May 2, 2013 3:08 AM
A small study of store-bought lipstick suggests the makeup may be doing more than giving the appearance of plump, shiny lips.
It could be increasing your exposure to toxic metals. Researchers at the University of California Berkeley tested over thirty different lipsticks and lip glosses, looking at the amount... more »
April 23, 2013 3:47 AM
It's often difficult to know when it's safe for stroke patients to get back behind the wheel. Now, new research found that simple cognitive tests that measure focus, attention, reaction time and perception can often predict driving readiness. In a study of 78 patients who were examined between six and... more »
April 13, 2013 4:58 PM
Colorado Springs Health Partners held their 4th annual health screenings fair at the CSHP center in Briargate Saturday morning.
It's estimated more than 400 people came out to the fair which offered everything from blood tests to hearing screenings, mammograms and pat smears.
"A lot of people put... more »
March 23, 2013 6:42 PM
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Family & Children's Services has taken a $4.5 million step to salvage a state grant and implement programs to expand mental health services in the Tulsa area. The agency had partnered with Hillcrest Medical Center in August 2012 to secure a $1.5 million grant from the... more »
February 11, 2013 1:17 PM
LONDON (AP) - British officials have found the world's 10th known case of a new coronavirus, a mysterious disease related to SARS and first identified last year. The patient, a U.K. resident who had been in the Middle East and Pakistan, is in the intensive care unit of a Manchester... more »
February 11, 2013 11:31 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says it recovered almost $8 for each dollar it spent investigating health care fraud over the past three years, including a record $4.2 billion last year. The $7.90 average return on investment is the highest in the 16-year history of the Health Care Fraud and... more »
February 7, 2013 9:10 PM
The El Paso County Health Department confirms mealworms or weevils were found inside soup being served to students during lunch inside Harrison High School Wednesday.
The school has already sent out letters to parents notifying them about the incident. Now, the investigation begins to find out how this happened.... more »
January 23, 2013 12:52 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma should expand access to mental health services. At a forum sponsored by The Associated Press, Fallin on Wednesday said her legislative plan will include three crisis centers, a suicide prevention initiative and a treatment program for prescription drug abuse. The mental... more »
January 7, 2013 4:24 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft or fade like a mirage if job growth comes roaring back. The nation's health care tab stood at $2.7... more »
January 7, 2013 4:15 PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has signed up more than enough doctors to treat the poor women who depended on Planned Parenthood for family planning services and check-ups, the commissioner said Monday. Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women was cut from the... more »
December 17, 2012 11:29 PM
DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking Colorado lawmakers for $18.5 million to expand mental health services, including opening five urgent care mental health centers, as a response to this summer's mass shooting at an Aurora theater. The governor's office said Monday that the services Hickenlooper and state health... more »
December 3, 2012 12:50 PM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials say health care reform has given them the power to curb insurance rate hikes. Those curbs helped the state block a 24 percent increase request by Cigna. According to the Denver Post, Cigna wanted to raise rates for individual health policies in 2013 by 31... more »
November 20, 2012 4:59 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - European regulators have approved a crucial new anticlotting drug, Eliquis, for preventing strokes and dangerous clots in the circulatory system. Eliquis was approved for use in the 27 European Union countries in patients at risk for such clots, called systemic embolisms, or for strokes who have... more »
November 20, 2012 4:36 PM
The Obama administration is strengthening the prescription drug coverage that will be available to the millions of people who will start getting insurance through the nation's health care overhaul. The Health and Human Services Department announced Tuesday a long-awaited package of rules, such as minimum requirements for health insurance coverage... more »
August 14, 2012 2:50 PM
You don't have to be an athlete to keep healthy.
A new study confirms even a little exercise benefits your heart! Activities like walking and gardening can help. Researchers found active adults had lower levels of inflammation in the blood, which increases the risk for heart problems. Even those who... more »
July 27, 2012 7:51 AM
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - Fort Carson is renaming its soldier family care clinic in honor of a combat medic from Nebraska who was killed in Iraq in 2005. The clinic will be formally named the Pfc. Eric P. Woods Soldier Family Care Center on Friday. Woods was assigned to... more »
June 27, 2012 11:25 AM
The Waldo Canyon Fire has caused 32,500 people to be evacuated in Colorado Springs and El Paso County.
At a morning news conference, officials said structures were lost in the last 24 hours, but they don't have a good count at this point.
