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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 ...

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 ...


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 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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