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Testicular cancer 
can be curable 
if detected early

By Greg Ruland

A purple satin ribbon secures the homemade, three-panel display about Frank Born, a Grand Junction restaurant manager who fought against cancer of the testicles until it took his life in November. Born’s mother, Fran, made the display using large, colorful photos of her son to help tell his story. Though Fran Born has been a fine arts teacher in Mesa County schools for more than 32 years, the display could be her most precious artwork. Born’s tragedy in pictures begins with a ...

Health Briefs, April 14, 2015

By Staff

Faith-nursing film screens May 5 in GJ Rocky Mountain Parish Health Ministry will present information about the specialty practice of faith community nursing for interested registered nurses who practice on the Western Slope starting at 4 p.m. May 5 at Colorado Mesa University’s Maverick Center, room 156.  “The American Nurse: Healing America” by Carolyn Jones will be screened. Email Elaine Taylor at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= ...


This could really tick you off

By Duffy Hayes

he unseasonably warm weather this year is drawing more and more folks out into the area’s great outdoor spaces. The early spring also is bringing forth others who enjoy the warmth — namely, potentially disease-carrying wood ticks. Health officials warned last week that the tiny critters may be on the rise statewide and getting more active much earlier this year. Thomas Orr, regional epidemiologist with the Mesa County Health Department, said the troubling ticks like ...

Briefs, April 7, 2015

By Staff

Advance Care Planning offers end-of-life seminars The Mesa County Advance Care Planning Task Force will sponsor an educational discussion featuring The Conversation Project, an initiative to encourage conversations about end-of-life wishes. The event will be from noon to 1 p.m. 
April 14 and repeated from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Saccomanno Center at St. Mary’s Hospital. Check-in for each presentation will begin at 11:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., respectively. These sessions are ...


JOINT Resolution

By Greg Ruland

he pain in her hands, feet and other joints was so great, a local woman said she understood why some people in the same situation might consider suicide. “I had to stay in bed 18 hours every day, but I never considered (suicide), thank God. I sure can understand why some people would,” she said. A lifelong Grand Valley resident, the woman asked not to be identified, but volunteered to share her story in hopes of encouraging others to keep fighting. “You can’t ...

Health Brief, March 31, 2015

By Staff

Blossom Bariatrics adds to counseling services Blossom Bariatrics has partnered with Krista Carpenter of Lotus Counseling to provide additional pre- and post-operative bariatric surgery counseling. Performing more than 30 surgeries per week, Dr. Tom Umbach of Blossom Bariatrics saw the need for extra psychological support for his patients. The practice has long provided support groups and access to an individual therapist, but a need for added services was identified given the ...


Something to SNEEZE at

By Greg Ruland

n early barrage of pollen from elm, juniper and cottonwood trees has exploded across Mesa County, overwhelming many allergy sufferers with the unpleasant fallout. Patient waiting rooms filled up with people draining, dripping, coughing and sneezing from tree allergies about one month sooner than normal, a local allergist said. “It’s almost a full month early because of the light winter,” said Dr. David Scott of Allergy and Asthma Center of Western Colorado. “The ...


Building with compassion

By Greg Ruland

More than a decade ago, a Grand Junction health care provider with advanced nursing skills recognized a regional medical need and founded his own company to fill it. What started in a small, one-room office in Grand Junction has grown so much since 2002 that it now takes the entire top floor of a large office building to headquarter all of the company’s top administrators and staff. The growth of Critical Nurse Staffing (CNS) from a local to a regional agency is partly because of ...


Must ‘C’ TV

By Greg Ruland

Scores of lucky Grand Valley residents will get an advance look Thursday at the latest film produced by Ken Burns for Public Broadcasting Service called “Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies.” The event at Colorado Mesa University is sold out, Rocky Mountain PBS officials said Monday. St. Mary’s Hospital is a leading sponsor of the program, which includes a showing of film highlights followed by a panel discussion with local cancer experts. The film and panel will ...

HEALTH BRIEFS FOR: March 17, 2015

By Staff

32 nurses were honored at Nightingale banquet Thirty-two nurses representing 12 organizations were honored as nominees at the annual Nightingale Western Colorado award banquet earlier this month. Christy Whitney, CEO of HopeWest, and Steve ErkenBrack, CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Plans, emceed the event, which included a silent auction to benefit nursing scholarships, and a special speaker, Scott Burton, author of “A Life in the Balance.” All nominees were presented ...


