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Colorado’s Medicaid program is reducing opioid dosages

July 24, 2017 — Colorado's Medicaid program is reducing the amount of opioid painkillers it allows its recipients to receive, part of a growing campaign to restrict how many of the highly addictive drugs are in circulation. The new policy, announced this month, will roll out in two phases. […]

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Healthy eating: Buckwheat cakes

July 23, 2017 — 1 c. sifted flour 1/4 tsp. soda 1 Tbsp. sugar 2 c. sour milk or buttermilk 1 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. salt 1 egg, well beaten 2 Tbsp. melted butter or other shortening Sift flour once; measure. Add baking powder, soda, salt and sugar; […]

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Old Town Hot Springs: Don’t let summer plans disrupt your exercise routine

July 23, 2017 — For many, summer can be a peak time for physical fitness. Trails are open, daylight hours are extended and warm weather encourages us to get outside and explore. For others, however, summer can be a time when fitness routines are thrown off. One common factor […]

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Health briefs: Weigh and Win team challenge offered

July 23, 2017 — Weigh and Win, a free community weight loss program, is encouraging groups of four to eight people to pool their weight loss efforts for the chance to win prizes. The Fall Back into Fitness Team Challenge is slated to run Aug. 1 through Oct. 31. […]

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Thoughtful Parenting: Outdoor play

July 23, 2017 — Outdoor play is a staple of summer. Children laughing and running and digging and pedaling are heard and seen in backyards and playgrounds almost everywhere. While you witness all that fun, what is not as obvious is all the brain development that is occurring. Ninety […]

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Northwest Colorado Health: Telepsychiatry adds needed support

July 23, 2017 — When a person isn't feeling well, his or her first stop usually is the family health care provider. Primary care providers see patients with a wide range of complaints, including depression, anxiety and other symptoms affecting both physical and mental wellbeing.  As many as 85 […]

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Monday Medical: Treating tennis elbow

July 23, 2017 — Don't let the name fool you: Tennis elbow can be caused by activities other than playing tennis. Painting, building, cooking, working at the computer, gardening and other repetitive tasks that make use of the forearm can bring on this fairly common type of tendonitis. "The […]

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Choose When project making impression on Northwest Colorado

July 20, 2017 — The program only started in April, but Kathleen Wasserman said the community's response to the Choose When project has been more than she could have imagined. "The fascinating thing about Choose When is that it didn't seem to matter if people were liberal or conservative; […]

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Colorado individual insurance rates to go up average of 27 percent in 2018

July 19, 2017 — If you buy individual health insurance on a state exchange, you’ll pay an average of one-third more for it next year. Individual market insurance premiums will increase by an average of 27 percent across Colorado and 7 percent for small groups, according to statistics from […]

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Famed doctor, clown Patch Adams to speak in Craig this September

July 17, 2017 — When over 300 individuals representing nonprofit, government and grant-making institutions convene in Craig in September, one of America’s most famous doctors and clowns — Patch Adams, M.D. — will be their inspiration.

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Getting under your skin: Mosquitos may leave behind itch, serious heath problems

July 16, 2017 — Summer often arrives accompanied by biting bugs, including mosquitoes, and these annoying pests may leave behind more than itchy skin. Mosquitoes are known to transmit diseases, such as yellow fever, zika virus and malaria in other parts of the world. Travelers are often advised to […]

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Healthy eating: Currant and goat cheese salad with honey balsamic vinaigrette

July 16, 2017 — 8 cups of red leaf lettuce, torn, washed and dried 3 oz of fresh goat cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup of currants 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds 3 tbs of olive oil 2 1/2 tbs of balsamic vinegar 2 scant tbs of honey 1 tsp of […]

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Health briefs: Free presentation on precision medicine offered today

July 16, 2017 — A panel of oncologists and medical researchers from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center will present "Precision Medicine in Cancer: At the Crossroads of Research and Treatment for Patients" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 17 at Strings Music Festival. The educational forum, hosted by Northwest Colorado […]

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Thoughtful Parenting: Shame on You

July 16, 2017 — Have you ever been told or heard the words, "Shame on you"? As a child, what do you think those words meant to you? Did they mean you'd done something that you shouldn't have done? Or did they mean to you, as a child, that […]

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Monday Medical: The skinny on trans fats

July 16, 2017 — All it takes is a little chemistry — moving one hydrogen atom to the opposite side of a molecule — and you can change a liquid vegetable oil into a life-threatening food substance. Welcome to the world of trans fats. These fats, often used in […]

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Sarah Coleman: Listen like a dog

July 13, 2017 — A wise woman once told me that we only listen in order to respond, anxiously waiting our turn to speak. How, then, can we really ever understand, have compassion or actually hear what a person is saying? Here are a few tips from a girl's […]

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Steamboat residents have reason to “rise” and shine on Wednesday mornings

July 9, 2017 — For Reall Colbenson, the idea of helping people is a pretty good motivator for getting out of bed on Wednesday mornings. It's the main reason she has launched the Rise Steamboat program this summer. The fitness program, which takes place at 6:30 a.m. every Wednesday […]

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Routt County CSU Extension: For canning advice, don’t listen to Grandma or internet bloggers

July 9, 2017 — Area Farmers Markets are finally starting to showcase local produce, which means that canning season is just around the corner. For many of us, putting up seasonal produce harkens back to watching grandma in the kitchen with a steaming canner and rows of quart jars […]

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Monday Medical: Tips for staying healthy through wildfire season

July 9, 2017 — Itchy eyes and a runny nose? Don't just assume it's seasonal allergies. Wildfire smoke can also cause a range of symptoms, such as coughing, a scratchy throat and fatigue. With several wildfires burning around the state, including the Mill Creek Fire northeast of Hayden, the […]

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Healthy Eating: Eileen’s Jicama Slaw

July 9, 2017 — Eileen's Jicama Slaw Ingredients: 2 cups grated jicama 1/3 cup diced green bell pepper 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional) 3 tablespoons Lighthouse coleslaw dressing 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Freshly ground black pepper to taste Directions: Combine all […]

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