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As states loosen childhood vaccine requirements, public health experts’ worries grow - Experts worry the renewed opposition to childhood immunizations will reverse state gains in vaccination
What to look for in mosquito repellents - Mosquito season is starting to rev up across much of the United States. So you might want to pause summer vacation planning and consider what to look for in insect
Compassionate curiosity supports women with substance use disorder - May is Women’s Health Month and also features Mother’s Day. This is an opportunity to draw attention to the needs of pregnant and parenting people who experience substance use disorder, or SUD (sometimes called addiction). Researchers estimate that 10%
Star USC scientist faces scrutiny — retracted papers and a paused drug trial - A group of whistle-blowers submitted a report to the NIH that questioned the integrity of a celebrated neuroscientist's research and the safety of an experimental stroke treatment his company was
High price of popular diabetes drugs deprives low-income people of effective treatment - About 54% of adults who had taken a GLP-1 drug, including those with insurance, said the cost was “difficult” to afford, according to
New solar will help keep power on during scorching summer, report says - With some parts of the country already facing heat waves, the organization in charge of setting reliability standards for the American electric grid is warning that a scorching summer could lead to a shortage of power generation in some regions. The
Missouri residents affected by radiation exposure push Congress to extend benefits - WASHINGTON — A fund to compensate Americans sickened by exposure to atomic bomb tests, uranium mining and radioactive waste expires in just under 20 days, and activists and lawmakers are scrambling to keep the fund active and open to additional victims.
Forced sterilizations for people with disabilities decried by members of Congress - WASHINGTON — Three members of Congress introduced a resolution Thursday that’s intended to bring attention to the experiences and challenges people with disabilities face when it comes to reproductive rights. Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna
Several funeral industry regulation bills signed into law following high-profile cases of mismanagement - Until now, Colorado had been the only state in the country that did not regulate funeral home
Tribal nations invest opioid settlement funds in traditional healing to treat addiction - Patients in recovery have requested sweat lodges for years as a cultural element to complement the counseling and medications the tribe’s health department already provides. But insurance doesn’t cover sweat
If you’re living with a drug or mental health problem, here’s where to look for help - While it's difficult to pinpoint the exact reasons behind substance abuse or suicide, racial inequality, economic distress and historical trauma have aggravated those problems in marginalized
FDA urged to relax decades-old tissue donation restrictions for gay and bisexual men - Federal regulations prevent gay and bisexual men from donating tissue, such as corneas, ligaments, and blood vessels. Similar restrictions have been relaxed or lifted for donated blood and organs in recent
Could current COVID vaccines protect against future outbreaks? New study offers hope - Researchers had the future in mind when they asked if current COVID-19 vaccines and boosters could also protect your body against future outbreaks. Here’s what you need to
Colorado Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera hospitalized with skin infection - Information about what led to the infection and hospitalization was not available
VA approves 20,000 claims for Colorado veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during war - The PACT Act seeks to address the impacts of burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which chemicals, tires, plastics, medical equipment and human waste were disposed of on military
Colorado has most normal respiratory virus season since start of pandemic, but COVID still taking outsized toll - With COVID-19 still in the mix, this new normal still means a higher level of severe illness and death than the state experienced before
Aurora Fire hosts field day for the city — and some lucky kids got to shoot a fire hose and race firefighters! - The event is part of an effort to increase fire safety awareness and raise money for school safety
Michigan farmworker diagnosed with bird flu, becoming 2nd US case tied to dairy cows - A Michigan farmworker has been diagnosed with bird flu in what is the second human case associated with an outbreak in U.S. dairy cows. Health officials say the person experienced mild eye symptoms and has recovered. Officials say the male worker had been in
Hims & Hers to sell inexpensive Ozempic alternative - Both brands, owned by the same company headquartered in San Francisco, plan to provide a one-month supply of the GLP-1 injections for
Women’s heart risk spikes after menopause, study shows - Heart disease is the leading killer of women as well as men, but it’s often under-recognized in women, said Dr. Dena
Gun safety group, U.S. Senate architects of 2022 law call for stricter measures - WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin and a coalition of medical officers advocated Tuesday for Congress to pass stronger gun safety laws. Congress should build on the 2022 gun control law following high-profile mass shootings, Durbin,
Colorado Springs is first in the state to deploy blood medics - The city will become the first urban area in Colorado to provide transfusions of whole blood to critically ill patients in the
As Grand Junction closes public bathrooms, a nonprofit brings relief and helps close the toilet gap - Many people experiencing homelessness face the same question: Where can I go to the
