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Living Well: Safety tips for preparing Thanksgiving feast

November 21, 2017 — Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and likely, your turkey is thawing in the refrigerator and, maybe, you still need to run to the store to purchase a final ingredient. Before you get deep into food preparation, it's a good idea to brush up on food safety tips.

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Health Briefs: Red Cross offers holiday cooking safety tips

November 20, 2017 — Millions of people will gather for Thanksgiving this week to enjoy time with loved ones and a delicious holiday dinner. With cooking being the number one cause of home fires, the American Red Cross recommends everyone observe the following fire safety steps. • Install a

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Health Briefs: Tips offered for snow blower safety

November 17, 2017 — The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute encourages home and business owners to ready snow throwers now for wintry weather and review safe operating procedures "Weather today is more unpredictable than ever, and you need to have your snow thrower serviced and ready to power up," OPEI

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Genetic, environment issues cause men to die earlier than women

November 16, 2017 — CRAIG — On average, men die about six years younger than women in the United States, the result of both genetic and environmental health issues, according to a Memorial Regional Health specialist. "They are prone to develop ischemic heart disease at an age a full

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Memorial Regional Health Living Well: Treating upper respiratory infections in infants

November 14, 2017 — As a new parent, it's scary when your infant or young baby comes down with a cold. Since babies younger than six months can't clear mucus on their own, they often get stuffy and fussy and can have difficulty breathing. Here's what to do when

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Many of those at risk for lung cancer don’t seek testing, November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 10, 2017 — The high elevations throughout Colorado can present breathing challenges for even the healthiest, most physically fit people, which is why it's especially important to pay attention to lung symptoms that could signal something more serious. Common lung diseases include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic

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New program aimed at providing veterans quicker decisions on benefit claims

November 9, 2017 — The Department of Veterans Affairs will launch the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program, or RAMP, with the goal of providing veterans with the earliest possible resolution of disagreements with VA's decisions on benefit claims.   RAMP will provide expanded opportunities for veterans to enter the new

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Living Well: Know what to do in a vehicle accident

November 7, 2017 — It is likely you know someone who has been injured in a car accident, or maybe you've been injured yourself. There are a lot of reasons for car accidents, but the top ones include distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence and reckless driving. Weather

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Health Briefs: What to Expect When You’re Expecting class Tuesday

November 2, 2017 — If you're expecting a baby, Memorial Regional Health offers a What to Expect presentation, along with Birthing Center Tours, each quarter — February, May, August and November. Future parents are both encouraged to attend. The next presentation is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.

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Craig teen ignores bullies to help children with hair loss

November 2, 2017 — CRAIG — When a child loses his or her hair due to cancer treatments, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns or other medical reasons, the effects go far deeper than the cosmetic, and one Craig teenager wanted to help. In 2015, Brandon Madsen was 13 when he decided

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Living Well: MRH enhancing patient experience

October 31, 2017 — What you think of the care you receive at the hospital or one of its clinics matters. Memorial Regional Health is continually taking steps to improve your patient care experience. The health system welcomes your input and feedback. "We can't improve if we don't' know

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Going against the grain: The trouble with self-diagnosing gluten intolerance

October 27, 2017 — The war on gluten can be seen on restaurant menus all over America, but is there a scientific or medical basis for such widespread gluten discrimination? It depends on whom you ask, but there's certainty in the medical community that uncertainty remains about non-celiac gluten

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Health Briefs: Memorial Regional Health specialty clinic gains new status

October 26, 2017 — Memorial Regional Health's Specialty Clinic, located at 600 Russell St., is now a Rural Health Care Clinic. This is the same designation earned by the clinic at 785 Russell St. and the Women's Health Clinic, located at 750 Hospital Loop. "Patients of this clinic will

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Hospital board approves sale of property to Northwest Colorado Health

October 24, 2017 — CRAIG — The Board of Trustees at Memorial Regional Health has authorized CEO Andy Daniels to enter into an agreement with lease-holders Northwest Colorado Health to sell the building at 745 Russell St. for $690,000. "This was a difficult decision," said MRH CEO Andy Daniels. "Although

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Moffat County Cancer Society helps community support those with cancer

October 24, 2017 — CRAIG — In the past six months, more than 20 people facing a cancer diagnosis have not had to face it alone, thanks to financial support from the community through the Moffat County Cancer Society. "When faced with the diagnosis, you can feel overwhelmed and

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MRH Living Well: MRH Coumadin Clinic enhances benefits, decreases risk

October 24, 2017 — If you have heart disease, atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib, a mechanical heart valve or a clotting disorder, your doctor has likely talked with you about taking the drug Coumadin. If you are on Coumadin, you'll be happy to learn that Memorial Regional Health has created

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Love of Moffat County soccer keeps heart transplant recipient strong

October 19, 2017 — CRAIG — The Moffat County High School soccer team welcomed back one of its biggest fans during its Homecoming game earlier this month. It was a game Moffat County mother of three and heart transplant recipient Frances Nielsen feels blessed to have attended. "Most of

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Health briefs: #MeToo on social media shows prevalence of sexual harassment, assault

October 19, 2017 — "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted, write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet," tweeted Actress Alyssa Milano on Oct. 15. Since then, some sources, such as inc.com are reporting that, within days, more than 13 million people had posted the hashtag and/or

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Players in pink raise more than $20K for Moffat County Cancer Society

October 17, 2017 — CRAIG — A group of giving lady golfers has raised more than $20,000 in support of cancer research and the Moffat County Cancer Society. "We are just a small group of 29 ladies. We just want to do our part," said Susan Utzinger, president of

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Northwest Colorado Health: Hometown home health

October 17, 2017 — From driving through snowstorms to perusing Facebook for a free refrigerator, Mary Dean Stevenson has learned that caring for someone often extends beyond the expected. A home health nurse for more than five years, she has had the opportunity to hone her medical skills and

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