<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:41:03 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Gov. Inslee signs recreational marijuana reform bill]]> http://gazette.com/gov.-inslee-signs-recreational-marijuana-reform-bill/article/feed/248272?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gov.-inslee-signs-recreational-marijuana-reform-bill/article/feed/248272?custom_click=rss

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's recreational marijuana law has a new tax structure under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The new law eliminates the current three-tier tax structure and replaces it with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale — a change sought by the legal-pot industry. To encourage more cities and counties to allow marijuana businesses, the bill directs the state to share pot revenue with jurisdictions that do so. It also allows them to adopt more flexible zoning for where pot grows and stores can be located.

The passage of Initiative 502 in 2012 allowed the sale of marijuana to adults for recreational use at licensed stores, which started opening last year.

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]]> OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's recreational marijuana law has a new tax structure under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The new law eliminates the current three-tier tax structure and replaces it with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale — a change sought by the legal-pot industry. To encourage more cities and counties to allow marijuana businesses, the bill directs the state to share pot revenue with jurisdictions that do so. It also allows them to adopt more flexible zoning for where pot grows and stores can be located.

The passage of Initiative 502 in 2012 allowed the sale of marijuana to adults for recreational use at licensed stores, which started opening last year.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:16:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Community Health reaches $20 million overbilling settlement]]> http://gazette.com/community-health-reaches-20-million-overbilling-settlement/article/feed/248138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/community-health-reaches-20-million-overbilling-settlement/article/feed/248138?custom_click=rss INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indiana's largest health and hospital networks reached a $20.3 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations of overbilling the Medicaid and Medicare programs for surgeries, the U.S. attorney announced Tuesday.

Community Health Network, which operates eight hospitals in Indianapolis, Anderson and Kokomo, and more than 200 care sites in and around those cities, referred patients to outside surgery centers to save them money but then billed Medicare and Medicaid as if the surgeries were performed at its own hospitals, according to Josh Minkler, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.

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]]> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indiana's largest health and hospital networks reached a $20.3 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations of overbilling the Medicaid and Medicare programs for surgeries, the U.S. attorney announced Tuesday.

Community Health Network, which operates eight hospitals in Indianapolis, Anderson and Kokomo, and more than 200 care sites in and around those cities, referred patients to outside surgery centers to save them money but then billed Medicare and Medicaid as if the surgeries were performed at its own hospitals, according to Josh Minkler, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:01:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Alabama prison inmate tests positive for tuberculosis]]> http://gazette.com/alabama-prison-inmate-tests-positive-for-tuberculosis/article/feed/248256?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alabama-prison-inmate-tests-positive-for-tuberculosis/article/feed/248256?custom_click=rss ELMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Department of Corrections officials say an inmate at a facility in Elmore has been quarantined after testing positive for tuberculosis.

Corrections spokesman Bob Horton told WSFA-TV on Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1LGxnRN ) an inmate at the Staton Correctional Facility tested positive for tuberculosis weeks ago and is being treated in an infirmary.

CDC officials say tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that typically attack the lungs. Officials say tuberculosis usually spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Horton says all Staton inmates have been tested by the Alabama Department of Public Health and no additional cases have been reported.

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]]> ELMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Department of Corrections officials say an inmate at a facility in Elmore has been quarantined after testing positive for tuberculosis.

Corrections spokesman Bob Horton told WSFA-TV on Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1LGxnRN ) an inmate at the Staton Correctional Facility tested positive for tuberculosis weeks ago and is being treated in an infirmary.

CDC officials say tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that typically attack the lungs. Officials say tuberculosis usually spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Horton says all Staton inmates have been tested by the Alabama Department of Public Health and no additional cases have been reported.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:46:11 -0600 <![CDATA[What's next for California's contentious vaccine law]]> http://gazette.com/whats-next-for-californias-contentious-vaccine-law/article/feed/247967?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/whats-next-for-californias-contentious-vaccine-law/article/feed/247967?custom_click=rss

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.

The following is a look at what the new law means for the nation's most populous state:

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WHAT PROMPTED THE BILL

After a measles outbreak at Disneyland in December sickened over 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico, Democratic Sens. Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa Monica introduced the bill, designed to raise immunization rates in under-vaccinated pockets of the state.

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]]> SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.

The following is a look at what the new law means for the nation's most populous state:

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WHAT PROMPTED THE BILL

After a measles outbreak at Disneyland in December sickened over 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico, Democratic Sens. Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa Monica introduced the bill, designed to raise immunization rates in under-vaccinated pockets of the state.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:32:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Former death row inmate died of rare salivary gland cancer]]> http://gazette.com/former-death-row-inmate-died-of-rare-salivary-gland-cancer/article/feed/248227?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-death-row-inmate-died-of-rare-salivary-gland-cancer/article/feed/248227?custom_click=rss LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man who spent 30 years on Nebraska's death row for two cult murders died of a rare cancer in his salivary glands, according to a death certificate obtained Tuesday.