Two people exposed to bat with rabies in Englewood - The bat in Englewood is the fourth case of rabies confirmed in Colorado this year and the first in Arapahoe County, the county said in a news
Why one New York health system stopped suing its patients - American hospital officials often insist that lawsuits and other aggressive collections, though unsavory, are necessary to protect health systems’ finances and deter
What military doctors can teach us about power in the United States - Researchers found that doctors invested significantly more resources in patients who outranked them than in patients of equal or lesser
Nursing homes wield pandemic immunity laws to duck wrongful death suits - More than four years after COVID first raged through many U.S. nursing homes, hundreds of lawsuits blaming patient deaths on negligent care have been tossed out or languished in the courts amid contentious legal
Fort Collins family mourns 5-year-old who died in tragic backyard accident: “There wasn’t a day we didn’t dance” - “I guess what I would say to parents is: Love your kid every minute, have a dance party and just live life. Because you never know when it’s going away," Krystal Masters
EPA awards $8 million to Colorado communities for environmental cleanup - Six Colorado communities will receive more than $8 million in funding from an Environmental Protection Agency program designed to help clean up polluted former industrial sites. The agency’s Brownfields Program on Monday announced a total of more than
Graduates in mental health fields face barriers to filling critical shortages. A new MSU program aims to change that - One study estimates 57 percent of graduates with master’s in mental health fields don’t go on to complete licensure because of cost and state
After surviving kitchen table amputation, Gazan teen injured in war gets artificial leg in Colorado - Ahed Bseiso, a Gazan teenager, survived an Israeli bombing iand then an emergency amputation. Now, she's in a Englewood prosthetic clinic, a world away from the war, as she tested out her new
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Colorado’s first lawmaker to use a wheelchair won’t seek reelection but peers hope his impact on disability rights remains - Ortiz's presence at the statehouse gave disability rights issues a whole new light and was felt even before he was officially sworn into
Biden to announce 1 million claims granted for VA benefits under toxic exposure law - WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to announce in New Hampshire on Tuesday that 1 million claims have been granted for benefits under the toxic exposure law that Congress approved less than two years ago, following the military’s use of open air
Jeffco pioneered a program for older students with dyslexia. Now it’s getting cut. - Some families travel hours each day so their children can attend the Bright MINDS program in
Medicaid ‘unwinding’ decried as biased against disabled people - People are losing benefits with little or no notice, getting bad advice when they call for information, and facing major disruptions in care while they wait for their Medicaid issue to get sorted
Virtual medicine: How has telehealth improved the lives of people with substance disorders? - For those with opioid use disorder, being able to acquire medication to treat the condition in a discreet and efficient manner has been improving retention rates and reducing stigma around
CommonSpirit, Anthem reach deal after 2 weeks of uncertainty for Colorado patients - One of Colorado's largest insurers and one of its major hospital systems have reached a deal, ending more than two weeks of uncertainty for
Colorado among states with most fentanyl pill seizures in the country - While Colorado saw a record number of fentanyl pills confiscated by law enforcement in the state in 2023, it’s already well on the way to breaking that record in 2024.  A new report from New York University’s Langone Health found that Colorado tied
Aurora VA hospital’s decision to stop surgeries is rare, though sterilization problems aren’t - State and federal inspection records show at least 16 Colorado hospitals have been cited for improper sterilization since
Who will make your medical decisions if you can’t? And Colorado’s ‘unusual’ approach makes planning important. One CU doctor has advice - Dr. Lum spoke with Colorado Matters about what Coloradans need to decide in advance, and how to bring it up with family
Colorado governor signs bill targeting airport impacts, but fight against noise and lead continues - The dispute over lead and noise has been most pronounced around Rocky Mountain and Centennial airports, which together have more than a half million annual landings and
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A mother’s loss launches a global effort to fight antibiotic resistance - An estimated 35,000 people die in the U.S. each year from drug-resistant infections, according to the
Doctors saw younger men seeking vasectomies after Roe v. Wade was overturned - A rising share of vasectomy patients were under the age of 30, an analysis
Stranded in the ER, seniors await hospital care and suffer avoidable harm - Physicians say this problem is even worse than during the first years of the COVID-19
Bike shops boomed early in the pandemic. It’s been a bumpy ride for most ever since - For the nation’s bicycle shops, the past few years have probably felt like the business version of the Tour de France, with numerous twists and turns testing their
Former host Vic Vela settles discrimination claim against Colorado Public Radio - A CPR spokesperson, Clara Shelton, said in an email that the station "encourages Vic in his future endeavors and his continuing efforts to educate the
Partner talks in their sleep? Here’s how to slumber soundly - According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, it’s a disorder that affects up to 65% of the population at some point during their lives. And it can be significantly disruptive to