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Monday Medical: Horse safety basics

July 16, 2018 — There's nothing quite like riding a horse through an Alpine meadow, with mountains peaks in every direction. But just as with other outdoor activities, it's smart to stay safe. "Horseback riding is an awesome activity, and we need to encourage it in our valley as

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Choose When helps pay for long-acting, reversible contraceptives

July 15, 2018 — Choose When is a community-funded project that is helping women in the area get IUDs and hormonal implants at low or no cost. IUDs and implants are long-acting, reversible and safe. Call Northwest Colorado Health at 970-879-1632 or Planned Parenthood at 970-879-2212 for more information.

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Northwest Colorado Health: Be ready for a wildfire emergency

July 15, 2018 — Summer monsoons are providing some relief, but Smokey Bear has not changed his mind; fire danger across Routt County remains very high. While local, state and federal agencies monitor wildfire risk and bolster emergency response and notification plans, it's important residents assume a role in

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Northwest Colorado Health now operating dental clinic in Oak Creek

July 15, 2018 — OAK CREEK — Bolstered by a new partnership with Northwest Colorado Health, South Routt Medical Center will continue to provide dental services in Oak Creek. "They are the only dental provider offering Medicaid to the adult population in Routt County," said Stephanie Einfeld, CEO of

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Monday Medical: Staying safe as temperatures rise

July 9, 2018 — Even in the cool mountain air, it can get surprisingly hot. That's why it's important to know how to stay safe in the heat. "We're blessed with cool evenings, but it's not unusual for it to be in the nineties during the day," said Dr.

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Colorado boy helps get cystic fibrosis treatment approved

July 8, 2018 — FORT COLLINS — Noah Colbert is kind of an expert on clinical trials. He’s participated in many over the 12 years of his life. He admits he likes the gift cards he gets in return — he used a recent payment to buy a laptop

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Book shares authors journey to discovering she’s autistic

July 8, 2018 — “I Think I Might Be Autistic” by Cynthia Kim Short and highly readable, this how-to book addresses all the author's responses to an awareness that she might be autistic.  She guides us through her emotions as she confronts this realization, researching extensively, outlining the steps

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Grand Futurres: Camping and underage drinking — A dangerous combination

July 8, 2018 — With summertime fully upon us, everyone is exploring the great outdoors — camping, fishing, hiking, biking and enjoying time with friends. Summer just isn't summer without great adventures. But what happens when summer adventures are mixed with underage drinking? School was out and we needed

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Rattlesnake spotted by hikers on Emerald Mountain earlier this week

July 6, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — On July 3, a few hikers spotted a rattlesnake about 4 feet long on the lower section of Emerald Mountain going up the Blackmere Trailhead and near the Mile Run single track trail. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife Manager Kris Middledorf,

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Seminars at Steamboat launches 16th summer season with a bipartisan look at health care

July 5, 2018 — Seminars at Steamboat kicks off the 16th annual season of nonpartisan policy discussions with a talk about the future of health care, featuring Stuart Butler, formerly of The Heritage Foundation and currently a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and a health adviser for the

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Monday Medical: In pain? Try stretching

July 2, 2018 — Want to decrease aches and pains, while improving your fitness? Then consider stretching. "Consistent stretching is an important part of maintaining the ability to stay active, whether you're running, walking, biking or doing most any activity," said Missy Amato, a physical therapist at UCHealth SportsMed

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Northwest Colorado Food Coalition: Kilt Farm CSA catastrophe

July 2, 2018 — We are more disconnected from our food than ever before. Ask most people where they get their food and they will likely reply "the grocery store." While that may be the case, it does not fully answer the question. Most of our food still comes

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Free community program on HPV to be held July 12

July 2, 2018 — The human papillomavirus is a virus that can have big consequences, including causing certain cancers and other diseases. Learn about HPV and cervical cancer risk in women, the importance of PAP testing for screening and who can receive the HPV vaccine. The program is resented

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Donation-based exercise group continues fun classes for local charities

July 1, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Like Reall Regan isn't busy enough as a realtor, community activist, avid outdoorswoman and personal fitness instructor, now, her personal charitable endeavor has really taken off in its second year. Regan's Rise Steamboat program started with just circuit training last year. She

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Old Town Hot Springs: Aqua Zumba brings the party to your workout routine

June 24, 2018 — Thursday mornings can be quiet at Old Town Hot Springs. That is until Aqua Zumba begins. Suddenly, the pool deck turns into a party with the sounds of Latin music radiating from the lap pool. Youth campers are dancing in the kiddie pool, lifeguards are

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Take precautions with bats, which may carry rabies

June 24, 2018 — Rabies is a potentially deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal.  Some bats have tested positive for rabies in Northwest Colorado. Follow these precautions to avoid exposure to potentially infected bats or other wild animals:   • Never touch a wild bat

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Monday Medical: Anesthesia basics

June 24, 2018 — If you're heading in for surgery, the anesthesia you'll be getting might not be top of mind. But it's a critical part of many medical procedures. Below, Dr. Sarah Gebauer, an anesthesiologist at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, outlines what you need to know about

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New Medicare cards mailed to members

June 18, 2018 — For the purposes of identity protection, recent legislation requires the removal of the Social Security number from all Medicare cards. New cards will automatically be mailed to members, in waves throughout the country, between April 2018 and April 2019. The new cards will be paper,

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Monday Medical: What’s new about knee replacements

June 18, 2018 — Total knee replacements aren't what they used to be; they're much better. "If you knew somebody who had a knee replacement 10 to 15 years ago, it was probably a completely different experience than what happens now," said Dr. Bryan Bomberg, an orthopedic surgeon in

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Doc Willett Award winners announced; honor to be given out for 1st time in 5 years

June 17, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Honoring the compassionate medical care and dedication to community practiced by Dr. Frederick E. Willett, two awards are being given in his name for the first time in five years. The UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation announced oncologist Dr. Allen Cohn

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