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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 ...


Parkinson’s disease highlighted during Brain Awareness Week

By Emily Shockley

Claudia Fanning of Grand Junction isn’t like most people in the Parkinson’s disease support group she sometimes attends. At 51, she estimates she’s about 30 years younger than most members. And as a person recently diagnosed with the United States’ second-most common neurological disorder, her progression into Parkinson’s is far behind many members of the group. Fanning is one example of how Parkinson’s can affect any adult. Although 60 is the average ...


Mesa County ranks high in child abuse deaths, low in premature births

By Emily Shockley

Mesa County is one of 15 Colorado counties labeled as a “high risk” place for children to live, according to a new state report. The state’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission released the Early Childhood Needs Assessment on Feb. 23. The report details how prevalent 13 “risk” factors for children are in the state’s 64 counties. Those factors include percentage of premature births and low-birth-weight infants, the percentage of children in poverty, ...


Health Briefs, March 6, 2012

By Staff

Primary Care Partners honored The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians named Primary Care Partners PC the Patient Centered Medical Home Practice of the Year. The Aurora-based academy advocates for 2,000 Colorado physicians and medical students and educates community members about family physicians. Each year, the academy honors a family physician practice, family physician, family physician teacher and a resident of the year. This year’s other honorees are: Kern Low, family ...


Health fair March 16-17

By Staff

The 2012 Grand Valley Health Fair will take place from 7 a.m. to noon March 16 and 17 at Central High School, 550 Warrior Way. Numerous health screenings will be available at the fair, including a limited amount of blood draws. Walk-ins are welcome. Free screenings will include chiropractic spinal screenings, foot screenings, adult hearing screenings, vision screenings, pulse oximetry screenings, lung function screenings, nutrition screenings, and bone health/osteoporosis ...


Health Briefs, Feb. 28, 2012

By Staff

‘Walk From Obesity’ set for March 24 The “Walk From Obesity” will take place March 24 at Eagle Rim Park on Orchard Mesa. The walk is intended to raise awareness of obesity and support education, prevention, research and treatment of obesity. Walkers will ask friends, family and co-workers to sponsor them in the walk. Proceeds will benefit the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Foundation and the Obesity Action Coalition. Weight Loss ...


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Homeless get health help at Day Center

By Emily Shockley

Laundry machines, storage lockers and showers have been a staple of Catholic Outreach’s Day Center for years. Now, regular access to health care at the center is becoming an increasingly popular amenity at 302 Pitkin Ave. The homeless service center is open from 8 a.m. to noon on weekdays. Mondays begin with a visit from a mental health therapist and a physician from Marillac Clinic. Marillac and Catholic Outreach co-wrote a grant to bring mental and medical health services to the ...


Health care job fair next week

By Emily Shockley

The Colorado Hospital Association and the National Healthcare Career Network will host a career fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 743 Horizon Drive. Kellie Bonthron, employment-communications specialist for the Colorado Hospital Association, said the career fair will be a small event designed to connect home health, nursing and allied health professionals with six or more employers who are expected to have booths at the hotel. Colorado Christian University ...


Health Briefs, Feb. 21, 2012

By Staff

Rodwick named to national board John Rodwick, president of the Mesa County Board of Health and the Colorado Association of Local Boards of Health, recently was elected to the National Association of Local Boards of Health board of directors. The National Association of Local Boards of Health is a nationwide organization that informs and guides local boards of health and works to strengthen local public health boards through networking and banding together to address board ...


Fewer infections reported at Grand Junction hospitals

By Emily Shockley

Two local hospitals recorded a dozen or fewer patients who developed infections while at those hospitals between Aug. 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011, according to an annual report on hospital-acquired infections. St. Mary’s Hospital and Community Hospital recorded hospital-acquired infections in 12 and nine patients, respectively, during that time, according to this year’s “State of Colorado Status Report on the Health Facility-Acquired Infections Disclosure ...


Health briefs: Jan. 24, 2012

By Staff

Register early for health fair screenings Early blood-draw appointments through the Grand Valley Health Fair will take place during a five-day period in mid-February. To sign up for an appointment to have blood drawn for low-cost blood-chemistry screenings, register online Jan. 30, Jan. 31 or Feb. 1 at mesahealth.org or call 888-217-1215 from a cell phone or 211 from a land line between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on those three days. The health fair will take place March 16 and 17 at Central ...


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Dentist helps give back smiles to victims of domestic violence

By Emily Shockley

It can be hard enough for a person who has experienced domestic violence to find a reason to smile. If that person suffered broken teeth because of domestic violence or let an oral-health problem escalate because arriving at the dentist with other injuries would be embarrassing, smiling can be even more uncomfortable. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation saw the need to help people fix oral problems related to domestic violence and created the Give Back a ...


Health Briefs, Jan. 17, 2012

By Staff

Montrose County to host radon classes Montrose County Health & Human Services will host free radon awareness and prevention classes this month. This week, the department will host a class from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Health & Human Services boardroom, 1845 S. Townsend Ave., and noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Montrose Regional Library, 320 S. Second St. Next week, classes will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Health & Human Services boardroom and from noon to 1 ...


Health Briefs, Jan. 10, 2012

By Staff

Nursing Homes get satisfaction awards The Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle, San Juan Living Center in Montrose and Paonia Care & Rehab Center in Paonia are among the nine Colorado long-term care facilities who earned a national 2010–11 Excellence in Action award. Residents and their families and care-center employees took a survey administered by independent research firm My InnerView. The same survey was administered in 5,500 U.S. care facilities. The nursing ...


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Massage school opens on Orchard Mesa

By Emily Shockley

So far, Essentials Therapeutic Massage School graduates have a 100 percent pass rate on national massage-therapy exams. School owner Rob Smith hopes to continue that trend when he reopens the school to students this month in a new location at 557 U.S. Highway 50. Smith moved the school to Grand Junction from Montrose in November and hopes to start classes this week. Students must pass a national exam after taking a massage-therapy program in order to practice massage. Smith said he owes ...


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New Year’s weight loss shouldn’t be a pain

By Emily Shockley

It’s the time of year to get in shape, get healthy, but some people will drop those first two goals after a workout-related injury dulls their appeal. New Year’s resolutions can lead to New Year’s pain if people don’t attack a weight-loss goal properly. Dr. David Hansen of Brady Chiropractic Group, 514 28 1/4 Road, said weight loss is one of the top resolutions people make each year, but they don’t always pursue that resolution the right way. “Most ...


Health Briefs, Dec. 20, 2011

By Staff

RM Orthopaedic opens new clinic Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates opened an in-house, outpatient, physical-therapy clinic Dec. 5 at 627 25 1/2 Road. Physical therapist Bryan Whitesides will serve as the clinic’s physical therapist and orthopedic clinical specialist. Whitesides specializes in evaluating and treating orthopedic injuries and has nearly two decades of experience in physical therapy. Community’s Home Health gets grant The Colorado Hospital Association ...


Holiday food doesn’t have to mean holiday weight gain

By Emily Shockley

Maintaining weight can be tricky, and losing weight can be a laughable prospect during the holidays. In the span of two months, weight-conscious Americans battle the temptations of Halloween candy, then struggle to decide how much stuffing and pumpkin pie to load on their Thanksgiving plates. Next, it’s time to fight the urge to plunk every gingerbread man or frosted sugar cookie someone brings to the office into their mouths, and, finally, one last battle against high-calorie ...


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