Health

Pandemic prevention is focus of Hickenlooper, Burr bill

BY: - January 13, 2022

Sens. John Hickenlooper and Richard Burr, of North Carolina, introduced a bipartisan act to develop preventative medical countermeasures for pathogens that have pandemic potential before they cause a pandemic. “COVID-19 won’t be the last pandemic, but we can’t be caught off-guard again,” Hickenlooper, a Colorado Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday. “Pandemic preparedness is possible, […]

Fire closes hospital and displaces staff as Colorado battles omicron

BY: - January 13, 2022

This story originally appeared at khn.org. The Colorado wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes last month has forced the temporary closure of a hospital and upended the lives of health care workers as the state’s already strained health care system braces for another surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, a community […]

Election-year legislative session kicks off with politics on full display

BY: - January 13, 2022

Colorado’s 2022 legislative session kicked off as scheduled on Wednesday against a backdrop of record-breaking COVID-19 infections and as Democrats — who enjoy a comfortable majority — promised to focus on public safety, education and the rising cost of living. Republicans unveiled their own policy agenda, which would deploy different strategies aimed at solving the […]

COMMENTARY

It’s time for Colorado to protect abortion access (again)

BY: and - January 12, 2022

Colorado needs to act to protect abortion access, today, tomorrow and always. And as leaders of the abortion rights organization Cobalt, and the reproductive justice organization COLOR, we are calling on the Colorado General Assembly to step in, just as it did in 1967, when we became the first state to decriminalize abortion, and affirmatively […]

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Rep. Lamborn is now ‘cancer-free’ after procedure to remove melanoma

BY: - January 10, 2022

Rep. Doug Lamborn, of Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, had melanoma, which was removed by a team of doctors without incident, according to a statement released Monday.  “It was removed completely and he’s cancer-free,” Cassandra Sebastian, Lamborn’s communications director, said. She said it was removed “recently.” “I am grateful to my team of doctors, and their […]

Colorado to receive $385 million from Johnson & Johnson opioid settlement

BY: - January 4, 2022

All 64 Colorado counties have signed onto a joint framework for how the state should distribute money from settlements with drug companies, Attorney General Phil Weiser announced Tuesday. When the opioid settlements are finalized this year, Colorado is set to receive approximately $385 million from Johnson & Johnson and the country’s three largest drug distribution […]

Marshall Fire resources

BY: - January 3, 2022

This roundup of Marshall Fire resources is republished from a version compiled by Boulder Beat. Donate money:  Colorado Gives / Community Foundation Volunteer: Colorado Responds Provide housing Airbnb Open Homes BC United Community organizing Donate stuff Sister Carmen (655 Aspen Ridge Dr). Check the organization’s website, sistercarmen.org, for current needs. Child care, home goods, clothing and kids stuff […]

Omicron comprises more than 90% of new COVID-19 infections in Colorado

BY: - December 29, 2021

The omicron variant of COVID-19 comprises at least 91% of new infections in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis said at a virtual news conference Wednesday. That estimate, based on laboratory analysis, is up from 1% just two weeks ago — showing how quickly the variant is spreading in the state. “If you get COVID, there’s a […]

COMMENTARY

The excruciating choices facing Colorado hospital staff in COVID ‘crisis standards of care’

BY: - December 24, 2021

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. As the omicron variant brings a new wave of uncertainty and fear, I can’t help reflecting back to March 2020, when people in health care across the U.S. watched in horror as COVID-19 swamped New York City. Hospitals were overflowing with sick […]

Seeking refills: Aging pharmacists leave drugstores vacant in rural America

BY: - December 23, 2021

This story originally appeared at khn.org. Ted Billinger Jr. liked to joke that he would work until he died. That turned out to be prophetic. When Billinger died of a heart attack in 2019 at age 71, he was still running Teddy B’s, the pharmacy his father had started more than 65 years earlier in […]

Report: Jessica Aldama died after stillborn delivery in homeless encampment

BY: - December 22, 2021

Jessica Aldama, an unhoused woman who was found dead with her newborn this fall at a Boulder encampment, died from complications of delivery, according to an autopsy released Tuesday. The baby was stillborn, the report said, found in a blanket next to Aldama. Aldama, 33, was found by Boulder police officers in a tent near […]

As hospitals fill up, paramedics spend more time moving patients, less on emergencies

BY: - December 22, 2021

This story originally appeared at khn.org. GUNNISON, Colo. — The night after Thanksgiving, a small ambulance service that covers a huge swath of southwestern Colorado got a call that a patient needed an emergency transfer from the hospital in Gunnison to a larger one with an intensive care unit 65 miles away in Montrose. The […]