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Immunization in Colorado

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John Bender wants to make not vaccinating a child in Colorado as socially unacceptable as smoking inside a restaurant.
He’s a doctor and president-elect of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians.
But, it might be a long time until Coloradoans adopt Bender’s philosophy, if recent state rankings are any sort of indication. Continue Reading Immunization in Colorado

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The future of health care clinics:

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MinuteClinic, RediClinic, Take Care, The Little Clinic and SmartCare are among those companies creating “convenient care” clinics.
There were 250 convenient care clinics in the United States at the end of 2006, according to the Convenient Care Association. And despite questions about the safety of the clinics, the numbers are predicted to reach 700 by the end of 2007. Continue Reading The future of health care clinics:

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Apples to apples…

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Charges at Memorial and Penrose are roughly in line with each other, according to a report from the Colorado Hospital Association.
While charges for a particular diagnosis vary, officials at Memorial Health System believe their charges are roughly similar to Penrose-St. Francis Health Center. Continue Reading Apples to apples…

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New era in health care…

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Health care history will be made when Teller County residents walk through the doors of their new 40,000-square-foot full-service hospital.
By 9 a.m. Oct. 1, the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital building will no longer teem with subcontractors, cleaning crews and touch-up painters. Continue Reading New era in health care…

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Public Health and Medicine:

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Both public health and medical providers offer programs and services that address health concerns, while helping to sustain quality of life for our residents. They carry out a common mission: To enable people to live their lives to the fullest. But neither can fully accomplish this mission without the other. There are unique, specialized duties and responsibilities that distinguish public health from health care, but also strengthen our partnership to benefit our community. Continue Reading Public Health and Medicine:

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Evolving bacteria:

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When penicillin became widely available during the Second World War, it was a medical miracle, quickly overcoming the biggest wartime killer — infected wounds. But within four years after drug companies began mass-producing penicillin in 1943, resistant microbes began to appear.
Since 1947, scores of antibiotics have been introduced by drug companies and every one has been compromised by resistant bacteria. Continue Reading Evolving bacteria:

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One night in Bangkok …

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Thailand isn’t known solely for its beaches and brothels – the country is quickly becoming the top destination for face lifts, knee replacement surgeries and organ transplants.
And as health care costs – aided by the escalating costs of malpractice insurance, as well as rising insurance premium rates – skyrocket, more people are booking passages to India, Singapore and other points in Southeast Asia, searching for quality care at better prices. Continue Reading One night in Bangkok …

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina is one of the first U.S-based health insurer to develop a formal relationship with a foreign-based hospital.
The company expects to add 12 additional hospitals to its international network during the next year. Continue Reading BCBS creates relationship with Thai hospital

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Horsing around

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Chloe Cunningham smiles as she’s lifted onto Tom-Tom, puts her feet into the tiny stirrups, and says, “Go!” as loud as her little voice can carry.
She is one of nearly 75 students who are enrolled in an eight-week rehabilitation and physical therapy program that uses horses instead of gym equipment. Part of the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Stables, the 12 horses, five paid staff and hundreds of volunteers help adults and children meet physical therapy goals. Continue Reading Horsing around

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What to look for in a rehab provider

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When people think about rehabilitation, they often think about recovering from amputations, strokes or other significant life-altering medical conditions that require physical therapy. And while they may turn to medications for minor aches and pains, rehab can be beneficial to patients suffering from dizziness or sore extremities, conditions that require occupational therapy treatment.
Physical therapy includes skills such as walking and self-propelling a wheelchair; occupational therapy helps with fine motor skills, such as putting a shirt on and buttoning it. But both can be part of a complete rehabilitation program. The key to successful treatment is for patients to understand that rehab is just one part of “whole” treatment. Continue Reading What to look for in a rehab provider

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