Triumph over trauma

By Greg Ruland

A nasty bump on the head is often called a concussion, but a local medical expert said he wished more people called it by its right name — traumatic brain injury. People who suffer concussions experience different degrees of damage to their brains. Not all concussions are equal, said Dr. Danny Mistry, a sports medicine specialist at Western Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “A concussion is a head injury followed by symptoms,” Mistry said. “It could be headache. ...

HEALTH BRIEFS FOR: March 9, 2015

By Staff

Two registered nurses will intern in hospice program HopeWest is launching a registered nurse internship program, the hospice and palliative care center announced recently. The program has been designed to support recently graduated registered nurses with an interest and passion for hospice and palliative care. Many new graduate nurses have difficulty finding work in specialty areas like intensive care and hospice care because of limited hands-on experience. Specialized areas of ...


Visible means of support

By Greg Ruland

Calming relief is the first emotion that washes over survivors when they enter the library at St. Mary’s Cancer Center, 750 Wellington Ave.     The soothing voice of a Celtic songstress sets the mood. Inspirational phrases, scenic landscapes and art objects highlight the homey decor — reflections of the love and compassion that dwells there.     Debra Hesse packs a lot of tenderness into the smallish place where hundreds go for support each year during ...

HEALTH BRIEFS FOR: Feb. 24, 2015

By Staff

HopeWest in Delta benefits from cooperative One of the benefits of being served by an electric cooperative is that it gives back to the community through sponsorships of local programs. That benefit is extended when the cooperative is, itself, a member of a cooperative, according to Delta-Montrose Electric Association. In this case, local nonprofit ageny Hope-West provides hospice and palliative care throughout Delta County and has received $1,000 worth of support from DMEA and ...


A healthy market for FARMERS

By Greg Ruland

School District 51 wants to grow the number of Grand Valley farmers it buys produce from to feed students.             That’s why the district is taking part in an all-day Colorado Farm to School Task Force workshop starting at 9 a.m. today at Canyon View Vineyard Church, 736 24 1/2 Road, according to Dan Sharp, director of food and nutrition services. The intensive technical assistance event is intended to show school officials and local growers ...


A painful lesson

By Greg Ruland

A     Grand Junction woman who lives with chronic pain on the right side of her body is working to educate people about her rare condition, which started after she tripped and nearly fell while walking her dog. Carrie Sweet’s story begins with a common mishap that might happen to anyone. The 28-year-old was enjoying a Memorial Day outing with her dogs two years ago when one of the pets ran off and she went searching. Sweet hunted up in the hills and down in the ravines ...

HEALTH BRIEFS, Feb. 17, 2015

By Staff

Common health problems addressed at speaker series Join local doctors, physical therapists and other fitness professionals for the annual Winter Speaker Series at the Fruita Community Center. This free series is open to community members of all ages. All presentations begin at 6 p.m. Experts from Family Health West will be speaking about current health-related topics each month through March. There will be opportunities to ask questions and find local resources related to each ...



By Greg Ruland

The medical treatments necessary to keep air flowing to Merry Sechrist’s lungs often sapped her of energy and caused her stress. She said the stress and weariness sometimes showed in her face. Eventually, Sechrist reached out to April Schulte-Barclay, a doctor of Chinese medicine, for answers. Barclay is clinic director at Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions, 2139 N. 12th St., No. 7. Improvement came quickly. Sechrist said she has been able to cut her medications in half. ...


By Staff

Free radon test kits, education in Montrose Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas responsible for hundreds of Colorado lung cancer deaths each year. Montrose County Health and Human Services will sponsor several radon classes to increase public awareness about this health risk and will also provide free radon test kits to homeowners. About 50 percent of homes in Colorado have radon levels in excess of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended action ...



By Staff

Tricep Wall Press Start with hands on the wall, shoulder width apart. Make sure the spine is in a neutral position and the abs and glutes are engaged.   Bend at the elbows allowing the elbows to come toward the wall. Press back to the starting position.   Resistance can be increased or decreased by adjusting the distance the feet are from the wall. The body should stay in a straight line throughout the movement. Repeat for three sets of 12 repetitions.  ...

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