Medical practice in the early days of Colorado Springs wasn’t necessarily what was portrayed on the 1990′s CBS costume drama, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman – historian Richard Marold brings us this historical report:
Pioneering Medicine: A Day in the Life of Dr. Charles Fox Gardiner

Richard Marold is a local historian who [...]

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The Colorado Health Access Survey finds more than 600,000 Coloradans have insurance they know won’t pay enough. When an unexpected illness hits, the coverage falls short. Carol McKinley of Colorado Public News found one health care advocate who has taken to the road to warn even more Americans to be sure they understand exactly what their policies won’t cover.

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Earlier this year, the Colorado Children’s Campaign released its annual Kids Count report, which analyzes heath and well-being among the state’s youth in Colorado’s most populated counties. Among the measures is teen birth rates, and in Pueblo County, they’re high, nearly double the state average. And the numbers haven’t changed much for more than 30 [...]

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Top dental associations are recommending babies have their first visit to the dentist’s office when they get their first tooth. Health experts say it can help stave off years of cavities and painful dental work. Carol McKinley of Colorado Public News visited the Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Denver and has this report.

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Hickenlooper signs assistance bill into law: Starting Aug. 8, Colorado hospitals will no longer be allowed to charge their highest prices to the poorest, uninsured patients. A bill banning the widespread practice was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper Monday afternoon.

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The National Institute for Mental Health estimates about one in five American adults suffers from some form of mental illness. While May is Mental Health Awareness month, we’re bringing you something a little different for our Healthy Conversation. Fort Carson recently hosted a media day to highlight some of the behavioral health programs in [...]

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A listeria outbreak in cantaloupes last fall that was traced to a southeastern Colorado farm killed thirty people and sickened dozens more in 28 states. The economic fallout from the tragedy has also been far reaching; consumer demand for melons dropped in half. Now with the spring planting season underway, farmers are looking to [...]

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The Air Force says a proposed expansion of a flight training area in eastern Colorado and western Kansas would have no significant environmental impacts…The costs of health insurance have become so high in Colorado’s rural areas that the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union says many farmers and ranchers carry policies that only cover them in case of a dire emergency. As a result, the organization is using a familiar business model and forming a healthcare co-op.

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A bill that would allow children of active duty military members to pay lower rates than out of state students has widespread bi-partisan support in the Colorado legislature…A state house committee has approved 8-5 a proposal that aims to ban trans fats in school cafeterias and vending machines by 2013.

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The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union says the costs of health insurance have become so high that many people who work in Colorado’s rural areas carry policies that only cover them in case of a dire emergency. So the union is seeking to do for healthcare what it has done successfully for milk, livestock and equipment: Form a co-op.

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The state senate held a spirited debate this morning on the balance between access to healthcare and religious freedom. Lawmakers discussed a resolution urging Congress to create a right of conscience exemption in the federal healthcare law. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The state Supreme Court has approved the titles for two proposals that critics say would change the way Colorado has handled water rights since 1876.

The Salida School District and LiveWell Chaffee County plan to begin a garden-to-cafeteria program for the districts’ three schools.

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Dentists are warning pregnant women to take care of their teeth, for the sake of their babies. Pregnant women with cavities and gum disease have an increased risk of having premature and low-birth weight babies. They also have a good chance of passing on their bacteria and bad habits to their children….

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A bill to ban trans fats in public schools initially cleared the state senate yesterday. The ban is more stringent than proposals in other states because it goes beyond the lunchroom. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado is promoting its relatively healthy residents to lure new businesses to the state, arguing that able-bodied people are more productive and may cost less to insure.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and joining me is Kimberly Henry, who manages the Army Substance Abuse Program at Fort Carson. I began by asking her to put alcohol abuse by soldiers into perspective.

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (and [...]

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Medicaid participants in Colorado now have the option of having remote health monitoring in their homes…A proposal that would limit prosecutor’s power to charge youth as adults passed in Colorado’s Senate on a 22-13 vote…Bears have always been a problem in Raton, but last season’s high number of incidents has brought it to the [...]

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Differences in community names as well as a discrepancy between coordinates on mapping systems are being blamed for a failure to alert some residents to a deadly wildfire southwest of Denver last week…and, Pueblo Health officials are warning people to be on the lookout for rabid skunks.

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A newly published study on health ranks Pueblo County near the bottom of 59 reviewed counties in Colorado, coming in with an overall rank of 54…and, as Olympians prepare to head to London for this year’s summer games, the third annual Warrior Games will have some competitors from across the Atlantic too.

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Colorado is cutting its medical marijuana enforcement staff by more than half because the state isn’t collecting enough licensing fees to pay for them…and, despite the current cold and snowy conditions, recent abnormally high temperatures and a lack of precipitation means increased fire danger.

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Kelli Rose is 46 and healthy, with never a day in the hospital. But still, the only health insurance available to her has a $15,000 deductible and would cost up to $500 a month.

Asked if she has $15,000 in the bank in case of a medical emergency, Rose just laughs.

Health insurance has become so expensive that this Monument woman, like many other Coloradans, has decided it is just not worth the cost. So she lives without insurance.

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The state of Colorado is considering a bill that would require people applying for public welfare to take a drug test in order to receive their monthly benefits. Similar measures have been proposed by states across the country, even though the practice has often been challenged in the courts. Bente Birkeland takes a look [...]

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Most Colorado hospitals reported strong profits to the federal government for 2010, as consolidation has given them clout to demand more money from insurance companies.

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