Craig health briefs for Aug. 29, 2015: Kids Count presentation highlights trends for Moffat County kids

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The Colorado Children’s Campaign will present the 2015 Kids Count in Colorado! Report from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Moffat County School District administration building board room, 775 Yampa Ave.

Kids Count in Colorado! is an annual publication of the Colorado Children’s Campaign that provides state and county-level data on child well-being factors including child health, education and economic status. Presenters will highlight data specific to Moffat County kids.

The event is co-sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, and includes a complimentary lunch with RSVP.

To RSVP, email Anita Reynolds at For more information, visit

Wildfire smoke can lead to breathing problems

Wildfires throughout the Pacific Northwest have created a smoky haze throughout Colorado that The National Weather Service predicts could last for weeks, according to a press release from National Jewish Health in Denver.

National Jewish Health doctors warn that smoke from wildfires can cause problems for people with breathing or heart diseases as well as for the very young and the elderly. Smoke from forest and grass fires contains particles that can irritate eyes, throat and lungs, even affecting healthy people at times.

If you are experiencing mild symptoms related to smoke, doctors recommend the following:

• If the smoke is making you sick, consider leaving the area until the air is clear again.

• Stay indoors as much as possible, and close windows if you can.

• Limit or eliminate outdoor exercise until the air clears.

• Take medications as prescribed, and use a rescue inhaler if one has been prescribed. Do not take more medication, or take it more often than prescribed.

• Call your doctor with questions or if your symptoms are increasing

TMH Mini Med School course starts Wednesday

Wish you had chosen a medical career or at least paid a little more attention in science class? Want to better understand the terminology, technology, and treatments that the medical profession is using these days?

University of Colorado School of Medicine is offering a Mini Med School hosted by The Memorial Hospital, which will kick off at 7 p.m Wednesday in the TMH conference rooms. The free eight-week program will cover topics such as killer T-cells, antibodies, new drugs and cancer breakthroughs.

All courses are taught by CU Denver medical professors via live-stream feed from Anschutz Medical Center. Classes are designed to make you more knowledgeable and excited about the human body, and help you take charge of your own health.

Those who attend at least five of the eight sessions will receive a diploma. Presentations last for one hour on a specific topic, followed by a question-and-answer period.

The program is free and open to everyone, however those over the age of 13 generally have the best learning experience.

To register, visit, or for more information, contact Jennifer Riley at 970-826-3109.

Class topics and faculty are as follows:

• Sept. 2 — The art of medicine — Dennis Boyle, M.D.

• Sept. 9 — A day in the life of an OB/GYN — Gerald Zarlengo, M.D.

• Sept. 16 — Understanding your sleep — Michael Weissberg, M.D.

• Sept. 23 — Fall break (no lecture)

• Sept. 30 — Revealing genetics — Matthew Taylor, M.D., PhD

• Oct. 7 — Caring for seriously ill and dying patients — Daniel Johnson, M.D.

• Oct. 14 — A day in the life of a pediatrician — Jennifer Soep, M.D.

• Oct. 21 — Hypertension: Understanding the silent killer

• Oct. 28 — How thyroid disorders affect your health — Michael McDermott, M.D.

TMH offers Medicare 101

The Memorial Hospital will host a Medicare 101 presentation at noon and 5 p.m. Sept. 10 in conference rooms A and B. The presentation will cover:

• who can get Medicare,

• Medicare Parts A, B, C and D,

• What Medicare supplements are available

• Low-income options

• Open enrollment for Medicare plans

• Medicare fraud.

For more information, contact Jennifer Riley at TMH at 970-826-3109.

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