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Memorial Regional Health: In health and fitness, the work is never complete

May 27, 2018 — Proper fitness is a common theme in health care throughout life, but it becomes increasingly important as people age. People often think of fitness in terms of physical health, but for seniors, it's only part of the equation, according to Jackie Camp, activities coordinator at

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Memorial Regional Health honors ‘Pink Ladies’ volunteer of the year

May 24, 2018 — CRAIG — Visitors to Memorial Regional Health Medical facilities often encounter a warm smile from a lady dressed in a pink coat — one of the members of The Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary. "Our volunteers, fondly referred to as ‘pink ladies,’ give nearly 6,000 hours

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Living Well: Learn not to burn; enjoy safe family fun in sun

May 22, 2018 — Summer is right around the corner, which means a lot of fun in the sun. What's the best way to protect your kids from sunburn? As you likely know, sunburns increase your risk for skin cancer. The chance of developing melanoma nearly doubles for light-skinned

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Memorial Regional Health: How to recognize the symptoms of depression — help just a phone call away

May 20, 2018 — We've all experienced sadness at some point in our lives, but depression is something that is far more complex than a case of the blues. Those experiencing depression can't just "snap out of it" — in fact, saying this to someone with depression can be

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Craig family grateful to celebrate Mother’s Day

May 17, 2018 — CRAIG — Janet Espino's eyes fluttered open once, twice, bringing her newborn daughter — Sadie Espino — into view long enough to confirm the baby was breathing. Then, Janet lost consciousness. "I was ripped out of my life and thrown into this whole other life," she

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Cancer care gets personal as tumor treatments are changing

May 17, 2018 — In 2017, more than 1.7 million people were diagnosed with cancer in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. Cancer can be difficult to treat, because each tumor is unique. Scientists are now gaining a better understanding of the changes that lead

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Memorial Regional Health announces retirement of CFO, replacement

May 16, 2018 — CRAIG — Memorial Regional Health is set to welcome a new chief financial 0fficer, as Denise Arola prepares for her retirement at the end of June. Arola joined MRH in 2009, first serving as controller, then as chief financial officer. "I have learned a great deal

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Living Well: Call 911 if you suspect stroke

May 15, 2018 — If you notice your loved one acting strangely — with slurred speech, a drooping face or a limp arm — it could be a stroke. With stroke, the quicker a person receives treatment, the less likely they will endure permanent damage. That's why the universal

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UPDATED: Contract for new provider under consideration by Memorial Regional Health Board of Trustees on Thursday

May 14, 2018 — CRAIG — Consideration of a contract for a new provider should see the Memorial Regional Health Board of Trustees convene executive sessions when it meets Thursday, May 17. The board meeting is scheduled to begin with dinner at 5 p.m., followed by the regular monthly

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Memorial Regional Health: For pregnant women, alcohol and drugs are never OK

May 10, 2018 — Despite evidence that alcohol or other drug use during pregnancy is dangerous to the baby's health, about 20 percent of pregnant women in the United States smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol each year. Every year, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence kicks off

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Memorial Regional Health Foundation plans 18th annual Golf Tournament

May 9, 2018 — CRAIG — Golfers are invited to get out on the greens for a good cause. The 18th annual Memorial Regional Health Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at the Yampa Valley golf course on Friday, June 8. Check-in time is 11 a.m., with a noon shotgun

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Superfood Tip: Leafy green may help maintain memory

May 8, 2018 — Loaded with nutrients, kale and other leafy greens have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. A recent report in the journal “Neurology” found that a diet containing approximately one serving of green, leafy vegetables per day is also associated with slower

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Fitness Tip: Yoga improves the mind, body at any age

May 8, 2018 — Yoga is a mind and body practice that typically combines physical postures, breathing exercises and relaxation. Researchers are studying how yoga may help improve health and seeking to learn more about its safe use in older adults. If you are thinking about practicing yoga, the

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Living Well: Chronic sleep problems? You might benefit from a sleep study at Memorial Regional Health

May 8, 2018 — Does your partner complain that you snore loudly? Do you awake abruptly during the night gasping for air? Do you wake up feeling tired? If so, you might suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes stops and starts in breathing,

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May is National Asthma and Allergy Month — Health Briefs

May 4, 2018 — More than 24 million Americans suffer from asthma, and 10 people per day die from asthma. Asthma accounts for 13.8 million missed school days, and more than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies — pollen, skin, latex and more. Learn more about allergies

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Memorial Regional Health: If you ride a bike, you need a helmet

May 4, 2018 — Children and teens have the highest rates of bicycle-related injuries in the United States, accounting for more than 1/3 of all bicycle-related injuries in U.S. emergency rooms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With so many head injuries occurring on bicycles, it's

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Craig optometrists, patients fill food pantry

May 3, 2018 — CRAIG — More than 175 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated to the local food bank in April after optometrists asked patients to bring donations to appointments. Eyecare Specialties ran the food drive in April. “I want to thank Drs. Craig Eckroth and Natalie Hansen, of Eyecare Specialties,

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23 new nurses from Colorado Northwestern Community College to be honored Friday

May 2, 2018 — CRAIG — Before patients begin pinning their hopes on the care and kindness of nurses, Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing students will earn a badge of honor, to be presented during a ceremony on Friday. Nurse pinning is a tradition that harkens to the Crusaders,

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Craig veteran to walk over Rabbit Ears Pass — and back — to raise awareness for PTSD Saturday

May 1, 2018 — CRAIG — Just before 3 a.m. Saturday, Will Montgomery will lace up his boots at the western base of Rabbit Ears Pass. At 3 a.m., he’ll start walking. The veteran and fitness enthusiast plans to hike from the chain-up pull-off at the western base of

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Northwest Colorado Health: Advance care planning — start the conversation

May 1, 2018 — It can be difficult to talk about life's uncertainties, especially those involving end-of-life. Honest conversations and planning, however, can give us peace of mind and empower our loved ones to make difficult choices, even in the most unpredictable situations. Advance care planning can help ensure

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