There’s broad agreement at the state capitol that more needs to be done to help Colorado’s homeless and mentally ill. There’s also agreement that southeastern Colorado could use some economic development. But a proposal by Governor John Hickenlooper to do both in one project isn’t getting much traction. CPR Health Reporter Eric Whitney looks [...]

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A new report says Colorado hospitals are getting a lot better at preventing one form of serious infections. But KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has taken a closer look, and finds that the numbers are fuzzy.

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Colorado’s biggest hospital companies are among the bidders for the lease to run Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. A public meeting is scheduled tomorrow to showcase individual bids and to allow residents the chance to ask questions. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has more.

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State lawmakers will get their first chance this week to shape the federal health care law for Colorado. The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up new “health insurance exchanges.” Exchanges are new marketplaces where coverage will be very cheap for people who don’t make much money. That’s what many in health care are [...]

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Colorado’s new rules for medical marijuana dispensaries are being called groundbreaking. They’re the nation’s most extensive for commercial sale of the drug. Regulators aim to track it from when the pot is planted to when a patient takes it. Hearings have been scheduled for today and tomorrow. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney says, [...]

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Yesterday morning we heard about newly-released statistics on infections in Colorado’s hospitals. Today, KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney looks at what can be done to reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections in Colorado.

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Every year tens of thousands of Coloradans who go to the hospital to get healed actually get sicker. They get infections as a result of their medical care. An unknown number of those people die. Hospitals don’t have to make their infection rates public, except for a handful of procedures. The state health department publishes [...]

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There’s generally less junk food available in schools these days. Vending machines offer healthier snacks, and lunchrooms are being encouraged to cook more nutritious meals. But research is showing that getting kids to eat healthier at school isn’t just about what they eat, but when. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has more.

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There’s a pretty good chance that a local ballot in Colorado this year has a question about banning medical marijuana dispensaries on it. More than 40 cities, towns and counties are asking voters to forbid or otherwise regulate marijuana-related businesses. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney surveys the election landscape.

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Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers joined a lawsuit last spring against the Obama Administration’s Health Care Plan, saying the federal government can not force people to buy health insurance. That move prompted Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett to launch a bid for Suthers’job. He’s facing an uphill battle. Suthers’ long career in public office means [...]

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Colorado’s biotechnology industry is taking on some of the world’s most difficult problems, things like pandemic flu, water pollution, and the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has this story about some of Colorado’s brightest biotech stars.

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About half of Colorado’s doctors think the new federal health reform law – the Affordable Care Act – will make health care worse, not better. Only about a third say the law will improve health care, and the rest call it a mixed bag or aren’t sure. That’s according to a recent survey of the [...]

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It’s estimated that more than 140,000 small businesses in Colorado are eligible for new federal help with health care costs this year. That’s thanks to the health reform bill President Obama signed in March. There’s plenty of confusion about how the law will play out and many businesses that might benefit actually think it will [...]

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The state health department announced a plan this week to fight childhood obesity on a new front, one that might be a little bit surprising. As KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney explains, it involves…Happy Meals.

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The state health department announced today that it’s giving doctors, nurses and other health professionals ten times as much money as it did last year to help them pay off their student loans. In return, recipients have to serve in places with inadequate health care for at least two years. As KCFR health [...]

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The state’s largest doctors organization is taking a stand on marijuana. The Colorado Medical Society hasn’t had an official position on the drug since it was legalized statewide in 2001. On Thursday, that changed. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney spoke with Dr. Mark Laitos, president of the Society, about the issue.

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State economic forecasters expect the number of Medicaid recipients in Colorado to reach half-a-million this year. KCFR Health reporter Eric Whitney has more…The Army says human error is to blame for the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter on a Colorado mountain that killed all four Fort Campbell, KY crew members in August…and, [...]

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In his last state of the state address delivered last week, Governor Bill Ritter touted his administration’s accomplishments and pledged to get the state’s economy back on track. Ritter also urged lawmakers to act quickly on the issue of medical marijuana. But where the governor sees chaos, many medical marijuana supporters see only constitutionally-protected freedom [...]

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Colorado Springs city officials are taking a look at potentially selling its city-owned hospital. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has more.

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The economic downturn means Colorado’s government continues to cut the budgets of nearly every state agency. But one has grown substantially – health programs for the poor. That’s thanks in large part to 900-million dollars in assistance from the federal stimulus package. But health care providers say serving the growing number of poor remains a [...]

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H1N1 or “swine” flu continues to decline in Colorado, and is now at the lowest level since stepped-up monitoring for the virus began in September. The state’s chief medical officer says the health care community here responded “very well” to the two-month surge in flu this fall. Dr. Ned Calonge spoke with KCFR [...]

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Colorado hospital officials say the health overhaul bill passed by the House this past weekend is a good start toward reform. But there’s also parts of the bill they don’t like. At a policy summit in Denver Tuesday, the Colorado Hospital Association offered reviews of the legislation. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has [...]

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Mass vaccination clinics aimed at combating H1N1, or swine flu, have begun across Colorado. But the supply of vaccine here remains short, as it does nationwide. Far more people want the vaccine than can have it at this point. Health officials are struggling to get what vaccine they do have to people at highest risk, [...]

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