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Officially, heat deaths are not very common in Colorado. The reality is more complicated.

Missy Anderson stepped out of the shade and into the building heat of another day in one of Denver’s hottest summers on record. Anderson is an injury prevention coordinator at Denver Health, meaning she works to deter the kinds of accidents and events that often land people in the hospital. On this July day, that […]

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Judge temporarily blocks Wyoming abortion ban on day it took effect

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Wyoming judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked the state’s abortion ban on the day it took effect, siding with a firebombed women’s health clinic and others who argued the ban would violate the state constitution and harm health care workers and their patients. Lawmakers in West Virginia meanwhile debated an abortion ban, […]

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Volunteers fan out over Boulder to record time, temp and humidity for scientists tracking climate trends nationwide

Pat Meyers and Deborah Rylander took a drive around Boulder Friday afternoon. Their cruise in a white Audi, with a heat sensor affixed to a window, was part of one of the largest heat-mapping projects in the U.S. The project, which required the help of almost a hundred volunteers, was part of an annual project […]

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About 25 people age 14 and younger get abortions in Colorado each year

More than 120 girls ages 14 and younger have had abortions in Colorado in the past five years, including eight 12-year-olds, according to the state health department.  The state statistics do not include any children younger than 12, though doctors who provide abortions in Colorado said they have treated 10- and 11-year-olds. One doctor interviewed […]

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Researchers at CU-Anschutz are trying to crack the code on long COVID by looking at T cells

Researchers in Colorado have made a key discovery that could help doctors in fighting one of the most pernicious ongoing impacts of the pandemic. Long COVID-19 — the catchall diagnosis for long-term COVID symptoms that can afflict as many as 30% of people after they have recovered from their initial infection — is so common […]

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Report that oil field methane emissions are down by half is wrong, Front Range cities with own pollution monitors say

Air pollution from oil and gas operations is on the wane, the industry says. But communities along the Front Range — with their own air monitors — counter that they are finding repeated spikes of methane and other pollutants. “Ground-level methane monitoring shows no decline in levels,” Cindy Copeland, an air and climate policy advisor […]

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Colorado voters will decide in November whether to decriminalize magic mushrooms

Colorado voters will decide in November whether to decriminalize the possession and use of “magic” mushrooms and allow the creation of “healing centers” where people would be allowed to purchase and consume those substances.  The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said Thursday that the supporters of Initiative 58 had turned in enough signatures to qualify […]

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Metro Denver’s homeless population grew by 12.8% in two years, survey finds

The number of people experiencing homelessness was up 12.8% in 2022 compared to 2020, before the pandemic, according to preliminary data from the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative point-in-time survey. The annual count, which captures homelessness in the seven-county metro Denver region, showed there was an increase in homelessness of 784 people. In January 2020, the […]

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Colorado has added nearly 500,000 people to its Medicaid rolls since 2020. What happens when the emergency order ends?

In normal times, about 35,000 people drop off the government health insurance plan for the needy each month, usually because someone in their household got a new job and they no longer qualify. But since the coronavirus pandemic, and a federal public health emergency declaration more than two years ago, no one has lost their […]

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Three-digit mental health crisis line goes live this weekend. But Colorado officials are still working on area code issues.

A new three-digit number for mental health emergencies will go live in Colorado and the rest of the nation Saturday, connecting people to crisis counselors any time of day or night.  The new number, 988, is the mental health version of 911.  In Colorado, calls to 988 will get routed to the call center for […]