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‘Tis the season to de-stress

By Sheri Fisher

“I love the holidays, but this year I feel really stressed,” Diana said as we started our coaching session. Diana came to life coaching to help herself get in shape. During our time together we had created a vision of what she wanted in this area of her life and brainstormed action plans to help her to reach her goals. “The problem is that when I’m stressed, it’s easy to slip into old habits. Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of junk and can’t find ...

Health Briefs, Dec. 15, 2009

By Staff

Mental health group sponsors classes The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Colorado and its Western Slope office are sponsoring a free, 12-week course for families with adults living with mental illness. Classes start Jan. 26. For information or to register, call 462-3989. All class materials will be provided, and participants will remain confidential. H1N1 vaccinations widely available The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recommending wider use of the H1N1 ...

Funding woes plague Marillac Clinic

By Amy Hamilton

A bust in the local economy in the 1980s created a need for affordable health care for working class families. From that need, Marillac Clinic was created in 1988. Marillac is a nonprofit clinic providing health services to low-income uninsured or underinsured Mesa County residents. It’s ironic, said Marillac’s Executive Director Steve Hurd, that the clinic born in tough times is today finding itself in a bind. Requests for services at Marillac, 2333 N. Sixth St., have ...

A dose of regret: Mother now more wary than ever about flu shots

By Amy Hamilton

Grand Junction mother Kara Bocanegra decided this year to have her four children vaccinated against the H1N1 virus. In years past, Bocanegra was wary of having her children vaccinated for the flu, not wanting to introduce any more vaccines to their systems. But she relented this year in response to the increased awareness of H1N1 and the flu. However, because of a possible severe reaction to the H1N1 vaccine in her 9-year-old son, Dylan, Bocanegra won’t try to have her children ...

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Physicians cautious on mammogram changes

By Amy Hamilton

For as long as most women can remember, turning 40 means getting a mammogram that year and every year after. That thinking shouldn’t be absolute, according to recommendations released recently from a U.S. Department of Health panel. The commissioned report from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends women instead receive biennial screenings after age 50 and recommends against physicians teaching women about how to perform self examinations. The new guidelines ...

Health Briefs, Nov. 17, 2009

By Staff

Fundraiser for Gross family to be at Bananas Help a Grand Junction man battling a brain tumor by making plans to attend a fundraiser on Dec. 6. Kenny Gross recently was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor and had surgery last month. A fundraiser to help Gross and his family is planned for 3–8 p.m. Dec. 6 at Bananas Fun Park, 2469 River Road. It will include a meal and a limited pass to the park. Tickets are $30. There also will be a silent auction of items such as tickets ...

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Recovery time key part of runners’ routine

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A lot of fitness fads have come and gone over time. There was Jack LaLanne’s 1950s Glamour Stretcher, Jane Fonda’s aerobics workout from the ‘80s and now the Nintendo Wii Fit. One approach to fitness that gained in popularity in the 1970s and survived the test of time is running. And with ample running trails and a 5K nearly every weekend, it’s apparent that Grand Valley residents like to run. But when getting ready to hit the road or trail for a workout, ...

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Giving the gift of education

By Melinda Mawdsley

Mary Hupert can’t thank the Saccomanno family enough for changing her life. And she has tried, even sending the family Christmas cards. “I’ve told them ‘thank you’ a million times,” Hupert said. “They probably are so sick of (me).” Hupert, now the office manager at Greg R. Remmenga, P.C., is exactly the type of student the Saccomanno family sought to help when they created the Saccomanno Higher Education Foundation in 1992. Named for ...

Ventilators on hand for flu patents, hospitals say

By Amy Hamilton

As emergency rooms and beds at local hospitals fill up with patients sickened with swine flu, area stockpiles of ventilators are intact, according to local hospitals. Community Hospital has a policy of not removing a ventilator that one person has been using so that it can be given to another patient. A national shortage of ventilators has spread concerns that the breathing apparatuses that elderly patients or chronically ill patients are using would be turned over to younger patients or ...

Halloween costume shops wary of flu viruses

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Last-minute Halloween costume shoppers beware: If you find and try on that Michael Myers mask, you may be buying it, even if you decide you like the Bart Simpson one better. In light of the spread of the seasonal and swine flu viruses, Grand Valley retail stores are taking extra steps this year to ensure their Halloween merchandise is clean and germ-free. Mad Margaret’s, 807 N. First St., has signs posted encouraging shoppers to see an employee who will disinfect a mask after ...


