At age 14, she began powerlifting. At age 17, she broke her first deadlifting world record in Poland. At age 19, she broke a second deadlifting world record in South Africa.Now a sophomore at MU, Jordanne Panton is preparing to compete in Collegiate Nationals in April to qualify for the World Championships for the fourth time.Over the course of her training, she has managed to battle through the pain of scoliosis while continuing to rise above her own personal bests and those of her competitors. Growing up in Wisconsin, Panton was always involved in sports at the urging of her mother, Winsome, to stay healthy and fit. She played basketball, swam, rode horses and ran track, breaking a couple of state records swimming freestyle and winning the state champion title several times.Her mother stayed active as well and began training for a bodybuilding competition in 2008. After the competition, she decided to try powerlifting.Panton attended her mother’s competitions and was … [Read more...] about Two-time world record-setting powerlifter balances academics and athletics at MU
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EAGLE • This is the time of year Janet Jordan dreads: open enrollment on individual and small-group health insurance markets and the inevitably rising prices on Colorado’s Obamacare exchange.“Every year when I go through this, I have employees expressing anger and upset and spouses expressing anger and upset,” Jordan said. “It’s not easy to pick the plan and then tell your employees how little you’re going to be able to contribute to it for their families.”Jordan runs Heartwood Custom Woodworks, an Eagle flooring and cabinetry company that she and her husband, Carl, founded in 1992.She said she has to offer some insurance subsidy to find and retain workers in an increasingly tight labor market. But Heartwood can only pay half of the insurance for their 15 or so employees, and nothing for their families.“It’s the anti-benefit. It truly is, because insurance never goes down. It always goes up,” Jordan said. … [Read more...] about High Country dilemma: Health care costs are reaching crisis levels
Melanie Boeyer stopped growing in seventh grade. She is 28 years old, 5 feet 2 inches tall and can fit into the clothes she wore at age 12. “People always said, ’Don’t worry, Mel, you’re going to be taller,’ and I was like, ‘One day I am going to be taller, yay,’’ Boeyer said. “It never came.”Now, Boeyer is a doctoral student at MU. She is among a group of researchers who analyzed radiographs of more than 1,000 children born between 1935 and 1995. They found that bones matured as much as six months earlier in boys and as much as nine months earlier in girls over those six decades. The study was published online in August and will be printed in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research this November. It was funded by the National Institutes of Health. The research doesn't just have implications for those marks you put on the kitchen wall as your child grows. It also has implications for … [Read more...] about Children’s bones are maturing earlier, and it may be the “new normal”
Chad Lindskog Evansville Courier & Press Published 10:15 AM EDT Oct 15, 2018 EVANSVILLE — Walking doesn’t come easy for Sam Archuleta. He’s wobbly. He trips over his own feet a lot. He struggles to move in a straight line. Most people don’t need to think before taking a step. Sam does. He's 15 and suffers from a debilitating, degenerative neuromuscular disorder called Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). He was diagnosed in March and is one of only 5,000 people in the United States and 15,000 worldwide who have it. How does he describe his battle with the ailment? “It's just frustrating,” he said. FA affects Sam's speech, coordination and has led to a heart condition. It shortens his life-expectancy. There isn’t a cure yet, and the disease could eventually leave him unable to walk. Many people with FA, especially when they're teenagers like Sam, try to hide the disease. The little things we take for granted -- eating and sitting up, … [Read more...] about Evansville North’s Sam Archuleta battling Friedreich’s ataxia.