Health Care

5:00am

Tue November 25, 2014
Health

Death With Dignity Movement Sweeping Nation, Colorado Part Of The Wave

A map showing states considering legislation on physician-assisted suicide.
Compassion and Choices

This fall, the highly publicized death of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old with terminal brain cancer who decided to end her life, brought the "right to die" movement a lot of attention.

Anne Singer, campaigns communications manager at the group Compassion and Choices, which advocates for death with dignity, as it is sometimes called, said the public response has been astonishing.

"Nothing like this has ever happened to our organization before. Our website crashed…the momentum is definitely picking up."

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2:58pm

Tue November 18, 2014
LGBT Health

Colorado Transgender Community Continues To See Health Disparities

One Colorado, the state's largest LGBT advocacy group, says transgender Coloradans face a higher level of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts than the general population.
One Colorado

While the physical health of Colorado's transgender population is similar to the general population, their mental health outcomes are drastically different. It's just one of a series of key findings in a survey produced by One Colorado in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the LGBT Center of Colorado, Denver Health, and the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado Denver.

As Colorado's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group, One Colorado said social and health disparities continue to exist for the state's LGBT Community overall.

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7:55am

Tue October 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

With Obamacare, More Millennials Are Going To The Doctor, Sort Of

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:45 am

I write about health and health care, but even I'm not immune to the "young and invincible" mentality. My annual dental checkup is more than six months overdue.

A provision of the Affordable Care Act that took effect in 2010 aimed to make it easier for young adults to access preventive care by allowing them to stay on their parents' insurance until they turn 26. As of 2011, some 3 million young adults gained coverage through this provision.

So does this mean more young people are getting their annual checkups and cholesterol screenings?

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2:36am

Mon October 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

In The Hospital, A Bad Translation Can Destroy A Life

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 6:58 am

Dr. Angela Alday talks with Isidro Hernandes, via a Spanish-speaking interpreter, Armando Jimenez. Both patient and doctor say they much prefer an in-person interpreter to one on the phone.
Jeff Schilling Courtesy of Tuality Healthcare

Translating from one language to another is a tricky business, and when it comes to interpreting between a doctor and patient, the stakes are even higher.

Consider the story of 18-year-old baseball player Willie Ramirez.

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5:00am

Mon October 20, 2014
Health

New Advocacy Group Wants To Make Colorado Healthier, Starting At The State Capitol

Members of the CU hiking club practicing yoga atop Mt. Oxford
Zach Dischner Creative Commons/Flickr

A new Colorado nonprofit will soon venture into the halls of the state capitol advocating for policy change in health care.

Healthier Colorado officially launched in September, kicking off their efforts with a listening tour of eight Colorado cities.

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