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While a majority of high schools in the United States has a class devoted to health-related topics, the education on sexual health can vary widely in terms of accuracy, emphasis and effectiveness. In particular, the sexual health information provided to teenage girls can sometimes seem confu…

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Since opening in 2014, A Kidz Clinic has provided comprehensive, quality integrated healthcare services to children aged 0 through 21. Now, the staff is extending its services for parents through support groups as families navigate the new landscape caused by COVID-19.

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Suicide is not a topic anyone wants to talk about; it’s painful, gut-wrenching, ugly stuff. Our community has suffered so much; precious lives lost, families forever changed. Suicide forces those left behind to somehow cope, blinded by unimaginable hurt and questions that will never be answe…

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I was staring out the window the other day, feeling bad about the winter keeping me inside. Last year’s hunting season is but a distant memory, and next year’s camping, hiking and fishing season seem like forever away. Patience is not one of my virtues.

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According to a government survey, 28% of U.S. men and 17% of U.S. women don’t have a personal doctor or healthcare provider. At Delta County Memorial Hospital’s Family Medicine Clinic, it is our goal to be the community’s first choice for accessible, high-quality health services for the enti…

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Even on warm, sunny days it can be difficult to find time in our busy schedules to get outside and enjoy nature. Winter can be even more challenging: the weather is cold, roads and parks may be full of snow and ice, and it gets dark earlier. These cold, dark days can impact our health, with …

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Have you been naughty or nice to your teeth? It is hard to stay healthy during the holidays with all the sugar and sweets around — sugar cookies, chocolaty hot cocoa, sparkling cider and other warm Christmas delights. Here are some tips to keep your smile shiny and bright this year.

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Understanding your billing statements can sometimes be difficult. That is why it is encouraged to contact the facility and physician billing departments at Delta County Memorial Hospital with any of your billing questions and/or concerns. At DCMH, the billing department’s number-one priority…

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Now that we are getting into the colder weather, those pesky coughs, runny noses and fevers are back. At A Kidz Clinic, we want you to stay as healthy as you can this winter, and that includes combatting the cold and flu. How do you know which you have?

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Every year millions of Americans suffer from the enduring lung illness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). About 85 to 90 percent of all COPD cases are caused by cigarette smoking. Not only does it make it difficult to breathe, but it can cause serious long-term disability and is …

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The issue of vaping or using e-cigarettes is prevalent among school districts in Colorado according to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (2017). Adolescents engage in behaviors associated with vaping for a variety of reasons including curiosity, peer influence, flavors or appeal, lack of educ…

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Stress. This is a word that we, as adults, often use to describe our state of mind. From workplace stress to home life, and added everyday stressors in between, we often feel overwhelmed. But did you know that our kids feel stress, too? While their causes of stress are different than ours, i…

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Driving around Delta County one can enjoy the fall colors: yellow, burgundy, orange and pink! Whether through Pink-Outs at area high schools, or fundraisers through Delta County Ambulance Services, this community has shown great support for the breast cancer community at Delta County Memoria…

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Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of health columns from the Delta County Memorial Hospital. Topics will vary. If you would like to provide feedback, email editor@deltacountyindependent.com

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Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Crawford Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries, a leading cau…

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Page Osborn, clinics manager for the West Elk Clinics, has been here just 10 short months but has wasted no time in making the community her home. "It truly is an honor to be providing healthcare services to such a deserving community," said Osborn.

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A Kidz Clinic is starting its fourth year as part of the Delta County School District, with the goal of increasing the physical and mental well-being of children in our communities. A Kidz Clinic is an integrated clinic offering medical, mental/behavioral, and dental health services while pr…

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A Kidz Clinic was accepted into the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), a federally funded, governor's office initiative that helps primary care providers deliver whole-person care. It is one of five practices in Delta County to be accepted into the federally funded, governor's office ini…

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