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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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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 ...

Health Briefs, May 4, 2010

By Staff

Health care program’s rules change An additional 67,500 Coloradans will be eligible for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), according to the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The Colorado Health Care Affordability Act, signed by Governor Ritter in 2009, authorized the department to collect a hospital provider fee to expand health care coverage to more than 100,000 Coloradans. When fully implemented, $600 million in fees will be matched by federal dollars ...

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District 51 students tour hospital

By Amy Hamilton

Central High School sophomore Ivy Espinoza dreams of becoming a pediatrician. “I like kids and I want to save their lives and help them out,” she said last week while touring Community Hospital. Espinoza was one of about 80 sophomores and juniors from District 51 to participate in a whirlwind tour of many of the hospital’s departments for a career day. The students were chosen to attend after indicating their desire to pursue careers in the health industry. That desire ...

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Parents work to get 3-year-old help walking

By Amy Hamilton

Johnmark Hurley’s life has been a battle since he survived for 27 minutes without oxygen after birth. Now at 2 1/2 years, the joyful toddler from Clifton has cerebral palsy and hypotonia, or low muscle tone. Though he will turn 3 on the Fourth of July, Johnmark is not yet walking or crawling. His parents, Will and Marie Hurley, believe that the prayers of hundreds of people have helped their family weather some of the hardest times. “Johnmark is really doing as well as he is ...

Health Briefs, April 27, 2010

By Staff

Data available at Dartmouth Atlas Project The Dartmouth Atlas Project has launched a new website,, to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional and local health care markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians. New highlights include: Access to the Dartmouth Atlas’ database allows users to create maps, charts and tables that can be downloaded and incorporated into reports and ...

Spouse abuse often begets violence against children

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Several community organizations dedicated to preventing child abuse and family violence are organizing a variety of abuse awareness events this month. The Grand Junction City Council, city of Fruita and the Mesa County Commission have declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Month of the Young Child. The events culminate with an appearance by Denise Brown, sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, on April 22 at the Avalon Theatre. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the event begins at 7 ...

Health Briefs, April 6, 2010

By Staff

Walk for Recovery scheduled for May 1 The National Alliance for Mental Illness is sponsoring its second annual Walk for Recovery from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 1 at Sherwood Park in Grand Junction. The walk is to raise awareness, combat the stigma of mental illness and raise money for programs. Registration is $20. For information and to register, call NAMI Western Slope at 462-3989 or Janice Curtis at 257-0891. Program presents Crohn’s disease info The Crohn’s and Colitis ...


For Grand Junction trainer, interval training guards against the body hitting stall periods

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With interval training gaining in popularity with exercise experts, at least one Grand Junction personal trainer is making sure his clients receive the benefits of intense exercise. Monday through Friday, Mike Davis, 39, puts on four 40-minute classes of interval training at Snap Fitness in Clifton. “One way to lose weight is hopping on a treadmill and maintaining a pace for two hours,” Davis said. “It’s an effective way of losing weight, but you have to put in a ...

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