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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

By Sponsored Content

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 ...

Health and Wellness briefs: March 28, 2017

By Staff

Insurance for hearing aids one topic of April 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, April 1, at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction, There will be two topics: An update from the task force for insurance for hearing aids in Colorado and information on looping in western Colorado. First, Lucas Marquardt, a businessman as well as a commissioner ...


G.Y.M. Rotational Stability 
Core Workout

By Staff

Rotational Stability 
Core Workout Core stability is one of the major determining factors in our performance for athletic endeavors or daily activities. The following three exercises will help with this necessary function and improve overall performance and balance. Side Plank Tuck to ‘T’ Start in the side plank position with a dumbbell in your top hand, extended overhead. You should be looking at the dumbbell. As you bring the dumbbell down and tuck it under ...

SPONSORED CONTENT: What the bone allows

By Penny Stine

SPONSORED CONTENT: A reader information feature brought to you by JP Dental and The Daily Sentinel Teeth can fail for a variety of reasons, and it can be devastating for people when they do, especially when multiple teeth begin to fail, loosen or fall out of the mouth entirely. Eating becomes a challenge. Smiling becomes less frequent, and self-confidence plummets. While traditional dentures offer a cosmetic and somewhat utilitarian fix for those who have a mouthful of failing teeth, ...

Health and wellness briefs: March 14, 2017

By Staff

2 doctors switch locations John Bratteli, MD, will soon see his patients at Red Canyon Family Medicine, a division of Primary Care Partners in Fruita. Bratteli has practiced at Family Physicians of Western Colorado, also a PCP division, for more than 10 years. Lynn Price, MD, will move from Red Canyon Family Medicine and will join Family Physicians of Western Colorado. Dr. Price joined the Fruita practice earlier this year. Both transitions will take place later this month. Family ...


Fatigued?10 ways to replenish your reserves

By April Schulte-Barclay

If you find yourself drinking coffee while alternating eating sweet and salty foods, your energy plummets after lunch, and you feel as though you have to struggle to maintain a good mood and have good sleep, then you may have something commonly referred to as adrenal fatigue. The background story with adrenal fatigue usually involves a person who has a history of burning the candle at both ends or has had chronic exposure to extreme stress, or both. Adrenal fatigue can cause myriad ...

Health and Wellness briefs: March 7, 2017

By Staff

Pregnant women may want to avoid licorice Pregnant women may want to avoid licorice, which may affect the cognitive abilities of their children, a study suggests. Licorice contains glycyrrhizin, a sweetener derived from the root of the licorice plant, and is used to flavor candies, soft drinks, herbal teas and other products. Pills and supplements containing concentrated licorice are also a popular herbal remedy for respiratory ailments and other ills. The analysis, in The American ...


GYM: Single Leg Mountain Climber

By Staff

Single Leg Mountain Climber Start in a high plank position with each foot placed on a paper plate or gliding discs. Bring one leg forward keeping the other leg back. Alternately change the position of your feet as in a traditional mountain climber. Start by completing one round of 30 seconds and as you progress and become more comfortable, work up to 3 rounds of 30 seconds with 30 seconds break in between. Note: Several people have recently asked what muscles some of the exercises ...


SPONSORED CONTENT: Neonatal Intensive Care gives fighting chance to at-risk newborns

By Sponsored Content

A reader information feature brought to you by St. Mary’s Medical Center and The Daily Sentinel By Nancy Lofholm/For St. Mary’s Medical Center What if my pregnancy doesn’t go as hoped? What if my baby develops problems in utero? What if I can’t carry my pregnancy to term? What if my baby is born with heart problems? Breathing troubles? Many mothers-to-be find themselves mulling over such questions. Ninety percent of them won’t face any of the hypothetical ...


CMU’s integrated center offers physical, mental health services

By Katie Langford

In the spring of 2014, Colorado Mesa University was wrestling with how to respond to tragedy — reports of sexual assaults, several student suicides and an uptick in drug and alcohol use that year left students and staff worn down. A group of students and administrators looked at ways to improve physical, emotional and mental health on campus, and a handful of recommendations have gradually changed the way the university approaches health and wellness. The new student wellness ...

Health care changes ‘not promising’ for rural areas

By Gary Harmon

Western and rural Colorado are unlikely to fare well in the effort to repeal, replace and/or repair the Affordable Care Act, an effort that won’t be easy, parliamentarily speaking. Those are among the findings of the Colorado Health Institute, which began looking at the possible future of health care soon after Donald J. Trump’s surprising presidential election victory. Any changes to the Affordable Care Act are likely to be “not promising” for the Western Slope, ...


GYM: High Plank Alternate Shoulder Tap

By Staff

High Plank Alternate Shoulder Tap Start in a high plank position with your hands placed below your shoulders, a neutral spine and your feet about shoulder width apart. Maintaining a neutral spine without rotating your hips, pick up one hand and tap your opposite shoulder and then return to the starting position. Repeat the same action on the other side. Your head, shoulders and hips should stay in alignment. Rotating or hinging at the hips are common errors with this ...

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