A death certificate released to The Associated Press lists the cause of death for Michael Ryan as "metastatic carcinoma of parotid gland origin." Ryan died May 24 at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in southeast Nebraska.

He was convicted in the 1985 torture and killing of 25-year-old James Thimm at a farm near Rulo, where Ryan led a cult, and in the beating death of Luke Stice, the 5-year-old son of a cult member. He was sentenced to death in September 1985.

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]]> LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man who spent 30 years on Nebraska's death row for two cult murders died of a rare cancer in his salivary glands, according to a death certificate obtained Tuesday.

A death certificate released to The Associated Press lists the cause of death for Michael Ryan as "metastatic carcinoma of parotid gland origin." Ryan died May 24 at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in southeast Nebraska.

He was convicted in the 1985 torture and killing of 25-year-old James Thimm at a farm near Rulo, where Ryan led a cult, and in the beating death of Luke Stice, the 5-year-old son of a cult member. He was sentenced to death in September 1985.

State Sen.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:31:40 -0600 <![CDATA[New laws taking effect Wednesday impact drivers, smokers]]> http://gazette.com/new-laws-taking-effect-wednesday-impact-drivers-smokers/article/feed/248222?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-laws-taking-effect-wednesday-impact-drivers-smokers/article/feed/248222?custom_click=rss BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they'll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record.

Those changes are among the new state laws that take effect July 1, along with a new 50-cent-per-pack tax hike on cigarette smokers and scaled-back tax breaks for businesses.

Wednesday marks the beginning of a new state budget year, so many of the laws that hit the books impact the state's finances.

CHANGES FOR DRIVERS

Previously, drivers had to renew their licenses in Louisiana every four years. But lawmakers agreed last year to change the renewal period to six years, saying it could help lessen wait times at the

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]]> BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they'll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record.

Those changes are among the new state laws that take effect July 1, along with a new 50-cent-per-pack tax hike on cigarette smokers and scaled-back tax breaks for businesses.

Wednesday marks the beginning of a new state budget year, so many of the laws that hit the books impact the state's finances.

CHANGES FOR DRIVERS

Previously, drivers had to renew their licenses in Louisiana every four years. But lawmakers agreed last year to change the renewal period to six years, saying it could help lessen wait times at the]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:02:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Senate advances bill publishing school's vaccination rates]]> http://gazette.com/senate-advances-bill-publishing-schools-vaccination-rates/article/feed/248184?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-advances-bill-publishing-schools-vaccination-rates/article/feed/248184?custom_click=rss SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In an effort to tackle the high number of students using nonmedical waivers to opt out of vaccinations, Oregon Senators approved a measure Tuesday requiring all schools to publish their immunization rates and to break out the rates by disease.

Data show 5.8 percent of the state's kindergarten students have opted out of one or more vaccines, and state health officials have expressed worries some schools won't be able to achieve "herd immunity," which protects children who aren't vaccinated by surrounding them with people who are immune.

Legislation introduced earlier this year would have eliminated all nonmedical exemptions to vaccines. But it died in committee after encountering vehement opposition from p

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]]> SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In an effort to tackle the high number of students using nonmedical waivers to opt out of vaccinations, Oregon Senators approved a measure Tuesday requiring all schools to publish their immunization rates and to break out the rates by disease.

Data show 5.8 percent of the state's kindergarten students have opted out of one or more vaccines, and state health officials have expressed worries some schools won't be able to achieve "herd immunity," which protects children who aren't vaccinated by surrounding them with people who are immune.

Legislation introduced earlier this year would have eliminated all nonmedical exemptions to vaccines. But it died in committee after encountering vehement opposition from p]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:02:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-Iowa egg farm manager gets probation after assisting feds]]> http://gazette.com/ex-iowa-egg-farm-manager-gets-probation-after-assisting-feds/article/feed/248210?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-iowa-egg-farm-manager-gets-probation-after-assisting-feds/article/feed/248210?custom_click=rss SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa egg farm manager will avoid jail time after cooperating with investigators in a criminal prosecution stemming from a 2010 salmonella outbreak.

U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced Tony Wasmund to four years of probation Tuesday after the government said he provided "substantial assistance" in the salmonella case. Bennett imposed no restitution or fine on Wasmund, of Willmar, Minnesota.

