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HEALTH
4:30 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Two Of Three States Reject Ballot Measures Restricting Abortion

Abortion-rights supporters outside the Supreme Court in January for the annual March for Life. This week North Dakota and Colorado struck down ballot measures restricting abortion, while Tennessee passed an initiative that may result in restricted rights.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

Amid all the shakeout from this week's midterm elections, many are trying to assess the impact on abortion.

Two abortion-related ballot measures were soundly defeated. A third passed easily. And those favoring restrictions on abortion will have a much bigger voice in the new Congress.

In North Dakota and Colorado, voters rejected 2-to-1 so-called personhood measures, which would give legal rights to fetuses.

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HEALTH
7:55 am
Tue October 28, 2014

With Obamacare, More Millennials Are Going To The Doctor, Sort Of

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:45 am

I write about health and health care, but even I'm not immune to the "young and invincible" mentality. My annual dental checkup is more than six months overdue.

A provision of the Affordable Care Act that took effect in 2010 aimed to make it easier for young adults to access preventive care by allowing them to stay on their parents' insurance until they turn 26. As of 2011, some 3 million young adults gained coverage through this provision.

So does this mean more young people are getting their annual checkups and cholesterol screenings?

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HEALTH
10:11 am
Wed October 15, 2014

State Tries To Tackle Suicide Rate

Credit Stephen Butler via Flickr (CC-BY)

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the US, and Colorado has some of the highest rates in the nation.

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HEALTH
10:41 am
Fri October 10, 2014

32 Myths About The Flu Vaccine You Don't Need To Fear

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 6:14 am

Brace yourselves: Flu season is coming. And along with the coughing, fevers and aches, you can expect a lot of unreliable or downright wrong information about the flu vaccine.

Many people underestimate the health risks from flu. Thousands of Americans die from flu-related complications in a typical year, and last season's H1N1 strain hit young adults particularly hard.

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HEALTH
9:20 am
Wed October 8, 2014

The Great Bluff That Led To A 'Magical' Pill And A Sexual Revolution

The history of how the birth control pill was developed in the 1950s is recounted in Jonathan Eig's new book The Birth of the Pill.
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Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 2:20 pm

In the 1950s, four people — the founder of the birth control movement, a controversial scientist, a Catholic obstetrician and a wealthy feminist — got together to create a revolutionary little pill the world had never seen before.

They were sneaky about what they were doing — skirting the law, lying to women about the tests they performed and fibbing to the public about their motivations.

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HEALTH
1:31 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Social Media, The New Weapon In The Battle To Lose Weight

Photos from Liz Paul's blog entries on Prior Fat Girl. The blog chronicles women's weight loss journeys.
Courtesy of Liz Paul/PriorFatGirl.com

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 12:25 pm

On a recent Sunday night, Liz Paul was tired. She'd worked in the morning, spent a full day with her family and she did not feel like going out for her daily jog.

"I tweeted out, 'Well, it's 9 p.m. on Sunday and I didn't work out,' " she says, "I really shouldn't go run in the dark should I?"

The response was immediate. The network of people Paul is relying on to help in her battle to lose weight chimed in with advice. Some tweeted back, "Yes, get out and run." Others offered alternatives like a video workout. But everyone said, "Do something!"

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HEALTH
2:08 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

More Women Skip Some Prenatal Tests After Learning About Risks

Is it time for a test?
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:41 pm

For decades, OB-GYNs have offered prenatal tests to expectant moms to uncover potential issues, including Down syndrome, before they give birth. However, some tests, such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, carry health risks, including miscarriage. For some women, the risks can be greater than the potential benefits from information they would gain.

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HEALTH
9:32 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Antibiotics Prescribed For Children Twice As Often As Needed

Drat those viruses. They're the culprit in the majority of children's colds and sore throats.
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Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:58 am

When your child has an earache or a bad cold, it's hard to think that there's not much you can offer beyond Tylenol and sympathy. But most of those infections are mostly caused by viruses that don't respond to antibiotics, a study finds.

Just 27 percent of acute respiratory tract infections are caused by bacteria, researchers at Seattle Children's Hospital found. That means that more than two-thirds are viral and antibiotics don't help.

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HEALTH
10:44 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Numbers Of Americans With Health Plans Way Up, But States Vary

Arkansas, Kentucky, Delaware and Colorado have all seen significant increases since 2013 in the percentage of residents who have health insurance.
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Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 7:47 am

A Gallup poll released Tuesday suggests the Affordable Care Act is significantly increasing the number of Americans with health insurance, especially in states that are embracing it. It echoes previous Gallup surveys, and similar findings by the Urban Institute and Rand Corp.

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HEALTH
2:03 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Health Costs of Oil and Gas Drilling Discussed

Wednesday night, the Grand Valley Citizen’s Alliance held a meeting in Parachute. 

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Health
3:30 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Local Motion: Michelle Amiott and Elaine Brett

Credit Computix via Flickr (CC NC)

Today on Local Motion we speak with two people working to promote healthy lifestyles and diets in western Colorado. 

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NEWS
11:37 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Proposal for Aerial Mosquito Spraying Causes Confusion, Concern in the North Fork

Ken Nordstrom (left) delivers a proposal for proactive aerial mosquito spraying in western Delta County.
Credit Travis Bubenik, KVNF.

If you called the Delta County Health Department Tuesday afternoon (June 18), you might've heard this message:

"We are not planning to spray the North Fork for mosquitos." 

Ken Nordstrom, Director of Environmental Health for Delta County, set those words as his voicemail message in response to a flurry of calls from North Fork area residents, who initially thought the health department was proposing to carry out aerial insecticide spraying throughout the county.

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Local Newscast
9:05 am
Fri May 10, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, May 10, 2013

Headlines:

  • Highway 133 opens to two-way traffic for the weekend
  • Small victory for opponents of drilling in Thompson Divide
  • Ensuring melon safety at Rocky Ford
  • If you see a guy in high heels…
  • Senate rejects increase in fines for oil and gas industry
  • Williams delays plant expansion at leak site
  • Take the Delta County Economic Development Broadband Survey
  • Western Slope Skies Takes a closer look at our closest celestial neighbor
Local Newscast
8:27 am
Fri April 12, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, April 12, 2013

Headlines:

  • “Non-citizen” driver’s license bill passes Senate committee
  • Whooping cough breaks out in Garfield County
  • Can medical marijuana users buy guns? Some say no.
  • The strange tale of the U.S. government and helium
  • Western Slope Skies: The moon and its phases
Local Newscast
8:56 am
Wed March 13, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Headlines:

  • Civil Union Bill Passes, Awaits Gov's Signature
  • Another Lawsuit In The Delta County Chicken War
  • Joint Committee To Light Up Meetings Over Pot Rules
  • Gallup Poll Says Coloradans Are Happiest
MYSTIC'S ALMANAC
10:00 am
Sun January 6, 2013

The Mystic's Almanac - Life Extension

Missy Rogers

Aired Sunday, 1/6/13

Is my goal extending life, or working with the cycles of life?

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