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This flu season, vaccine appears to be plentiful

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The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, in partnership with the El Paso County Flu Coalition, is encouraging residents of the Pikes Peak region to get flu shots to safeguard against the seasonal illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 100 million doses of influenza vaccine will be distributed nationwide in preparation for the 2006-07 flu season. Flu shots can be obtained at designated clinics, doctors’ offices, grocery stores and some pharmacies. A comprehensive list of local flu vaccination clinics, locations and dates can be found on the Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition Web site, www.immunizecolorado.com. Continue Reading This flu season, vaccine appears to be plentiful

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Go Red luncheon focuses on women, heart disease

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In an effort to educate Colorado Springs about the risk of heart disease in women, the American Heart Association is hosting its fourth annual Go Red for Women Education Day, presented by Memorial Health System.
The event and luncheon will be held Nov. 3. The goal is to provide women with the knowledge they need combat cancer, as well as to provide them with resources about protecting their health. Continue Reading Go Red luncheon focuses on women, heart disease

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RMCC opens two offices in Colorado Springs

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Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers is partnering with the physicians of Cancer Center of Colorado Springs and will have two locations in Colorado Springs: 3027 N. Circle Drive and 320 E. Fontanero St., Suite 200.
The sites will comprise Colorado Springs’ largest provider of cancer care. Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers-Colorado Springs will care for about 11,000 patients this year, and will include 12 oncologists and 90 support staff. Continue Reading RMCC opens two offices in Colorado Springs

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COPIC Insurance Co. — which covers more than 80 percent of privately insured Colorado physicians — has announced that there will be no overall rate increase in its physician medical malpractice coverage for 2007.
Trends in claims losses will drive rate decreases in some medical specialties and increases in others. Continue Reading No malpractice rate increase in Colorado for 2007

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Springs groups serving young people get grants

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Two Colorado Springs youth organizations have received grants from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment.
The grant, part of a $2.3 million Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program, went to 72 youth-serving organizations offering programs in 32 Colorado counties.
Project Redirect received $32,889 from the agency. The group is part of the El Paso County Department of Human Services and is a community collaboration project designed to address the problems of servicing multi-system and multi-problem pre-teen and teenagers. Continue Reading Springs groups serving young people get grants

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State health department receives bioterror grant

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will receive a federal grant of $7.2 million for a bioterrorism hospital preparedness program.
The money will be used across the state to develop medical surge capacity and capability to deal with mass casualty events.
“With the attention given to the public health dangers of avian influenza and bioterrorism threats, this funding will go a long way in preparing Colorado hospitals in the event that an emergency arises,” Sen. Wayne Allard said. Continue Reading State health department receives bioterror grant

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Health care organizations prompted to think power

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The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has issued an alert that urges health care organizations to pay attention to how emergency power systems can fail, and recommends steps to keep patients safe in the event of a disaster or other major event.
Reports after the 2001 floods in Houston, the 2003 blackout in the Northeast and hurricanes that have hammered the Southeast during the past two years show how severely clinical operations can be affected in health care organizations that lose their electrical power. The alert brings the reality of these risks to the attention of the nation’s health care organizations, and offers solutions to avoiding adverse patient care events during electrical power failures. Continue Reading Health care organizations prompted to think power

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U.S. News and World Report’s annual “best” list for cardiac care left out some lesser known – but excellent – hospitals, according to a study from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
The study, which compares the news magazine’s results to JCAHO’s research, finds that more hospitals should make the “best” list — and that some hospitals which didn’t make the list actually performed better. Continue Reading JCAHO study questions ‘best’ facility designation

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Performance enhancing drugs alarm physicians

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Results from a national survey of 758 physicians indicate that an overwhelming majority would support laws that provide random drug testing of high school student athletes for performance enhancing drugs.
The survey was conducted by HCD Research and Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, in response to media reports about world-class athletes who have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Continue Reading Performance enhancing drugs alarm physicians

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The Colorado Board of Pharmacy has suspended Western States Pharmacy for selling medication over the Internet without an appropriate prescription.
The board also filed a notice of charges against Wendell Almeida, the pharmacist’s manager, following an investigation conducted by the board.
“Pharmaceutical sales over the Internet can be subject to widespread abuse,” Attorney General John Suthers said. “Our investigation of Western States Pharmacy revealed that their manager dispensed an unauthorized prescription received over the Internet without getting proper approval from a doctor.” Continue Reading State shutters pharmacy because of Internet sale

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