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Health briefs: Free presentation on precision medicine offered today

A panel of oncologists and medical researchers from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center will present "Precision Medicine in Cancer: At the Crossroads of Research and Treatment for Patients" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 17 at Strings Music Festival. The educational forum, hosted by Northwest Colorado Health, is for patients, families, medical professionals and everyone touched by cancer. Tickets are free and available at stringsmusicfestival.com or at the box office. For more information, contact Suzi Mariano at 970-871-7631 or smariano@northwestcoloradohealth.org.

Avoid mosquito bites and West Nile virus

Northwest Colorado Health advises the following precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.

  • Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty old tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles occur.
  • Limit outdoor activities, or take precautions during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants in active mosquito areas.
  • Insect repellents containing DEET are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions and precautions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using insect repellent on children younger than 2 months and not using repellents containing more than 30 percent DEET on children.

For tips about safely using insect repellents on children, visit healthychildren.org and type "insect repellent" in the search box.

West Nile virus is rare, but those who exhibit symptoms, including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, are advised contact a health care provider immediately. For more information, visit cdc.gov/westnile.

Precautions advised during tick season  

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Northwest Colorado Health advises precautions against ticks and tick-borne diseases during spring and summer months. Tick bites in Colorado can result in Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, Tick-borne Relapsing Fever. Ticks should be removed from skin as soon as possible. If you remove a tick from a person or a pet, wash your hands immediately. If you become ill after a tick bite or exposure to ticks, seek prompt medical attention. Ticks are commonly found in wooded or brushy areas with tall grass. They may also inhabit rustic mountain cabins where chipmunks and other rodents may have visited. Wear protective clothing – long-sleeved shirts and long pants – and do thorough tick checks after being in areas where ticks may be present. For information on how to safely remove a tick that has settled into the skin, visit cdc.gov/ticks.

Share your healthy recipes with Steamboat Today

Steamboat Today publishes simple, healthy recipes in the Yampa Valley Health section of the newspaper on Monday. Anyone who has a recipe that is easy-to-fix and made from commonly found ingredients is welcome to share it with the paper. Forget the fussy soufflé or the dish requiring fenugreek seeds, we're looking for basic recipes that will inspire people to cook. Email recipes to Karen Massey at karen.massey@colostate.edu or send them to Massey at the Routt County Extension Office, P.O. Box 772830, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

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