Wasmund worked for egg tycoon Jack DeCoster, whose Iowa operations caused the outbreak that prompted the recall of 550 million eggs and sickened thousands.

Under a plea deal, Wasmund pleaded guilty in 2012 to his role in bribing a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to allow sales of eggs

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]]> SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa egg farm manager will avoid jail time after cooperating with investigators in a criminal prosecution stemming from a 2010 salmonella outbreak.

U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced Tony Wasmund to four years of probation Tuesday after the government said he provided "substantial assistance" in the salmonella case. Bennett imposed no restitution or fine on Wasmund, of Willmar, Minnesota.

Wasmund worked for egg tycoon Jack DeCoster, whose Iowa operations caused the outbreak that prompted the recall of 550 million eggs and sickened thousands.

Under a plea deal, Wasmund pleaded guilty in 2012 to his role in bribing a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector to allow sales of eggs]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:47:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Dog, rabbit infected with tularemia in El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/dog-rabbit-infected-with-tularemia-in-el-paso-county/article/1554752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dog-rabbit-infected-with-tularemia-in-el-paso-county/article/1554752?custom_click=rss

A dog was infected and at least one rabbit died recently in Yoder of tularemia - a bacterial infection known as "rabbit fever" that has spiked in recent years across Colorado.

The dog is being treated with antibiotics. People who were in contact with it will be assessed and monitored in the coming days, though none have tested positive for the disease, according to El Paso County Public Health.

The animal infections mark the first confirmed cases in El Paso County this year, and they come as the state deals with a spike in cases.

Twelve people across Colorado have contracted the disease this year, and 16 people were infected last year - far above the handful of cases reported annually.



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A dog was infected and at least one rabbit died recently in Yoder of tularemia - a bacterial infection known as "rabbit fever" that has spiked in recent years across Colorado.

The dog is being treated with antibiotics. People who were in contact with it will be assessed and monitored in the coming days, though none have tested positive for the disease, according to El Paso County Public Health.

The animal infections mark the first confirmed cases in El Paso County this year, and they come as the state deals with a spike in cases.

Twelve people across Colorado have contracted the disease this year, and 16 people were infected last year - far above the handful of cases reported annually.

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<![CDATA[Scores of laws take effect with new budget year Wednesday]]> http://gazette.com/scores-of-laws-take-effect-with-new-budget-year-wednesday/article/feed/248166?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scores-of-laws-take-effect-with-new-budget-year-wednesday/article/feed/248166?custom_click=rss HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A $10 billion budget and millions of dollars in new and expanded mental health care are among the wave of laws taking effect Wednesday.

Nearly $20 million in additional mental health funding will become available when the new fiscal year begins July 1. That money will be used to expand mental health crisis intervention services and remodel the state hospital in Warm Springs.

Most of the 93 laws taking effect Wednesday are housekeeping measures that update existing code.

Another 165 will take effect Oct. 1. Still others, such as a $67 million plan to raise state employees' wages and increase the state's contribution to their benefits, will go into action in January or later.

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]]> HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A $10 billion budget and millions of dollars in new and expanded mental health care are among the wave of laws taking effect Wednesday.

Nearly $20 million in additional mental health funding will become available when the new fiscal year begins July 1. That money will be used to expand mental health crisis intervention services and remodel the state hospital in Warm Springs.

Most of the 93 laws taking effect Wednesday are housekeeping measures that update existing code.

Another 165 will take effect Oct. 1. Still others, such as a $67 million plan to raise state employees' wages and increase the state's contribution to their benefits, will go into action in January or later.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:17:43 -0600 <![CDATA[US appeals court upholds Virginia death sentence]]> http://gazette.com/us-appeals-court-upholds-virginia-death-sentence/article/feed/248159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-appeals-court-upholds-virginia-death-sentence/article/feed/248159?custom_click=rss RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a Virginia inmate who claims he can't be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Alfredo Prieto failed to show that no reasonable juror would find him eligible for the death penalty.

Prieto was sentenced to death for the 1988 shooting deaths of George Washington University students Rachel Raver and Warren Fulton III. He was on California's death row for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl when a DNA sample entered into a national database in 2005 connected him to the Virginia slayings.

At issue in Prieto's appeal was last year's U.S.

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]]> RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a Virginia inmate who claims he can't be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Alfredo Prieto failed to show that no reasonable juror would find him eligible for the death penalty.

Prieto was sentenced to death for the 1988 shooting deaths of George Washington University students Rachel Raver and Warren Fulton III. He was on California's death row for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl when a DNA sample entered into a national database in 2005 connected him to the Virginia slayings.

