Monday Medical: Cancer is not pretty

Cancer is never pretty. Head and neck cancers can be particularly gruesome. It can steal your ability to speak, eat, swallow and recognize yourself in the mirror. Head and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, skin, sinuses, saliva glands and thyroid glands.

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Your Health: VNA’s weight-loss program promotes lifestyle changes

The community health educators of Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be offering the Lifestyle Change Challenge to the region’s residents starting April 9. The free program consists of 16 sessions over the course of four months focusing on working with people seeking to drop weight and reduce their risk for chronic health concerns.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center to oversee Baggs clinic

Yampa Valley Medical Center recently announced it will assume operational management of the medical clinic in Baggs, Wyo, according to a press release issued by the medical outlet Thursday. The release said the Baggs location — which also functioned as a satellite office for Craig’s Kinder Family Clinic and before that, Noyes Clinic — will go by the name Little Snake River Valley Clinic.

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277,000 Coloradans now under health plan coverage

Next open enrollment for insurance not until Nov. 15

The March 31 deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan brought the total amount of newly covered Colorado residents to more than 277,000, according to data released Tuesday from marketplace Connect for Health Colorado.

Routt County categorized as high risk for radon exposure

With 11 other counties also added, all of Colorado now is categorized as high risk, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Routt County maintains reputation as 1 of healthiest places in Colorado

Charity Neal, the director of public health for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, said officials in Routt County have a lot to like in the latest report.

Monday Medical: Breast health center enhances care, comfort

Most women likely approach breast screenings with more than a little trepidation. Breast cancer occurs in an estimated 1 in 7 Colorado women and is the most often treated cancer at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Healthy Eating: The best granola

This is a great recipe to have on hand when hitting the trails.

Health briefs: Children's support group on grieving to meet Wednesdays

Poogie’s Place/Cole’s Cowboy Corner, a program of Hospice, will start a children’s support group for kids ages 12 to 15 who are grieving the death of a loved one.

Thinking About Health: Facing the realities of high-deductible insurance

Pat Mallett, a self-employed businessman in Littleton, had heard a lot about Obamacare and thought that a policy available in the new state shopping exchange would offer him a better deal than the coverage he had. The policy that covered him, his wife and two teenage kids cost about $400 per month and came with a $5,000 deductible, which meant they paid cash for routine office visits and annual physicals — up to a total of $5,000 per year.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center launching new breast health center

One of the goals of the new health center will be to increase the number of breast cancer screenings here in Routt County.

Healthy Eating: Manicotti in minutes

Unbelievably simple, this quick dish freezes well and can be warmed in the microwave.

Health briefs: Health insurance marketplace meetings scheduled this week

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a series of free information sessions to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado.

Monday Medical: Women find help for pelvic pain

Pelvic pain has various descriptions, a range of causes and a multitude of symptoms. It can be serious enough to interfere with work and recreational activities. Sometimes, it is cyclical, an unwelcome aspect of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Or it may develop at a later age.

Friday is last day to register for Penguin Plunge fundraiser

This year, the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley is holding registration the day before the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center.