Firefighting efforts continue with hundreds... more »
June 14, 2012 5:37 PM
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Regional Air Quality Council have issued an Ozone Action Day Alert starting at 4 p.m. for the Front Range Urban Corridor from El Paso County north to Larimer and Weld counties, including the Denver-Boulder area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and... more »
May 31, 2012 6:57 PM
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued through 11 p.m. for the Front Range Urban Corridor from El Paso County north to Larimer and Weld counties, including the Denver-Boulder area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Greeley for ozone levels.
Ozone could reach the "Unhealthy for Sensitive... more »
May 16, 2012 7:46 PM
MILWAUKEE (AP) - One of life's simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer.... more »
May 11, 2012 1:11 PM
Expectant mothers can learn about raising happy, healthy, and safe children at the 2nd annual Community Baby Shower presented by the Pueblo Early Childhood Council and the Colorado State University-Pueblo Nursing Department. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 18 at the Praise... more »
April 27, 2012 8:34 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama told hundreds of female supporters Friday that Republicans seem determined to meddle in women's health decisions in ways that are "appalling, offensive and out of touch." A recent fight in Congress over contraception access, Obama said, was like "being in a time machine." "These... more »
April 26, 2012 7:33 PM
The Pueblo City-County Health Department is investigating an illness that may have spread at a catered lunch Tuesday for the Pueblo Community Health Center.
The illness may have been spread through food, or human contact. At this point 27 of the 80 people who attended showed mild to moderate,... more »
April 25, 2012 1:43 PM
Residents of Pueblo County can get rid of unwanted hard-to-recycle items on Saturday May 12.
The event happens at the Colorado State Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enter the fairgrounds at Gate 3 on Mesa Avenue.
Items will only be accepted from homes--no business waste will... more »
April 4, 2012 6:47 AM
The special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, or WIC, says they have room for more clients.
The Pueblo County Health Department says they are encouraging families to call and learn if they qualify for the assistance.
The programs goal is to help keep pregnant and... more »
March 26, 2012 12:41 PM
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The company that makes "pink slime" is suspending operations at three of four plants where the low-cost beef filler amid a public outcry over concern about the ingredient. Beef Products Inc. spokesman Craig Letch on Monday told The Associated Press about the operations suspensions at plants... more »
March 23, 2012 6:44 AM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado may be as divided as the nation on whether to celebrate or protest the second anniversary of the new health care law. Supporters on the left including Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver are marking the occasion Friday with a forum on women's health. A few... more »
March 15, 2012 7:48 PM
Do you know if your children have high levels of lead in their blood? Folks from the EPA out of Denver came to the Pueblo Health Department Thursday to offer free blood testing to children and adults. Once they drew blood, results came back in just three minutes. Testers tell... more »
March 1, 2012 5:11 AM
Mystery meat is a thing of the past. Starting today, the Department of Agriculture is requiring nutrition labels on 40 of the most popular cuts of beef and poultry.
The labels are similar to those shoppers have grown accustom to seeing on items like canned soup and cereal. The... more »
February 29, 2012 7:35 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is opening the nation's first full-service center for seniors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. City officials say the new LGBT facility will be specifically geared to the needs of this segment of the population, whose members sometimes feel isolated from... more »
February 29, 2012 6:12 PM
The head of the El Paso County Health Department will retire next week. Kandi Buckland has been the director for 11 years.
"Ms. Buckland has done an outstanding job of leading this agency through some of the most challenging times of inevitable budget reductions and disease outbreaks such as... more »
February 14, 2012 7:40 PM
Before you make plans to dine out, you may want to check the health inspections for your favorite restaurants in Pueblo.
"Dead roaches." "Excessive rodent droppings." "Slime mold accumulation." Those are some of the critical violations found at some restaurants in Pueblo, according to the Pueblo City-County Health Department.... more »
February 9, 2012 7:05 AM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are considering making welfare recipients take a drug test before receiving benefits.
The proposal sponsored by Republican Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg is getting its first hearing in a House committee Thursday. House Bill 1046 would require applicants of the Colorado Works Temporary Assistance for Needy... more »
February 6, 2012 9:14 AM
How important is it to take care of your child's baby teeth? Sure, they'll lose them eventually, but with February being National Children's Dental Health Month , local dentists are urging you to start good oral hygiene habits early.
"I do the top twice, and then the bottom twice,"... more »
February 2, 2012 10:04 AM
For most women, living without our purse would be a nightmare. We take it everywhere: to school, work, the doctor's office, even the bathroom. Have you ever wondered how many germs your purse picks up in a day? We decided to find out.
Three purses. A microbiologist with a... more »
February 1, 2012 7:38 PM
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum continued his tour through Colorado today, making a stop in Woodland Park.
In a speech to the Teller County Tea Party, Santorum said the healthcare reform bill was flawed and that our country needs to more strongly preserve the constitution and our rights.