At issue in Prieto's appeal was last year's U.S.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:33:44 -0600 <![CDATA[NC autism coverage mandate heading to House floor]]> http://gazette.com/nc-autism-coverage-mandate-heading-to-house-floor/article/feed/248188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nc-autism-coverage-mandate-heading-to-house-floor/article/feed/248188?custom_click=rss RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An effort to require North Carolina-regulated health insurance plans to cover autism diagnosis and treatment has cleared what appears to be one of its final hurdles with a House panel's passage.

The House Insurance Committee voted Tuesday to recommend to the full House a Senate bill negotiated by several advocacy groups and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

The bill does allow some treatment limits. Insurers can halt coverage at age 18 and set a coverage ceiling of $40,000 per year.

The national group Autism Speaks had held out for the new measure to contain protections on the level of mental health coverage.

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]]> RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An effort to require North Carolina-regulated health insurance plans to cover autism diagnosis and treatment has cleared what appears to be one of its final hurdles with a House panel's passage.

The House Insurance Committee voted Tuesday to recommend to the full House a Senate bill negotiated by several advocacy groups and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

The bill does allow some treatment limits. Insurers can halt coverage at age 18 and set a coverage ceiling of $40,000 per year.

The national group Autism Speaks had held out for the new measure to contain protections on the level of mental health coverage.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:33:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Wednesday ends long wait for medical marijuana patients]]> http://gazette.com/wednesday-ends-long-wait-for-medical-marijuana-patients/article/feed/248167?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wednesday-ends-long-wait-for-medical-marijuana-patients/article/feed/248167?custom_click=rss

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Patients and their parents will head into Minnesota's first medical marijuana clinic in Minneapolis at midnight Tuesday, eager to get a potentially promising new medicine as soon as July 1 hits.

The start to Minnesota's medical marijuana program Wednesday caps the race by the state's two manufacturers to grow and cultivate marijuana and open facilities since Minnesota lawmakers legalized it last year. For Kathy Schroeder and hundreds of patients like her, it's been a long wait marked by uncertainty about whether the potentially costly new medicine will do the trick.

Schroeder has her first appointment Wednesday afternoon, hoping to treat multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.

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]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Patients and their parents will head into Minnesota's first medical marijuana clinic in Minneapolis at midnight Tuesday, eager to get a potentially promising new medicine as soon as July 1 hits.

The start to Minnesota's medical marijuana program Wednesday caps the race by the state's two manufacturers to grow and cultivate marijuana and open facilities since Minnesota lawmakers legalized it last year. For Kathy Schroeder and hundreds of patients like her, it's been a long wait marked by uncertainty about whether the potentially costly new medicine will do the trick.

Schroeder has her first appointment Wednesday afternoon, hoping to treat multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:02:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Patients plan to speak next week at sentencing of cancer doc]]> http://gazette.com/patients-plan-to-speak-next-week-at-sentencing-of-cancer-doc/article/feed/248178?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/patients-plan-to-speak-next-week-at-sentencing-of-cancer-doc/article/feed/248178?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — The government says about two dozen patients or relatives of patients want to speak next week at the sentencing of a Detroit-area cancer doctor who gave expensive, unnecessary treatments to hundreds of people.

The hearing for Dr. Farid (Fa-REED') Fata starts Monday and is expected to last at least a week in Detroit federal court. Judge Paul Borman is expected to hear from experts for the government and Fata.

In a court filing Tuesday, prosecutors asked Borman to not allow Fata's lawyers to cross-examine patients.

Fata pleaded guilty to fraud last September, admitting he billed insurers for millions of dollars while treating patients with chemotherapy and other methods when they didn't need it. Some didn

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — The government says about two dozen patients or relatives of patients want to speak next week at the sentencing of a Detroit-area cancer doctor who gave expensive, unnecessary treatments to hundreds of people.

The hearing for Dr. Farid (Fa-REED') Fata starts Monday and is expected to last at least a week in Detroit federal court. Judge Paul Borman is expected to hear from experts for the government and Fata.

In a court filing Tuesday, prosecutors asked Borman to not allow Fata's lawyers to cross-examine patients.

Fata pleaded guilty to fraud last September, admitting he billed insurers for millions of dollars while treating patients with chemotherapy and other methods when they didn't need it. Some didn]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:02:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Liberia quarantines an area where new Ebola case appeared]]> http://gazette.com/liberia-quarantines-an-area-where-new-ebola-case-appeared/article/feed/248014?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/liberia-quarantines-an-area-where-new-ebola-case-appeared/article/feed/248014?custom_click=rss

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free.

"Liberia has got a re-infection of Ebola," Tolbert Nyenswah, deputy health minister and head of Liberia's Ebola response team, told The Associated Press.