Stigma of ‘women’s disease’ prevents men from early diagnosis, treatment

By Amy Hamilton

Daryl Monroe was really good at saving other people, but he should have been able to save himself. At 67, Monroe was diagnosed with breast cancer. At that time the cancer was already in Stage 4 — so far along that his chances to live were slim. Monroe’s wife, Alice, can’t help but think that if there was more awareness about male breast cancer, her husband’s condition could have been detected sooner. “Men see it as a women’s disease, but it’s ...

Hospital bolsters cardiac care program

By Amy Hamilton

Community Hospital this month contracted with a 10-physician team from Western Slope Cardiology. That means patients can get cardiac consultations and care at the hospital instead of being transferred out. “The big difference is we’ll have them here in house every day,” hospital President Chris Thomas said of the cardiologists. “If doctors have a patient with cardiac problems, in the past they were transported to St. Mary’s (Hospital). Now the doctors are ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 20, 2009

By Staff

Fundraiser aids Rusty Without Wheels Rusty Leech traveled to India three times to regain mobility, but all you need to do to get mobile is walk, run or roll in a 5K (3.1 miles). The Race for Mobility fundraiser to benefit Leech starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at Canyon View Park. A prize giveaway begins at 11 a.m. A Bump ‘n’ Jump will be available for children. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12 with a participating adult. Race morning registration ...

Event raises money for mammograms

By Staff

Two Rivers Winery will host the annual “Women and Wine: A Toast to Prevention” event to benefit the St. Mary’s Breast Cancer Prevention Fund from 3–6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Each ticket costs $30, which includes a glass of wine, appetizers and a live fashion show. The “Rockin’ The Runway” fashion show will feature glamorous fashions from New York Moon Boutique. Ten dollars from each ticket sold, plus $1 from each bottle of wine sold, will be ...

The hospitalist will see you now

By Amy Hamilton

A little-known program at two Grand Junction hospitals is resulting in some good paybacks. St. Mary’s Hospital and Community Hospital each run hospitalist programs. That means a medical doctor is always on site to handle inpatient care for those patients who do not have a primary care provider, for patients traveling and who have primary care doctors too far away to make it to the hospital or for those patients whose primary care physicians have contracted with the hospital for the ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 13, 2009

By Staff

Family Health Fiesta offers screenings Make plans to attend a free health fair if you or your family lack health insurance or are underinsured. The sixth annual Family Health Fiesta is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park Barn on the south side of North Avenue. Screenings for dental, vision, diabetes and blood pressure will be offered for free. Booths will include information on influenza vaccines, nutrition, entertainment, activities for children and Spanish language ...

Gym class emphasis could shift to health, social wellness

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Gym classes across the state could have a new look in 2012. Instead of focusing primarily on physical activity and fitness,  proposed new state standards suggest teaching children movement, personal health, prevention and risk management, and physical, emotional and social wellness. A physical wellness class for high school students began this fall in School District 51. It is a semester course worth half a credit and is required for graduation. Maggie Childers, District 51 ...

High school Med Prep classes train next generation of medical workers

By Amy Hamilton

“The word for a hospital- acquired infection? “What is nosocomial.” “The amount taxpayers spend on health care each year? “What is $2.3 trillion.” “Percentage of health care dollars spent in the last five years of life?” “What is 85 percent.” Without realizing it, local high school students in Medical Prep I were having a fine time learning about health care during class recently. In a Jeopardy-style game, students in ...

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Middle East war veterans endure invisible injuries

By Melinda Mawdsley

Realizing he could die at any time changed Konrad Schlarbaum forever. The Central High School graduate was deployed with the U.S. Army south of Baghdad from August 2006 until November 2007 as part of the war in Iraq. What the former communications specialist lived through during his 15-month deployment in Iraq followed him home to Grand Junction. He has trouble sleeping. He can’t focus. He is angry. “I was a social outcast when I came back from Iraq,” said Schlarbaum, ...

Health Briefs, Oct. 6, 2009

By Staff

ArtAbility class part of awareness week Many activities are scheduled for Assistive Technology Awareness Week on the Western Slope and Disability Awareness Month during October. Activities are as follows: An ArtAbility Class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today at the Art Center, 1803 North Seventh St. Call Mark Saro, 245-1098, for more information. Free extreme sports movies about people with disabilities will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Center for Independence, 740 ...

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