Research shows long-term exposure to even low levels of fine particulate matter, NOx chemicals increases occurrence of depression, anxiety. Ozone is a factor in neurodegeneration and memory loss.
Recovery high schools, like one in Denver, help kids heal from an addiction and build a future
5280 High School is Colorado’s only recovery school and one of 43 in the U.S. designed for students who are dealing with substance use disorder and related mental health disorders.
New Colorado law encourages, but does not require, CPR training in high schools
Colorado is still one of 10 states that don’t require CPR training for public high schools and the new law doesn’t fund the effort.
After capping insulin copays, Colorado sets its sights on EpiPens
A proposed state law would cap out-of-pocket copays at $60 for a two-pack of epinephrine autoinjectors, which retail for $636 in Denver.
A private equity firm closed one of Colorado’s few birth centers. The community brought it back.
A private equity firm bought Seasons Midwifery and Birth Center in Thornton and then shut it down. It’s now been resurrected as a nonprofit.
Rural Colorado tries to fill health worker gaps with apprenticeships
Far from the Front Range, worker shortages mount as baby boomers retire, young people move away and demand rises for health care in homes and facilities
Sheriffs who denounced Colorado’s red flag law are now using it
By Markian Hawryluk, KHN Dolores County Sheriff Don Wilson never expected to use Colorado’s red flag law when it was passed in 2019. He thought the law made it too easy to take a person’s guns away. The statute allows law enforcement officers or private citizens to petition a county court to confiscate firearms temporarily from […]
Demand for service dogs unleashes a “Wild West” market
By Markian Hawryluk, KHN Jenni Mahnaz admits she’s not much of a dog person. She’s mildly allergic and the only pet she had as a child was a hermit crab. But once she learned that specially trained dogs could help her daughters with their medical needs, she was willing to do anything to make it happen. […]
Schools, pediatricians look to make up lost ground on non-COVID vaccinations
By Kate Ruder, KHN WESTMINSTER — Melissa Blatzer was determined to get her three children caught up on their routine immunizations on a recent Saturday morning at a walk-in clinic in this Denver suburb. It had been about a year since the kids’ last shots, a delay Blatzer chalked up to the pandemic. Two-year-old Lincoln Blatzer, […]
Two new medical schools are opening in Montana. But does the western U.S. really need them?
By Andrea Halland, Kaiser Health News Opening two new medical schools in Montana would stretch and possibly overwhelm the state’s physicians who provide the clinical training that students need to become doctors, according to leaders of a University of Washington medical school program that relies on those teaching physicians. The University of Washington School of Medicine’s […]