67% of skiers and snowboarders in the country now wear helmets on the slopes, according to the National Ski Areas Association. That’s compared to 25% who wore helmets ten years ago. Rabah Kamal of Colorado Public News shares how helmets are preventing serious injury, but with limits.

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A proposal to expand Medicaid to cover 160,000 more Coloradans will add roughly 12,000 jobs statewide, according to a rough estimate.

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During the election, voters told pollsters that their number two worry was the high cost of healthcare. At the same time, Colorado hospitals are spending billions of dollars on new construction. Colorado Public News did a survey and found fifty hospital building projects across the state, either underway or completed in the last three years.

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The number of Colorado hospitals receiving an “A” grade for patient safety nearly doubled in the past six months, from seven to 13, according to Washington-based Leapfrog Group.

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100,000 Coloradans have medical marijuana licenses now. Still, even though more patients can legally buy pot, arrests are UP by 7%.

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The health care law now makes it more affordable for small businesses and nonprofits to provide health insurance for their employees. But only a small number of these employers are actually taking advantage of the opportunity.

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When you dial 911 in Colorado, the first responders who arrive to help usually show up in a fire truck. And, on interstates and highways connecting vast swaths of rural Colorado, they are likely to be volunteers – people whose day jobs range from lawyers to butchers to high school students.

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Rev. Michael O. Minor’s decision to ban fried chicken from his Baptist church was so radical that, eventually the White House heard about it.

And, says Minor, “People started tasting the home cooked flavor of [healthier] grilled and baked chicken and started doing it at home.”

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As the number of Americans tipping the obesity scale grows, another battle over the bulges has emerged: How much should public policy control the collective diet?

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The goal of this year’s Colorado Health Symposium was to address issues related to equity in access to health care. Yesterday, we heard from Dr. Jeff Brenner, who pioneered so-called hotspot research and looked into the relationship between zip codes and health care. Today, we’ll hear a conversation between Carol McKinley of Continue Reading

The goal of this year’s Colorado Health Symposium was to address issues related to equity in access to health care. The conference was held last week in Keystone, and brought together hundreds of health care professionals and policy makers from Colorado and beyond. Colorado Public News was there, and this week we’re bringing you […]

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The goal of this year’s Colorado Health Symposium was to address issues related to equity in access to health care. The conference was held last week in Keystone, and brought together hundreds of health care professionals and policy makers from Colorado and beyond. Colorado Public News was there, and this week we’re […]

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Oil and gas wells have moved into urban and highly populated areas of Colorado – in some cases literally bumping up against residential back yards. Yet the number of permits being issued by the state actually has dropped in half over the past several years.

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The Waldo Canyon Fire is 70% contained. This morning, Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown said that number is higher for the city.

I’m pleased to announce this morning that the city of Colorado Springs boundaries as they relate to the Waldo Canyon Fire are 100% contained, […]

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Secretary of State Scott Gessler says Teller County needs more help to ensure a fair election in next week’s primary…First lady Michelle Obama campaigned for her husband in front a crowd of 2,800 community members today at Arapahoe High School in Centennial before heading south to Pueblo.

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Another round of layoffs has hit prisons in southern Colorado, this time coming from the private company Corrections Corporation of America, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…and, the Supreme Court is set any day now to rule on the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s health care legislation. Yet a poll shows about a third of Americans are worrying about a piece of the bill that isn’t even there.

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As the Supreme Court is about to rule on the constitutionality of the health care law, one-third of Americans are worrying about a part of the legislation that isn’t there…In Colorado, though, none of the state’s four Republicans in Congress say the law provides for a board of bureaucrats who would decide who will live or die.

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Prompted by 180,000 unnecessary deaths per year in U.S. hospitals, a new listing of hospital safety scores finds most of the 33 rated in Colorado don’t make the top grade.

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An increasing number of Coloradans are filing for bankruptcy in the wake of high medical costs. One Harvard study shows that medical-related problems contribute to as many as 60 percent of bankruptcies nationwide.

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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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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 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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August 31, 2016 | NPR · A founding member of ISIS, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, was reportedly killed. The Pentagon said he was the target of a strike, but didn’t confirm his death. What does this mean for the Islamic State?
 

August 31, 2016 | NPR · The JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Santa Clara, Cuba, marks another milestone in the thawing relationship between the two countries. The jet is piloted by two sons of Cuban immigrants.
 

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August 31, 2016 | NPR · A journalist wanted to tell the stories of two rape victims while protecting their identities. How would he do it?
 

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August 31, 2016 | NPR · Historical events both real (the 1968 Democratic Convention, Occupy Wall Street) and imagined come to life in this novel. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it will make you laugh and break your heart.
 

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August 31, 2016 | NPR · Award-winning comic book writer Paul Jenkins tries his hand at the novel with Curioddity, but this quirky tale of imagination and innocence regained is smothered in smirking self-consciousness.
 

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August 31, 2016 | NPR · Justin Trudeau has had a varied career — bouncer, snowboard instructor, Canada’s prime minister. Now he’s a Marvel Comics action hero.
 

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August 31, 2016 | NPR · In the L.A. duo’s sun-dappled world, everyone is free to be anyone or anything they want — even if that’s a neon-pink yeti strutting on the beach with a surfboard.
 

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August 31, 2016 | NPR · From operas about Steve Jobs and Alice in Wonderland to an orchestral evocation of Detroit and a new concerto for Yo-Yo Ma, the new concert season is flush with premieres.
 

August 31, 2016 | NPR · The vocalist from Mauritania intertwines heritage and innovation in the first song from her new album, Arbina. The video gives audiences abroad a glimpse of her homeland in all its melancholy beauty.
 

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