Public Health

Health experts: Be smart, get flu shot

Flu season has quickly arrived, and for Leslie Blood, a media studies professor at Fort Lewis College, she waisted no time getting inoculated this week. “My husband is getting his, and he wanted me...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

FLC health staff receives Ebola response training

Health workers at Fort Lewis College are receiving up-to-date training on how to recognize and respond to someone with Ebola. Mitch Davis, spokesman for Fort Lewis College, said via email that FLC...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

City calmly prepares for Ebola

Durango is a far-flung mountain town without a subway, much less an international airport. But it’s one flight away from Dallas, the epicenter of Ebola in America. Local physicians, health-care...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health worker 2nd in U.S. to get Ebola

DALLAS – A “breach of protocol” at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health-care worker with the deadly virus, and other...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

AIDS remains a silent killer

Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the classic-rock band Queen, was 45 when he died of complications from AIDS. American rapper and hip-hop artist Eazy-E was 31 when he died of complications from...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nut-free campus requested for AHS

Severe allergic reaction of several students at Animas High School to nuts – fresh or in food products – has brought a request from the administration that no nuts be brought to campus. “We have...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Herculean’ task awaits health panel

DENVER – Members of a commission created to study the cost of health care in Colorado agreed Friday they shouldn’t let political ailments cripple the goals of the study group. The newly-formed,...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some health-insurance rates are down

DENVER – The glass is either half-empty or half-full with Colorado health-insurance rates, depending on the type of coverage. The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative just completed an analysis of...

DATE: July 28, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Risking the herd

Thanks to declining rates of vaccination, deadly diseases once thought vanquished are resurging in startling numbers. In Durango, pertussis – a highly contagious bacterial respiratory disease that...

DATE: July 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Funding available for new health centers

The federal government is making funding available for new community health centers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services could award $100 million in grants for new centers in Colorado...

DATE: July 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Good news for teen birth rates

A health initiative that increased access to birth control dropped teen birth rates by 40 percent statewide over the past four years. La Plata County also saw the level of teen births decrease...

DATE: July 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

VA employees were told to falsify records at clinic

DENVER – Employees at a veterans medical clinic in Fort Collins were instructed to falsify records to make it appear patients were getting appointments close to the day requested, government...

DATE: May 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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