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Speaking of Science Column May 17, 2009

By Gary McCallister

It was clearly my wife’s fault that I sliced open my hand. If she hadn’t scheduled a party for 21 little girls at our house, I wouldn’t have been on the roof trying to get the air conditioner operating in such a hurry. The wet roof, the slick shoes and working too fast had nothing to do with it. The determination of cause haunts science. It is a surprisingly difficult concept to prove. Even when the accident was clearly because driver A ran a red light, there is a reason ...


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Despite barriers, woman reaches her college goal

By Amy Hamilton

Ashley Miller can’t read small print or anything that’s written on a chalkboard. But Miller, 23, with bright blue eyes and a sunny disposition, doesn’t live in a world of “can’ts”. Although the 6-foot-tall student with a head of blond hair could see about one-fourth of what her college counterparts could see, Miller graduated Saturday with a degree in counseling psychology. “I can see color. I just can’t always tell what color I’m ...


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Fundraiser has special meaning to mom

By Amy Hamilton

Lorena McCormack thought her healthy 3-year-old son possibly had an ear infection last spring when he started falling down for no reason and tilting his head to one side. But the 30-year-old Fruita mother never could have known her son, Chayton Joseph Aragon, would soon be diagnosed with an aggressive, rare form of cancer. Chayton, who adored Spider-Man and watching over his younger brother, Hunter, died Dec. 4 after fighting the disease the best he knew how. “He always said, ...


Briefs: Local Health May 12, 2009

By Staff

Wellness connection screenings are free • Women’s Wellness Connection is offering free breast and cervical cancer screenings to Colorado women who recently lost their jobs and/or health insurance coverage. For a list of free screening providers in the state, call 1-866-951-9355 or visit http://www.womenswellnessconnection.org. In addition to expanding its coverage to recently unemployed women or women who recently lost health care coverage, the Women’s Wellness ...


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HW Battle to shed pounds begins

By Melinda Mawdsley

Three Grand Junction women have accepted the reality that losing weight and keeping it off will be a daily fight. It is a fight they plan on winning. For the past three months, Andrea Laible, Linda Johnson and Hollie Caudell, all 37, participated in a free weight loss study at e-fit, 2829 North Ave. The women were eligible for the study because they were at least 50 pounds overweight and committed to working out 30 minutes three times a week at e-fit, filling out questionnaires and ...


LS: Pediatrician offers motherly answers

By Ann Wright

Mothers don’t always have all the answers. Here are some answers to questions mothers ask Dr. Patrice G. Whistler, a pediatrician at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates, a division of Primary Care Partners. Q: Are there things I can do to help my kids be smart? Whistler: Yes! The best ways to help increase your child’s intelligence are to talk to them constantly, up to 30,000 words per day. Also singing, playing games, reading out loud, and other together-time activities ...


Briefs: Local Health May 06, 2009

By Staff

B4 Babies plans free enrollment fair • Hilltop’s B4 Babies and Beyond is having a free enrollment fair from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 2897 North Ave. Hilltop’s B4 Babies staff will answer questions on CHP+ and Medicaid applications. An estimated 11 percent of eligible children in Mesa County aren’t enrolled in Medicaid or CHP+, according to Hilltop. A temporary CHP+/Medicaid card will be available Friday for eligible people. On ...


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HW: Family’s gift was a trip of a lifetime

By Melinda Mawdsley

Burke Martin wants to give local families the dream vacation he never had the chance to share with his family. His wife, Tammy Martin, died May 13, 2008, from ovarian and colon cancer. They were married nearly 16 years. Before Tammy’s death, the couple and their children, Erin and Connor Martin, were planning a cruise to somewhere tropical because the chemotherapy always made Tammy cold. A cruise also was a trip Burke and Tammy had wanted to go on since they got married. Instead, ...


Eagle County swine flu case probed

By Dennis Webb

Authorities are investigating how an Eagle County teenager became infected with the H1N1 (swine) flu, the first confirmed case of the virus in western Colorado. The case involves a male in his late teens who is not a student, Eagle County said in a news release Monday. He was not hospitalized and is recovering. Eagle County spokesperson Kris Friel said it was unclear how the teen contracted the flu. He hadn’t traveled abroad, and there were no other confirmed cases of local flu ...


Speaking of Science Column May 03, 2009

By Staff

In our day-to-day communications we blithely speak about topics of interest. Such conversation is usually general in nature, but when we begin to make measurements and then write about them, we must get more particular about how we express ourselves. These factors often deal with the units of measurement or the frame of reference. In reality, these considerations pertain to most subjects. As mentioned in a previous article on pressure, a great variety of topics related to pressure are ...


