Health

1:22pm

Wed October 19, 2011
Health

Udall Pushes to Ensure Flexibility in School Meal Programs

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An amendment that would give schools more flexibility in deciding what constitutes nutritious meals for children has been included in the agriculture appropriations bill. Colorado Senator Mark Udall offered the amendment after USDA officials proposed limits on starchy vegetables that schools can serve.

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1:22pm

Wed October 19, 2011
Health

FDA Cites Cantaloupe Packing Facility in Listeria Outbreak

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The Food and Drug Administration is reporting that conditions in Jensen Farms’ cantaloupe packing facility led to a listeria outbreak that has killed 25 and sickened 123 people.

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12:09pm

Tue October 18, 2011
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Maine Strained By Use Of Cocaine-Like 'Bath Salts'

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 8:48 pm

Although Shane Heathers was warned about the dangers of using synthetic stimulants known as bath salts, he said he wanted to try the drug anyway. He injected it day and night for a week before he ended up at the hospital. Several more bath salts binges followed.

Jay Field for NPR

States across the country continue to fight the spread of a dangerous new drug: bath salts.

They aren't anything like those soothing crystals you pour into the tub — they're synthetic stimulants, so-called designer drugs that cause paranoid, psychotic, often violent behavior in users.

Bath salts can still be purchased legally in some states and, in some cases, over the Internet.

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6:05am

Mon October 17, 2011
Health

Medicare Deadlines Pushed Forward This Year

For 630,000 Coloradans enrolled in Medicare, it's time to make decisions. The period for open enrollment has been moved up this year.

Instead of the usual deadline of Dec. 31, the enrollment period begins Oct. 15 and will close Dec. 7. The change was designed to avoid deadlines coinciding with the end-of-year holiday season.

Medicare officials are scrambling to spread the word about the new deadline.  "We worry about inertia," says Colorado Medicare spokesman Mike Fierberg.

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7:40am

Mon October 10, 2011
Health

Military Lags on Promising Treatment for Brain-injured Soldiers

Army veteran Margaux Vair, with her husband, Brian Vair, in background.
Robert D. Tonsing Colorado Public News

Two years after assuring Congress it would immediately begin researching a promising treatment for soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, the military is just getting started.

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