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HW: Laws target health ID theft

By Melinda Mawdsley

New federal regulations aimed at detecting potential health identity theft are changing some procedures at Grand Valley businesses. Patients checking in at local hospitals or physicians’ offices can now expect to show photo identification at every visit. That wasn’t always the case, local hospital officials said. In November, a new regulation from the Federal Trade Commission required all financial institutions and creditors to develop an identity theft prevention program. ...

Briefs: Local Health December 30, 2009

By Staff

Ties between cancer, poverty studied • A report released Dec. 1 found that in Colorado poverty is an important factor associated with the risk of getting cancer, being diagnosed with cancer in its later stages and dying from cancer, according to the Colorado Cancer Coalition and the Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Program. The report, “Cancer and Poverty in Colorado: 1995-2006,” is a study about the relationship between cancer and poverty. According to the ...

HW: Doctor cautions asthmatics about making changes

By Melinda Mawdsley

A local asthma and allergist specialist is concerned that misinformation may cause some asthma patients to stop taking their medications. Earlier this month, an advisory board to the Food and Drug Administration recommended that Serevent and Foradil no longer be prescribed to asthmatics. Both are long-acting bronchial dilators. Research has shown that either drug is linked to an increased risk in asthma-related deaths and hospitalizations, said Dr. Williams Scott, with the Allergy & ...

LS: Bruce Cameron Column December 28, 2009

By Staff

When I was in sixth grade, I noticed something wonderful, something I’d never seen before: girls. Well, OK, I’d seen them, but I felt about them the same way I felt about housecats: They did only what they wanted to do, and they weren’t any fun to wrestle. And, like cats, they could be cute sometimes, but they always left me feeling mildly allergic. And then one day the girl in front of me in class smiled at me, and chemicals flooded my brain, turning it into the Love ...

Briefs: Local Health December 23, 2008

By Staff

Type 2 diabetes info series offered • St. Mary’s Hospital Diabetes Education program is holding a four-week series entitled “Diabetes from A-Z” beginning in January. The classes meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays at the St. Mary’s Life Center Grand Mesa room. People with Type 2 diabetes and their supporters are encouraged to attend. The classes covers all aspects of Type 2 diabetes. A physician’s referral is required to be able to ...


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By Melinda Mawdsley

Practicing massage therapy in Colorado is about to get tougher. Effective April 1, all massage therapists must be registered with the state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies to legally practice. The registration requires a massage therapist to purchase liability insurance, complete a criminal background check and pass a certification test, according to the state’s regulatory agency. Consumers may be surprised that none of those items was previously required in ...


HW: House that enables people to be near hospitalized loved ones needs expansion

By Melinda Mawdsley

Grand Junction residents may have passed the Rose Hill House countless times, unaware of the healing going on inside. Located near the intersection at Patterson Road and Seventh Street and tucked behind a shopping center, Rose Hill is a hospitality home where families of St. Mary’s Hospital patients can stay free of charge. Without the opportunity to sleep, eat and bathe at Rose Hill, “I don’t know what I would have done,” said Alice Weingard. Weingard stayed at ...


Duo sees future in stress

By Staff

Joseph Rolley and Deborah Rosenbaum stole more than a moment as the workout crowd thinned out around them while they stood, facing each other in the Crossroads Fitness pool on a recent Saturday morning. As they looked at each other, silent and oblivious to everything around them for more than a minute, it wasn’t the silent treatment they were practicing. It was a more intimate exchange, and one Rosenbaum later described as “gazing.” It’s a meditative technique ...

Narcisstic Moms December 02, 2008

By Melinda Mawdsley

Not all traits that mothers pass along to their daughters are positive. For nearly 20 years, Karyl McBride has researched the effects narcissistic mothers have on their daughters, noticing that narcissism is potentially passed through generations. McBride, a Denver licensed marriage and family therapist, released a book in September titled “Will I Ever Be Good Enough?” about the daughters of narcissistic mothers. Through research and conversations with her patients, McBride ...

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HW: Nursing supervisor wins $100,000 fellowship

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Western Colorado might be one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas, but its rural character in many ways still lags behind that of urban centers, an aspect of life that a Mesa State College nursing professor hopes to treat. Rural people in general tend to run more health risks than city dwellers, said Debbie Bailey, a family nurse practitioner at Primary Care Partners and associate professor of nursing at Mesa State. Bailey is the recipient of a $100,000 fellowship through the ...