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ENROLLMENT SPIKES AT MESA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TOBACCO CESSATION CLASSES

By Melinda Mawdsley

New federal taxes have given a growing number of Mesa County residents the impetus to quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Enrollment for the Mesa County Health Department’s monthly tobacco cessation class jumped in April from the normal 12 people to 51, forcing the Health Department to add two additional classes. Nearly every single person in the four-week class said they have wanted to quit using tobacco, and the new federal taxes that went into effect April 1 pushed them to finally ...


Briefs: Local Health April 28, 2009

By Staff

Free class slated on using essential oils • A free educational class to help mothers use essential oils during illness will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 5 at Mesa Mall Community Center. The seminar will help people learn how to use essential oils to fight colds, flu, earaches, infections, fevers, viruses, headaches and more. For information, contact 270-6638 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') ...


Speaking of Science Column April 26, 2009

By Staff

As you sit comfortably in your chair reading this article, it may come as a surprise to learn that you are really traveling 816 miles per hour. I know this may leave you incredulous because you don’t even feel your hair blowing. But that’s another story; this article is about speed. The reason this statement can be made with a straight face is what scientists call the “frame of reference.” What’s the reference point when you make the statement? When we ...


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HW: Local chiropractor keeps busy with outdoor activities

By Patrick Bahr

If you can keep up with him, you can find Dr. Nick Sechrist being active somewhere, somehow. The owner of Grand Junction chiropractic clinic Elevation Now, 2505 Foresight Circle, Unit C-1, Sechrist, 29, likes hiking, golfing, skiing and basically any outdoor activity that ends in “ing.” As energetic as he is, it seems only fitting Sechrist’s job as a chiropractor has allowed him to help keep people moving and not hampered by pain. “I have seen all types of ...


HW Briefs:  Local Health April 21, 2009

By Staff

Shriners offers health screening for kids • The Medical Staff of El Jebel Shriners and Western Colorado Shrine Club will conduct a health screening for children from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Community Hospital. Children 18 and younger with orthopedic conditions, including burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and cleft palate, are eligible for care at no charge through the Shriners Hospital for Children. Shriners Hospital for Children is a multi-hospital system in the United ...


Briefs: Local Health April 14, 2009

By Staff

Grief education, support available • Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado offers adult grief education and support groups through Mending Hearts. The group meets from 2–3:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Miller Homestead, 3090 A N. 12th St. Participants can join the group at any time, and registration is not required. Mending Hearts is free. Call 254-0891 for more information. 5K benefits Hilltop and Girls on the Run • Hilltop’s Tri-County ...


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HW: Weight loss April 14, 2009

By Melinda Mawdsley

Andrea Laible spent the winter wearing sweat pants. No more. More than halfway through a three-month weight-loss study at e-fit, Laible, 37, has pulled once-too-tight clothes out of her closet and back on her body. “It’s nice to wear jeans again,” Laible said. Laible, along with Linda Johnson, 37, and Hollie Caudell, 37, of Grand Junction, are three of 143 people who volunteered to be part of a weight-loss study at e-fit, 2829 North Ave. The study began Feb. 2 and ...


Briefs: Local Health April 07, 2009

By Staff

Health Dept. offers vaccination clinics • Mesa County Health Department is offering Tdap vaccinations this month to help students meet the health requirements for School District 51. Tdap includes tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines. The clinics specifically target current fifth-graders and ninth-graders. Other middle and high school students who need the Tdap booster can attend the clinics. The clinics are at the following times, dates and locations: •  ...


HW: Palisade youth picked for medical forum

By Melinda Mawdsley

Sarah Galloway has always dreamed of becoming a doctor. Her desire to be a pediatrician became even stronger in February when the Palisade High School sophomore received an e-mail notification that she was selected to attend this summer’s National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in San Francisco. Students asked to attend the forum must be nominated by a teacher or mentor or by information on pre-college surveys such as the National Research Center for College and University ...


Briefs: Local Health March 31, 2009

By Staff

‘Dine for a Cure’ helps cancer society April is “Dine for a Cure” month in Grand Junction, so several local restaurants have partnered with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to donate a portion of proceeds on specific days to cancer research. •  From 4-9:30 p.m. on April 7, 10 percent of all proceeds at Grand International Buffet will be donated to ACS. •  From 4-11 p.m. on April 9, 20 percent of sales at Arby’s will ...


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