Health

Health and Science
4:30 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Study Gives "Tree of Life" New Meaning

Emerald Ash Borer larvae tunnel along tree trunks searching for food.
Credit John Hritz / Flickr (user jhritz)

A sudden loss in the number of trees around you may slightly increase your chances for death. That's what a study from the US Forest Service published earlier this year suggests. Scientists found that areas with mass-tree deaths from beetle infestations had  increased numbers of cardiovascular and lower-respiratory related deaths.

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Special Coverage
3:04 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Aspen Ideas Festival - New Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease

Hope on the Horizon: New Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

One out of three individuals may be affected by Alzheimer’s Disease by the age of 80. Leading research scientists have hope, however, that this most insidious illness might reverse itself.

Howard Fillit & Ezekiel Emanuel

Science
8:07 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Best of the Best Nordic Skiers May Be at Higher Risk for Heartbeat Irregularities

Racers line up at the Vasaloppet starting line.
Credit mill56 - Flickr

The scientific community agrees: exercise does a body good. When comparing a sedentary lifestyle spent on the couch versus being an active cross-country skier, the recommendation from doctors is a no brainer: Go grab those skis! Which is a lesson Aspenites have long taken to heart. But a recent study from Sweden complicates the simplistic “exercise is good” mantra that we are used to hearing.

That's the sound of 15-thousand cross country skiers simultaneously embarking on a grueling 90 km course. This is the Vasaloppet in Sweden.

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CrossCurrents
3:25 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

CrossCurrents - Aspen Ideas Fest: Rock the Vote & Mothers2Mothers

Two speakers from the upcoming Aspen Ideas Fest:

Heather Smith, President of "Rock the Vote"

Dr. Mitch Besser, Founder/Medical Director of "mothers2mothers"

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Native Health & Obamacare
4:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

What Does "Obamacare" Mean to Colorado's Native People?

Ernest House, Jr.
Credit Jesse Lujan

Colorado is one of nearly twenty states putting together a kind of cooperative health care purchasing program. It’s called an exchange, and it’s starting under the recent health care overhaul often called "Obamacare". Enrollment starts in October and it could mean big changes for Native Americans in Colorado. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher recently spoke with Ernest House Junior. He’s Executive Director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. House started by explaining what health care options Native Americans have now.

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