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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.  ...


MEDICAL MATH: Examining the costs

By Greg Ruland

Grand Junction hospitals competing for local health care dollars refused to talk about a recent medical study that showed the cost of health care may rise as much as 20 percent when doctor-owned physician groups and hospitals merge operations. The leader of a large group medical practice, however, said he is working to reverse the trend by forming a new type of medical entity that maintains his physician group’s independence, avoids merger with a hospital and reduces health care ...


Learning on the run

By Greg Ruland

Thousands of schoolgirls are expected to learn about joy, health and self-confidence while they train with professional running coaches and each other during the Girls on the Run mentoring and life skills program that starts in February. Registration for the program, which takes place at 90 locations around western Colorado and eastern Utah, continues through Feb. 1, said Melanie Steele, Girls on the Run 5K race and marketing director. “We’re expecting around 2,700 girls in ...

Health Briefs: Jan. 19, 2015

By Staff




By Greg Ruland

Latino children are at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese than their peers, according to a national survey conducted by the University of Southern California in 2014. Several Grand Valley Latino families were concerned enough about the issue to recently attend a weekly health education class at Primary Care Partners. Entering its third year, the Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition program is proving local families of all ethnicities can live a healthy ...

HEALTH BRIEF FOR: 01-13-2015

By Staff

Free cholesterol screening given with blood donation St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center will provide a free cholesterol screening when you donate blood through Jan. 31, according to a news release. Patients can take advantage of the offer by visiting the Blood Center on the second floor of St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion, 750 Wellington Ave., or at any sponsored blood drives throughout the community. “This is not a fasting cholesterol screening because we want ...


Education series takes on diabetes, once ‘silent killer,’ to save lives, limbs

By Greg Ruland

The kitchen oven at Margaret Evans’ house — normally stacked with cookies, cakes, pies and other assorted holiday baked goods this time of year — was cold much of December. Just thinking about it recently brought Evans to tears. The absence of frosted Christmas delights was a dramatic break from tradition for the Fruita mother and her husband, Bobby, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in January. Margaret, 66, said she decided not to express her love for family and ...


Healthy course

By Greg Ruland

Of the more than 250 juniors and seniors from seven area high schools who interviewed for a seat in the medical preparation program at Western Colorado Community College this year, only 100 were accepted. Enrollment for the class has tripled since 2007, about the time Theresa Bloom and Darren Oxford took the reins and changed the focus from career exploration to medical training. “Grades matter and they have to have a great attitude” to be accepted into the program, Bloom ...


By Staff

Delta hospital opens urgent care center A new urgent care clinic operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital is now open for business. It is located directly across from the hospital at 155 Stafford St., according to a news release. Two experienced professional certified nurse practitioners, Gina Justus and Jane Rosen, are the providers for new the urgent care facility. Rosen has worked in Colorado and Wyoming clinic settings for some 16 years in both family practice and internal ...


Building peace of mind

By Greg Ruland

The only psychiatric hospital on the Western Slope spent $400,000 over the past three months to build a safe place for area residents to receive treatment, adding to the range of mental health services available in the region. Until last week, Western Slope residents who suffered a psychiatric crisis — sometimes called a nervous breakdown — had limited treatment options, said Kim Boe, vice president of West Springs, the only hospital of its kind between Denver and Salt Lake ...


Many causes, few treatments in battle against winter itch

By Greg Ruland

Like most physicians, Mesa County health officials endorse frequent hand washing to avoid illness, especially during cold, winter months when flu proliferates on the surface of stairwell bannisters and grocery store push carts. For chronic flu-fighters, repeated washing and drying of the hands may also lead to another common complaint this time of year — dry, flaky skin that cracks into painful, inflamed wounds, local dermatologists said. Hand washing isn’t the only culprit. ...

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