Doctors Under the Influence of Dollars

Nearly 95 percent of U.S. physicians accept gifts, meals, payments, travel and other services from companies that make the drugs and medical products they prescribe, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. This common practice has been a concern for decades due to the demonstrated impact such gifts have on the physician’s choice of […]

July 22 / 2014
Author Linda Chalat
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Keeping Alzheimer’s Victims Safe

This past Friday, Lakewood police issued a senior alert for a 65-year-old man who has Alzheimer’s. The missing persons report is the second in the past month involving a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. It is a frightening development, but not uncommon. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that six in ten people with dementia will wander. The […]

July 18 / 2014
Author Linda Chalat
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Colorado Tourists Are Victims of Lightning Strikes

This weekend, lightning killed two visitors at Rocky Mountain National Park and injured the companions. The first strike took place on Friday and the death was the first caused by lightning this year in Colorado, according to the National Weather Service. The victim was a female visitor from Ohio. Then on Saturday, a man died […]

July 16 / 2014
Author Linda Chalat
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Floods Not Necessary for Drowning Danger

Two bodies were pulled from the Colorado River last Saturday, one near Rifle and one in Grand County near its border with Eagle County. These two deaths are added to the 11 people who have drowned in open water in Colorado since May. The death toll underscores how it doesn’t take a major flood to […]

July 10 / 2014
Author Linda Chalat
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Colorado Hospitals Penalized Over Care Quality

Sixteen of Colorado’s 46 hospitals that take Medicare patients are likely to face penalties related to the quality of care they provide, one of the worst penalty rates in the nation, according to preliminary federal data. The hospitals projected to receive penalties in Colorado include four Centura hospitals and four HealthOne hospitals, according to the […]

July 08 / 2014

Keep Fireworks Fun

On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 […]

July 03 / 2014
Author Linda Chalat
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