Courtney Dauwalter, Golden, Colorado

Courtney Dauwalter | Mental Fortitude Goes Far

by Morgan Tilton

Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter sets course records at the world’s most competitive races. Beyond physical fitness, a positive mindset fuels her in the long run.

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by Wendy Holliday-Bledsoe

“Let them look,” my mother, Edna, said as she fluffed her hair. “Everyone from Texas to Denver has seen them, touched them, and poked them. Let them get one last look before these yard dogs get cut off.” My mother strengthened her pin-up girl pose as she pressed her bare breasts against the...

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Experts Warn of Dangers of Home Genetic Tests The use of home genetic testing kits may convince users that they do not need to be professionally tested for life-threatening diseases.

Experts Warn of Dangers of Home Genetic Tests

by Joelle Klein

The use of home genetic testing kits may convince users that they do not need to be professionally tested for life-threatening  diseases.

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The Head and Neck Surgical Specialty Group, Swedish cancer care, Denver

Surgical Expertise Helps Patient Keep His Voice Box While Treating Rare Cancerous Tumor

by Jeannette Moninger

It started as a sore throat. And then Pueblo resident Ken Stevens found it difficult to swallow. When these problems got worse instead of better, Stevens went to his family doctor who discovered a lump in the back of his throat. That lump turned out to be cancer, so Stevens headed north to see Dr....

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Norm Lastovica, Salida, Colorado

Laser Microsurgery Removes Cancerous Tumors While Speeding Recovery

by Jeannette Moninger

It was early May when Norm Lastovica first noticed an enlarged lymph node in his neck. The 55-year-old software engineer and part-time ski patroller from Salida assumed he was coming down with something. But a week went by, and while Lastovica didn’t feel sick, the lump didn’t go away. His...

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Women’s Bean Project, Tamra Ryan CEO

How to Achieve Success After Failure

by Joelle Klein, photos by Emily Teater

Women’s Bean Project CEO offers advice to help overcome barriers.

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Erika Lee, Gastroenterology, Lone Tree, Colorado

Asking Dr. Lennon about bio-identical hormone treatments

by Dr. Kelly Lennon, MD, CMO

How can hormone optimization influence the health of men and women?  Hormone optimization with bio-identical hormone therapy is designed to move the dial on hormone levels for men and women feeling the decline of those hormones and its physical manifestations as a result of aging.  ...

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The Underlying Issue of Gray Area Drinking

by Jennifer Starbuck

Nearly five years ago, Jolene Park of Centennial woke up to her usual low-grade hangover, undetectable to most but debilitating to her. The headache, nausea and overwhelming regret from drinking too much the night before had become her regular Sunday-morning routine.

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Eating Disorders in Colorado’s Dancing Community, By Hannah Metzger

The Price of Prima Ballerinas: Eating Disorders in Colorado’s Dancing Community

by Hannah Metzger

J walked onto the stage with her arms tightly gripped around her waist, covering her stomach. In her low-rise leggings and black-studded bra, it was difficult to hide anything. She was 13 years old, preparing to rehearse for her tap dancing showcase. Her dark eyes fixated on the tight bellies and...

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I read somewhere that the American Cancer Society is now recommending colorectal cancer screening at age 45. When should I start getting screened? Should I get a Cologuard® (stool) test instead of a colonoscopy?

by Dr. Erika Lee

Colorectal cancer diagnoses in people under the age of 50 have been rising in recent years. In response to this, the American Cancer Society updated its screening guidelines to recommend that adults at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45. African-Americans, those...

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