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Health Briefs, Nov. 16, 2010

By Staff

Health Department offers flu shots There’s still time to do your part in warding off the achy, sniffly, coughy, whiny, fevery misery of the flu. The Mesa County Health Department is offering mass vaccination events today and Wednesday. Today, the vaccinations are available from 1–4 p.m. at De Beque School in De Beque. Wednesday, they’ll be from 1–6 p.m. at the Mesa County Health Department in the Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road. The cost of the ...


Health Briefs, Nov. 9, 2010

By Staff

Loss support group begins Nov. 16 Alpine Home Health and Hospice will begin a grief and loss support group Nov. 16. The group will be for adults grieving the loss of a loved one and it will offer support and encouragement in a small group environment. It will be held from 1–2:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Call 245-0188 to learn more or to sign up for the group. Medicare Monday helps with questions There’s a whole lot of information out there about ...


Just because the pink’s gone, don’t forget mammograms

By Rachel Sauer

Today is Nov. 2, two days after the official end of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. So, it seems like the perfect time to deliver this message, one that deserves all caps: GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS. DON’T WAIT. DON’T JUST THINK ABOUT IT IN OCTOBER. DON’T EVER, EVER THINK YOU’RE IMMUNE FROM BREAST CANCER. Yes, it’s easy in October, a month awash with pink, to think, “Oh, yeah! I should do something about breast health.” But cancer doesn’t ...


Health Briefs, Oct. 12, 2010

By Staff

Clinic sees new medical director The Marillac Clinic is getting a new medical director. On Oct. 25, Dr. Monique Morisseau will become medical director of the clinic, stepping into the position currently held by Dr. Amy Davis. After the transition, Davis still will be a care provider at the clinic three days a week. For the past two years, Morisseau has been associate medical director for the clinic. Marillac Clinic is a health facility that provides medical, dental, optical and other ...


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Midwives can take time to ensure healthy birthing

By Rachel Sauer

“This is No. 4, and this is it. I’m not kidding. Done with a capital D.” Crystal Meyer is firm on this point. She means it. (Also, she’s 35 weeks pregnant.) “She’s got a lot of kids going a lot of different directions,” Ruth Ann Price agreed. There’s the busy fifth-grader, the kindergartner and the 2-year-old who thinks he’s pregnant. “Last time, I had him up here,” Price said, indicating the exam table, “checking ...


Health Briefs, Sept. 28, 2010

By Staff

Free cancer screenings available It is a disease without a cure, but cancer is not indomitable. Often, the best defense is finding and treating it early. With that in mind, and because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Women’s Wellness Connection has, since 1991, given free breast and cervical cancer screenings to qualifying women ages 40–64. The screenings are offered at more than 120 sites around Colorado. To find out if you are eligible, or for a list ...


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The Angel Garden helps healing from lives cut too short

By Rachel Sauer

This corner of the larger garden is quiet, peaceful like a gentle sigh and alive with the soft waltz of sunlight and shade. Memories grow here like the pink and white roses. It’s called The Angel Garden, part of Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado’s Tanglewood gardens at 3090 N. 12th St. The Angel Garden is small, like those it honors and remembers. It is for families who have lost babies during pregnancy or shortly thereafter, and it is for the babies who were ...


Health Briefs, Sept. 7, 2010

By Staff

Local dentists plan free dental care day On Sept. 25, local dentists Julie Gillis, Duane Weenig and Kenneth Perino, as well as their staff members, will offer free dental care — X-rays, cleanings, fillings, extractions and oral cancer screenings — to people who can’t afford dental care. To help determine patient needs, the dentists will screen patients on Sept. 24. Treatment and additional screening will be done Sept. 25. Treatment will be offered on a first-come ...


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Gastric bypass only start of woman’s weight loss of more than 200 pounds

By Rachel Sauer

The strain showed not just on her face, but on her neck, twin tendons bracketing it like steel rods beneath her skin. She had, well, she had forgotten how many biceps curls she’d done, so she didn’t know how many more she had to do. “Please tell me you were counting,” she told her trainer through clenched teeth. “Three more,” he said. So, arms slightly trembling, she pulled up. One. Breathe in through the nose, out through the mouth. Pause. And… ...


Face parenting challenges with advice from others

By Sheri Fisher

Once a month, my friend Tammy and I enjoy breakfast together. We met 15 years ago when we were both pregnant for the first time. I consider Tammy (and several other friends) part of my “village.” As my children have grown, I’ve built and depended on my village and people who know what I’m going through and support me. Even though Tammy has two daughters and I have three sons, it’s good for us to swap stories. Some issues are similar and some are very ...


