Public Health

Should vaping have the same rules as smoking in public?

A state measure to ban vaping in public spaces could curb teen use in Southwest Colorado. A revision to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act would add vaping to existing state prohibitions against...

DATE: March 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

As drug use rises, so does the spread of syphilis

Syphilis is spreading nationally and across Colorado among residents using drugs, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Heterosexual syphilis and drug...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survey: Coloradans skipping health care because of high cost

Durangoans Jan and Greg Phillips paid more than $24,000 in health care premiums last year for insurance they purchased through Rocky Mountain Health Plans. “Each year it keeps getting worse,” Jan...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill aims to lower state health exchange costs by 30 percent

A bill pending in the Colorado Legislature could lower insurance premiums for those who purchase insurance through the state health exchange. In La Plata County, about 3,000 people purchased...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suicide survivor finds healing in art at Ignacio community center

IGNACIO – Bonnie Woodward’s depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are the result of a house fire, the loss of a child, physical abuse and other trauma. The trauma and poor mental health...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students learn to cope with crisis by focusing on strengths

While crafting decorations for a Tree of Life mural in a shared cafeteria, Big Picture High School students encouraged The Juniper School elementary students to think about how they deal with...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health care forum focuses on solutions to rising cost

Health care is complicated, but one thing is obvious: It costs too much. That was the consensus Saturday at the Durango Public Library where The Durango Herald hosted a forum to discuss how...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s the life expectancy in your neighborhood?

Life expectancy varies by more than 15 years based on where residents live in La Plata County. Poverty, race, education, income, transportation, available health care, shifting demographics and...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health care forum to be held Saturday in Durango

Colorado’s health care costs are rising. Insurance options, particularly on the Western Slope, are dwindling. And insurance premiums in mountain communities are among the highest in the nation. In...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why are vaccination rates for children lagging in Southwest Colorado?

Children in Southwest Colorado are less likely to have all the vaccinations required by law compared with their peers in other areas of Colorado, according to a new report released by Children’s...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County reconsiders new septic regulations

Montezuma County Commissioners are reconsidering a new regulation they previously approved that prevents nonfunctioning septic systems. The commissioners voted 3-0 to put a six-month moratorium on...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High School students learn about suicide prevention

Animas High School students educated community members Monday about the importance of relationships in suicide prevention and the promotion of mental health. “Nobody is exempted from the right to...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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