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Grand Junction specialists perform eye surgeries in Peru

By Emily Shockley

A person seeing for the first time in years a day after his cataracts are removed. Parents thankful after their baby’s misaligned eyes are fixed. A child seeing properly for the first time after being fitted with her first pair of glasses. Local ophthalmologists Deborah Lenahan of Pediatric Eyecare of Western Colorado, 3150 N. 12th St., and Randy Rottman of Rottman Eye Care, 1190 Bookcliff Ave., have witnessed scenes like these repeatedly after numerous trips to provide eye care ...


Health department seeks survey info on teens’ sexual activity

By Amy Hamilton

Do you think sex education should be taught in schools? Have you talked with your teenagers about sex and sexually transmitted diseases? These are a couple of questions in a survey posed to the community by the Mesa County Health Department. The results of the 18-question, anonymous survey will be used to further prevention efforts for teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, according to Kristy Emerson, director of prevention and education at the health department. The intent ...


Health briefs: Sleep tips, West Nile

By Staff

Tips to be offered on better sleeping Preferred Homecare will sponsor a free class on sleep apnea and other sleep disorders from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hospice Care Center, 3090B North 12th St. in Grand Junction. This month’s class will feature Ellen Mead, a therapist at the Rehabilitation Therapy Center. She will discuss how to get a good night’s sleep when dealing with chronic pain, joint pain and neck complications. She will demonstrate pillow support and strategies ...


Health briefs: Food safety, Hospice

By Staff

Reminder to practice food safety Because most summer weekends are filled with barbecues and picnics, the Mesa County Health Department is encouraging people to practice food safety. There are more than 250 foodborne diseases, the majority of which are infections caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites. To be food safe at barbecues and picnics, the Mesa County Health Department encourages people to: Wash your hands with hot, soapy water before handling foods that won’t be cooked ...


Health briefs: Health center award, Caregiver support group

By Staff

Montrose health center wins award The Northside Child Health Center in Montrose recently won the 2011 Grantee Leadership Award. The $25,000 award is made in recognition of exemplary leadership by a current grantee of The Colorado Trust. The school-based Northside Child Health Center gives more than 800 children primary, oral and behavioral health care, from birth through high school. It opened in 2007 and 78 percent of its patients qualify for free or reduced meals. According to the ...


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Doctors get back together in new North Ave. practice

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Two physicians who started off their health care careers as residents together in the 1990s have joined forces anew in Grand Junction. Drs. Tarek Arja and Jeff Bowman are doing more than building a new practice. They’re working together on bringing their practice into the electronic age at 525 North Ave., in a building that has been given a new lease on life. About five years ago, Arja decided to move west from Limon, and ended up in the same building on the east end of the Grand ...


Health briefs: Free tests offered at Walgreens, Blood Donor Day

By Staff

Free health tests offered at Walgreens The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will come to the Western Slope on Thursday through Sunday, offering six free health tests valued at $100. The tests are total cholesterol level, blood pressure, bone density, glucose level, waist circumference and body mass index. They’re available to adults 18 and older and no appointment is necessary. Free one-year AARP memberships will be given to all adults to take the health tests. The test times and ...


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New display at college library examines women in medicine

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Mesa State College’s Tomlinson Library will honor women in medicine and reflect the changing face of the medical field this summer, with their first display from the American Library Association in more than 25 years. “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians” opens to the public Thursday morning on the third floor of the library. The interactive, multimedia display was part of a larger exhibit, which showed at the National Library of ...


Fruita dental clinic adds Parachute office

By Dennis Webb

A Fruita dental clinic is opening a second location in Parachute, driven by the prospect of attracting more patients in that area and better serving existing Mesa County patients who work in Garfield County. Lybrook Dental Center will open a satellite clinic at 101 Cardinal Way Unit, No. 3, in the Southgate Plaza in June. Appointments are being taken at 858-9511. Drs. Scott and Carol Lybrook will continue to operate their 13-year practice in Fruita, where they provide preventive, ...


Health Briefs: May 24, 2011

By Staff

Take steps to prevent swimmer’s ear Prevention of swimmer’s ear is the theme this year of Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention week in Mesa County is May 23–29, a time to raise awareness about healthy and safe swimming behaviors. Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the outer ear canal that can cause pain and discomfort, according to the Mesa County Health Department. It’s caused by pseudomonas, a bacteria the health department can test for. To ...