... more »
January 26, 2012 5:13 PM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado state health officials want to require flu vaccinations for nearly all hospital and nursing-home employees.
According to the Denver Post, the state board of health will vote next month on new rules requiring low-and high-risk medical facilities to increase coverage to 90 percent of workers... more »
January 24, 2012 3:00 PM
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today identified 10 health related areas that need progress in the next three to five years.
Chris Urbina, executive director and chief medical officer for the department, said, "We selected these 10 Winnable Battles because they provide Colorado's greatest opportunities for... more »
November 9, 2011 7:58 PM
"It was a real shock," says a healthy looking 64-year-old John H. Robinson.
This past July he found himself on the surgery table of Dr. John Mehall at Penrose-St. Francis Hospital. Robinson had a prolapsed valve, an aortic aneurysm, and a blockage in his heart, all of which were... more »
October 30, 2011 11:56 AM
ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) - An Adams State College student is being treated for meningitis, prompting warnings to other students. The (Alamosa) Valley Courier reports that the infected student does not live on campus. The newspaper also says that doctors believe the student appears to have the viral form of the... more »
October 29, 2011 1:15 PM
Doors opened at 7am at the Palmer Ridge High School for the Southern Colorado Health Fair.
People started lining-up around 6:30 am to take advantage of the 37different types of free and low-cost screenings and tests.
During the fall, parents can bring along their kids to receive the... more »
October 29, 2011 2:04 AM
It's that time of year again when health fairs are in full swing.
Come join News 5 at the Southern Colorado Health Fair being held today at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument. It's the perfect place to come and get free and low cost health screenings.
... more »
October 25, 2011 4:57 PM
The battle of the bulge is timeless, and at some point, most people have tried something. Whether it is nips, tucks, sit-ups, master cleanses, diets, good old fashioned gym routines, or some kind of magic potion that promises it will melt away the fat.
Recall the old adage: "If... more »
October 25, 2011 2:18 PM
Melt away inches of fat by relaxing on a massage table and doing nothing? Sounds too good to be true, right?
The treatment is called "Zerona" and the manufacturer says the lasers blast the fat out of fat cells.
While lying on a table, the laser beams circle... more »
October 20, 2011 4:57 PM
Do you ever feel just slightly off, or not quite like yourself?
Perhaps you suffer from depression, insomnia, hot flashes, low libido or any other symptoms that may result from a hormonal imbalance.
If so, you are not alone and there is no need for you to suffer... more »
October 12, 2011 5:43 PM
Canon City High School and National Geographic Kids magazine set out to set the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period, but not to worry, these teens were only jumping for one minute.
The goal of the record is to get... more »
October 9, 2011 2:40 PM
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) - Two dozens volunteers from Texas are running and hiking in the Colorado high country this weekend to help the University of Colorado develop a test that can identify soldiers who are vulnerable to the headaches, nausea and fatigue of altitude sickness. The Summit Daily newspaper in... more »
October 8, 2011 5:52 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Zsa Zsa Gabor has been hospitalized after slipping out of consciousness at her Los Angeles-area home. Gabor's husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, said Saturday that the actress had a high fever and was bleeding from a tube in her stomach. Paramedics rushed Gabor from her Bel... more »
October 7, 2011 3:19 AM
"Ambitious, selfless, and giving" are the words Brig. Gen. Richard Clark, Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy, used to describe Cadet First Class Marc Henning.
Tears, tissues, friends and family filled a room at the Donor Alliance Recovery Center in Denver.
A special ceremony was... more »
October 1, 2011 12:38 PM
Uninsured Pueblo residents are receiving a $4,000 to $7,000 gift today as the Pueblo Surgery Center, Health4Haiti, the International Surgical Missions and Colorado Technical University work together to perform free surgeries as part of the annual Surgical Day of Giving event.
The procedures range from hernia repairs to cyst... more »
September 15, 2011 6:08 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The company that owns the Olive Garden, Red Lobster and four other popular restaurant chains is following Michelle Obama's lead and pledging to reduce the calories and sodium in its meals and overhaul its kids' menu.
Drew Madsen, president of Darden Restaurants, tells The Associated Press... more »
August 9, 2011 7:54 PM
In our Wednesday morning back to school segment we are taking a look at some healthy and not so healthy options when it comes to buying a sack lunch on a budget. Mina Liebert, the Director of LiveWell Colorado Springs, compared the costs and nutritional values of two lunches.
... more »
July 20, 2011 5:38 PM
Seniors have difficulty sensing temperature extremes and may not realize they are experiencing heat trauma.
One local organization is stepping-up its effort to help elderly develop healthy heat beating habits.
