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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 ...


Briefs: Local Health March 24, 2009

By Staff

Hospital names surgical services director • Family Health West has named Cheryl Hinther as surgical services director for its new hospital scheduled to open in July. Hinther got her bachelor degree in nursing from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. At the new Family Health West, Hinther will be responsible for coordinating such surgical procedures such as pre-op testing, teaching, admissions, recovery, discharge and sterilization of equipment. Hinther spent the past 15 years ...


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HW: Local medical libraries help you learn about you

By Melinda Mawdsley

Journals, books and magazines filled with valuable information line the walls of Community Hospital’s health library The same is true of health libraries at St. Mary’s Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. All three libraries are open to the public, in addition to being open to patients and employees at those facilities. Some residents know the libraries are there, others may be surprised to learn that each hospital has a library dedicated to helping the public ...


Briefs: Local Health March 10, 2009

By Staff

Grand Valley Health Fair this week • The 30th annual Grand Valley Health Fair will be from 7 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday at Central High School. Ample parking will be available at the school as it is spring break for students. The mission of the health fair is to encourage adults to take individual responsibility through free and low-cost health screenings and health information booths. Diabetes education program begins • St. Mary’s Hospital Diabetes ...


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HW: New Fruita hospital nearer to completion

By Melinda Mawdsley

Fruita needs a new hospital, and help is just months away. Family Health West’s new 39,000-square-foot hospital is scheduled to open July 1. The hospital will have 15 beds and be available for emergency, surgical and outpatient and inpatient needs only. The hospital will no longer share space with a nursing home, as it does at its existing location at 228 North Cherry St., because all Family Health West’s nursing home programs will stay at current locations. There are no ...


Kokopelli Clinics in Fruita add surgeon services

By Melinda Mawdsley

Dr. Christopher Wibbelsman will offer consultations and pre- and post-surgery exams in the General Surgeons of Western Colorado’s new offices to open in Fruita on March 9. Family Health West made an announcement last week that a surgeon will join Kokopelli Clinics. Initially, Wibbelsman will see patients every Monday and plans to expand the schedule based on demand. General Surgeons of Western Colorado has served Grand Junction since 1977. The practice specializes in general ...


Briefs: Local Health March 03, 2009

By Staff

Resort promotes skin cancer awareness • Sunlight Mountain Resort is holding its first Melanoma Awareness Day and Brad Lanpher Lap-a-Thon on Saturday . The day is being held in honor of Lanpher, an avid skier who was diagnosed with melanoma in 2005 and died of cancer in 2007. Sunlight will present a free adult lift ticket for next season to each person who donates $20 to the Melanoma Research Foundation. Only one ticket is allowed per donation. In addition, a Lap-a-Thon for Lanpher ...


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HW: Taking control of weight loss March 03, 2009

By Melinda Mawdsley

Three Grand Junction women are ready to be candid about shedding pounds and inches of body fat. Linda Johnson, Hollie Caudell and Andrea Laible volunteered for a three month, weight-loss study at e-fit, 2829 North Ave. For the next three months, the women have agreed to be open and honest for a series of Daily Sentinel stories about their goals and weight loss. The e-fit study began Feb. 2 and goes through May 1. Originally, the e-fit staff thought 50 volunteers would sign up for the ...


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Local woman earns more than $1 million selling supplements

By Carrie Marfitano

When Bette James Laughrun began using Isagenix products more than six years ago, she was not thinking of a career. “I had some health issues, and I thought I’d get involved with them to help my health,” the 72-year-old Laughrun said. “All of a sudden I was making money. Today I am one of the millionaires with Isagenix.” Isagenix is a network marketing company based in Phoenix. Laughrun is one of 32 Isagenix “millionaires,” or sellers in the ...


Briefs: Local Health February 17, 2009

By Staff

Autism board asks for local comment • The Colorado Autism Commission is holding public hearings on the Western Slope to educate residents about the commission’s work and to hear stories about Coloradans affected by autism. The first hearing is from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Monday in the Glenn Gallegos Board Room at Mesa State College. The second hearing is from 6:30–8:30 p.m. March 2 in the Delta-Montrose Electric Association’s board room in Montrose. Anyone who ...


Doctor partners with other health care providers to get medical supplies to those in need around wor

By Melinda Mawdsley

Dr. Rebecca Mashburn is trying to save the world one strip of adhesive tape at a time. Mashburn, a family physician with Western Colorado Physicians Group and Primary Care Partners, collects and donates new and overstocked medical supplies to poor countries around the world through the organization Project CURE. Project CURE stands for Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment and is headquartered in Denver. St. Mary’s Hospital, Community Hospital, Family Health West and Primary ...


Best Blogs: African Computers February 10, 2009

By Staff

The message below is from former Daily Sentinel reporter Emily Morris. Emily is serving in the Peace Corps in Senegal and needs your help. Please read on: Hi everyone, If you’re broke, stop reading now and forward this post to anyone with disposable income. As you may or may not know, my main objective here is to provide my middle/high school with computers. Recently, I learned World Computer Exchange is sending a shipment of computers to Senegal and, if I had a paltry $1,725, I ...


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HW: Honing in on pain February 03, 2009

By Melinda Mawdsley

Mary Hill was unfamiliar with the BioMeridian machine, but she was willing to try anything to feel healthy and pain-free. She has no regrets.  Hill, 74, had two BioMeridian tests at New Life Chiropractic in the past year. A metal probe was used to measure electrical conductivity at 58 points on Hill’s hands and feet. The points in the tests relate to traditional acupuncture points. The process was noninvasive and pain-free, and results appeared immediately on a computer ...


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