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Medical marijuana application process changes

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Due to the ever-increasing numbers of applications, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment has changed the way it will receive dropped-off applications at its Denver offices. Medical marijuana applications must now be in sealed envelopes. Clerks will no longer provide receipts or review applications at the time they are dropped off. That’s because they… Continue Reading Medical marijuana application process changes

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Fewer people are smoking in Colorado, but health officials say more work is needed to combat tobacco use in the state. Annual cigarette consumption dropped from 67 packs per capita during 2001 to 46.3 during 2008, lower than the national average of 63.4. Among high school students, smoking declined from 14.6 percent during 2006 to… Continue Reading Tobacco use levels out for Colorado adults

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Waste diversion and recycling grants available

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is accepting grant applications for $1.1 million in waste diversion and recycling projects in Colorado. The application deadline is March 3. But there’s a catch: The grant, approved by the legislature during 2007, is scheduled to end June 30. If the sunset provision of the law isn’t… Continue Reading Waste diversion and recycling grants available

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is leaving clarification of the “significant provider” clauses of the medical marijuana constitutional amendment up to the state’s court system and the General Assembly. The department recently had to rescind a ruling that defined the responsibility a caregiver has for a medical marijuana patient, after its language conflicted… Continue Reading Dept. of health to let lawmakers, courts define ‘caregiver’ for marijuana distribution

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Quitline funding burning up

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A public/private partnership might have come up with a way to reignite the services of the state-run Quitline. The Colorado Quitline, a free smoking cessation program from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, took a 50-percent cut and will only provide services to the uninsured, Medicaid recipients and pregnant women, starting Jan. 1.… Continue Reading Quitline funding burning up

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H1N1 vaccinations arrive this week

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El Paso County will begin to receive the first doses of H1N1 flu vaccination by the end of this week. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is distributing an initial 53,800 doses of the vaccination that are part of 2 million doses distributed nationally. By the end of flu season, Colorado should receive 1 million… Continue Reading H1N1 vaccinations arrive this week

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ER visits up, doctors consider incoming H1N1 tide

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Colorado Springs hospitals have seen an increase in patients with H1N1 symptoms — up as much as 30 percent each day at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.  And, while doctors at the city’s other hospital system, Memorial Health System, also say they’ve seen a significant jump in ER visits, doctors at both hospitals say they can… Continue Reading ER visits up, doctors consider incoming H1N1 tide

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Colorado flu hospitalizations grow

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The state has seen increasing numbers of hospitalizations because of influenza-like illnesses – particularly along the Front Range and in Denver. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting 171 flu-related hospitalizations from Sept. 5 to Sept. 19. So far, nearly all the current influenza viruses tracked by the department are H1N1, but… Continue Reading Colorado flu hospitalizations grow

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Colorado teenagers have the nation’s highest rate of immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its first report that examines state by state immunization rates, the CDC said that 63 percent of Colorado teenagers received the Tdap shot, compared with 40 percent nationwide. Other immunizations measured… Continue Reading Colorado teen vaccination rate better than national average

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is urging schools and daycare centers to take precautions to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu.

Two people in Colorado – both in the Denver area – have been confirmed to have the flu. More than 300 schools and daycares nationwide have been closed because of the flu.

Employees of daycares and schools should watch for signs and symptoms of flu: a fever higher than 100 degrees, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache and body aches, fatigue, and possibly vomiting and diarrhea.

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