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Gov. Jared Polis Raises Emergency Preparedness Level To Fight Coronavirus

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Publish DateMarch 03, 2020

"Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands, wipe down surfaces with sanitizing wipes. Keep your phone clean too," said Dr. Michelle Barron, medical director for Infection Control and Prevention at the University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus. "Stay hydrated, eat healthy. I mean, common things we recommend for flu actually are very much applicable for this as well."

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Colorado Is Sold Out Of Medical Masks Due To Coronavirus Fears. Don’t Worry, You Don’t Need One

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Publish DateMarch 02, 2020

"The reality is that people don't actually need the masks," said Dr. Michelle Barron, medical director for Infection Control and Prevention at the University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus. "I think almost everyone I've seen outside of the hospital, that's wearing these in public, don't even have them on properly … I think [what] ends up happening is that it gives them a false sense of security and then they don't realize that their hands are far more likely to be the way they're going to catch this."

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There’s now a map to help find places in Colorado to safely store firearms when a gun owner or others are in crisis

news outletColorado Public Radio
Publish DateAugust 26, 2019

Faculty members at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus collaborated with gun shop owners, firearms trainers and public health researchers at the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition to develop the resource. Dr. Emmy Betz was a leader on the project and a link between the two entities. She is an emergency physician at CU and the co-founder of the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition. “This project initially started because we know that when folks are at risk of suicide, it can be a good idea to either lock up the gun or ideally move it outside of the home until the person's feeling better,” Betz said.

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Metro State says there’s no connection between cancer diagnoses and 40-year-old campus building

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Publish DateAugust 13, 2019

The firms did not test for asbestos or lead. The types of cancer the employees were diagnosed with -- liver, lung and two cases of breast cancer -- aren’t common outcomes for asbestos and lead, said Jonathan Samet, epidemiologist and dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, at the town hall. Because there were no cancers or diseases associated with asbestos or lead, and because the university regularly tests for these components, they weren’t included in the tests. Samet said that the investigation would have been different had the cancers been related to known exposures. He used the example of Legionnaires disease, a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria.

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Prescriptions fall 14% as Colorado doctors cut back on opioids

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Publish DateJune 10, 2019

Executive Director Robert Valuck said the money will allow the program to teach doctors about safe prescribing and better monitoring of people with substance use disorders. That includes “alternatives for pain management, identifying what use disorders look like, how to treat use disorders and then trying to basically make best available use of whatever resources there are in a community.”

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Study: Marijuana affects people in different ways, possibly even while driving impaired

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Publish DateFebruary 04, 2019

A new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is looking to identify how cannabis use impacts different kinds of users in unique ways. Anschutz medical toxicologist Dr. Michael Kosnett will test 90 people — those who use cannabis everyday, those who do so one or twice a week, and those who never — at a small brick house in Aurora. Since subjects imbibe on-site for the experiment, testing off-campus was essential.

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This CU physician says climate change disproportionately affects women’s health

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Publish DateJanuary 17, 2019

Increased natural disasters like wildfire and famine are all symptoms of climate change. One CU Anschutz physician is studying whether those symptoms have a disproportionate impact on women worldwide. Dr. Cecilia Sorensen travels to Syria, Ghana and other countries to provide medical care--she also researches the impacts of climate change on women. Sorensen talked to Colorado Matters about her work. When climate refugees flee home because of drought and scarcity, women are put at risk of sex trafficking and disease in order to survive. "We know that when women are forced to migrate, they become incredibly vulnerable to all different types of circumstances, including sex trafficking, including violence against them," Sorensen said.

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This Denver woman’s cadaver was cut into 27,000 slices. It was her final wish

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Publish DateDecember 18, 2018

When Susan Potter decided to donate her body to science, she wanted to make an impact on humanity. "This will be my last will and testament," she said in a 2002 interview. "To leave something behind that would have an impact on the human race." Potter died in 2015, but thanks to groundbreaking technology and a long collaboration with University of Colorado scientist Vic Spitzer, she'll live on for generation of medical students. More than a decade before her death, Potter approached Spitzer, who heads CU's Center for Human Simulation, and asked to donate her body to science.

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