In all, the health report card shows a mixed bag for Colorado. Where the state has dedicated resources there have been some improvements.
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The number of homeless Californians under age 24 keeps rising, and many aren't getting the physical and mental health care they need, teen advocates say. Mobile clinics are trying to fill the gaps.
The #catmageddon ad pretty much blew the doors off the Grammys. Now the question is whether the fact that secondhand smoke can cause cancer in cats will persuade young adults to stop smoking.
Autism treatment specialists say that by focusing rigidly on scientific evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force could make it harder for children to get early intervention for autism.
"Rarely do we see a health metric that moves so quickly and is so widespread," said Tamara Keeney, a policy analyst at the Colorado Health Institute.
Millions of people take proton pump inhibitors. But the drugs can increase the risk of infections, bone fractures and kidney problems. And trying to stop the drugs can make symptoms much worse.
Earlier research found that people in a messy work area were less likely to choose healthy snacks. Now a study hints that a cluttered kitchen might make those who feel out of control eat more sweets.
"So many city employees touch the general population and could play a role in spotting issues," said Don Mares, executive director of Denver’s Department of Human Services.
- Universities are setting standards for volunteer global health programs in developing countries — so both the student and the local people can have a good experience.Read More
- The feds propose taking a page out of Covered California's book and moving to a simplified marketplace for health insurance.Read More
A Colorado musician wrote a deeply personal string quartet to make listeners think about postpartum mental health.
- Blood alcohol levels match well with a person's impairment. But the THC in marijuana doesn't move around the body the same way, so blood tests can miss people who are stoned.Read More
- Discovery of Zika virus in the saliva and urine of infected people is concerning but may not mean the pathogen can actually be transmitted through those fluids, experts caution.Read More