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HEALTH CHILDHOOD CANCER V 0

Family working to spread awareness of childhood cancer

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction couple Rusty and Jami Lloyd couldn’t have fathomed two months ago how different their family life would be today. On July 16, their 3-year-old daughter Gracie was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer, specifically nephroblastoma, a cancer that attacks the kidneys. It’s commonly known as Wilms’ Tumor. After noticing a hard spot on the side of her stomach, the couple took Gracie in for a checkup and the spot was attributed to constipation. When ...


Briefs: Health Sept. 08, 2009

By Amy Hamilton

• Heart health seminar to be Wednesday Dr. Scott Rollins will present a seminar titled “Heart Health: Better Screening, Better Treatment” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado, 240 F Road, Suite 8. Call 245-6911 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += ...


Health P caregivers 9-3-9

CAREGIVERS: ‘The ones who stay have their hearts into it’

By Amy Hamilton

Matthew Duffy smiles broadly in appreciation each time Josie Mullally and Hannah Piper hand him an M&M. The longtime client of Mesa Developmental Services doesn’t speak much but has learned recently to say “more” when the small chocolate candies are up for the taking. It’s that kind of progress that can make the day for direct support professionals like Mullally and Piper. Behind the scenes work of direct support professionals, those who work directly with the ...


Briefs: Local Health Sept. 01, 2009

By Amy Hamilton

Wheelchair-accessible van fundraiser Family members of longtime former De Beque teacher Radona Swancut are raising money to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van to make transportation feasible. Swancut has lived with multiple sclerosis for the past 17 years and in the past few years has lost her ability to walk and drive, said her daughter, Courtney Hatch. To donate, go to http://www.myspace.com/getahandicapvan or send a check to: Care of Don and Shirley Brackett at P.O. Box 191, ...


Tips to help you save on health care

By Amy Hamilton

Being a savvy health care consumer has never been more important. With some people finding health care costs soaring as benefits dwindle, it pays to know how to make your coverage work for you. Know before you go It’s not enough to ask if a health care agency takes your health insurance. Your health care professional should be contracted with your insurance network. If you’re operating under a Preferred Provider Organization, or PPO, using a health care professional not on ...


County hasn’t had any West Nile cases this season

By Amy Hamilton

West Nile Virus seems to have lost its bite in Mesa County as no mosquitoes here have tested positive for the virus this year. That is a sharp contrast to five years ago when the county was a hotbed of West Nile Virus activity, with 127 confirmed cases and four deaths. Colorado reported nine human cases of West Nile Virus as of Aug. 14, but none of those cases were on the Western Slope. Delta County reported one case of West Nile Virus found in a mosquito population after an Aug. 6 ...


Briefs: Health Aug. 25, 2009

By Staff

Kids 9–14: Enter radon poster contest • Children ages 9 to 14 in Colorado are invited to enter the 2010 National Radon Poster Contest. Poster topics include: What is radon? Where does radon come from? How does radon get into our homes? Radon can cause lung cancer. Test your home for radon. Posters will be judged on content accuracy, visual communication, reproducibility and originality. Colorado winners and runners-up will be entered into the national contest. The national ...


H LADUE PRP

Plasma shots can help some avoid surgery

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For Chris Ladue it sounded too good to be true. After splitting a tendon in his knee, Ladue figured surgery was the only option to repair his ailing limb. “It had been hurting for a while,” Ladue, an avid skier, said. “I didn’t want to do surgery because I didn’t want to be laid up for three months.” But when it came down to it, all it took to heal Ladue’s knee was a shot. Ladue, a 31-year-old Grand Junction resident, joined a growing list of ...


Briefs: Health Aug. 18, 2009

By Staff

Free sleep apnea seminars available • Think you have sleep apnea? You may be able to find out during free monthly seminars offered through Preferred Homecare. Seminars are offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every third Monday of the month at 529 25 1/2 Road. Call 257-1565 for information. Nutrition presentation to be at college • Learn more about nutrition during a free presentation to be offered Aug. 24 at Mesa State College. Former Fruita High School graduate and nutrition ...


