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The Mountain West has disproportionately high rates of depressive disorders and suicide. Researchers are trying to find out why. Turns out, the mountains themselves might have something to do with it. 

Nearly 8 million people in the U.S. suffer from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. It's a disorder that may lead to lightheadedness or a feeling that the room is spinning. BPPV, the most common vertigo disorder, occurs when the head changes positions, causing calcium carbonate crystals to become loose in the inner ear.

Dr. Carol Foster, an associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine treats people who suffer from dizziness and imbalance.

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Federal regulations require that emergency contraception -- such as the brand Plan B -- be available over the counter. But in Colorado, women may still experience barriers when obtaining it. A team of researchers found the drug was fully accessible at less than a quarter of the pharmacies surveyed in the state.