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The hidden epidemic

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Colorado Springs gastroenterologist Dr. Scot Lewey said celiac disease — gluten sensitivity — affects one in 100 people worldwide. Yet, the disease is commonly missed or misdiagnosed.
More than 250 symptoms are associated with celiac disease, Lewey said. He defined celiac disease as “gluten intolerance determined through diagnostic criteria and a known response rate in relation to a gluten-free diet.” Continue Reading The hidden epidemic

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John DiCola: yesterday and today

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Rising health care costs are being driven by a range of factors, including the need to keep pace with new technologies, demand for modern and up-to-date facilities, the limited supply of health care professionals, disparities in health care coverage and access and an increasingly informed consumer’s interest. Continue Reading John DiCola: yesterday and today

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Advocating for public health

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Those in our community who closely follow Colorado’s illustrious history are probably familiar with the prominence of tuberculosis dating back to the 1800s and extending to the early 20th century. Colorado’s clean air, dry climate, high altitude and picturesque views made our state inviting to many TB-stricken individuals. Continue Reading Advocating for public health

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Keeping a pulse on communications

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As legislators and consumers push for transparency in the health care industry, the need for savvy health care communications departments is as clear as a glass-bottom boat.
“There is a movement among hospitals to be more transparent and to provide information about quality,” said Rita Burns, vice president of communications and marketing for Memorial Health Systems. ““We have a responsibility to the community, and our No. 1 priority is safety.”
That priority precedes another — reputation. Continue Reading Keeping a pulse on communications

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When no one wants to hear about it

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In December, the federal government announced the launch of a $1 million public service campaign focused on reducing the stigma of mental illness. It’s a boon to industry public relations professionals.
According to the news release, national mental health associations say millions of Americans do not seek treatment for mental illnesses like depression or bipolar disease because they are embarrassed or afraid. Continue Reading When no one wants to hear about it

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David Corder opened Perfect Fit Wellness Center in January 2005 with a five-year business plan focused on expansion. As he approaches year No. 3, Corder is ahead of schedule with an ahead-of-its-time concept.
Corder has expanded his 1,800-square-foot center on the outskirts of Falcon to 7,500 square feet, amid a design that ensures members’ health needs are covered — from head to toe. Continue Reading Wellness center on the plains ahead of the rest

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The state of emergency — hospital EDs

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Overcrowded EDs and long wait times are common predictors of people leaving before they are treated. The IOM reported that about 1.9 million patients left the ED in 2003 before they were seen. About 1.2 million patients awaiting further treatment left against medical advice. Continue Reading The state of emergency — hospital EDs

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“I think people who take the time to understand that every action has a reaction, that everything we do during the course of our life influences our future will understand the basic, simplistic chiropractic message.”
-Dr. Fran Palmer, Palmer Chiropractic Continue Reading Chiropractic care: realigning insurance and adjusting for the future

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Baby boomers are driving change in health care

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The Dallas Morning News ran a story in early September about working baby boomers who are caring for aging parents. According to the article, Texas Instruments is “on the leading edge of businesses that help employees who are caring for older relatives.” It’s just one example of how industry, especially health care, will have to adapt as the post-World War II generation embraces their golden years. Continue Reading Baby boomers are driving change in health care

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For a community of people

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Seamen who could not find adequate health care in port cities where they landed were the impetus for creating a public health system in the United States. Over the centuries, the public health system evolved and expanded, but responding to the needs of a community of people remains the core of its existence.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site, in 1798, Congress established a network of hospitals in various American port cities to provide health care to the men who traveled the seas for trade and security purposes. The first federally controlled health system was called the Marine Hospital Service. In 1902, it was renamed the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service. Continue Reading For a community of people

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