Education ongoing in keeping citizen CPR healthy

By Amy Hamilton

It used to be common practice that the best cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR involved rapid compressions on a patient’s chest combined with rescue breathing. However, recent studies from the New England Journal of Medicine show that CPR administered with only chest compressions is at least as good as the conventional method, which includes rescue breathing or commonly called mouth-to-mouth breathing. “For citizen CPR, it’s a big deal,” said Mike Page, Grand ...


Health Briefs, Aug. 10, 2010

By Staff

Board of health volunteer sought The Mesa County Board of Commissioners needs a volunteer to fill a vacancy on the Mesa County Board of Health. This board determines general policies of the Mesa County Health Department. Volunteer candidates must live in Mesa County and a knowledge of public health and general health-related matters is helpful. For more information, visit the boards and commissions page at http://www.mesacounty.us. Those interested in volunteering should complete a ...


Health Briefs, July 6, 2010

By Staff

Hospice plans volunteer info session Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado will host a volunteer information session for people interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities in the Grand Valley. A session will be from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Thursday in room 301 at the Hospice office, 2754 Compass Drive, in Grand Junction. Volunteer positions are available for in-patient and family support, the Heirlooms for Hospice Resale Shop and the Tanglewood Society gardening ...


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Program gives caregivers chance to make much-needed trips alone

By Amy Hamilton

Janet and Bill Loring found themselves at an impasse. Janet, 80, wanted to take a trip to Southern California to receive homeopathic cleansing treatments. However, she felt she couldn’t or shouldn’t take that liberty, not wanting to leave Bill, 81, home alone. The couple considered having Bill, who has early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, move into temporary assisted living, but that, too, didn’t feel right. The couple lives in the buffer zone between Grand Junction ...


Health Briefs, June 29, 2010

By Staff

New obstetric, gynecology practice opens Dr. Lee Hardin has opened his own practice in the Primary Care Partners building in the Fairmount Health Park, 3150 N. 12th St. Hardin offers personalized and comprehensive obstetric and gynecological care. He is taking new patients. Call the office at 248-7555. Hardin formerly was part of Women’s Health Care of Western Colorado. Back pain and pain relief seminar set Healing Horizons, 2139 N. 12th Street, No. 7, is offering a seminar at ...


Stem cell clinic used by some western Coloradans closed by Costa Rican officials

By Amy Hamilton

A Costa Rica clinic offering stem cell treatments that have helped some western Colorado residents and thousands of other people has been shut down by the country’s health ministry. The Institute of Cellular Medicine based in San Jose was ordered closed last month after the country’s officials declared there is no evidence that the stem cell treatments are safe or that they work. Fruita resident Jordanne Menzies, 25, was two weeks from a scheduled trip to the clinic in ...


Grand Junction Walgreens is a top seller of popular hormone replacement Rx

By Amy Hamilton

Prescriptions filled at a Grand Junction Walgreens may be used by movie stars seeing youth in California. Officials at Grand Junction’s newest Walgreens, 240 West Park Drive, near the corner of First Street and Patterson, say the store is the largest supplier of compounded bio-identical hormone replacement tablets among the nation’s more than 7,000 Walgreens. While many of the sublingual tablets are sold locally, the store receives orders for the product that must be shipped ...


Health Briefs, June 8, 2010

By Staff

Nonprofit gets grant for special home Mesa Developmental Services received a $40,000 Daniel’s Fund grant. The funds will go toward the nonprofit’s latest project called A Home of Their Own. MDS houses 24 patients who formerly lived in the skilled nursing unit at the Grand Junction Regional Center. Services at the center were cut from the state budget. The grant will be used to purchase specialized mechanical equipment, such as a ceiling track lift systems to help move ...


Communication key to closing relationship expectations gap

By Sheri Fisher

It was my first transatlantic flight. I was on my way to Germany. I planned to enjoy the long flight by reading, writing and sleeping. Talking to people was not my top priority. I was on vacation. Being a life coach, however, doesn’t just turn on and off. When someone talks to me, I usually fully engage. It’s a habit. I find it nearly impossible to half listen, especially when someone wants to talk, and a nine hour flight provides an excellent opportunity to be heard (or to ...


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Virtual colonoscopies offer many advantages, but insurance coverage not one

By Amy Hamilton

Having a colonoscopy isn’t likely to be anyone’s idea of a good time. However, fairly new technology allows for more comfortable and speedy digital colon scans, a procedure that also eliminates the slight risk inherent in traditional colonoscopies of the camera perforating the colon. Virtual colonoscopies, or those completed via a CT (computed tomographic) scan, commonly called a CAT scan, are less expensive than optical colonoscopies. While patients must prepare their ...


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