Warning signs and symptoms of heat trauma include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, body aches, headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, and... more »
July 17, 2011 11:35 PM
Gently pressing down on the piano's pristine keys, the now nearly 46-year old Kim Davis looks radiant and healthy, but she has always felt that way.
"You see overweight people all over the place and, you know, sometimes you can dress a package enough that it doesn't look quite... more »
July 17, 2011 1:46 PM
Many may think heart disease is a "man's disease" or perceive it as an "older woman's disease," but numbers are showing us otherwise.
According to the U.S. CDC and the American Heart Association , heart disease is:
- The number one killer of women and men in the U.S.... more »
June 30, 2011 5:55 PM
As 65-year-old John Murphy strolls along one of Colorado's many scenic and well-hidden trails he reminisces ,"I got my diagnosis when the humming birds left and that was the last time I thought I'd see ‘em ."
With his well worn walking stick in hand and is faithful dog,... more »
June 28, 2011 11:32 PM
After much discussion and even more questions, the Colorado Springs City Council has only decided to move on 1 of the 14 proposed fees for medical marijuana businesses. Councilman Tim Leigh and most everyone else on council tell us the proposed fees seem like they could be too high, as... more »
June 26, 2011 7:30 PM
A landmark week is ahead for the medical marijuana industry in Colorado. On July 1st new state regulations, the toughest in the country, will officially go in to effect. Scott Saunders, who owns Natural Leaf in Colorado Springs, says he welcomes the regulation for legitimacy. "Regulations absolutely will provide legitimacy... more »
June 18, 2011 3:08 PM
St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo wants people in their neighborhood to lead healthier lives. As part of the Healthy Bessemer initiative, the hospital gave around 70 people free health screenings Saturday morning.
While the sum value of the screenings is estimated at around $1,500, organizer Michele DesLauriers says... more »
June 2, 2011 3:12 PM
The Colorado Department of Public Health has issued a Smoke Health Advisory for the San Luis Valley northeast to Colorado Springs effective until 4 p.m.
Smoke from the Wallow Fire southeast of Show Low Arizona has moved into portions of Colorado. It has lowered visibilities from Alamosa to Colorado... more »
May 25, 2011 11:50 AM
A state-by-state report card on childhood oral health give Colorado a B grade saying that the state can do more to prevent tooth decay among kids. The report titled "Making Coverage Matter" was conducted by the Pew Center on the States and found that Colorado only reached five out of... more »
May 19, 2011 8:52 PM
Do not be surprised if you see a huge Ronald McDonald medical truck in your neighborhood.
It is called the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
The mobile health unit travels throughout the Pikes Peak region Tuesday through Friday and offers a variety of medical and dental services for people twenty-one... more »
May 10, 2011 1:15 PM
Two more skunks have tested positive for rabies in Pueblo County. Both skunks were picked up east of the City of Pueblo after behaving strangely.
Neither skunk had known contact with humans or pets.
"It is important for people to stay away from wild mammals, especially during daylight... more »
April 27, 2011 1:11 PM
DENVER (AP) - A Colorado health insurance exchange won final approval in the Senate 20-15 on Wednesday, setting up a likely debate over the federal health law in the GOP House.
Republicans argued unsuccessfully against the health exchange, which allows individuals and small employers to pool together to lower... more »
April 25, 2011 6:38 PM
The Drug Enforcement Administration will coordinate a one-day Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative this week. This is a statewide event and will provide an opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement for destruction.
The event will operate from 10:00 a.m. to... more »
April 13, 2011 7:22 PM
Let's face it, not too many people like going to the doctor's office for a check-up, let along getting blood work done. Most importantly, many elements of a doctor's visit can be costly, especially if you do not have insurance.
Southern Colorado Health Fair's, which run over a several week... more »
April 9, 2011 1:54 PM
This morning we were at the Masonic Center, one of today's sites for the Southern Colorado Health Fairs.
Over three hundred people were in attendance and fair goers started lining-up at 6:15 a.m. Doors, however, did not open until 7 a.m.
The fair offered about two dozen different types... more »
April 8, 2011 3:05 AM
Southern Colorado Health Fairs are in full swing, but if you plan on going, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to prepare.
Here's a checklist of what you will need to know before you go:
1. You have to be 18 years or... more »
April 5, 2011 7:40 PM
A pair of dogs in Calhan have been bitten by a rabid skunk and may have been exposed to the fatal disease.
The two small dogs got into a scuffle with the skunk over the weekend and were wounded by the wild animal. The dogs were brought to their... more »
April 5, 2011 7:15 PM
DENVER (AP) - The owner of a Colorado-based rural health brokerage has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of mail fraud, embezzlement and 18 counts of money laundering.