Briefs: Local Health November 25, 2008

By Staff

Medical center’s ER open Thanksgiving • The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s emergency room will be open Thursday, Thanksgiving day, for registered patients. All other veterans clinics will be closed. Walk-in patients to the emergency room should enter through the building’s front entrance. Patients who need non-emergency medical care on Thanksgiving, should call 263-2800 or 866-206-6415. Visiting hours at the medical center on Thanksgiving are ...


HW: Road from the Rim Rock Run

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Three days before the US Bank Rim Rock Run, I watched the weather report and fretted over record morning lows of 15 degrees. I was used to training through the tripledigit temperatures of summer and didn’t own 15-degree running clothes. I didn’t own 15-degree lungs. I kept my fingers crossed for a warm front and turned to more important issues such as figuring my time and mileage. I studied the map of Rim Rock Drive (as if I didn’t already have it committed to memory) ...

HW: March of Dimes gives state ‘D’ on premature birth rate

By Melinda Mawdsley

The March of Dimes has given Colorado a “D” grade for its premature birth rate. The state’s premature birth rate is 12.3 percent. A projected goal of 7.6 percent is set forward by the U.S. Public Health Service in its Healthy People 2010 report. The 12.3 percent rate is from 2003 to 2005 data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reflects the number of Colorado women who gave birth to live babies after ...


HW: Fitness coach’s postings among Internet’s most popular

By Melinda Mawdsley

In a matter of two months, James Wilson saw his fitness blog go from several dozen readers to hundreds. The Grand Valley fitness coach created two months ago to promote his business, Elite Training Systems, 2470 F Road, No. 3. This fall, leading blog site tagged Wilson’s blog as one of its “Fastest Growing Blogs.” Wilson updates his site up to five times a week with free nutrition and fitness tips, and he incorporates video ...

Briefs: Local Health November 11, 2008

By Staff

Clinics offering vaccinations for flu Various flu shot clinics are being offered at these times and locations in the Grand Valley: •  Flu shots are from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Parish Hall on the northeast corner of Third Street and White Avenue. Flu shots will available again at the same location from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday . St. Joseph’s Health Ministries is organizing the clinic. • The shots are $24 or individuals can bring insurance cards ...

HW: Giving blood, especially by men, may help prevent some cancers, study says

By Melinda Mawdsley

Jill Breman may have found yet another reason to encourage people to donate blood. A European study links regular donation of blood to a possible reduced risk of developing certain cancers, particularly in men. A November 2007 article in Transfusion magazine discusses the study. Snippets of the study reappeared in the Sept. 28 edition of Parade magazine, which is distributed nationally in newspapers. “I’m like, ‘Wow,’ ” said Breman, the donor coordinator at ...

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HW: Nia promotes fitness through music and dance

By Melinda Mawdsley

Nia instructor Vicki Johnson talks about working out like she’s an abstract painter. “I can self express and no one judges,” Johnson said. “I think that’s part of why I love Nia.” Created 25 years ago, Nia is a fusion of music and dance with loosely choreographed moves. Johnson received her certification to teach Nia in June 2007 at Studio Soma in Denver but only began teaching Nia locally two months ago after moving to Grand Junction from Carbondale. ...

Chronic disease focus of county’s new program

By Melinda Mawdsley

Mesa County residents have a higher rate of diabetes and obesity than other Coloradans, prompting local health officials to announce Wednesday a new program aimed at preventing and managing chronic disease. Tawny Espinoza, prevention and chronic disease manager with the Mesa County Health Department, highlighted a new program called “Healthier Living: A Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” at a news conference Wednesday at Marrilac Clinic, 2333 N. Sixth St. Any ...

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HW: Dance party planned to help couple deal with overwhelming setbacks

By Melinda Mawdsley

Cyndi and Jeff Haifley want, and need, a party. The past 12 months have been physically, emotionally and financially draining on the young Montrose family, prompting friends to put together a fundraising dance Nov. 2. In December, Cyndi and Jeff’s 11-month-old son Aidan was flown to Grand Junction with skull fractures and bleeding in the brain after Jeff accidentally dropped Aidan in the family’s home. In January, Jeff, 27, an epileptic, had the first of two grand mal ...


HW: Cooler weather about all that brings relief to some allergy sufferers

By Melinda Mawdsley

Kathy Malvern loves sitting on her back patio and enjoying unobstructed views of Colorado National Monument. Too bad she rarely gets to be outside. Malvern is allergic to “just about everything outside in Grand Junction.” Every individual allergic to something reacts in different ways, said allergist Dr. William Scott with Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Western Colorado, 1120 Wellington Ave. Itchy, watery eyes and runny nose are only part of the problem for Malvern. Her ...

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