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What is the relationship between public health and health care in our community? The answer is “partnership.” The overall health of our community depends on collaborative efforts between El Paso County Public Health (population focused) and our local health care providers (patient focused). Both public health and medical providers offer programs and services that address… Continue Reading Public health, medicine is an essential partnership

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Technology at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is helping Jill Wirthlin regain her life one step at a time. Wirthlin, a mother of four children under the age of 7, suffered a major heart attack and subsequent brain damage just before Thanksgiving. Doctors kept her in a medically induced coma for three weeks, and a few days… Continue Reading Tech, toys helping rehabilitation patients in recovery

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Toni Green: Snowboarding cancer surgeon

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Dr. Toni Green finds it hard, impossible really, to maintain any distance from her patients. A surgeon who recently opened a new practice associated with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Green specializes in the type of surgeries that breast cancer patients undergo. “I chose this type of surgery because it allows me to build a relationship… Continue Reading Toni Green: Snowboarding cancer surgeon

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Foes target Colorado’s new hospital fee

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Less than two years ago, the Colorado hospital fee passed with much fanfare and to the great relief of the state’s hospitals. The fee is expected to bring in more than $800 million for Medicaid to provide insurance for the state’s poor and indigent. It would allow thousands of children to be seen by doctors… Continue Reading Foes target Colorado’s new hospital fee

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By Sylvia Hsieh Dolan Media Newswires BOSTON, MA — Once again, controversial reporting rules that require liability insurers to inform Medicare of personal injury settlements have been postponed — and plaintiffs’ lawyers are hoping the delay will encourage settlements. The reporting requirements, which implicate Medicare’s right as the secondary payer for an injured recipient’s medical… Continue Reading Will postponement of Medicare reporting speed up PI settlements?

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Colo. pushes ahead to create exchanges

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Colorado is moving closer to the establishment of the health insurance exchanges mandated under the sweeping reforms passed this year. Required by federal law to be in place by 2014, the exchanges are a new tool that will add a measure of competition in health care and, if they live up to their billing, drive… Continue Reading Colo. pushes ahead to create exchanges

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John Crandall has provided health insurance to his five employees for years and next year, for the first time, the owner of Old Town Bike Shop will finally get some credit for it. Not just from his employees, but from the federal government when he files his income taxes for 2010. The new health care… Continue Reading Credits will pay bosses who pay for worker insurance

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Together in the fight against obesity

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Everyone from Michele Obama to the American Heart Association is worried about obesity. While Colorado remains the thinnest state in the country, its obesity rates are growing faster than the rest of the nation. If current trends continue, it is estimated that 76 percent of the state’s population will be obese or overweight by 2020,… Continue Reading Together in the fight against obesity

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Unique climate

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Life more than a mile above sea level has its benefits: the air is clean, the sun shines more than 300 days a year and dramatic mountain views abound. On the flip side, however, Colorado’s high plateau climate means drying winds, increased skin damage from UVA and UVB rays, and a higher incidence of skin cancer.
Add these factors to ordinary cases of skin rash, psoriasis, acne, burns and infections and the stage is set for high demand for medical dermatology services in the Pikes Peak region Continue Reading Unique climate

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West Nile virus

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El Paso County has benefited from a generous amount of moisture this past spring resulting in rich plant growth; brimming lakes, ponds and streams; and a picturesque landscape fitting of our — Colorful Colorado notoriety.
Unseasonably wet conditions also have created undesirable water sources that could attract some uninvited and possibly harmful creatures during the summer— namely, mosquitoes. Regions and properties with standing or untreated water make ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes that might carry West Nile virus (WNV), a potentially serious disease transmitted to people via mosquito bites after the insects have fed on infected birds. Continue Reading West Nile virus

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