Health

7:40am

Mon October 10, 2011
Health

Military Lags on Promising Treatment for Brain-injured Soldiers

Army veteran Margaux Vair, with her husband, Brian Vair, in background.
Robert D. Tonsing Colorado Public News

Two years after assuring Congress it would immediately begin researching a promising treatment for soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, the military is just getting started.

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7:43am

Wed October 5, 2011
Living Large: Obesity In America

The Thinnest State Loosens Its Belt

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 3:28 pm

Ryan Van Duzer, an outdoor enthusiast who has starred in reality TV adventure shows, visits Colorado schools to talk about how working out can be entertainment. He says he often leaves frustrated after kids tell him about staying inside playing video games.
Kirk Siegler for NPR

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America.

The obesity crisis is catching up with Colorado, the nation's thinnest state.

Being fit is part of the culture in Colorado: there are biking trails and hiking trails and ski slopes and even the high altitude itself helps burn off calories. But waistlines are widening, especially among children.

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6:28am

Wed October 5, 2011
Health

Many Obese Coloradans Don’t Recognize They’ve Tipped That Scale

Maggie Murphy had struggled with her weight for years, but never really understood how serious her problem was until last January. That’s when a doctor looked at her 5’5, 187-pound frame and declared her clinically obese.

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1:33pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Surprise In Your Sewage: Lots Of Exotic Viruses

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 8:03 am

You think your job is tough? Some scientists examined sewage from Pittsburgh, Barcelona and Addis Ababa in a hunt for unknown viruses.

They found scads. How many? At least 43,381.

To put that number into perspective, consider that up to now scientists have charted only about 3,000 viruses. And among the known viruses found in the sewage samples, only 17 were bugs that cause human disease — things like the common cold virus, diarrhea-causing Norwalk virus and human papilloma virus, or HPV, which causes cervical cancer and genital warts.

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1:34am

Sat October 1, 2011
Living Large: Obesity In America

Surgery Not 'A Magic Pill' For Obese Patients

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 1:41 pm

iStockphoto.com

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America

Losing weight in America is big business. Americans spend $61 billion a year on everything from diet pills and exercise videos to meal plans, health club memberships and medical treatment. One of the fastest growing and lucrative segments of the weight-loss market is surgery.

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