Teen tobacco, vaping

Boom in smoking alternatives catches many parents off guard: Your Vaping Questions, Answered

by Sarah Protzman Howlett

The good news: Smoking is losing ground. Only 7 percent of Colorado teens now smoke, down from a high of 25 percent in the 2000s, according to the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey tobacco data. But vaping? It’s huge — and high schoolers’ (mis)perception is that it’s safer than...

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Erik Weihenmayer, Weight of Water, Lower Granite Gorge, Horn Creek, Granite; Hermit Rapids

Clear Route for Blind Adventurer

by Morgan Tilton

Colorado’s Erik Weihenmayer pioneers ‘No Barriers’ from whitewater to ice and rock. 

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Guide to Sleeping Supplements

The Experts’ Guide to Sleeping Supplements

by Kris Scott

Nutritional deficiencies could be a factor in your sleepless nights, but experts say see a specialist before you start popping pills.

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learn to play guitar, Swallow Hill Music in Denver

Music: A Total Brain Workout

by Mary Lemma | photos Farrah Jobling

"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” The late-17th- century poet and playwright William Congreve had it right. But music — especially playing music — is good for the brain, too.

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Sofia Montoya, Colorado

Born To Be A National Spokeswoman

by Joelle Klein | photo Jeff Burak

Colorado’s Sofia Montoya talks surgery, overcoming obstacles and adulthood

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Sky Ridge Medical Center hip surgery

Innovative Hip Surgery Stops Pain, Reducing Need for Hip Replacement

by Jeannette Moninger | photos by C. Jenkins & D. Sidor

Sydney Potkanowicz started experiencing hip pain at the young age of 12. “It felt like my hip joints were slipping in their sockets. It was a constant painful, uncomfortable feeling,” she says. Sydney’s mom blamed growing pains, puberty and an active lifestyle for her daughter’s aches. By...

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Lyman Currier, halfpipe for freestyle skier

Ballet-inspired workout helps Olympic skier bounce back

by Courtney Messenbaugh

Get Into Ski Shape with a Barre Workout

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LARABAR, Lara Merriken

Lara Merriken: Colorado’s LÄRABAR Founder Talks Food, Health and Entrepreneurship

by Andrea Juarez

Little did Lara Merriken know that a Cuisinart, a rolling pin and some bags of fruits and nuts, mixed in with some curiosity and “grit” would turn her idea into a multimillion-dollar business. Merriken is the founder of LÄRABAR — the energy bar that was born in a lightbulb moment on a hike...

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Dr. Adam P. Smith, neurological surgeon, neck surgery, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Brain & Spine Institute

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Sky Ridge A Faster Road to Pain-Free Living

by Jeannette Moninger

Salida resident Scott Collins spent 15 years jostling around as a crane operator. Although he now spends his time behind a desk, those earlier years wreaked havoc on Collins’ back. “Chronic back pain kept me awake most nights,” says Collins. “Sometimes, my legs would go numb.”

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Her Sexual Health, Want Better Sex? Start Talking

Her Sexual Health: Want Better Sex? Start Talking 

by Morgan Tilton

Something bizarre happened when Emma Murray, now 23, chose a copper IUD for birth control — it’s a tiny intrauterine device that’s inserted by a doctor inside the uterus for long-term protection. Four months post-insertion, the IUD shifted during intercourse, caused a sharp pain, and fell out.

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