The boy died at his home and was buried safely to avoid spread of the disease, Nyenswah said. The Nedowein area where he died is close to Liberia's international airport, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of the capital, Monrovia.

Teams are investigating how the boy became infected, Nyenswah

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]]> MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free.

"Liberia has got a re-infection of Ebola," Tolbert Nyenswah, deputy health minister and head of Liberia's Ebola response team, told The Associated Press.

The boy died at his home and was buried safely to avoid spread of the disease, Nyenswah said. The Nedowein area where he died is close to Liberia's international airport, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of the capital, Monrovia.

Teams are investigating how the boy became infected, Nyenswah]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:02:31 -0600 <![CDATA[North Dakota's emergency room on wheels aimed at disasters]]> http://gazette.com/north-dakotas-emergency-room-on-wheels-aimed-at-disasters/article/feed/248075?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-dakotas-emergency-room-on-wheels-aimed-at-disasters/article/feed/248075?custom_click=rss BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Tuesday unveiled a new self-contained emergency room on wheels that can be used during floods, tornadoes and other statewide disasters.

The Mobile Medical Unit is 53-foot-long semitrailer converted into rolling hospital that can accommodate up to 16 patients, said Tim Wiedrich, chief of the Health Department's emergency preparedness and response section. It's designed to be used in areas where hospital emergency services are unavailable.

Wiedrich said the mobile emergency facility — equipped with a generator, X-ray machine, laboratory equipment and water and wastewater system — will be an "extremely useful tool."

The $1.

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]]> BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Tuesday unveiled a new self-contained emergency room on wheels that can be used during floods, tornadoes and other statewide disasters.

The Mobile Medical Unit is 53-foot-long semitrailer converted into rolling hospital that can accommodate up to 16 patients, said Tim Wiedrich, chief of the Health Department's emergency preparedness and response section. It's designed to be used in areas where hospital emergency services are unavailable.

Wiedrich said the mobile emergency facility — equipped with a generator, X-ray machine, laboratory equipment and water and wastewater system — will be an "extremely useful tool."

The $1.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:01:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Manitou Incline, Barr Trail take a toll on those who hike them]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-incline-barr-trail-take-a-toll-on-those-who-hike-them/article/1554721?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-incline-barr-trail-take-a-toll-on-those-who-hike-them/article/1554721?custom_click=rss

As Jerry Retherford struggled to breathe on the unforgiving steps of the Manitou Incline six years ago, he wasn't alone. There, by Retherford's side, was Jill Suarez, holding his hand as they waited for medical assistance. But it was too late. The 61-year-old, who had climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro the previous year, died roughly 400 feet from the summit.

"I'll never ever forget that - the sound of his breathing and the way he looked," Suarez said. "Nobody wants to see anybody die."

If anyone knows the potential dangers of the abandoned cable car track, it's Suarez.

"I've seen it all happen; I know the risks," she said. "The Incline is in a class of its own in terms of rescue because it's so vertical."

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As Jerry Retherford struggled to breathe on the unforgiving steps of the Manitou Incline six years ago, he wasn't alone. There, by Retherford's side, was Jill Suarez, holding his hand as they waited for medical assistance. But it was too late. The 61-year-old, who had climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro the previous year, died roughly 400 feet from the summit.

"I'll never ever forget that - the sound of his breathing and the way he looked," Suarez said. "Nobody wants to see anybody die."

If anyone knows the potential dangers of the abandoned cable car track, it's Suarez.

"I've seen it all happen; I know the risks," she said. "The Incline is in a class of its own in terms of rescue because it's so vertical."

She also knows

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:33:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man: Experimental stem-cell procedure worth the cost]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-experimental-stem-cell-procedure-worth-the-cost/article/1554706?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-experimental-stem-cell-procedure-worth-the-cost/article/1554706?custom_click=rss

Burdened with a severely bum knee, Sandy Francis needed help - preferably without surgeons cutting through his knee bones, grinding them down and gluing on a new joint.

He opted for liposuction and a shot.

The unusual treatment - an injection of stem cells culled from fat in his abdomen - ranks among one of the fastest growing, yet least regulated or researched trends in medicine.

Clinics offering stem cell injections for worn-down knees, bad backs or even face-lifts have sprouted across the nation, growing from just a handful in 2010 to more than 170 as of mid-May, according to The Associated Press.



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Burdened with a severely bum knee, Sandy Francis needed help - preferably without surgeons cutting through his knee bones, grinding them down and gluing on a new joint.

He opted for liposuction and a shot.

