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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is offering a class on obstructive sleep apnea on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 9-10 a.m. The class will be held in the hospital's second-floor conference rooms, 1000 Rush Dr., Salida. 

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center is offering a childbirth class on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 5:30-9 p.m. in the second-floor conference rooms at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, 1000 Rush Dr., Salida.

The Diabetes Prevention Program was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has been shown to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in people with prediabetes. Chaffee County Public Health, in coordination with HRRMC/Wellness U, will offer DPP classes for free starting on …

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Dr. Steven Dow, professor of immunology and director of the Center for Immune and Regenerative Medicine at CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will visit Buena Vista next week.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will offer a class on obstructive sleep apnea from 9-10 a.m. Feb. 13 in the hospital’s second-floor conference rooms at 1000 Rush Drive in Salida.

During the Nov. 1-Jan. 12 open enrollment period for individual health insurance, 189 residents from Chaffee, Lake, Saguache, Fremont and Gunnison counties signed up for a plan through Connect for Health with the help of Michelle Nay, certified assistance site supervisor.

Car Seats Colorado, a program of the Colorado Department of Transportation, reminds parents and caregivers that bulky winter coats pose a danger to children riding in car seats and should not be worn underneath the harness.

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Are you excessively sleepy during the day? Do you snore loudly or wake up choking or gasping for breath?

You may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that affects 20 million adults in the United States. Anyone can develop this condition, although it’s more common in middle-age and older adults and those who are overweight.

Urologist Bradford Moss, M.D., has returned to the medical staff at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center. He will join Drs. Chad DeRosa, John Mancini and Dayne Nelson in the HRRMC Urology practice located in the HRRMC Medical Clinics, 550 W. Hwy.50, Salida.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation is partnering with Planned Parenthood and Chaffee County Public Health to raise awareness of the importance of regular preventive screening.

Years ago, scientists observed that mice kept in complex cages where they could play and explore had more adaptable brains and grew more new neurons. Can interior design cause similar effects in human brains?

Antioxidants are like warriors in your body, fighting against free radicals and oxidative stress. While not a new topic, antioxidants are often misunderstood and underappreciated. This time of year, as we are exposed to armies of bacteria and viruses, it is worth exploring the functions, ben…

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I love that Thanksgiving is a big affair centered around food, family, friends and feasting. I believe in decadence, and Thanksgiving is just the right excuse to treat ourselves to abundance and deliciousness.

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It was just about 3 years ago that the state of health care in the Upper Arkansas Valley looked ill.

To the north, there was talk of closing St. Vincent’s Hospital in Leadville.

To the east, Park County’s only health care provider left Fairplay over a weekend and hung a note on the door.

In Chaffee County, and Buena Vista in particular, it seemed we couldn’t keep health care practitioners. It’s been said there was a revolving door out of the valley.

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Buena Vista is a town that loves its small town-ness. Salida, despite what having its own Walmart might lead you to believe, is a small town, too. But the county benefits from something that is a departure from the norm in much of rural America: A robust and growing healthcare system.

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With their brains, sleep patterns, and eyes still developing, children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sleep-disrupting effects of screen time, according to a sweeping review of the literature published today in the journal Pediatrics.

“The vast majority of studies find that kids and teens who consume more screen-based media are more likely to experience sleep disruption,” says first author Monique LeBourgeois, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder. “With this paper, we wanted to go one step further by reviewing the studies that also point to the reasons why digital media adversely affects sleep.”

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center now offers cardiac CT scans, which can help doctors detect or evaluate heart disease. This imaging test uses X-rays to take many detailed pictures of the heart and blood vessels. Computers can combine these pictures to create a 3-D image of the heart.

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With their brains, sleep patterns, and eyes still developing, children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sleep-disrupting effects of screen time, according to a sweeping review of the literature published today in the journal Pediatrics.

“The vast majority of studies find that kids and teens who consume more screen-based media are more likely to experience sleep disruption,” says first author Monique LeBourgeois, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder. “With this paper, we wanted to go one step further by reviewing the studies that also point to the reasons why digital media adversely affects sleep.”

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center now offers cardiac CT scans, which can help doctors detect or evaluate heart disease. This imaging test uses X-rays to take many detailed pictures of the heart and blood vessels. Computers can combine these pictures to create a 3-D image of the heart.

It is also a symptom of a broken food system and of a poorly thought out regulatory framework for school food programs around the country.

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The expansion will provide additional space for providers and staff and allow for better access to services for the community, a press release stated.

Let’s face it, six packs are one of the most attractive body features you can have. Sure we all want lean legs, a good butt and a muscular body, but that seemingly unattainable body part we focus on more than anything is a flat stomach.

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Life isn’t fair. How do some people end up with naturally higher metabolisms?

Nationwide, the American Society of Addiction Medicine reports that 2 million Americans had a substance-use disorder involving prescription pain relievers in 2015.

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We now know that over-consumption of modern forms of processed sugar, white flour and vegetable oils are main contributors to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, anxiety, autoimmune disease, digestive distress and many other forms of stress and dysfunction in the human body.

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How we feel when we wake up in the morning can tell us how healthy we are overall.

Our bodies display many symptoms throughout the day and night that show us what adjustments need to be made in how we care for ourselves.

Waking up with stiff joints, puffy eyes, a stomach ache or still being tired is the body’s way of telling us something is off.

The $41,500 grant will support a unique partnership between Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Chaffee County and St. Vincent Hospital in Lake County to implement the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a nationally recognized diabetes prevention program.

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Tai chi classes are scheduled throughout the week in Salida and at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort. A beginner class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, while an intermediate class meets from 10-11 a.m.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a day for children and adolescents to maintain general health. Activity levels can be a reliable predictor of future health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

A fitness class designed for people with Parkinson’s disease will be held Mondays, June 6-July 18, from 12-1 p.m. This class is recommended for anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s who can move independently.

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Anxiety disorders are typically characterized by chronic anxiety or exaggerated worry and tension when not warranted by circumstances. These conditions can also be linked to major psychiatric disorders.

Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Diseases of Colorado is offering a presentation by Leah Colton, PhD, Medical Entomology and Zoonoses Epidemiologist, of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on understanding the disease threats that Chaffee County and Colorado residents face (includi…

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While there have been no confirmed cases of influenza in Chaffee County yet this season, several upper respiratory and stomach bugs have been making their way throughout the community.

In the United States, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) is responsible for setting regulations for organic agricultural products that are either produced in the U.S. or imported for sale in this country.

“You’re much more apt to be successful, and keep the weight off, if you don’t focus on simply shedding pounds by reducing your caloric intake,” says Dr. Brett Osborn, author of “Get Serious, a Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness,” www.drbrettosborn.com.

Colorado will receive up to $11 million over the next four years to provide technical assistance to help equip clinicians throughout Colorado with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely. Colorado’s Collaborative for Practice Transformation is a partnership of public and private entities under the leadership of the Governor’s Office. 

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The survey found that despite having heard of gluten, most Americans cannot correctly define it or identify products that could contain the protein.

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One who casually hears about these reports that make the headlines may likely start thinking that taking calcium supplements causes atherosclerosis and heart attacks.

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Many fresh vegetables and some fruits are rich in calcium along with other benefits.

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Alzheimer’s makes up 60-80 percent of all dementias, and there’s no stopping the progression nor is there yet a cure. However, if identified early, there are four FDA-approved medications (many more in clinical trials) that in most patients can mask dementia symptoms and keep them in the ear…

While the blood drawing line formed in the gym, screenings were held in individual classrooms.