Posted inClimate, Environment, Health, News, Wildfire

Smoke from faraway wildfires may be worse for Coloradans than if it came from blazes in their own backyards

For long stretches of the summer the Front Range has been bathed in smoke traveling hundreds of miles from California and Oregon wildfires and it turns out that long-range smoke could be more dangerous than the fumes from homegrown forest fires. Some initial studies have shown that long-range smoke may be more toxic and since […]

Posted inColoradans, Health, News, Politics and Government

Death rates for pregnant Colorado women have doubled since 2008. Here’s how the state is trying to fix it.

Nelia Borden started to scream when she realized her doctor was preparing to make an incision and use a suction tool to help her give birth.  “I screamed ‘No!’ multiple times,” Borden recalled as she testified before a state Capitol committee. “I squirmed and tried to close my legs but I’d had an epidural. I […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health

Colorado teens pregnant during coronavirus face increased isolation and difficult decisions

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Montgomery wants her boyfriend Jesse to be with her for their daughter’s birth in December. She would also really like her mother present for the labor and delivery. However, she’s allowed only one visitor under current hospital policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus. “My mom is my best friend. I’ve always […]

Posted inElection 2020, Health, News, Politics and Government

Cory Gardner wants to get rid of Obamacare. But it’s not clear what he plans to replace it with.

Cory Gardner doesn’t like Obamacare. Ask the Republican senator from Colorado about how to improve health care and the first response you’re likely to hear is that President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 Affordable Care Act needs to be repealed. It’s “destroying this country,” he once said. Ask Gardner for his plans to replace the law, […]

Posted inColoradans, Health, News, Politics and Government

Greeley pregnancy center loses website battle with abortion-rights activists calling it a “fake clinic”

An anti-abortion counseling center in Greeley has lost a legal fight aimed at shutting down a website that accused the center of deceptive advertising and spreading misinformation about abortion and birth control. The Resource Center — which advertises free tests for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases to University of Northern Colorado students with the slogan […]

Posted inCOVID, Health

How pregnant women in Colorado are adapting to the coronavirus crisis to keep themselves safe

Taylor Taylor (her first name is the same as her last) doesn’t consider herself a “germaphobe.” But when the first cases of the novel coronavirus emerged in Colorado early in March, the 27-year-old Thornton resident significantly upped her hygiene practices. She started carrying disinfectant wipes in her purse; she instituted a “no hugging, no personal […]

Posted inHealth, News

Pregnant women in Moffat County have lost their obstetrics care, the latest victims of the rural health crisis

CRAIG — Stacy Hendrickson planned to have her baby at the hospital in town, just a few minutes from her home and a couple of turns down some quiet, snow-covered streets. But in January, when she was not quite seven months pregnant, Memorial Regional Health shut down its labor and delivery department. Pregnant women can […]