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Bike to Work day will include free breakfast

By Staff

The city of Grand Junction is teaming up with local businesses and organizations to sponsor Bike to Work day, an annual event aimed at encouraging residents to leave their car keys at home and commute by bike. On Wednesday, cycling guides will meet groups around the city to lead riders along urban trails and to a free breakfast outside City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St., or at Pantuso’s, 755 Horizon Drive. “We would like for folks to make biking a part of their commuting ...


Birth services owner converts mothers’ placentas to pill form

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People’s first reaction when local birth services provider Laurel Ripple Carpenter tells them about placenta encapsulation is often “ick.” The practice involves steaming and dehydrating a mother’s placenta, the organ that connects a fetus to the uterine wall, and capturing portions of the placenta in capsules. The process leaves women with 100 to 200 capsules that resemble vitamins and either have no taste or are coated with a berry or bubble gum flavor. Taking a ...

Glenwood cancer center

Cancer center to open at Glenwood hospital

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — As if cancer diagnosis and treatment aren’t traumatic enough for patients, for residents of Garfield and Pitkin counties it also often has meant weeks of daily trips to Grand Junction or Eagle County for radiation sessions. “It’s every Monday through Friday, making the drive,” said Deb Wiepking, chief clinical officer for Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. But Valley View is about to change that, with the scheduled opening of the ...

Health Brief, June 19, 2012

By Staff

GV Surgical Center accredited Grand Valley Surgical Center LLC, 710 Wellington Ave., Suite 21, has achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The association awards accreditation to ambulatory care centers based on a self-assessment and an on-site survey conducted by the association. Facilities that are accredited must meet national quality health care standards set by the association. An ambulatory health care facility does not have to seek ...

St. Baldrick’s event to raise money for cancer research

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Jim Hamlin and his wife, Harriet Carmine, are going bald for her son, Neal Carmine. Neal lost his hair during treatment after he was diagnosed nearly six years ago with Ewing Sarcoma, a childhood bone cancer. At age 26, Neal, a Denver computer programmer who worked at the Pepsi Center, was one of the unlucky 10 percent who get Ewing Sarcoma after their teen years. He passed away in July 2007, just shy of his 27th birthday. After Neal’s death, Hamlin and his wife, who moved from ...

Health Briefs, June 12, 2012

By Staff

Massage fundraiser to aid cancer patient A fundraiser to help local Leukemia patient Zachariah Walker pay his medical expenses will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Yoga West Collective, 1025 Main St. The “Bucks for Bowen” event will offer participants a Bowen therapy massage from a local certified therapist for a donation of $20 or more. All proceeds will go to Walker’s treatment. A Bowen therapy massage involves a therapist using his or her thumbs and fingers to ...

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Varicose vein procedure gets new name

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The procedure isn’t new but the name is. Venefit, known as VNUS Closure Procedure until a couple months ago, collapses an improperly-functioning vein to relieve varicose vein symptoms. Dr. Brad Baldwin of Surgical Associates of Western Colorado, 1060 Orchard Ave., has performed the surgery for about seven years, by his estimate. He wants to get the word out about the new name and the growing popularity of the procedure. Venefit, which got a new name this spring after the procedure ...

Health Briefs, June 5, 2012

By Staff

B4 Babies moving to county building Hilltop program B4 Babies & Beyond will move Wednesday from the Child and Family Center at 2897 North Ave. to the Mesa County Community Services Building at 510 29 1/2 Road. B4 Babies & Beyond assists expectant mothers and mothers of infants with doctor’s appointments, nutrition, health, translation services, transportation and access to health care coverage. The move will place B4 Babies closer to related services at the Mesa County ...

16 local dentists named among best in Colorado

By Staff

Sixteen Grand Valley oral health professionals are included in 5280 Magazine’s 2012 list of Colorado’s top dentists. The Denver-based magazine produces a list of the state’s top dentists each year. The magazine plucks the list from a database called topDentists that allows dentists to nominate colleagues based on education, experience, techniques, results and rapport with patients. This year’s list features 598 dentists, including one from Fruita and 15 from ...


Local women cycle to raise awareness of Huntington’s

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For the 14th consecutive year, Grand Junction residents Marie Nemec and Charlotte Reicks are traveling to the annual Huntington’s Disease Society of America Convention. As usual, they will get there by bike. Nemec, 68, and Reicks, 76, raise money each year by asking a mailing list full of supporters nationwide to pledge money to the Huntington’s society if the pair bikes to the convention’s various locations, which have included Oklahoma City, San Diego, Phoenix, ...

