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Breast cancer is the No. 1 killer of women between the ages of 40 and 49.
Thanks to a grant from the Colorado Women’s Cancer Control Initiative, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is able to screen low-income women for breast and cervical cancer. Continue Reading PPRM gets help detecting breast, cervical cancers

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Pro bono not always glamorous, but necessary

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Tim Shutz says some of his most interesting legal cases have been ones that he volunteered for — including a pro bono death row appeal for an Oklahoma inmate.
So when the Colorado Springs attorney heard about the Supreme Court’s pro bono program, he signed up his firm, agreeing that the attorneys would average 50 donated hours during the year. Continue Reading Pro bono not always glamorous, but necessary

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A high-dose radiation treatment for prostate cancer, available at Penrose Cancer Center, has proven to lower side effects, reduce time in the hospital and lower health care costs for patients.
In a study conducted by Dr. Alan T. Monroe and Dr. Anuj Peddada, brachytherapy for prostate cancer was more easily tolerated by patients with enlarged prostates — a finding that contradicts earlier beliefs about the treatment. Continue Reading High-dose radiation shows benefits for cancer patients

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Chicken with cherry citrus salsa with herb roasted new potatoes is the lunch special. No, it’s not a special meeting for the city’s power brokers — a it’s a typical lunch at both Colorado Springs hospitals.
Plastic trays with microwaved chicken breasts and cold mashed potatoes are a thing of the past. Hospitals are hiring top-notch chefs to collaborate with registered dieticians to bring flair and presentation to hospital dining. Continue Reading Forget everything you ever knew about hospital food

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Colorado Springs’ newest hospital

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Memorial North is the latest addition to Memorial Health System. The campus, located on Briargate Blvd., is 224,000 square feet on 83 acres. Continue Reading Colorado Springs’ newest hospital

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The Pro Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame is facing a lawsuit by one of its members, alleging mismanagement by the board and staff in the wake of the director’s conviction in criminal court.
That case, which might spend years in the courtroom as part of a normal civil docket, could be moved to a faster legal track, thanks to a new “subdocket” now available in El Paso County’s Fourth Judicial District. Continue Reading Commercial docket looking to fast-track civil cases

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Fewer employers are offering health insurance to parents with modest incomes — and the rate has fallen three times faster than offerings to parents who earn more money, according to a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Nationally, only 47 percent of parents earning less than $40,000 a year are offered health insurance through their employer, a 9 percent decline since 1997. Continue Reading Modest income workers losing health care benefits

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Cost of justice

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From minor traffic court appearances to multi-million dollar commercial judgments, Colorado’s courts see more than 750,000 new cases every year — a rate officials say is unsustainable.
“The volume of cases in the courts and probation that I described place burdens on the system that cannot be met by existing judicial resources,” Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey told the legislature in January. “If you conduct business at one of our courts, almost universally you can expect delays that are excessive by anyone’s standards. … Despite our best efforts, we cannot serve the public as well as we should.” Continue Reading Cost of justice

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The costs of health care — and quality information about hospital performance — are difficult to obtain, and are often meaningless, according to a study from the National Center for Policy Analysis.
The study says the only area of health care marketplace where price and quality are easily available is where patients pay for the service themselves. Continue Reading It’s tough to determine the cost of health care

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FMLA tweaks being mulled

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The Department of Labor is reviewing more than 15,500 responses to its call for comments about a 14-year-old law that affects 90 million American workers.
Those comments could lead to changes in the Family Medical Leave Act, which provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for newborns, newly adopted children or to care for a seriously ill family member. In addition, the act allows intermittent leave for illnesses that last at least three days and require a doctor’s visit and a prescription. Continue Reading FMLA tweaks being mulled

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