The unusual treatment - an injection of stem cells culled from fat in his abdomen - ranks among one of the fastest growing, yet least regulated or researched trends in medicine.

Clinics offering stem cell injections for worn-down knees, bad backs or even face-lifts have sprouted across the nation, growing from just a handful in 2010 to more than 170 as of mid-May, according to The Associated Press.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:43:43 -0600
<![CDATA[The Survival Doctor: Summer brings return of mosquitoes, West Nile virus]]> http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-summer-brings-return-of-mosquitoes-west-nile-virus/article/1554723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-survival-doctor-summer-brings-return-of-mosquitoes-west-nile-virus/article/1554723?custom_click=rss

After the record rainfall this spring, I've noticed a lot more greenery around the house - and a lot more bugs. While the bugs aren't as plentiful here as other states where I've lived, the number is higher than usual.

So, of course, that brings me to an annual Colorado concern - West Nile virus.

Here's the funny thing about mosquitoes: They don't like rain. But they love to lay their eggs in stagnant water. The longer it's been there, the better because it tends to have more nutrients. Too much rain can clean up things a bit too much for their liking. That said, mosquitoes are abundant this summer, so it's time to bone up on West Nile.

First, let's put the fear of this disease into context. Mosquitoes carry many

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]]> After the record rainfall this spring, I've noticed a lot more greenery around the house - and a lot more bugs. While the bugs aren't as plentiful here as other states where I've lived, the number is higher than usual.

So, of course, that brings me to an annual Colorado concern - West Nile virus.

Here's the funny thing about mosquitoes: They don't like rain. But they love to lay their eggs in stagnant water. The longer it's been there, the better because it tends to have more nutrients. Too much rain can clean up things a bit too much for their liking. That said, mosquitoes are abundant this summer, so it's time to bone up on West Nile.

First, let's put the fear of this disease into context. Mosquitoes carry many]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:10:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting June 30, 2015]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-30-2015/article/1554718?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-june-30-2015/article/1554718?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. July 22, call for cost. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. Sept. 23, $10. - American with Disabilities Act Basics, 3 p.m. Oct. 21, $3. - Effective Communication and Service Animals, 3 p.m. Nov. 18, $10. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. Dec. 9, call for cost.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free.

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Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

ACESO Foundation - 4740 Flintridge Drive, Suite 220. Registration: 253-2299. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. July 22, call for cost. - Disability Etiquette Training, 3 p.m. Sept. 23, $10. - American with Disabilities Act Basics, 3 p.m. Oct. 21, $3. - Effective Communication and Service Animals, 3 p.m. Nov. 18, $10. - Basic Sign Language Workshop, 1 p.m. Dec. 9, call for cost.

American Diabetes Association - Living with Type 2 diabetes classes, free.]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA['Sit-down' dinners improve seniors' lives, enrich families]]> http://gazette.com/sit-down-dinners-improve-seniors-lives-enrich-families/article/1554654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sit-down-dinners-improve-seniors-lives-enrich-families/article/1554654?custom_click=rss When is the last time you had dinner with grandma and grandpa, or mom and dad?

Was it your birthday, or perhaps Thanksgiving?

Almost 75 percent of families surveyed said they only join aging loved ones for a "sit-down" meal on special occasions, according to research from Home Instead Senior Care, which provides in-home caretakers for seniors. Even those who live near older relatives feel they don't share enough of these meals, which have been shown to improve seniors' quality of life and enrich family connections.

"For seniors, it's not what's on their plate that matters most at mealtime, it's who is at the table with them," said Jerri Schomaker, owner of a Home Instead franchise in Colorado Springs.



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When is the last time you had dinner with grandma and grandpa, or mom and dad?

Was it your birthday, or perhaps Thanksgiving?

Almost 75 percent of families surveyed said they only join aging loved ones for a "sit-down" meal on special occasions, according to research from Home Instead Senior Care, which provides in-home caretakers for seniors. Even those who live near older relatives feel they don't share enough of these meals, which have been shown to improve seniors' quality of life and enrich family connections.

"For seniors, it's not what's on their plate that matters most at mealtime, it's who is at the table with them," said Jerri Schomaker, owner of a Home Instead franchise in Colorado Springs.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:26:44 -0600
<![CDATA[15 honored at National EMS Memorial Service in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/15-honored-at-national-ems-memorial-service-in-colorado-springs/article/1554593?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/15-honored-at-national-ems-memorial-service-in-colorado-springs/article/1554593?custom_click=rss Before the families of fallen Emergency Medical Services personnel took the stage at Saturday's National EMS Memorial Service, keynote speaker Krista Haugen wanted to tell a story about compassion.