The U.S. attorney's office in Denver says 59-year-old Gerald Rising Jr. is accused of mixing trust funds from... more »
March 29, 2011 3:33 PM
The Nursing Department at Colorado State University - Pueblo will coordinate a host of local organizations to provide health screening and education at a health fair on Saturday, April 9.
The annual event runs from 7 a.m. to noon at Praise Assembly of God, 2000 Troy Avenue in Pueblo.... more »
March 23, 2011 6:32 PM
Minute levels of radiation have been detected in Colorado's air by the state health department. The air sample shows a "minuscule" amount of iodine-131.
The sample has been sent to the EPA for more testing.
"Levels detected in Colorado are minuscule and represent no risk to human health,"... more »
March 12, 2011 12:14 PM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado's dispute over which doctors can recommend medical marijuana could become more confusing this week when state health authorities consider tighter limits at the same time lawmakers debate conflicting rules.
One question is whether doctors with conditions on their medical licenses - such as a surgeon... more »
March 11, 2011 2:18 AM
A twenty-four hour day never seems to be enough time to get everything done that needs to get done. This Sunday, there will only be twenty-three hours in the day. Yes, it is time to "Spring Forward," and this week is National Sleep Awareness Week®. The National Sleep Foundation wants... more »
February 17, 2011 3:33 PM
The Pueblo Health Department will train business people how to recycle at a meeting on February 24.
The class is free from 10 a.m. to noon at the Health Department at 9th and Santa Fe on the third floor.
Information presented will include how to recycle batteries, plastic,... more »
February 14, 2011 7:10 PM
A new study is underway in Pueblo to find out why the city has one of highest teen pregnancy rates in the state. It's costing taxpayers millions as many young moms struggle to finish high school. The health department has now hired a research firm to study why its such... more »
February 3, 2011 10:09 PM
It's that time of year again to go rummaging through your closet and pull out your best red. February is heart month and Friday, February 4, 2011 is the National Wear Red Day. Join the masses that will choose to wear red and show your support for battling heart disease.... more »
January 31, 2011 3:21 PM
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- A federal judge in Florida says the Obama administration's health overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states, including Colorado, that had sued to block it.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson on Monday accepted without trial the states' argument that the new law violates people's rights... more »
January 25, 2011 8:59 AM
The 5th Annual Pueblo Health Expo will be held this Saturday at the Pueblo Convention Center, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. The Expo is free.
Free health screenings:
grip test... more »
January 24, 2011 2:01 PM
It seems a controversial ballot measure that would have made Memorial Health Systems a non-profit will not show up on this April's ballot. This morning a Mayor's Task Force agreed to ask city council to suspend plans to put the ballot measure to an April vote. One of the biggest... more »
January 19, 2011 10:52 AM
One out of every three houses in Colorado has elevated levels of radon, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It's a radioactive gas, which can seep into your home through the soil.
January is National Radon Action month and the Pueblo City-County Health Department wants to... more »
January 18, 2011 5:22 PM
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) --Attorney General Pam Bondi says six more states will join Florida and 19 others in a lawsuit against the Obama administration's health care law.
Colorado is already part of the suit.
Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming will join the coalition of states that... more »
January 12, 2011 11:36 PM
The proposed ballot language on whether or not Memorial Health Systems should become a non-profit has been made public. The language, as it's written, says the hospital will become a non-profit entity which would be independent and not under city control, which it currently is. Voters would have final say... more »
January 6, 2011 7:19 PM
With obesity rampant among our young people, Roncalli Middle School in Pueblo continues to receive grant money to help students stay fit.
Today "Miles" the official Denver Broncos mascot was at the school. He encouraged students to exercise for 60 minutes a day and eat healthier.
In the... more »
January 3, 2011 12:07 PM
Pueblo residents will get a chance to assess their health at the 5th Annual Pueblo Health Expo Saturday, January 29, at the Pueblo Convention Center. The Expo runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and admission is free.
New this year is cholesterol screening for $5 from 8:00 -... more »
December 21, 2010 2:17 PM
The Pueblo Health Department will remove its recycling bins next week due to lack of funding.
The bins are located at:
Bessemer Neighborhood near the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel Mill offices
Pueblo West near Civic Center and Joe Martinez Boulevard
Pueblo West near the General... more »
December 21, 2010 12:07 PM
What should you do with that oil you used to cook the Christmas turkey?
Don't pour it down the drain. Instead recycle it. Pueblo residents may drop off that used oil at three locations:
Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 2313 S. Prairie Ave.
Southern Colorado Services &... more »