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2 years 11 months ago

Patients in Pueblo receive free surgeries

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...

3 years 10 months ago

Alarms over radiation from thyroid cancer patients

Congressional investigators say cancer patients sent home after treatment with radioactive iodine have contaminated hotel rooms and set off alarms on public transportation. Patients have come into close contact with vulnerable people, including pregnant women and children, and the household trash from their homes has triggered radiation detectors at...

3 years 10 months ago

Flu vaccines safe for those with egg allergies

Flu vaccines are grown in chicken eggs--problematic for people allergic to eggs. But this flu season, people with egg allergies shouldn't be worried about getting the seasonal influenza vaccine, which includes protection against H1N1, experts say. A new study found that the vaccines are safe for people with egg...

3 years 10 months ago

Symptoms common in all cancer patients

New research finds most cancer patients have multiple physical symptoms throughout all stages of the disease. The study of over 400 patients identified 22 physical symptoms associated with all types of cancer including fatigue, pain, weakness, loss of appetite, constipation, insomnia and nausea. Researchers say these symptoms impact...

4 years 3 days ago

Questions loom over drug given to sleepless vets

Some military families are calling on Congress to investigate several deaths of soldiers and veterans who were taking a potent anti-pyschotic called Seroquel. Thousands of soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have received the same medication over the last nine years. It's unclear how many soldiers have...

4 years 2 weeks ago

Scientists link ALS, athlete head injuries

HBO's "Real Sports" is reporting that scientists have found evidence connecting head injuries in athletes to Lou Gehrig's disease. Dr. Ann McKee says in an interview to air Tuesday night that she found toxic proteins in the spinal cords of three athletes who had suffered head injuries and then...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Worldwide swine flu death toll: 18,449

The World Health Organization declared Tuesday that the swine flu pandemic over. The global body's pandemic alert shifted to the "post-peak" or "post-pandemic" stages. WHO last week confirmed 18,449 deaths from swine flu worldwide since the outbreak began in April 2009. The number of lab-confirmed deaths globally has...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Pet food causing salmonella in kids

Keep young kids away from the pet food. That advice comes from researchers who are reporting the first known salmonella outbreak in humans linked to dry pet food. Most of the victims are young children. And the experts don't think they're actually eating the pet food. They think the...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Fructose linked to cancer cell growth

A popular sweetener has been linked to faster cancer cell growth. Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found that fructose caused pancreatic cancer cells to divide and grow more quickly. The findings of their study are reported in the journal Cancer Research. Americans' consumption of high fructose...

4 years 1 month ago

Tests to determine if age of blood matters

There's growing concern that blood transfusion patients who receive older blood may not do as well as patients who receive fresher blood. Hospitals throughout the country are taking part in a study in hopes of discovering whether the age of blood does make a difference. The multi-million-dollar research on...

4 years 1 month ago

Smog linked to heart cell death

A new study finds smog may cause cell death in the heart. Air pollution has been linked to cardiovascular disease -- but it's hard to narrow down which chemicals are responsible. This study looked at ozone -- a gas that protects the earth from the sun's radiation and...

4 years 1 month ago

Researchers make huge asthma discovery

There is new hope for millions of asthma sufferers. Researchers are on the verge of a major breakthrough that could make inhalers a thing of the past. Dr. David Farrar and his research team at the University of Texas Southwestern discovered that Interferon, an immune system protein already...

4 years 1 month ago

Excess weight affects memory

The more an older woman weighs -- the worse her memory. A study out of Northwestern University found for every one point increase in Body Mass Index, a woman's memory score dropped a point. Researchers looked at the brain function and weight of over 8500 postmenopausal women. Those...

4 years 1 month ago

Bat tests positive for rabies in Pueblo

It's a double-whammy for Pueblo. First, West Nile Virus. Now, a rabid bat. "This bat testing positive for rabies confirms rabies is in Pueblo this summer, it is important for individuals to protect themselves and their pets from wild animals that may carry rabies," stated Christine Nevin-Woods, Public Health...

4 years 1 month ago

West Nile Virus confirmed in Pueblo

Pueblo's first case of West Nile Virus this year has been confirmed, according to Sarah Bruestle of the Pueblo City/County Health Department. The patient, who had to be hospitalized, is now home and expected to fully recover. West Nile Virus is transmitted to people through mosquito bites. Symptoms...

4 years 1 month ago

HPV linked to skin cancer

It's been established that certain strains of human papillomavirus can lead to cervical cancer. Now doctors say people infected with other HPV strains are more likely to develop skin cancer. The increased risk was especially pronounced for those on immuno-supression drugs. The study led by researchers at Dartmouth...

4 years 1 month ago

Colorado woman diagnosed with West Nile

Larimer County health officials say a 39-year-old woman in LaPorte is the second Coloradan with a confirmed case of West Nile virus this year. The woman, whose name wasn't released, is the first Larimer County resident diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease this year. The Larimer County Department of Health...

4 years 1 month ago

Goat milk causes Colorado illnesses

State health officials say tests show that raw goat milk from a Longmont dairy is responsible for sickening 30 people, including two children who are in the hospital. Health officials said Thursday that samples of unpasteurized milk from the Billy Goat Dairy tested positive for the strains of campylobacter...

4 years 1 month ago

Obesity study seeking volunteers for surgery

Some obese patients reversed their diabetes soon after weight loss surgery. Now doctors are testing whether the operation helps diabetics who are merely overweight or a tad obese control their blood sugar. The Cleveland Clinic is recruiting 150 overweight and obese diabetics. Some will have surgery and their progress...

4 years 2 months ago

FDA stepping up oversight of nation's produce

It's the little things that often make food unsafe. And now, the government is looking to tighten the oversight of produce. Worker hygiene, undetected animal contact and runoff from animal manure are often difficult to identify as the sources of food-borne illness -- something that's frustrated health authorities for...

4 years 2 months ago

Swine flu activity in Colorado: 0 cases

After a year of struggling to contain then eradicate H1N1 swine flu in Colorado, health officials report that in mid-May, all influenza has finally been stamped out. The week ending May 22, the most recent week for which data is available, is the first time Colorado has reported no activity....

4 years 2 months ago

Back pain widely overtreated

A recent estimate has Americans spending a staggering $86 billion a year to care for aching backs. The money covers MRIs, pain pills, nerve blocks and a host of other treatments. But research finds little evidence that the patients got better as medical bills soared over the past decade....

4 years 2 months ago

Overdoing medical tests costly

More medical care won't necessarily make you healthier - it may make you sicker. It's an idea that technology-loving Americans find hard to believe. Anywhere from one-fifth to nearly one-third of the tests and treatments we get are estimated to be unnecessary, and avoidable care is costly in more...

4 years 2 months ago

Experimental treatment for melanoma

Researchers have announced a huge breakthrough for people with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. A new treatment literally "melts away" the deadly disease for some patients. The treatment is called Ipilimumab, or "Ipi" for short. It utilizes a protein that helps the immune system attack the disease....

4 years 2 months ago

Nighttime snacking bad for teeth

Have a case of the midnight munchies? Be careful -- all that nighttime nibbling may be damaging your teeth. In a new study, researchers at the University of Copenhagen followed over 2,000 adults for six years. They found nocturnal eaters -- those who had a quarter or more of...

4 years 3 months ago

Study: Exercise benefits cancer patients

Exercise can benefit some cancer patients during their treatment. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit created a customized exercise program -- according to a patient's weight, overall health and type of cancer treatment. Those on the exercise regime said their quality of life improved and that they felt...

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