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Doctors are uneasy as Colorado collects providers’ diversity data

Research shows that when patients see health providers who share their cultural background, speak the same language, or mirror their experiences, their health care outcomes improve

Health

Nicolais: Lady Gaga turned me to a puddle when she told Liza Minnelli, “I got you”

The singer-songwriter-actress’s deft compassion for the ill Hollywood legend should not be overlooked in the wake of bad behavior by other attendees

Opinion Columns

SunLit Interview: Robert V. Dodge became his own case study for an often misunderstood condition

Although "Grand Mal" is a memoir, the author researched his own medical records -- and sometimes found surprising information

SunLit

SunLit Excerpt: “Grand Mal” introduces one man’s story of late onset epilepsy

A mosquito bite led to encephalitis and flu-like symptoms, but author Robert V. Dodge had only begun to feel the impact of damage to his brain

SunLit

Effort to loosen regulations on Colorado physician assistants fails after opposition from well-funded medical groups 

House Bill 1095 was aimed at helping increase access to health care for people who live in rural Colorado

Politics and Government

Calls in Denver, across U.S. to overhaul methadone distribution intensify, but clinics resist

Patients who take methadone, a synthetic narcotic used to treat opioid addiction, must jump through more hoops than perhaps any other patient group in the U.S. due to rules dating back five decades

Health

Governor says vaccinated Coloradans can “live your normal pre-pandemic life” as state unveils plan for COVID’s forever presence

Earlier this month the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was looking to the private sector for help in rethinking strategies to deal with the presence of the virus forever

Coronavirus

Summit County reinstates mask mandate as Colorado’s high country becomes one of the nation’s COVID hotspots

Summit County had the highest per capita incidence rate in the country on Wednesday, about 400 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people

Coronavirus

As hospitals fill up, paramedics — like those in Gunnison — spend more time moving patients, less on emergencies

Gunnison Valley Health Paramedics have a 4,400-square-mile service area. It is more than twice the size of Delaware and is the largest response zone for an ambulance service in all of Colorado.

Health

Fewer COVID cases are being reported, but more of the virus is being found in Denver-area sewage

A Colorado researcher says the situation may indicate vaccinated people are catching the virus but not feeling sick enough to get tested

Coronavirus

Denver-area businesses may start checking your COVID vaccination status. Here’s how to get proof on your smartphone.

The myColorado app lets you download your official vaccine record on your phone -- as well as your driver’s license

Coronavirus

Kaiser Permanente, unions reach labor deal to avert strike

The Alliance of Health Care Unions and Kaiser Permanente jointly announced the agreement, staving off a potentially crippling strike in which 32,000 employees, most of them in Southern California, threatened to walk off the job

Health

Some Denver-area schools are closing, going remote this week due to staff shortages

In Denver, one high school switched to remote learning starting Wednesday, warning that online classes could be extended through Nov. 19

Education

Don’t count Tri-County Health Department out yet, its leaders say

John Douglas, executive director of Tri-County Health Department, says he hopes his agency will continue to live on for at least a few more years

Health

FDA signs off on extending booster shots to Americans who got Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration's decisions mark a big step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign

Coronavirus

West Nile virus cases climbing in Colorado

As of this week, 139 Coloradans have contracted the mosquito-borne illness, which has resulted in six deaths

Health

Douglas County Health Board approves opt-out of masking mandates

Douglas County Health Board President Doug Benevento said during the Oct. 8 special board of health meeting that he would not hand down any masking mandates for children without what he called “clear and convincing evidence of the benefits of masking"

Coronavirus

Douglas County’s next step for its new health department is to find a qualified director

Colorado statute lays out clear requirements for the role, including past experience in public health

Health

Opinion: For women of color, breastfeeding can involve confronting history, obstacles and scarce resources

Aug. 25-31 is Black Breastfeeding Week, helping mothers provide the best “first food” to their newborns

Opinion Columns

School or “Russian Roulette”? Amid delta variant and lax mask rules, some Colorado parents see no difference

Education
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