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Health Briefs, Jan. 7, 2014

By Staff

Help with veterans benefits offered A representative from the Denver Regional Veterans Benefits Office will visit Grand Junction today and Wednesday. Barbara Martinez can assist veterans and their survivors with a number of issues including: claims for military-related injuries or illnesses, also called service-connected disabilities, veterans home loan information, low-income wartime veterans pension requests, pensions for widows and widowers of wartime veterans; survivors ...


Eating disorder specialist thinks local numbers off

By Greg Ruland

Nationally, more people die of eating disorders than from suicide, according to a Grand Junction specialist who treats the disorder. While the statistic does not hold true in Mesa County, the illness, which takes several forms, is more widespread here than some people think, said Krista Carpenter of Lotus Counseling, 347 N. Seventh St. Eating disorders are real, complex and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships. They are not ...


St. Mary’s trauma center closest, most well-equipped

By Greg Ruland

Car wreck victims with complex injuries arrive at St. Mary’s Hospital in the worst shape imaginable, often unaware the highly trained staff rushing to help them work for the highest-level trauma center in the region. The American College of Surgeons once again verified the medical center’s Level II trauma center, confirming St. Mary’s operates the highest level trauma center between Denver and Salt Lake City, hospital officials said. St. Mary’s program has been ...


Young and defenseless: Online campaign tries to educate uninsured about high cost of accident

By Greg Ruland

Colorado’s first statewide nonprofit health insurance cooperative launched a new awareness campaign last week to educate “young invincibles” about the potential costs of not having health insurance. The name young invincibles comes from a term used in the insurance industry that refers to young adults who choose to go without health insurance because of their perceived invincibility — that is, they don’t feel they need it, according to the Colorado Trust. ...


Help on cue: Annual pool tournament benefits cancer patients

By Duffy Hayes

Shannon Moralez loved to play pool. When he was battling the cancer that eventually took his life, a pool tournament fundraiser to help cover many of his medical bills was particularly close to his heart, family members say. Moralez lost his battle in September 2009, and each year since then his friends, family and fellow pool enthusiasts have held a memorial tournament in his honor — just as Moralez wished before he died. “It’s just been unreal,” said Theresa ...


4 Grand Valley residents to get free joint replacements

By Greg Ruland

Four Grand Valley residents in dire need of joint replacements but who lack the insurance to pay for them will receive the life-changing surgeries today and Friday thanks to volunteers. St. Mary’s Hospital, in collaboration with Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates, will provide free hip and knee replacements to the four. The surgeries will be performed under the auspices of Operation Walk USA, an independent medical humanitarian organization that provides free hip or knee ...

Health Briefs, Dec. 2, 2013

By Staff

Hearing loss potluck set for Saturday The Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will host its third annual free covered dish holiday meal at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The luncheon at Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave., has become a tradition to cultivate fellowship and friendships. It is an opportunity get to know other people with hearing loss in an accepting environment. Family and friends are welcome.  Participants are encouraged to call ...


Pancreatic cancer survivor works to raise awareness

By Greg Ruland

Numbers can help to get a handle on disease, especially those as mystifying and seemingly unfair as cancer. Pancreatic cancer statistics offer one example. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Across the nation, about 45,200 people will be diagnosed with it and 38,500 people will die from it before the end of the year, according to the National Cancer Institute. In observance of National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, 63-year-old Jim Comerford, a ...

Health Briefs, Nov. 26,2013

By Staff

Food safety for holidays Food not properly prepared, served or stored can make you sick, according to Mesa County Health Department. The health department is offering a few food safety tips for staying healthy during the holidays. The number one cause of food-borne illness is germs from dirty hands. To avoid getting sick, it’s important to follow certain storage, sanitation and cooking tips when preparing food, the health department said in an advisory.  Bacteria can ...


Grief different for children

By Greg Ruland

Two years have passed since 17-year-old Madison Slater’s father died, and still she grieves. Graduation for the Grand Junction High School senior approaches and Slater knows her father, Terry, won’t be there to see it. He died from complications related to treatment for terminal cancer. Though he battled the illness with chemotherapy and radiation for more than three years, his death still came as a shock to the family. “He fought so many times through it (that) it ...

