Infant formula stockpile for the U.S. suggested by FDA chief

BY: - May 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government should consider creating a stockpile of infant formula to avoid the possibility of future shortages, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told a Senate committee on Thursday.  Commissioner Robert Califf said during his third hearing on Capitol Hill about the months-long shortage that his agency and lawmakers […]

Polis declares state emergency over baby formula shortage

BY: - May 27, 2022

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order on Wednesday that declared a disaster emergency in the state due to the nationwide baby formula shortage. It makes funds immediately available to support the free distribution of donor breast milk to parents in need across the state. As of May 10, there was a 40% baby […]

Ron Hanks steps up abortion attacks on Republican Senate rival Joe O’Dea

BY: - May 27, 2022

With just two weeks left before voters begin receiving their ballots, Colorado’s Republican U.S. Senate primary is heating up over the issue of abortion rights. State Rep. Ron Hanks of Penrose, a far-right election conspiracist who secured the top ballot line on the June 28 primary with the highest vote share at the GOP state […]

Nine monkeypox cases now reported in seven states, and CDC urges awareness

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — Monkeypox cases are slowly increasing throughout the United States, though public health officials said Thursday they have the tools needed to diagnose, treat and contain the virus that’s mostly spread by skin-to-skin contact.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said during a briefing that there are now nine diagnosed cases […]

FDA chief cites ‘egregiously unsanitary’ conditions at Michigan baby formula plant

BY: - May 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that he’s found no evidence of intentional delay or malfeasance within the agency — though it took months to act on a whistleblower report of what he called “egregiously unsanitary” conditions at an infant formula plant in Michigan.  FDA Commissioner […]

CDC expects more monkeypox cases in the U.S.

BY: - May 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it’s likely the United States will see additional cases of monkeypox in the coming weeks, but officials cautioned that it’s harder to transmit the virus than it is to spread respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Monkeypox, which is also spreading throughout Europe, has an incubation […]

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Mentally ill Coloradans await care in jail for months. Could a new effort clear the backlog?

BY: - May 23, 2022

Ever since state Rep. Judy Amabile first experienced how difficult it was to find care for someone with serious mental health needs, she’s been a fierce advocate for expanding access to treatment. Amabile’s adult son began struggling with schizoaffective disorder — which can include symptoms of schizophrenia, like hallucinations and delusions, and symptoms of bipolar […]

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Climate change is wreaking havoc on our mental health

BY: - May 23, 2022

From apocalyptic disasters like the Marshall Fire, which destroyed over 1,000 homes, to soaring temperatures and high ozone levels making comfortable summer days a distant memory, to Colorado’s rapidly deteriorating air quality leaving us wondering whether it’s safe to be outside, it is clear that the effects of climate change are a threat to our […]

Under fire from Congress, FDA chief says baby formula shortage will improve soon

BY: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Robert Califf told Congress Thursday that the infant formula shortage will likely begin to improve in the coming days, though he declined to explain to unhappy lawmakers why his agency didn’t act sooner on a whistleblower report that detailed safety issues at an Abbott Laboratories facility in Michigan.  […]

U.S. Sens. Tester, Moran reach deal on care for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

BY: - May 19, 2022

The two leaders of the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Montana Democrat Jon Tester and Kansas Republican Jerry Moran, have reached a deal with House leaders to pass a bill to extend health care access to veterans for conditions related to exposure to toxic chemicals during their service, the pair announced Wednesday. The consensus bill […]

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Americans across the country still feel pain of unanticipated medical bills

BY: - May 19, 2022

It was July 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when I felt a sharp pain cut across the inside of my head. Given that we were already three months into lockdown, I didn’t think much of the occasional migraine; after all, I’ve had them my whole life, and they tended to get worse […]

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Gov. Polis signs nurse staffing bill but wants to avoid fining noncompliant hospitals

BY: - May 18, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis signed a controversial bill to require minimum numbers of nursing staff at hospitals, but with a big caveat that suggests the new standards won’t be enforced. In a signing statement Wednesday, Polis said fees won’t be levied on noncompliant hospitals for at least the first year the new law is in effect. […]