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Monday Medical: Caring for your cartilage

More slippery than ice, with the ability to act like a spongy shock absorber, cartilage is found at every joint in our bodies. Cartilage, a type of connective tissue, creates a friction-free gliding surface for joints. But, it’s also susceptible to injury, and since it doesn’t have arteries, veins or nerves, it can’t naturally heal itself when damaged.

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Health briefs: Alzheimer's Association sponsors support groups

The Alzheimer's Association sponsors free caregiver information and support groups in Steamboat for those caring for someone with dementia, whether 24/7 or long distance.

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Colorado group collecting signatures to triple state's cigarette tax

A Colorado coalition is gathering signatures for a ballot measure that would triple the state’s current cigarette tax, from $0.84 to $2.59 per pack.

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South Routt Medical will ask Routt County for loan to cover Peabody loss

The South Routt Medical Health Service District will ask Routt County commissioners Tuesday to loan the district $55,000 the group planned to receive in tax payments from Peabody Energy.

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Sarah Coleman: Weekend getaway, yes please

Here are a few ideas to help rally the spontaneous getaway within a comfortable timeframe and very little planning.

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Healthy eating: Lemony white bean spread

This is a versatile dip — experiment with different flavors. Try with roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts or different herbs, such as thyme, mint, rosemary or cumin.

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Routt County CSU Extension: Sugar sleuths will like new labels

Understanding the sugar content of your food is about to get easier. The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that, among the many changes to their revised nutrition label, foods will now have an extra line to show how much “added sugar” has been added to the product.

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Monday Medical: Know genes to fight cancer

A genetic test for cancer can be beneficial for men and women, especially those who have a family history of cancer.

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New survey shows teens in Northwest Colorado smoking more

New state-collected data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey show more teens in Northwest Colorado may be taking up regular cigarette use, despite an overall statewide decrease in youth use.

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Health briefs: Natural Grocers hosts 'quick classes'

Nutritional Health Coach Alicia McLeod will host a series of 30-minute food classes through the next two weeks at Natural Grocers, 335 Lincoln Ave.

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Yampa Valley Medical Center unveils strategic plan

Yampa Valley Medical Center patients could see lower prices and more streamlined medical care under a new strategic plan unveiled by the hospital this week.

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Monday Medical: Protect yourself from foodborne illness

It’s Independence Day, and many plan to barbecue, not only today, but throughout the summer. Food safety can take a back seat to enjoying a meal with family and friends. Yet, from pitchfork to table fork, every step of the food chain requires vigilant safety measures.

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Healthy eating: Quinoa and black bean salad

Quinoa and black bean salad.

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Livewell Northwest Colorado: Fighting food insecurity in Routt County

Many of our neighbors, co-workers and friends here in Routt County do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. They are food insecure.

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Health briefs: Yellow fever vaccine in short supply

The yellow fever vaccine, recommended or required for travel to some international destinations, is in short supply.