Photo by Kristen Hatgi Sink; styling by Nicole Dominic
When Tran Wills first opened Base Coat Nail Salon in Berkeley in 2013, she was motivated by her own adverse reaction to the harsh smells and chemicals she’d experienced at a salon. She wanted to create a non-toxic environment where her clients could truly relax—instead of worrying about their...
February 6 2017, 1:50 PM
All photos courtesy of Aillea
Colorado winters bring out the worst in our skin, creating dry, cracked, and peeling sections that often have us running for the moisturizer several times a day. But that might not be the best route to go: Most popular facial lotions contain alcohol and parabens—a certain class of preservatives...
January 31 2017, 3:25 PM
—Photo courtesy of Rise Above Colorado
A few weeks ago, my story on the local impacts of the opioid epidemic, including both heroin and prescription drug addiction, was published in this year’s issue of 5280 Health. I focused mostly on stories of and solutions to adult addiction, but many of the addicts mentioned started using...
January 25 2017, 10:00 AM
Race you to that big cash register-looking building. Courtesy of Flickr.
As we’re now in week two of 2017, it’s an appropriate time to ask: Have you broken your New Year’s resolution yet?
If that seems a little harsh, consider that a few of you would already have to answer yes.
The unfortunate truth is that 75 percent of “resolutioners” will have abandoned their...
January 11 2017, 1:50 PM
Photo courtesy of Foodswings / Flickr via Creative Commons
In 2008, family physician and biochemist Cate Shanahan self-published the book Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. Several years before, the now Morrison-based doctor had fallen ill, to the point of not being able to walk for two years, and decided to research diets...
January 9 2017, 3:45 PM
Coloradans with terminal illnesses can now legally seek physician prescribed aid-in-dying. The End-of-Life Options Act, legislation approved by voters on November 8 via the citizen-initiated Proposition 106, went into effect December 16, when Governor John Hickenlooper certified the...
December 22 2016, 4:00 PM
Deborah Kisakye traveled from Uganda to Denver to be treated for a congenital heart defect. Pictured are Ruth Kironde, the translator; Mariam, Deborah's mother; Deborah herself; Dr. Steven Leonard, her surgeon; and Karen Hill, Leonard's nurse practitioner. Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
In Uganda, the life expectancy at birth is only 55.4 years, 212th out of the 224 countries in the world. (The United States clocks in at 79.8 years.) Although diseases such as malaria and HIV are two of the East African country's top 10 causes of death, the largest barrier to a longer lifespan is...
December 20 2016, 2:20 PM
Nice view, if you can get it. Courtesy of Flickr
One of Colorado's proudest assets has always been the health of its residents. Our outdoor amenities have provided a natural and accessible way for our people to get and stay fit, and by some measures—namely, obesity rates—we're in significantly better shape than most of our neighbors.
But a new...
December 12 2016, 10:42 AM