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Health briefs: Adult Children of Alcoholics meetings Saturdays

May 21, 2017 — Adult Children of Alcoholics meetings Saturdays Adult Children of Alcoholics is a fellowship of persons who desire to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. Meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays upstairs at 437 Oak Street. For […]

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Heeling Friends hosting introductory seminar on canine fitness

May 20, 2017 — Heeling Friends, Inc., Routt County's animal-assisted therapy organization, will host an introductory seminar about canine exercise and fitness titled "K9 Fitness" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. The seminar will include a presentation by Dr. […]

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Healthy eating: Healthful take on hummus

May 20, 2017 — Red lentil hummus 1 cup dried red lentils 2 garlic cloves, peeled Peel from 1/2 lemon Juice from 1 lemon 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini paste Salt to taste Carrots, celery and Persian cucumbers, for dipping In a medium saucepan set […]

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Northwest Colorado Health: Family planning program resource for teens and parents

May 20, 2017 — When you're young, and even when you're older, conversations about sexual health can be difficult. But for adolescents and teens, especially, there is a lot at stake. The repercussions of unplanned pregnancy, a sexually transmitted infection or unhealthy relationship can have lasting impact on a […]

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Monday Medical: Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea

May 20, 2017 — Editor's note: This article is the first in a two-part series on sleep apnea. Part two will cover diagnosis and treatment. Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, affecting an estimated 22 million Americans. While it is a treatable condition, it can […]

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Thoughtful Parenting: Fending off summer stress

May 20, 2017 — Not all children are excited for the coming summer. For many children, this is a time that may bring increased levels of anxiety. They are transitioning from a structured day, where they know what to expect, and for many, summer is an unknown, where they […]

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Pitkin County donates $50k toward expanded mental health facility to serve Western Slope

May 17, 2017 — Aspen — Pitkin County commissioners last week decided to contribute $50,000 to a regional nonprofit’s efforts to expand the number of psychiatric hospital beds available on the Western Slope. “I think it’s important to be leaders,” Commissioner Rachel Richards said. “I think we can afford […]

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Yampa Valley Medical Center joining pilot program to reduce opioid use in emergency rooms

May 17, 2017 — Steamboat Springs — As an emergency room physician for more than 30 years, Dr. David Wilkinson is used to seeing people come though the doors at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in pain. "We see pain,” Wilkinson said. “It's the number one reason people come […]

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Vaccinations aren’t just for children

May 14, 2017 — Steamboat Springs — For most adults, vaccinations are just a part of growing up in the modern world. But the truth is, vaccines are not only for children. "Adults need vaccines too," said Mindy Hayden, public health nurse for Northwest Colorado Health. "There are many […]

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Healthy eating: Skillet white fish with tomato olive sauce

May 14, 2017 — Skillet white fish with tomato olive sauce 4 thin white fish fillets (such as tilapia, flounder or halibut) 1 small shallot, minced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 (15 oz.) can no salt added diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and […]

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Health briefs: Hepatitis A on the rise in Colorado

May 14, 2017 — Colorado is experiencing an increase in hepatitis A cases, and the state is recommending some adults at higher risk for the illness be vaccinated. Hepatitis A is a liver infection. Typically, a person contracts the virus by ingesting food or drinks contaminated with the virus. […]

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Mambo Italiano serves up hope to raise money to help find cure for Angelman Syndrome

May 10, 2017 — Steamboat Springs — Olivia MacGray's smile can light up a room. She is full of hugs and the type of energy you might expect to find with any other 8-year-old child growing up in Steamboat Springs. But Olivia was born with a rare genetic disorder […]

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Steamboat humanitarian Mayling Simpson recognized by Longwood University

April 9, 2017 — Steamboat Springs — As a child, Mayling Simpson and her family moved into a Reynoldsburg, Ohio, home that was once part of the Underground Railroad. The house was left full of antiques and possessions from the previous owner, including shelves of abolitionist literature that fascinated […]

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Monday Medical: Take time to manage stress

April 9, 2017 — When it comes to stress, there's one thing everyone has in common: We all experience it. But how we experience stress and learn to deal with it can be different for everyone. Below, Rachel Van Parys, health and wellness coordinator for Yampa Valley Medical Center, […]

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Free birth control now available through Choose When project

April 9, 2017 — Steamboat Springs — Free, long-acting, reversible birth control is now available for low-income Steamboat Springs women, thanks to the efforts of the newly formed Choose When group. Organizer Kathleen Wasserman said the group is picking up the costs for women to receive long-acting, reversible contraception, […]

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Monday Medical: Target trigger points with dry needling

April 2, 2017 — Tight muscles? Some physical therapists have a new tool to address the issue: dry needling. By inserting a very thin needle into a trigger point, or a place where bands of muscle have latched onto each other, physical therapists may be able to quickly release […]

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Active lives, few providers push up medical costs in Colorado mountains

April 2, 2017 — Editor’s note: This story is the first in a six-part series on health care costs in the Colorado mountains.No, Colorado mountain resident, it's not just your imagination. You still are paying some of the highest health care costs in the nation.Despite — or perhaps because […]

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Yampa Valley Medical Center named among Top 100 Hospitals

March 14, 2017 — Yampa Valley Medical Center has been named a Top 100 Hospital in the United States by an organization that evaluates more than 2,700 hospitals across the country. It's the first time in 24 years of Truven Health Analytics' study that YVMC has earned this honor. […]

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Yampa Valley Medical Center could merge with UCHealth hospital system

March 1, 2017 — Steamboat Springs — Yampa Valley Medical Center officials announced Wednesday the hospital was pursuing a merger with the UCHealth hospital system. The nationally recognized Front Range-based system includes Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, UCHealth Medical Group, Broomfield […]

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