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Northwest Colorado Health encourages mumps vaccination

February 15, 2019 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Outbreaks of mumps are being reported in Colorado and other states. Mumps is a contagious virus that causes painful swelling in the cheek and jaw area. The disease typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss

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Steamboat nurse Jan Fritz receives 2019 Hazie Werner Award

February 11, 2019 — For more than 30 years in Steamboat Springs, Jan Fritz, director of cancer services at the UCHealth Jan Bishop Cancer Center, has been a guiding force for patients and their families as they navigate through two of life’s most difficult journeys: cancer and hospice. She has been selected as the 2019 winner of the Hazie Werner Award.

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Steamboat native opens region’s first Direct Primary Care practice

February 10, 2019 — It’s a movement growing across the country — driven by the idea of simplifying the delivery of basic health care needs, and strengthening the doctor/patient relationship. Dr. Catherine Cantway is the first Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice to open in Steamboat.

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Monday Medical: Stretch and strengthen for healthy knees

February 8, 2019 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As the largest joint in the body, the knee does some heavy lifting — and it is prone to injury. "The knee relies heavily on ligaments to support it," said Dr. Alex Meininger, an orthopedic surgeon in Steamboat Springs and a member

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State legislators pass bill allowing medical marijuana to treat autism, but uncertainties remain

February 7, 2019 — Colorado’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Thursday allowing medical marijuana to treat autism spectrum disorders.

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Monday Medical: Bronchitis or pneumonia? How to tell the difference

February 4, 2019 — If you've had a persistent cough, shortness of breath and feel run down, you may have bronchitis. Then again, it might be pneumonia. Both illnesses have similar symptoms but require different treatments. And pneumonia is especially important to diagnose as it can become a serious

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Report: Lax attitudes toward substance use in Routt County a risk factor for problem behavior in youth

February 3, 2019 — With marijuana tax revenue providing a significant source of funding, the body of research is growing on the use and misuse of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs among youth. The three high priority risks, the team found, were all related to the community’s attitudes toward drinking substance use. The report describes the three risk factors as: “laws and norms favorable to substance use, parental attitudes favorable to substance use, and youth attitudes favorable to substance use.”

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Community Health Resource Center helps with research

February 3, 2019 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — To become an informed patient or for a family member, a Community Health Resource Center volunteer can assist with research and provide those who need help with information that is beneficial and free. Search results can be sent to the patient via

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Measles vaccination encouraged after recent outbreak

February 3, 2019 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Measles is a highly contagious disease that causes fever, rash, cough, runny nose and swelling of the eyes. Serious cases can lead to brain damage or death. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent measles. Although the disease is rare in

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To help or to harm: The controversy over kratom

February 1, 2019 — One year, eight months, 17 seconds. That is how long Steamboat resident Alex Malacoff has been clean, at least on Thursday morning when he opened an app on his phone that tracks his recovery.

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Monday Medical: Myths about menopause

January 28, 2019 — Although every woman experiences menopause, there are some common misconceptions about it. Below, Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, an OB/GYN with UCHealth Women's Care Clinics in Steamboat Springs and Craig, clears up a few myths about menopause. • Menopause only affects the ovaries: Menopause is a natural

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Medical center volunteers help with medical searches

January 27, 2019 — To become an informed patient for yourself or for a family member, a Community Health Resource Center volunteer will do the research and provide you with helpful information for free. Your search results can be sent via email, regular mail or you may pick them

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Dylan Robert’s bill to create a public health insurance option gains steam

January 27, 2019 — As a bipartisan bill aimed at establishing a public health insurance option for Coloradoans makes its way onto the House floor, Rep. Dylan Roberts (D-Avon) is feeling confident about support from the Senate and the Governor’s office.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Parents can help teach children to give a hoot

January 27, 2019 — Parents have been learning about "Give a Hoot – Don't Pollute!" from friendly, feathered educator Woodsy Owl since 1971. Today, Woodsy's pollution prevention lessons include teaching drivers to "Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free." The wise owl knows that preventing air pollution can be as

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Cannabis anonymous: Steamboat Springs therapist sees rise in marijuana addiction

January 25, 2019 — Gary Gurney, a licensed counselor and certified addictions therapist, has been seeing patients with substance abuse problems at Yampa Valley for over 20 years. In the last year, he has seen a new kind of addiction patient, people hooked on a substance that some don’t even consider addictive: cannabis. The phenomenon has shocked him.

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Memorial Regional Health to open second Rapid Care Clinic in Steamboat Springs in February

January 25, 2019 — CRAIG — Health services for Moffat County commuters and people on the west end of Steamboat Springs are about to expand as Memorial Regional Health opens its second Rapid Care Clinic in space leased at 2201 Curve Plaza in Steamboat. The new service will launch

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Steamboat Ski Patrol and hospital docs create life-saving team

January 24, 2019 — Steamboat Ski Patrol and the hospital work together seamlessly to save lives in the event of a cardiac arrest on the mountain, as evidenced by three survivors last season.

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Routt County families risk losing food stamps if government shutdown continues

January 23, 2019 — The 410 households in Routt County that rely on food stamps face concerns over how those federal benefits will continue if the partial government shutdown persists.

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Doctor addresses non-pharmacological pain management at free library talk

January 23, 2019 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free health perspectives talk focusing on “Alternative Approaches for Managing Pain” with Dr. Barbara Novotny at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Library Hall. Novotny will share non-pharmacological approaches for pain treatment, including acupuncture, massage, cranial

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Monday Medical: Croup and your child

January 21, 2019 — If your child's cough sounds like a seal barking or a frog croaking, he or she may have croup. Croup is fairly common in young children during winter months. It results when the viruses that cause common colds affect a child's main airway, or trachea.

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