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Bringing drugs to marketplace no easy task

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Every time a person pops a pill or takes a puff of an inhaler, he or she likely isn’t thinking about how many people and how much money went into researching that medicine.
There are five steps a drug must go through before it is available to the public. On average, it takes about eight-and-a-half years to study and test a new drug, according the Food and Drug Administration. It also costs drug companies millions of dollars. Continue Reading Bringing drugs to marketplace no easy task

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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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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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Business leaders are being invited to be a part of one of the most exciting health care events of the season, The Event! 2007 — Hearts of Gold Reception.
The gala, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 12 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., will honor volunteer physicians. Continue Reading Event recognizes volunteer physicians and their impact

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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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El Paso County appears to have developed a unique and effective solution to this endemic problem in America’s health care system. Continue Reading Partnership addresses health care needs of the vulnerable

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Local governments often use national “healthy city” rankings to attract new residents, businesses and tourists.
Often, cities at the top of the list use these rankings to tout their desirability to people looking to relocate, visitors and businesses. Colorado Springs has been ranked in the top 20 in several of these surveys. Continue Reading Health Department is vital partner in community

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While a great many U.S. communities continue to look to the federal government or other outside agencies to help with today’s health care challenges – or worse, bury their heads in the sand – El Paso County’s health care leaders have seized the opportunity to work on those challenges by using a combination of information technology, best practices and a collaborative spirit. Continue Reading Health partnership leads charge for positive change

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Medical Pavilion at Briargate breaks ground

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Located across from the new Memorial Hospital North, Healthcare Realty Trust’s two-building, 170,000-square-foot office Medical Pavilion complex officially broke ground this month.
The move represents the firm’s entry into Colorado. The publicly-traded real estate investment trust which focuses on medical and outpatient facilities reported a portfolio net worth of $826 million in 2006. It currently manages or holds 249 medical properties in 28 states across the country. Continue Reading Medical Pavilion at Briargate breaks ground

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