STI rates on the rise statewide and nationally

Between 2012 and 2016, gonorrhea rates in Colorado increased 97 percent due to a variety of factors including limited sex education, lack of universal screenings, and widely perpetuated stigmas about sexually transmitted infections. Continue reading

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Local entrepreneur uses experiences to serve the adaptive community

Craig Towler was at the counter ordering a coffee when I walked into the café. He was dressed in a burgundy quarter-zip and stylish, mustard-colored pants that were rolled to his knees, where his legs end. Continue reading

This Week in Health: Measles, Snoring, and Male Contraception

2017 brings measles resurgence worldwide

Despite years of global vaccination efforts, 2017 saw a 31% increase in measles cases worldwide, according to a joint report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. To prevent outbreaks, 95% vaccine coverage worldwide is necessary; right now, we’re at 85%. Regions declared clear of the virus, such as Venezuela and surrounding countries as well as Russia and Germany saw a resurgence of endemic measles. Routine immunizations are the only way to fight the disease. Continue reading

This Week in Health: Pacifiers, Cancers, and more about Omega-3

Not just a Big Baby: Sucking on your kid’s pacifier may be good for their health

Young woman with pacifier in mouth --- Image by © CJ Burton/CorbisThere are days when all of us feel like curling up, crying, and maybe even sucking our thumb. But did you know that sucking on your baby’s pacifier may benefit their health? A study by the Henry Ford Health System found that babies whose parents cleaned a fallen pacifier by briefly sucking on it had lowered levels of immunoglobulin E, an antibody linked to allergies and asthma. Parents’ saliva may have healthy bacteria that helps their child’s immuno-development. So remove that pacifier from the dishwasher and instead, just give it a good suck. Continue reading

This week in health: Cannabis, red meat, and the migrant caravan

Cannabis linked to fatal complications for type 1 diabetics

A study from the lean, green state of Colorado published Monday suggests that cannabis use is related to dangerous — even fatal — health complications for individuals with type 1 diabetes. type 1 diabetes.gifThe risk of developing ketoacidosis, or a condition where blood sugar is elevated for an extended period of time and causes acidity in the blood, was twice as high for type 1 diabetics who used cannabis. This research stands in contrast to theories that frame cannabis as a regulatory mechanism for blood sugar in type 2 diabetics. Continue reading