Health Briefs, May 17, 2011

By Staff

Third annual Walk for Recovery planned The National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Slope and Colorado West Mental Health are sponsoring the third-annual Walk for Recovery from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Colorado West Mental Health, 515 28 3/4 Road, Building A. The walk is held to raise awareness about and break down stigmas about mental illness, and to raise funds for consumer and family programs. Registration for the walk is $20. For information or to register, call NAMI ...


Health briefs: Hearing loss group, Stamp Out Hunger

By Staff

Hearing loss group offers meeting The Hearing Loss Association of America Western Colorado Chapter will host its free monthly meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. This month’s meeting is called “All About You!” and will offer those in attendance the opportunity to ask questions, talk about ideas and share experiences with others who have experienced or are experiencing hearing loss. The meeting will feature an ...


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GJ mother creating organization for children affected by leg impairment

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

When Kira Hudson of Grand Junction learned her son Ben had a rare disease that would making walking difficult for him, she sought support from the Internet. “I just wanted to find one family that knew how I felt,” Hudson said. But the Internet provided little information about Blount’s disease and even less support from other families. Blount’s disease is a failure of the tibia bone, just below the knee, to grow normally. It causes children and adolescents to ...


Health Briefs, April 12, 2011

By Staff

Hospice names new board members Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado recently named four new members to its board of directors. They are: Chris Launer, a community leader and retired banker, who most recently served as branch president of the Bank of Colorado. He also is a board member and past chair for the Business Incubator, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, and a board member of the Riverview Technology Center and the Downtown ...


Health Briefs, April 5, 2011

By Staff

Clubs offer kids free vision screenings Since 2001, the Fruita, Redlands, Fruitvale, Clifton, Orchard Mesa, Palisade and Collbran Lions clubs have sponsored free vision screening for preschool and kindergarten-age children. As of March 1, the clubs reported that 26,218 children have been screened and, among those children, 2,022 were identified as possibly having eyesight problems. During the current school year, 2,625 children have been screened, with 243 referrals to optometrists and ...


Health Briefs, March 29, 2011

By Staff

Colorectal cancer topic of class March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and St. Mary’s Hospital is sponsoring a free community education class tonight about colorectal cancer prevention. Gastroenterologist Eugene Crafton will present information about risk factors, symptoms, screening, treatment and prevention. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. It most often occurs ...


Health Briefs, March 8, 2011

By Staff

Support group beginning for caregivers Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado is offering a support group for those caring for a loved one. The five-week Caregiver Connections will meet from 1–2:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 15. It will meet at the Miller Homestead, 3090 N. 12th St., in Grand Junction. Caregiver Connections was created to help caregivers learn more about available resources and to help caregivers connect with others experiencing similar situations. ...


Coloradans lack understanding about obesity, healthful lifestyle, survey shows

By Staff

New research from LiveWell Colorado indicates that many Coloradans have a hard time accurately identifying obesity and underestimate what it means to be overweight or obese. Many also have a hard time understanding these concerns in terms of their own weight and lifestyle, according to the nonprofit organization. LiveWell Colorado commissioned a survey of 1,100 Colorado residents in November and December 2010 and found that an overriding attitude is that obesity is “someone ...


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A healthy helping of explanation helps program succeed

By Rachel Sauer

It was the sunflower seeds causing the traffic jam. They were OK with the whole-wheat English muffin, with the tomato sauce and pineapple, and definitely with the mozzarella cheese. But last in line for toppings on their energy pizzas was a tray of shelled sunflower seeds. Hmm. There was some balking and more than a few skeptical glances. They stopped just short of “ew.” “We’re, like, supposed to put those on the pizza?” someone asked. “Just try a ...


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GJ study well ahead of nation on CT scans for lung cancer

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If it’s possible that there is a good place to have lung cancer, then that place is Grand Junction, and it has been for the past few years. While the rest of the world learned earlier this month that early detection can result in greater survival rates for lung-cancer sufferers, physicians in Grand Junction already knew it. A five-year study conducted by Dr. Joel Bechtel, a Grand Junction pulmonologist, in concert with Dr. William Kelley and other physicians, the Saccomanno ...


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