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GYM: Sit Press

By Staff

Sit Press Similar to the Squat Press from last week, start in a standing position with a dumbbell in each hand held at waist height with a bench behind you. Sit down on the bench keeping your weight centered on your feet. As you sit, press the dumbbells overhead while maintaining a neutral spine. As you stand, maintain your body in a nearly vertical position with your core engaged to maintain a neutral spine. The tendency will be to lean forward. The dumbbells should travel in a ...

Health and Wellness briefs: May 16, 2017

By Staff

Reigle receives award 
for lifetime achievement Dale Reigle, the recently retired CEO of Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives in April. Presented at the alliance’s national conference in Indianapolis, the award recognized Reigle for his dedication to orthopaedic practice management and the association itself. The alliance is a national organization for orthopaedic practice ...


Getting a leg up

By Gary Harmon

A study makes it clear that getting out and pumping one’s legs — whether on a bicycle or walking — can fend off chronic diseases, even cancer, said the head of the Monfort Family Human Performance Laboratory at Colorado Mesa University. “It doesn’t even have to be a full-time thing,” said Dr. Michael Reeder, who was a practicing orthopaedic specialist before moving to the Monfort lab two years ago. “If you increase your activity level a little ...

Precision and durability vital to quality tooth implant

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Rebecca Hayden works as a lab technician at J.P. Dental, where she creates physical models of patients’ mouths and then sends digital images to a lab in New Jersey, where the abutment and crowns used with dental implants are made. By Penny Stine/Sponsored content for JP Dental With some products and services, it may not matter whether you choose the top-of-the-line, cutting edge leader or buy the off-brand copycat. Choosing between leather, pleather or Naugahyde for a wallet or ...

Health brief, May 9, 2017

By Staff

Low Vision Resource Fair in Junction and Montrose The Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave., announced that the Low Vision Resource Fair will be in Grand Junction on Wednesday and Montrose on Thursday. The Low Vision Resource Fair is presented in association with Mesa County ADRC, Region 10 and Ensight Skills Center from Fort Collins. It provides western Colorado residents living with vision loss, along with their friends, family, caregivers and eye care professionals, an ...

Think outside the pill box to fix what ails you

By April Schulte-Barclay

Life happens. Sometimes a lot of life happens and stirs the pot considerably. We are on a journey, constantly growing, changing and morphing as life’s happenings around us shift. In that process, emotions cause chemical changes in our bodies. Those chemical changes cascade through our bodies, resulting in physiological changes. With prolonged chemical imbalances, disharmony can show up as anxiety, insomnia, depression and chronic pain.  Eventually, the same process can even ...


G.Y.M. Resistance Band Bicep Series

By Staff

Resistance Band Bicep Series Start with the Palms Up Bicep Curl With Band for a total of 20 repetitions, 10 per side. Continue with the Palms Down 
Bicep Curl With Band for a total of 20 repetitions, 10 per side. Complete the series with the Single-Arm Bicep Curl With Isometric Contraction doing 10 repetitions per side. Either complete one round with a band that leads to fatigue at the end of the round or complete two rounds or more sets with a lighter band. Palms Up Bicep ...


Breastfeeding key to Baby-Friendly

By Sponsored Content

SPONSORED CONTENT: By Nancy Lofholm/For St. Mary’s Medical Center Austin Andrews is sleeping in his mother’s arms in her maternity room at St. Mary’s Hospital. He has spent much of the first two days of his life right here, contentedly curled up next to his mother’s heart. That uninterrupted closeness isn’t just his mother’s preference. It is an important part of a new emphasis at St. Mary’s on mother and baby health that is particularly focused ...

Health & Wellness Brief, May 2, 2017

By Staff

Hearing Loss Association plans Saturday meeting A free monthly meeting of the Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction. The topic is telephones and alerting devices, specifically phones with amplification and captions and alerting devices, which let people with hearing loss know about their environment. The program will be presented by Joanne ...


Health-care team forms for kids

By Gary Harmon

An electronic connection between Grand Junction and Denver sparked the announcement Wednesday that St. Mary’s and Children’s hospitals would form a working alliance. That electronic connection was the one that allowed physicians at Children’s Hospital Colorado to monitor Camden Clark’s fetal heartbeat and speak with his mother, Alex Clark, while she was in an examination room at St. Mary’s Hospital. Alex and Camden’s experience is far from unique, said ...

