Along with crunchy leaves and pumpkins, fall brings a slew of advertising for insurance plans that fill the gaps in Medicare coverage.
Everyone should plan for natural disasters such as wildfires and floods, but such planning is especially important if you have a chronic health condition such as diabetes.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported six cases of vaping-related lung illness in the state, and public health officials advise Coloradans to quit vaping at least until a cause has been determined.
Data analysis by The Washington Post indicates that from 2006-2012 a total of 5,576,870 prescription pain pills was supplied to Chaffee County.
Visitors to Colorado’s high country can forget they are at high altitude, sometimes more than a mile higher than at home, which for some can cause mild, moderate or even severe health concerns.
When dealing with ticks, these little buggers can pack a potentially serious bite. The more time we spend outdoors in Colorado, the higher the risk of contracting a variety of illnesses.
Kombucha is becoming a popular beverage for a variety of health reasons, but what exactly is it?
Wikipedia describes it as a fermented, slightly alcoholic, lightly effervescent, sweetened black or green tea drink commonly intended as a functional beverage for its supposed health benefits. Sometimes it is called kombucha tea to distinguish it from the culture of bacteria and yeast.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment advises people who are traveling abroad or to areas in the U.S. with ongoing measles outbreaks to ensure they are protected against the highly contagious illness.
“Chaffee County is in dire need of foster families,” Keri Vignale, foster care/family engagement coordinator for Chaffee County Department of Human Services, said.
The Arkansas Valley is no stranger to volunteerism. Countless nonprofit and informal agencies solicit the time, treasures and talents of Chaffee County residents on a regular basis for the good of the cause.
March is National Athletic Training Month. Dan Evans, a certified athletic trainer and athletic training coordinator with Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Orthopedic Sports Medicine Center, talks below about his work and the preparation needed to become a certified athletic tra…
Motor vehicle injuries are still a leading cause of death among children. Many of these deaths can be prevented with appropriately selected and installed car seats.
Lead poisoning is the No. 1 preventable environmental health threat to children in the United States. Colorado’s history of mining, lead smelting and refining activities, as well as recreational opportunities, contribute to high lead exposure. But the primary source of lead exposure, especia…
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center CEO Bob Morasko recognized imaging technologist Heather Doran as the fourth-quarter TRAC STAR at a ceremony Monday at the hospital.
Bacteria might be small, but their increasing ability to withstand antibiotic treatment is becoming a big problem. In fact, antibiotic resistance is among the top health crises of our time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr. Suzanne Lesage, a board-certified neurologist with a subspecialty in sleep medicine, is rejoining the medical staff at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, effective Dec. 1.
Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia is isolating. Yet the caregiver is “alone” in a crowd of 16 million people who have taken on this task.
Ann Carter, regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Colorado, will present “Know the 10 Signs – Early Detection Matters” from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Buena Vista Public Library, 131 Linderman Ave.
Eligible women can receive free breast cancer screenings, and Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center can connect them to local providers who provide the screenings.
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will offer a class to help families prepare for emergencies at 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Shavano Room of the Touber Building, 441 E. First St.
A long-term care event may occur at any age, and the potential financial and emotional strain that accompanies it can affect you and your loved ones.
A new national poll conducted by YouGov found that 91 percent of Americans believe insurance companies should not be allowed to deny coverage for people with chronic diseases whose premiums are paid by charitable organizations.
Parents of America’s 56 million schoolchildren are probably familiar with the “lice letter” alerting parents that a head lice outbreak has been identified at school.
Though breastfeeding is generally thought of as a relationship solely between a mother and infant, any woman who has breastfed knows that having the support of a significant other, close family member or friend is crucial.
Diabetes is one of the fastest-growing conditions in the U.S. Today, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has skyrocketed to nearly one in 10, compared to one in 100 just 50 years ago. Chances are that you or someone you know is coping with it.
The United States has the highest maternal death rate of all developed countries in the world. That is last place, according to a National Public Radio series that explored this issue.
For people who are on one or more daily prescription medicines, forgetting to take a pill can happen from time to time. Planning ahead for such schedule-disrupting events as vacations and special events can help you stay on track and minimize any health risks that might result from not “taki…
Most people know that diabetes is contributes to many other complications, among them heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. But many are not aware of the connection between diabetes and oral health problems.
Dr. Vanna K. Irving of Salida Family Medicine will see obstetric patients as a visiting physician beginning May 4 at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Buena Vista Health Center, 28374 CR 317.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and sleep apnea are the three lung health ailments in Chaffee County commonly treated by pulmonologists at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center.
Every day more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. Opioid misuse and addiction are now at epidemic proportions, and public health officials have called the current opioid epidemic the worse drug crisis in American history.
The aches, pains and decrease of mobility related to arthritis are things many people expect to experience as they age.
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is usually the result of joint wear over time.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U. S. and the third most common cancer.
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation will host a lunch-and-learn session on colorectal health and screening at noon March 8 in the hospital’s Shavano Conference Room, 1000 Rush Drive.
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.