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Suicide of Robin Williams Highlights Local Public Health Problem

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


“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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Colorado Moves Away from Seclusion, Restraint in Mental Health Crisis Cases, Inequities Remain

A bed with restraints in a patient room in the emergency psychiatric services ward at Denver Health in Denver on Nov. 11, 2013. More Coloradans are being put into involuntary mental-health treatment, but the standards for holds are unclear.

Colorado health officials say the use of seclusion and restraint for those in mental health crisis is a "treatment failure" that can lead to worse outcomes. The state's latest data show that the procedures are declining, but that minorities are more likely to undergo them than whites. Continue Reading →

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