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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

Briefs: Local Health January 20, 2009

By Staff

Not wise to ignore medicine cabinet • American College of Emergency Physicians wants the public to use the New Year as a reason to clean out and restock the medicine cabinet. Like refrigerator items, medicine cabinet supplies pile up and expire. In addition, showers and baths create humidity in a bathroom that may cause some drugs to lose potency, said Dr. Nick Jouriles, president of the American College. “If a pill loses potency, you may not be getting the necessary ...

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HW: Spa owner comes to terms with her religious beliefs

By Melinda Mawdsley

Vicky Thurlow doubts most Grand Junction residents know about her double life. Thurlow, a local resident for 17 years, is a visible member of the community as the longtime owner of The Grand Junction Athletic Club, Day Spa and Salon. What people may not have realized is that, although Thurlow appeared healthy because she worked out furiously, she was depressed for years. Anti-depressants didn’t help. Getting outdoors to swim, ski and run didn’t alleviate her depression ...

Briefs: Local Health January 13, 2009

By Staff

Tickets to Black Tie & Boots now on sale • Tickets are on sale for Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado’s annual Black Tie & Boots Gala. Seating is limited for the event Saturday at Two Rivers Convention Center. A champagne reception and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Dancing follows at 9 p.m. to the music of Boogie Machine. The event also features a live auction. The theme to Hospice’s gala this year is ...


HW: East meets West under one roof at GJ medical practic

By Melinda Mawdsley

It’s unusual to find a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor working in the same building, let alone with the same patients. The Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado, which opened in April, is changing the norm. Experts in several health and wellness fields, including doctors practicing Western and Eastern medicine, work under the same roof at the center. The professionals collaborate to provide patients with holistic care by using complementary treatment methods. ...

Briefs: Local Health January 06, 2009

By Staff

Child oral health screenings offered • Hilltop Community Resources and Marillac Clinic will have two training sessions and oral health screenings aimed at dental care for children. The first is from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Mesa County Health Department. The second is from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency. The program is part of the “Cavity Free at Three” state initiative to prevent oral disease in children. ‘Freshstart’ ...

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