Health Briefs, Nov. 19, 2013

By Staff

Psych’d on Main opens to clients Anne Kathryn Ryan is now accepting clients at Psych’d on Main, 951 Main St. Ryan completed her master’s degree in psychology in 1993 and earned her license as a professional counselor after two years of clinical supervision. She also completed training for two significant evidence-based practices. These include the treatment of borderline personality disorders using dialectical behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan at the ...

Health Briefs, Nov. 12, 2013

By Staff

Flu clinic set in New Castle Garfield County Public Health will hold a community flu clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The clinic takes place at the Public Works building in New Castle at 801 W. Main St. Vaccinations are $15 for children and $25 for adults. The clinic is open to children, adults, and seniors. Notices to cancel must follow rules   Many Coloradans have been mailed notices regarding the cancellation of health insurance policies. Since carriers must notify the ...


Dream team line-up made the difference

By Greg Ruland

LE MEDSPA Paule Stiefler had a dream to offer a makeover to someone with the technology used at her business, Le MedSpa. “In essence, I wanted to give back to someone who may never seek that kind of attention, improvement and growth. It took a few years to bring it to realization and it finally happened last year,” Stiefler said. The skin care industry has been Stiefler’s livelihood since she was 20 years old. In Grand Junction, she founded her own skin care ...


Fruita woman rejoices after makeover

By Greg Ruland

Linda Reese’s body and soul journey started with a nominating letter from her daughter, Rebecca Fosmo, to Le MedSpa owner Paule Stiefler. “My mother is the sweetest and most caring woman you’d ever meet,” Fosmo wrote. “She was the oldest of eight children and her mom was a single mom (who) worked two jobs.” Reese’s family was “very poor” and she grew up charged with taking care of all of her brothers and sisters. “(She) never ...


MRI gone awry: Woman’s ordeal with estimates prompts billing warning

By Greg Ruland

That smacking sound of hand to head is often heard when medical bills show up in the mailbox. The headache-inducing statements can be difficult to digest, not only because the total due may seem excessive, but also because the lines and figures can be hard to decode. The people and systems responsible for generating medical bills suffer a similar frustration. Billing systems are complex. Every hospital, clinic and medical practice operates one. The complexity is compounded due to the ...

Health Briefs, Nov. 5, 2013

By Staff

Air watch begins in western Colorado Western Colorado’s wintertime air quality advisory program - the Western Slope Air Watch ­— began Friday. The program, which runs through Feb. 28, asks residents to voluntarily refrain from using wood stoves and fireplaces on days when there is a temperature inversion, which could trap wood smoke in the air. The program does not apply to residents who use gas logs, gas fireplace inserts or EPA-certified woodstoves and pellet stoves ...


Can-do cane gang: Impaired who want help can get it

By Greg Ruland

Hidden in midtown there’s a tall, white building that looks like a church where people claim as much independence as they have the courage to embrace. Some walk through the door on the arm of a friend. Others navigate with a distinctive white cane. A few waggle in on crutches or wheel in seated on a chair. Many use their hands to talk and some don’t talk much at all. Each bears a gift and a burden. The burden is usually obvious. The gifts could take months, even years, to ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 29, 2013

By Staff

Diabetes Information Night set for Fri. Diabetes Open House Information Night takes place Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom. There will be vendors from the diabetes industry, experts from within the local medical community, published authors and professional speakers, according to a news release. At 6 p.m. there will be a panel discussion with nutrition experts, diabetes care professionals and persons successfully living with diabetes who will ...


Cancer survivors bravely stride fashion runway

By Greg Ruland

Nine brave women with flashing eyes, high hair and long legs sashayed the runway at The DoubleTree by Hilton last week, raised nearly $10,000 for St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and displayed the inner strength and beauty that makes them each a cancer survivor. Some of the first-time models had to overcome a measure of stage fright and self-doubt to take the fashion-forward walk at the Fourth Annual Survive Fashion Show, said Deanna Colaizzi, the foundation’s development ...


Effort at Farmers Market turns up what could be lifesaving marrow donor

By Greg Ruland

The power to chase away cancer was discovered in the jowls of a stranger who visited the Downtown Farmers Market on June 27. During a Be The Match marrow drive organized by a Grand Junction woman last summer, the unknown Samaritan — aged 18 to 44 — swiped a swab along the inside of his or her cheek and donated the DNA to a national registry. The age range of potential donors is restricted to 44 and younger because transplants from older donors have a reduced chance of ...

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