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“Niche Busters” are New Frontier in Treatment at CU Cancer Center

Dr. Ross Camidge of the University of Colorado Cancer Center examines patient Polly Rogers.

New and experimental drugs are extending the lives of people with the deadliest forms of cancer. Targeted therapies – called "niche-busters" – dig deep into the profiles of each individual cancer. Researchers have discovered that just as individual patients have different genetic make-ups, so do their tumors. Continue Reading →

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Untreated: I-News Series on Soaring Costs of Mental Illness in Colorado

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Mental illness in Colorado costs some $5.4 billion each year – or about $1,000 for every resident of the state, according to an analysis by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News. The I-News series, Untreated: How Ignoring Mental Illness Costs Us All, takes a penetrating look at one our most vexing public health issues. Continue Reading →

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Suicide of Robin Williams Highlights Local Public Health Problem

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The suicide of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams this month released a flood of brokenhearted tributes from his many fans, friends and admirers. It also brought attention to a public health problem that Coloradans suffer at a higher rate than most of the rest of the country.
Colorado’s suicide rate consistently tops the national average. Continue Reading →

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Potentially Life-Saving Hepatitis C Drug Prices Many Out of the Market

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“Our concern is that a treatment cannot cure patients if they cannot afford it,” said a letter from Congress to the manufacturer of an effective new generation drug to fight hepatitis C. Gilead Sciences, Inc., responded that its drug, Sovaldi, which costs $1,000 per pill, was priced to match the cost of prior regimens. Continue Reading →

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