Once vilified, GJ doctors now regarded as trailblazers

By Amy Hamilton

By AMY HAMILTON .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_UFPaJ1LL6k').innerHTML = output; //]]> Three decades ago a handful of local doctors took on a load of criticism when they began to alter Grand Junction’s health-care system. At that time, other doctors and the public labeled those early efforts ...


Briefs: Health Aug. 11, 2009

By Amy Hamilton

Tdap vaccine clinic at Fruita Monument • With the first day of school rapidly approaching, the Mesa County Health Department wants to remind parents to ensure their children are vaccinated. Tdap vaccinations are available at Fruita Monument High School from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Required immunizations always are available at the Mesa Health Department at 510 29 1/2 Road or through health care providers. Vaccines are $14.50. Private insurances that can be billed include Rocky ...


GJ eye doctors donate surgical procedures in Latin America

By Amy Hamilton

By AMY HAMILTON .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_RLxv4WpD6d').innerHTML = output; //]]> Optometrist Randy Rottman has been traveling to Latin America a few times a year for the past two decades because that’s where he believes he can make the most difference. “It’s very ...


Lab director highly experienced in training of world-class athletes

By Emily Shockley

By EMILY ANDERSON .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_KGH1bpLNTd').innerHTML = output; //]]> Bill Sands has trained plenty of Olympic athletes, from current gymnasts Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin to 1968 Olympic high-jump champion Dick Fosbury, creator of the now widely used “Fosbury Flop” ...


Briefs: Health July 28, 2009

By Staff

Advance directives subject of lecture • A free meeting at 6:30 tonight will show residents how to prepare legal documents that express their wishes for end-of-life care. A lecture on advance medical directives by Dr. Bruce Richards will be presented at Mesa County Libraries’ Central Library, 530 Grand Ave. Participants will be able to fill out a free document concerning durable medical power-of-attorney and living wills. Reservations are required by calling 263-5542. Call Toni ...


McLeod Paraplegic 7-23-9

Delta woman determined to walk again

By Amy Hamilton

By AMY HAMILTON .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_i1dWCdPn3C').innerHTML = output; //]]> Just to swivel her hip, push her torso forward and command her right leg to take a step takes nearly all of Gina Fricks-McLeod’s concentration. With braces on her legs and using her arms as support on ...


Public health services need to be evenly distributed

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By GARY HARMON .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_vUr29OAY65').innerHTML = output; //]]> Public-health agencies need to find ways to work more effectively across regions and the state and with other agencies, officials from 11 Western Slope counties said Thursday. The officials gathered in Grand ...


Tough call for small business on health care

By Emily Shockley

By EMILY ANDERSON .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_YOByeaYNIM').innerHTML = output; //]]> A new survey reports one in four U.S. businesses with five or fewer employees offers health insurance, and 26 million of the 46 million uninsured people in the United States are small business employees, owners ...


Family taking bicycle tour to raise money

By Allen Gemaehlich

By ALLEN GEMAEHLICH .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_2HDLyn1kh8').innerHTML = output; //]]> Shauna Jackson first started bicycling to kick a smoking habit. Now, the 55-year-old Grand Junction woman bikes for something more rewarding. Jackson rides every year in the Courage Classic to raise money ...


Briefs: Heath briefs July 21, 2009

By Staff

Therapy bike is focus of fundraiser • A Delta woman is raising funds to purchase a functional electrical stimulation bike for use in her own rehabilitation and eventual donation to the Family Health West hospital in Fruita. The fundraiser for Gina Fricks-McLeod, a 25-year-old paraplegic, will be at 8 p.m. Friday at the Sports Center Lounge, 1410 Valley View Drive, Suite 190, in Delta. It will include a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament, auction, Wii bowling and pool tournaments ...


HEALTH SISTER FAYE 7-10-9

Sister celebrates 50-year Jubilee,  28-year career in counseling

By Amy Hamilton

By AMY HAMILTON .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_PxBb5LP2qq').innerHTML = output; //]]> There once was a time when Sister Faye Huelsmann, a high school English and home economics teacher in Kansas, would send students down the hall to be counseled by fellow teacher, Sister Pat Lewter. Sister Pat, ...


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