Single-payer health care on 2016 ballot in Colorado

DENVER – Colorado voters in 2016 will have a chance to weigh in on whether to implement a single-payer health care system. ColoradoCare was certified with ease, according to the Secretary of...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Whooping cough is on the rise

Pertussis is on the rise in La Plata County, and San Juan Basin Health Department is cautioning residents to get their vaccines or booster shots. Since January, 20 cases have been diagnosed in La...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

State obesity rates hold steady

NEW YORK – New government data shows that in most states, the rate of adult obesity is not moving. Results from a telephone survey show obesity rates stayed about the same in 45 states last year....

DATE: Sept. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Children’s Hospital alert for enterovirus recurrence

Children’s Hospital Colorado is heightening its surveillance for enterovirus D68 to quickly detect any circulation of the virus that last summer and fall caused a devastating nationwide outbreak of...

DATE: July 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Helping out mothers

A hike to raise awareness of postpartum depression and other maternity-related mental illnesses drew 23 supporters and a dozen kids Sunday. The Climb Out of the Darkness event raised $1,539...

DATE: June 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Helping a surgeon’s hand

Mistakes are usually not encouraged in school, but as Animas High School students took turns using a robotic arm to grind away the surface of a model knee joint, surgeons encouraged them to take...

DATE: June 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Health

NIH: Major study finds earlier HIV treatment improves health

WASHINGTON – A major international study sought to settle how soon is best to start HIV treatment – and the advice is don’t delay. People who started anti-AIDS drugs while their immune system was...

DATE: May 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Mental-health counselors boost care for kids

Depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder and temper tantrums are among issues that come to doctors at Pediatric Partners of the Southwest. But now they have on-site professional backup...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health-care revival

SILVERTON – The cyclical availability of health care in this small mountain town is on the upswing again, an observer of more than 50 years said last week. Lois MacKenzie, a registered nurse and...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nursing comes home

When Rick Cragg was wheeled into Four Corners Health Care Center after spinal surgery, he promised himself that he would walk out. It was a goal his surgeon never expected the 64-year-old to...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Here is your chance to install energy shields, contact departed

The WholeExpo, an annual assemblage of holistic healers and practitioners of arcane crafts, is returning to the La Plata County Fairgrounds this weekend for the 19th year. In excess of 90...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Holes in health care

The safety net of health-care services in La Plata County has big holes. Area residents are going without critical mental-health, substance-abuse, dental and primary care because of a lack of...

DATE: July 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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