Thinking About Health: Can shopping for health services bring down costs?

Early in December, David, a reader who lives in the foothills west of Denver, sent me an email. “It’s scary when you go into any healthcare facility and don’t know whether to bring your check book, loan application papers, or bankruptcy processing papers,” he said. “Nobody seems to care or be concerned about it.” He wanted to know why we aren’t told all costs up front so we can make informed decisions.

Healthy eating: Spicy oven fries

Spicy oven fries are a healthful alternative to traditional fries.

TMH Living Well: How to choose a primary care provider

Do you have a primary care provider? If not, make getting one a priority. A primary care provider, or PCP, acts as the quarterback of your healthcare team. She or he knows your history and how you play this game of life — and offers advice on your next move to maintain good health.

Health Briefs: Health insurance enrollment ends Jan. 31

Health briefs for Craig and Moffat County.

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Probiotic foods and their effects on health topic of upcoming seminars

When someone comes into Natural Grocers seeking relief from allergies or a rash, nutritional health coach Alicia McLeod often begins a discussion on diet.

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Forget Me Not: Senior Social Center spreads holiday cheer

I attended the Senior Social Center’s Christmas Tea event Dec. 22, and I was impressed with the games, activities and food. What was more impressive is that more than 50 seniors drove through hazardous winter conditions to attend the party, and not one person complained about weather. Instead, they sat with each other, laughing, solving riddles and singing Christmas carols.

Beauty Tip: Soak up health benefits of essential oils

Essential oils have a number of health benefits for a variety of health ailments such as headaches, stomachaches and dry skin.

Fitness Tip: Underweight can be dangerous

There is such a thing as being underweight, and it can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than being overweight.

Superfood Tip: Coconut oil tastes great, good for health

Coconut oil has gained popularity in recent years because of its potential health benefits. It's also a great substitute for butter, especially if your have a sensitivity to dairy products.

TMH Living Well: Nurse navigators help with cancer treatment

If you, or someone you love has gone through cancer treatments, you know what a complicated and confusing journey it can be. Answers around treatment are never obvious — you’re always weighing benefits and drawbacks. Should you, say, get a mastectomy or a lumpectomy? Should you then get both radiation and chemotherapy? How about genetic testing? Add in the shock a cancer or other challenging diagnosis brings and no wonder you feel you can’t think straight. On top of all that, you don’t feel good.

Thinking About Health: Public pressure may make hospitals safer

Medicare has just announced it is penalizing more than 700 of the nation’s hospitals because they have higher rates of patient safety mishaps, which the government and patient advocacy groups have been trying for years to prevent.

Healthy eating: Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup

Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup

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Preparation key to safe winter car travel, experts say

Having a well-stocked emergency kit and following some safe driving tips could be the difference between life and death during a snowy, winter road trip.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: New approach addresses behavioral and physical health

There is a strong connection between physical and emotional health and the overall effect that can have on a person’s well-being.