In her early days as a pediatric flight nurse, her mentor was called on to transport a child with a rare medical disorder to a nearby hospital. Doctors had told the family their little girl wasn't going to make it, and tens of relatives gathered around the room wearing plastic gloves. The father stood at the far end in tears, unable to watch the inevitable.

This is when the seasoned EMS nurse suggested he remove his gloves and run his hands through his daughter's hair.

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In her early days as a pediatric flight nurse, her mentor was called on to transport a child with a rare medical disorder to a nearby hospital. Doctors had told the family their little girl wasn't going to make it, and tens of relatives gathered around the room wearing plastic gloves. The father stood at the far end in tears, unable to watch the inevitable.

This is when the seasoned EMS nurse suggested he remove his gloves and run his hands through his daughter's hair.]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 04:16:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Plague confirmed in mule deer in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/plague-confirmed-in-mule-deer-in-colorado-springs/article/1554538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/plague-confirmed-in-mule-deer-in-colorado-springs/article/1554538?custom_click=rss

A case of plague in a mule deer in west Colorado Springs has been confirmed by El Paso County Public Health.

Residents of the Pleasant Valley neighborhood should protect themselves from fleas, the health department says.

The confirmed plague case was announced Friday evening and is the first this year in the county. It is rare to find it in a mule deer, said Tom Gonzales, deputy director of the health department. It is more common in prairie dogs, rabbits or squirrels.

A teen in Fort Collins, Taylor Gaes, died June 8, according to 9News in Denver. The 16-year-old contracted septicemic plague, a rare strain.

The El Paso County health department did not determine what strain of plague the deer had.



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A case of plague in a mule deer in west Colorado Springs has been confirmed by El Paso County Public Health.

Residents of the Pleasant Valley neighborhood should protect themselves from fleas, the health department says.

The confirmed plague case was announced Friday evening and is the first this year in the county. It is rare to find it in a mule deer, said Tom Gonzales, deputy director of the health department. It is more common in prairie dogs, rabbits or squirrels.

A teen in Fort Collins, Taylor Gaes, died June 8, according to 9News in Denver. The 16-year-old contracted septicemic plague, a rare strain.

The El Paso County health department did not determine what strain of plague the deer had.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:10:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Supreme Court ruling provides certainty, safety net for Colorado health exchange, analysts say]]> http://gazette.com/supreme-court-ruling-provides-certainty-safety-net-for-colorado-health-exchange-analysts-say/article/1554472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/supreme-court-ruling-provides-certainty-safety-net-for-colorado-health-exchange-analysts-say/article/1554472?custom_click=rss

The Supreme Court's ruling on health insurance subsidies in dozens of other states ensured two things for Colorado: Certainty and a safety net, health policy analysts said.

The biggest impact of Thursday's decision should be that it will allow the state to continue several wide-ranging health care reforms without fear of collapsing insurance markets elsewhere in the nation.

"While Coloradans were insulated, it would have impacted us eventually if the ruling had gone the other way," said Adam Fox, with the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

The Supreme Court case only questioned subsidies offered on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, and it would have invalidated them had the justices ruled differently.

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]]> The Supreme Court's ruling on health insurance subsidies in dozens of other states ensured two things for Colorado: Certainty and a safety net, health policy analysts said.

The biggest impact of Thursday's decision should be that it will allow the state to continue several wide-ranging health care reforms without fear of collapsing insurance markets elsewhere in the nation.

"While Coloradans were insulated, it would have impacted us eventually if the ruling had gone the other way," said Adam Fox, with the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

The Supreme Court case only questioned subsidies offered on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, and it would have invalidated them had the justices ruled differently.]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:35:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Rehab patients lament closure of Colorado Springs pool]]> http://gazette.com/rehab-patients-lament-closure-of-colorado-springs-pool/article/1554473?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rehab-patients-lament-closure-of-colorado-springs-pool/article/1554473?custom_click=rss
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<![CDATA[Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies]]> http://gazette.com/supreme-court-upholds-nationwide-health-care-law-subsidies/article/1554426?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/supreme-court-upholds-nationwide-health-care-law-subsidies/article/1554426?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

The outcome is the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement.

Chief Justice John Roberts again voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. Roberts also was the key vote to uphold the law in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a dissenter in



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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

The outcome is the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement.

Chief Justice John Roberts again voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. Roberts also was the key vote to uphold the law in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a dissenter in

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:40:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Hospital stocks leap after Supreme Court backs overhaul]]> http://gazette.com/hospital-stocks-leap-after-supreme-court-backs-overhaul/article/1554432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hospital-stocks-leap-after-supreme-court-backs-overhaul/article/1554432?custom_click=rss Investors in hospital stocks rejoiced Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld a key portion of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and eliminated the prospect of a sudden influx of uninsured patients seeking care.