Celiac disease controls lives of most severe sufferers

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For some people gluten-free eating is a trend. For people like Clifton resident Angela Wetzel, it’s a life-saver. Wetzel, 36, was diagnosed with celiac disease nearly three years ago, three months after her father received the same diagnosis. The autoimmune disorder can run in families and makes those with celiac ill if they ingest gluten, a protein composite found in foods processed with wheat and related grains. Wetzel said more people are learning what celiac is, but she hopes ...

Health Brief, May 22, 2012

By Staff

Marillac Clinic director wins award Marillac Clinic Executive Director Steve Hurd is one of 15 recipients of the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved’s Health Care Champion Awards. Hurd received the honor May 15 at an award ceremony in Denver. Other recipients this year included former Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher and former Colorado governors Bill Ritter and Dick Lamm.  ...


Scenic classmates help student with diabetes

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Ten-year-old Calvin Vaughn knows all the names for his shots. One, Lantus, helps keep his blood sugar level throughout the day. The other, Humalog, is fast-acting and helps regulate his blood sugar level on a more case-by-case basis. Vaughn learned the names of these shots after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Leap Day, Feb. 29, 2012. He tests his blood every two hours when he’s awake and sometimes during the night to see if he needs an insulin injection. Unlike Type 2 ...

Health Briefs, May 15, 2012

By Staff

Pediatrics group opening Fruita office Western Colorado Pediatric Associates will expand its practice to include a Fruita location this summer. The new office will be located at 455 Kokopelli Blvd., Unit C. The office’s phone number will be 243-5437. An open date has not been announced. Wester Colorado Pediatric Associates’ office in the Primary Care Partners building at 3150 N. 12th St. will remain open. Check for updates on the expansion. Free skin cancer ...


Primary Care Partners to get new director

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Dr. Michael Pramenko will become the executive director of Primary Care Partners June 1. Current executive director Dr. Roger Shenkel will retire at the end of this month. Shenkel, 69, founded one of the three practices that merged in 1998 to create Primary Care Partners. The partnership, based at 3150 N. 12th St. with a satellite office at 1120 Wellington Ave., offers primary family and pediatric care, mammography and diagnostics, nutrition services and after-hours care service Docs on ...

Diabetes Counts summer schedule released

By Staff

Diabetes Counts, a local group for kids with Type 1 Diabetes and their families, has nine activities planned for this summer. Network coffees for families of children with Type 1 Diabetes will take place May 19, June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18. Each coffee gathering will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Cups Coffee and Bistro Library at Hospice Care Center, 3090B N. 12th St. Kids with Type 1 Diabetes and their families can get pizza and a slice for $6 June 9 at Nick-n-Willy’s ...

Grand Junction elevation, sunshine put residents at risk for skin cancer

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Grand Junction’s elevation and status as the seventh-sunniest city in the United States puts its citizens at risk for skin cancer. Not that any city’s residents are immune. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone with naturally light skin tone, natural red or blonde hair, a personal or family history of skin cancer or a history of sunburns in childhood is at elevated risk for skin cancer. With hot summer weather sneaking up fast this year, ...

Health Briefs, May 1, 2012

By Staff

KAFM fundraiser for DJ A fundraiser for Zachariah Walker will take place from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Friday at the KAFM Radio Room. Walker, who is known as Professor Skywalker on KAFM, recently was diagnosed with leukemia and completed his first round of chemotherapy. The fundraiser will help him with medical and living expenses, so he can focus on healing. Flat Top Reed and Straygrass will perform, and Walker and disc jockeys Rankin Rob and Warrior One will DJ at the event. There will ...

Health Briefs, April 24, 2012

By Staff

Local MS Society office moving The National MS Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter’s Western Slope Regional Office is moving into a new space at 521 Rood Ave., Suite B. The chapter will open in its new office Monday. Call Karen Galloway at 257-1831 for more information about the new location or programs and services offered by the National MS Society. Whooping cough vaccinations available   Teens, adults and seniors can get free whooping cough vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 5 ...

Western Slope practices may be included in new Medicaid program

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Colorado is one of four states and three regions selected to participate in a new initiative that aims to make U.S. health care more affordable and more effective. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation selected Colorado, Arkansas, New Jersey, Oregon and metropolitan areas in and around Tulsa, Okla.; Cincinnati, Ohio, and Albany, N.Y., to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. The initiative pairs Medicare with private insurance companies and Medicaid to ...

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