Health Care


Thu May 28, 2015

New Poll Says Colorado Springs Bumps Boulder As The Slimmest

Downtown Colorado Springs Oct.17, 2009.
Jason Miller Creative Commons/Flickr

Colorado Springs residents are the slimmest in the nation, according to polling.

Gallup and Healthways polling found that in 2014, Colorado Springs had the least obese population of any city. Just 19.6 percent of Colorado Springs residents qualify as obese, compared to the highest obesity rate in Baton Rouge Louisiana, where more than a third of the population 35.9 percent, are obese.

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Fri April 10, 2015

In Sprawling Rural Plains, Cancer More Fatal Than In Cities

Tracy Dethlefs and her husband, Shawn Rademacher, raise Angus cattle near Loup City, Nebraska. Sometimes after travelling for cancer treatments they did chores in the dark.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Just over a year ago, Tracy Dethlefs learned she has stage 1 breast cancer. Since then, she estimates she’s charted some 10,000 miles traveling from her farm near Loup City in central Nebraska to area hospitals for treatment. Every surgery, round of chemotherapy and radiation treatment was a road trip.

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Mon March 23, 2015

In Trials, New Targeted Drugs Help Make Cancer Manageable

Polly Rogers, a lung cancer patient in a clinical trial, is checked by Dr. Ross Camidge, head of the lung cancer trials at the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
Mary MacCarthy Special to Rocky Mountain PBS

New and experimental drugs are extending the lives of people with the deadliest forms of cancer. At the University of Colorado Cancer Center in Aurora, Dr. Ross Camidge leads clinical trials for lung cancer, which kills more people each year than breast cancer, colon cancer and pancreatic cancer combined.

Camidge calls them "niche-busters" – targeted therapies that dig deep into the profiles of each individual cancer. Researchers have discovered that just as individual patients have different genetic make-ups, so do their tumors.

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Mon March 9, 2015

Parental Push Over Vaccine Spacing Puts Physicians In A 'Tough Spot'

ZaldyImg Flickr-Creative Commons

Colorado children have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. With a kindergarten measles vaccination rate of only 80 percent, public health officials say it's just a matter of time before an epidemic hits the state.

Much of the debate over vaccinations centers on risks to the general population, as parents opt out due to health concerns and schools end up with many under-vaccinated students. A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado shows that doctors are increasingly getting pushback from parents who want them to space out the normal vaccination schedule, and are struggling to deal with this pressure.

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Tue February 24, 2015

For Better Immunization Rates, Colorado Study Finds That Reminders Matter

A syringe and vaccine
National Institutes of Health

A centralized reminder system may be one way to improve childhood immunization rates, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado School Of Medicine.

Past research has shown that calling parents to remind them their child needs an immunization, or calling them to tell them their child is overdue, is an effective way of increasing immunization rates. This practice is called remind/recall. But there's a problem: only 20 percent of doctor's offices actually do this. Allison Kempe, a doctor and researcher with the Children's Outcomes Research Program at the medical school, ran a trial to see if there was a better way to contact parents who needed these reminders.

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