Shares of big hospital operators like HCA Holdings Inc., Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Community Health Systems Inc. all jumped much higher than the broader market after the court upheld tax subsidies that play a key role in helping millions of Americans pay for health insurance.

About 6.4 million people were at risk of losing that aid because they live in states that did not set up their own health insurance exchanges.



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Investors in hospital stocks rejoiced Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld a key portion of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and eliminated the prospect of a sudden influx of uninsured patients seeking care.

Shares of big hospital operators like HCA Holdings Inc., Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Community Health Systems Inc. all jumped much higher than the broader market after the court upheld tax subsidies that play a key role in helping millions of Americans pay for health insurance.

About 6.4 million people were at risk of losing that aid because they live in states that did not set up their own health insurance exchanges.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:14:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado on pace for record number of 'rabbit fever' cases]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-on-pace-for-record-number-of-rabbit-fever-cases/article/1554427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-on-pace-for-record-number-of-rabbit-fever-cases/article/1554427?custom_click=rss Colorado on pace for record number of 'rabbit fever' cases

DENVER - Colorado health officials have recorded 11 human cases of tularemia, or "rabbit fever," since May, putting the state on pace for one of the most widespread years for the disease in years.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1NiZcO3 ) that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recorded 16 human cases last year, representing the second highest number of cases since 1983 when there were 20. The previous average before 2014 was fewer than four cases a year.

Two Weld County men were diagnosed with tularemia last week.

Tularemia symptoms include fever, sore throat and swollen glands. It can be fatal if untreated.



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Colorado on pace for record number of 'rabbit fever' cases

DENVER - Colorado health officials have recorded 11 human cases of tularemia, or "rabbit fever," since May, putting the state on pace for one of the most widespread years for the disease in years.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1NiZcO3 ) that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recorded 16 human cases last year, representing the second highest number of cases since 1983 when there were 20. The previous average before 2014 was fewer than four cases a year.

Two Weld County men were diagnosed with tularemia last week.

Tularemia symptoms include fever, sore throat and swollen glands. It can be fatal if untreated.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:31:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Weekend events to honor those who died in air medical, EMS careers]]> http://gazette.com/weekend-events-to-honor-those-who-died-in-air-medical-ems-careers/article/1554391?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/weekend-events-to-honor-those-who-died-in-air-medical-ems-careers/article/1554391?custom_click=rss The Weekend of Tribute, recognizing those who have died in the line of duty in air medical and emergency medical services careers, begins Thursday in Littleton and ends Sunday in Colorado Springs.

Various events will honor 33 people from seven states and six countries.

Air Medical Memorial in Littleton will host a Memorial Lights ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday that features an art installation created by photographer Mark Mennie. Candles representing each honoree will be placed starting at sunset.

EMS Memorial Bike Riders are scheduled to leave Timberline Church in Fort Collins early Wednesday and arrive at Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs around 4 p.m. Friday, each wearing dog tags bearing the name of an honoree.

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]]> The Weekend of Tribute, recognizing those who have died in the line of duty in air medical and emergency medical services careers, begins Thursday in Littleton and ends Sunday in Colorado Springs.

Various events will honor 33 people from seven states and six countries.

Air Medical Memorial in Littleton will host a Memorial Lights ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday that features an art installation created by photographer Mark Mennie. Candles representing each honoree will be placed starting at sunset.

EMS Memorial Bike Riders are scheduled to leave Timberline Church in Fort Collins early Wednesday and arrive at Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs around 4 p.m. Friday, each wearing dog tags bearing the name of an honoree.]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Contract awarded to merge electronic patient health records in Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/contract-awarded-to-merge-electronic-patient-health-records-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1554321?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/contract-awarded-to-merge-electronic-patient-health-records-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1554321?custom_click=rss A single electronic health record for each person in the Pikes Peak region moved closer to becoming a reality Tuesday.

Community Health Partnership - a health care coalition spanning El Paso, Teller, Park and Elbert counties - announced a contract with a nonprofit to seamlessly share patients' electronic health records among physicians offices, hospitals, mental health providers and insurers.

Under the contract, the coalition plans to connect participating providers to the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, which is working on similar projects with other Colorado counties.

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Community Health Partnership - a health care coalition spanning El Paso, Teller, Park and Elbert counties - announced a contract with a nonprofit to seamlessly share patients' electronic health records among physicians offices, hospitals, mental health providers and insurers.

Under the contract, the coalition plans to connect participating providers to the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, which is working on similar projects with other Colorado counties.]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:05:29 -0600