Health and Wellness briefs: April 25, 2017

By Staff

Hospital now a Level III trauma center Community Hospital was recently designated as a Level III Trauma Center by the Trauma Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the hospital announced. Increasing from a Level IV Trauma Center to a Level III Trauma Center will allow Community Hospital to treat patients with a higher acuity level and receive ambulance transports from Level IV Trauma Centers throughout the region. “We are extremely proud of our ...


New epilepsy unit at St. Mary’s a boon for locals

By Katie Langford

Dr. Marie Collier specializes in second chances. As medical director of the epilepsy program at St. Mary’s Hospital, Collier works with people who have seizure disorders, specifically those with hard to manage cases. They’re people who have tried myriad medications to prevent seizures with minimal success. By the time they’re in Collier’s office, patients can be desperate for answers. “I have a lot of empathy for patients with epilepsy because they tend to ...

It takes guts - not a pill - to improve your digestive health

By April Schulte-Barclay

I must say I admire the actress in that series of drug commercials advertising to help folks with intestinal problems by swallowing a pill. You know the one — the redhead girl who wears a nude unitard and plays the role of the intestines. I had to wear a nude unitard on stage once when I was playing a naked doll in a ballet. It takes some serious guts. Speaking of guts, do you frequently suffer from symptoms such as an upset stomach, acid reflux, excessive gas and bloating and ...


GYM: Palms Down 
Bicep Curl With Band

By Staff

Palms Down 
Bicep Curl With Band Standing on a resistance band, grasp each handle with your palms down and elbows by your side. Your elbows should be by your side not anchored into your side. Perform a bicep curl on one side so that one handle is up and the other down. As you switch positions, your hands should pass each other at about 90 degrees. This creates a cross lateral engagement rather than linear and will help with balance and stability. Both the contraction and release ...


SPONSORED CONTENT: Technology available for early detection of oral pre-cancer

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Penny Stine/Sentinel Special Sections for JP Dental Group When detected early, oral cancer survival rates are high, at about 80 percent. When it’s detected late, after symptoms are persistent, survival rates drop down to 50 percent or lower, depending on the exact location. The standard today for cancer detection is to rely on patients’ reporting of symptoms, patients’ selfexams, as well as routine visual check-ups during dental examinations. “Most oral cancer ...


G.Y.M. Palms Up Bicep Curl 
With Band

By Staff

Palms Up Bicep Curl 
With Band Standing on a resistance band, grasp each handle with palms up and elbows by your side.  Elbows should be by your side, not anchored into your side. Perform a curl on one side so that one handle is up and the other down. As you switch positions, your hands should pass each other at about 90 degrees. This creates a cross lateral engagement rather than linear and will help with balance and stability. Both the contraction and release should be ...

SPONSORED CONTENT: Making an informed choice about genetic testing

By Sponsored Content

SPONSORED CONTENT: By Nancy Lofholm for St. Mary’s Medical Center Christine Barth is good at solving puzzles. But her expertise has nothing to do with jig-saws or crosswords. Barth fills a serious role at St. Mary’s Hospital as a certified genetic counselor. Her job is to analyze many pieces of health-related data, such as medical history, family history and genetic test results, and to put all those pieces together to help solve a puzzle. She initially helps patients ...

Health brief, April 4, 2017

By Staff

Group is for peripheral, idiopathic neuropathy A new support group for people dealing with peripheral and idiopathic neuropathy meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Church of the Nativity, 2175 Broadway on the Redlands, across from Redlands Middle School. Meetings begin at 1 p.m. and last for an hour or so, according to group organizers. An estimated 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from damage to the peripheral nervous system — the vast network that transmits ...


GYM: On the run

By Staff

ON THE RUN With springtime officially upon us, people are gearing up for outdoor activities which for many includes outdoor running. The following exercises help to improve strength and ward off injury for runners. If at any time you experience a cramping in your hamstrings, rest. Pushing through a hamstring cramp seldom ends well.   Gliding Back Lunge Stand with one foot on a Gliding Disc, paper plate or something that will stay under the foot and slide with a neutral ...

Hot lemon water helps cleanse liver in springtime

By April Schulte-Barclay

Do you suffer from any of these symptoms: tremor, allergies, joint pain that moves from joint to joint, tendonitis, fibromyalgia-like symptoms, eye or facial tics, sudden spurts of anger, dizziness or vertigo? If so, you may experience those symptoms worse in the springtime. That is because the environment and weather associated with the seasons may affect our health. Natural occurrences in our environment can be mimicked in the human body. The link between spring wind and our physical ...

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