Health

5:00am

Tue February 12, 2013
Health

Despite Strides, Dental Care Eludes Many Medicade-Eligible Youth

Torrie Smith, 3, left, holds an apple at their home in Denver on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Torrie's parents talked about their experience getting dental treatment through Medicaid for Torrie after she fell and broke four front teeth.
Joe Mahoney I-News

When she was 3, Torrie Smith tripped on an uneven sidewalk, fell face down onto some steps and broke four front teeth.

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2:56pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Need A Price For A Hip Operation? Good Luck With That

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 7:44 am

If you bought this 1954 Buick when it was new, the price was just about as mysterious as it is today for hip replacement surgery.
Hugo90 Flickr

Let's say your 62-year-old granny is feeling creaky. One of her hips has been giving her trouble, and her doctor tells her it's time to get it replaced with an implant.

There's a catch. Grandma isn't old enough for Medicare and she doesn't have health insurance. She does, however, have a stack of cash in the bank and is willing to pay for surgery right away.

So how much will it cost her?

Who knows. Seriously.

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10:33am

Mon February 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

U.S. Fertility Rates Fall To All-Time Low

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 12:08 pm

NPR

Here we go again.

The rate at which American women are having babies fell by 1 percent in 2011, continuing a decline that's been under way for years.

There were 63.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2011 (the lowest on record), compared with 64.1 in 2010 and 66.2 in 2009.

A deeper look at the numbers reveals some other noteworthy trends.

Births to teenagers hit another low — 31.3 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19, down from 34.2 in 2010.

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7:30am

Mon February 11, 2013
Safety

Put A Lid On It: Helmet Use Reducing Brain Injuries On The Slopes

Sonny Joel Flock waves at his friend moments before a major ski crash at Arapahoe Basin two years ago
courtesy of Sonny Joel Flock and Kyle Hoehn

1:38am

Mon February 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Parents Can Learn To Tame A Testy Teenager

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 9:41 am

Brad McDonald and his 14-year-old daughter, Madalyn, are working to understand each other during her teenage years.
Courtesy of Brad McDonald

If you're the parent of a teenager, this may sound familiar: "Leave me alone! Get out of my face!" Maybe you've had a door slammed on you. And maybe you feel like all of your interactions are arguments.

Kim Abraham, a therapist in private practice in Michigan, specializes in helping teens and parents cope with anger. She also contributes regularly to the online newsletter Empowering Parents. Abraham says, for starters, don't take it personally.

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