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Halloween costume shops wary of flu viruses

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Last-minute Halloween costume shoppers beware: If you find and try on that Michael Myers mask, you may be buying it, even if you decide you like the Bart Simpson one better. In light of the spread of the seasonal and swine flu viruses, Grand Valley retail stores are taking extra steps this year to ensure their Halloween merchandise is clean and germ-free. Mad Margaret’s, 807 N. First St., has signs posted encouraging shoppers to see an employee who will disinfect a mask after ...


Stigma of ‘women’s disease’ prevents men from early diagnosis, treatment

By Amy Hamilton

Daryl Monroe was really good at saving other people, but he should have been able to save himself. At 67, Monroe was diagnosed with breast cancer. At that time the cancer was already in Stage 4 — so far along that his chances to live were slim. Monroe’s wife, Alice, can’t help but think that if there was more awareness about male breast cancer, her husband’s condition could have been detected sooner. “Men see it as a women’s disease, but it’s ...

Hospital bolsters cardiac care program

By Amy Hamilton

Community Hospital this month contracted with a 10-physician team from Western Slope Cardiology. That means patients can get cardiac consultations and care at the hospital instead of being transferred out. “The big difference is we’ll have them here in house every day,” hospital President Chris Thomas said of the cardiologists. “If doctors have a patient with cardiac problems, in the past they were transported to St. Mary’s (Hospital). Now the doctors are ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 20, 2009

By Staff

Fundraiser aids Rusty Without Wheels Rusty Leech traveled to India three times to regain mobility, but all you need to do to get mobile is walk, run or roll in a 5K (3.1 miles). The Race for Mobility fundraiser to benefit Leech starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at Canyon View Park. A prize giveaway begins at 11 a.m. A Bump ‘n’ Jump will be available for children. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12 with a participating adult. Race morning registration ...

Event raises money for mammograms

By Staff

Two Rivers Winery will host the annual “Women and Wine: A Toast to Prevention” event to benefit the St. Mary’s Breast Cancer Prevention Fund from 3–6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Each ticket costs $30, which includes a glass of wine, appetizers and a live fashion show. The “Rockin’ The Runway” fashion show will feature glamorous fashions from New York Moon Boutique. Ten dollars from each ticket sold, plus $1 from each bottle of wine sold, will be ...

The hospitalist will see you now

By Amy Hamilton

A little-known program at two Grand Junction hospitals is resulting in some good paybacks. St. Mary’s Hospital and Community Hospital each run hospitalist programs. That means a medical doctor is always on site to handle inpatient care for those patients who do not have a primary care provider, for patients traveling and who have primary care doctors too far away to make it to the hospital or for those patients whose primary care physicians have contracted with the hospital for the ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 13, 2009

By Staff

Family Health Fiesta offers screenings Make plans to attend a free health fair if you or your family lack health insurance or are underinsured. The sixth annual Family Health Fiesta is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park Barn on the south side of North Avenue. Screenings for dental, vision, diabetes and blood pressure will be offered for free. Booths will include information on influenza vaccines, nutrition, entertainment, activities for children and Spanish language ...

Gym class emphasis could shift to health, social wellness

By Emily Shockley

Gym classes across the state could have a new look in 2012. Instead of focusing primarily on physical activity and fitness,  proposed new state standards suggest teaching children movement, personal health, prevention and risk management, and physical, emotional and social wellness. A physical wellness class for high school students began this fall in School District 51. It is a semester course worth half a credit and is required for graduation. Maggie Childers, District 51 ...

High school Med Prep classes train next generation of medical workers

By Amy Hamilton

“The word for a hospital- acquired infection? “What is nosocomial.” “The amount taxpayers spend on health care each year? “What is $2.3 trillion.” “Percentage of health care dollars spent in the last five years of life?” “What is 85 percent.” Without realizing it, local high school students in Medical Prep I were having a fine time learning about health care during class recently. In a Jeopardy-style game, students in ...

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Middle East war veterans endure invisible injuries

By Melinda Mawdsley

Realizing he could die at any time changed Konrad Schlarbaum forever. The Central High School graduate was deployed with the U.S. Army south of Baghdad from August 2006 until November 2007 as part of the war in Iraq. What the former communications specialist lived through during his 15-month deployment in Iraq followed him home to Grand Junction. He has trouble sleeping. He can’t focus. He is angry. “I was a social outcast when I came back from Iraq,” said Schlarbaum, ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 6, 2009

By Staff

ArtAbility class part of awareness week Many activities are scheduled for Assistive Technology Awareness Week on the Western Slope and Disability Awareness Month during October. Activities are as follows: An ArtAbility Class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today at the Art Center, 1803 North Seventh St. Call Mark Saro, 245-1098, for more information. Free extreme sports movies about people with disabilities will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Center for Independence, 740 ...

Slow down, try one activity at a trime

By Sheri Fisher

“How was your weekend?” I asked as Beth walked in for our coaching session. I got a lot done and had a great weekend,” she answered. It sounds productive,” I said. “Tell me about it.” She ran through her list of accomplishments, “I cleaned the house, did the laundry, cooked three meals, helped with homework, ran errands and changed all of the beds.” Wow…all in two days?” I asked. “That sounds like a week’s ...

Balancing time, activities and perfection

By Sheri Fisher

“So many doors are opening and I’m getting overwhelmed, ” Caroline said as we began our coaching session. “What doors are opening?” I asked. “ I’m spearheading our employee barbecue,” she said, “and I want to do a great job.” “ What does doing a great job look like?” I asked. “ I want people to think, ‘This is the best barbecue we’ve ever had,’ ”  she ...

Kidney donation

By Amy Hamilton

Doctors, friends and strangers alike always do a double-take when Julie Kochevar tells them she is donating a kidney to her ex-mother-in-law. “Your ex-mother-in-law?” Kochevar says people exclaim. “I get that from everybody. Everybody’s just shocked. I don’t think I’ve ever told anybody who hasn’t had that reaction.” Kochevar, 44, is happy to give one of her kidneys to her former husband’s mother, Wanda Elsberry, 66. The two have ...

Briefs: Local Health Sept. 15, 2009

By Amy Hamilton

B4 Babies and Beyond received grant More low-income families than before are eligible to receive Child Health Plan Plus, CHP+ and Medicaid, thanks to new eligibility guidelines. Hilltop’s nonprofit program, B4 Babies and Beyond, recently received a $35,000 grant from Caring for Colorado Foundation to address health care issues at a local level. B4 Babies and Beyond helps families secure health insurance. Staff can assist eligible pregnant women with onsite eligibility   ...


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 += ...

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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 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 ...

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