Emily Shockley

Community Hospital is about to take another step in its moving process. The hospital at 2021 N. 12th St. is in negotiations to purchase Western Orthopedics, across the street from the hospital at 2020 N. 12th St. Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Chris Thomas said the hospital plans to move Grand Valley Urgent Care, Orchard Pharmacy, Colorado Mesa University’s Student Health Center and the hospital’s imaging services and lab draw station into the Western Orthopedics ...


Family rides in cycling classic for a cause

By Emily Shockley

Morgan Jueschke and her father, Joseph Jueschke, rode with a purpose in this year’s Courage Classic. The annual Colorado bike ride benefits Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. The Jueschkes, of Grand Junction, decided to participate in this year’s ride to honor Morgan’s brother and Joseph’s son, Brayden, who received a heart transplant at Children’s 19 years ago when Brayden was just 5 months old. Now a culinary student nearing graduation at ...


Health Briefs, July 24, 2012

By Staff

West Central Public Health Partnership wins award The Colorado Trust has awarded West Central Public Health Partnership with the 2012 Grantee Leadership Award. The award is given to each year to one of The Colorado Trust’s current grant recipients. West Central Public Health Partnership is a 6-year-old collaboration of rural public health service providers in Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Ouray, San Miguel and Hinsdale counties. The partnerships’ goal is to bring those service ...


Health Briefs, July 17, 2012

By Staff

Seminar in health care law at The Atrium The Atrium of the Grand Valley, 3260 North 12th St., will host a free seminar about the Affordable Care Act at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The seminar will focus on the act’s impact on senior citizens. Maura Firth, a local nonprofit health care organization member, will lead the seminar. To RSVP or learn more about the seminar, contact The Atrium at 256-0006. Sexual development class at planned The Western Slope Center for Children will offer a ...


Le MedSpa to host makeover project

By Emily Shockley

Paule Stiefler dreamed of a complete makeover for three years. Not for herself, but for two lucky winners. Stiefler, who serves as director of Le MedSpa at 2530 N. Eighth St., Suite 205, worked with Angel Goodman, an esthetician and laser technician at Le MedSpa, to recruit a bevy of local health and lifestyle experts to participate in the Body & Soul Makeover project. The project will involve a fitness, appearance and lifestyle makeover for one woman and one man by experts at Le ...


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Wildfire smoke unhealthy for some

By Emily Shockley

Children younger than 8, the elderly, and people with chronic lung or heart conditions may be finding it particularly hard to breathe this summer. Wildfires around the state, including the Pine Ridge Fire near De Beque, are spewing smoke full of ash, soot and small, sometimes carcinogenic particles into the air. Grand Junction’s air quality became “unhealthy for sensitive groups” last Thursday in the fine particles category, according to the Colorado Department of Public ...


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Palisade grandma wins national gym challenge

By Staff

It feels good to be a sexy grandma. Just ask 60-year-old Penny Hardrick of Palisade. Hardrick dropped 33 pounds and 13.75 inches from her waist, hips and thighs during the 2012 Gold’s Gym 12-Week Challenge Jan. 9 through April 1. She is this year’s national champion in the 12-week challenge in the 60-plus age category. Other winners are named in the 18–29, 30–39, 40–49 and 50–59 age groups. Hardrick worked with trainers for 12 of the past 13 years. But ...


Bike to Work day will include free breakfast

By Staff

The city of Grand Junction is teaming up with local businesses and organizations to sponsor Bike to Work day, an annual event aimed at encouraging residents to leave their car keys at home and commute by bike. On Wednesday, cycling guides will meet groups around the city to lead riders along urban trails and to a free breakfast outside City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St., or at Pantuso’s, 755 Horizon Drive. “We would like for folks to make biking a part of their commuting ...


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Birth services owner converts mothers’ placentas to pill form

By Emily Shockley

People’s first reaction when local birth services provider Laurel Ripple Carpenter tells them about placenta encapsulation is often “ick.” The practice involves steaming and dehydrating a mother’s placenta, the organ that connects a fetus to the uterine wall, and capturing portions of the placenta in capsules. The process leaves women with 100 to 200 capsules that resemble vitamins and either have no taste or are coated with a berry or bubble gum flavor. Taking a ...


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