Colorado COVID, RSV hospitalizations continue to fall

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus continued dropping in Colorado, though it’s not clear if severe flu cases will also start to decrease. As of Tuesday, 306 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado, down from 339 a week earlier. It was the third week in a row when fewer people were hospitalized with the virus. Respiratory syncytial virus, […]

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After a year, omicron still driving COVID surges and worries

A year after omicron began its assault on humanity, the ever-morphing coronavirus mutant drove COVID-19 case counts higher in many places just as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving. It was a prelude to a wave that experts expect to soon wash over the U.S. Phoenix-area emergency physician Dr. Nicholas Vasquez said his hospital admitted a growing number of chronically ill people […]

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Colorado’s RSV, COVID and flu hospitalizations all rising

More Coloradans are hospitalized for COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, than were a week ago, putting the state in a potentially precarious position heading into a major holiday. As of Tuesday afternoon, 379 people were hospitalized statewide with COVID-19 — an 18% increase from a week earlier. That’s on top of a 47% jump in the previous […]

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Boulder Community Health closing pediatric rehabilitation unit in Erie

Boulder Community Health is closing its last unit primarily serving children in early December, and families are wondering how they’ll find therapists to meet their children’s sometimes-unique needs by then. The pediatric rehabilitation unit in Erie, which offers physical therapy, speech therapy and similar services, will close on Dec. 9. BCH hasn’t had inpatient care for children in years, though […]

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Why is Colorado’s COVID situation so much less clear than last year?

If it seems like Colorado’s COVID-19 picture is murkier than it’s been since the pandemic’s early days, it’s not your imagination — and it’s not just happening here. In previous surges, there was a relatively predictable cadence to COVID-19 data: the percentage of tests coming back positive would increase, cases would go up and hospitalizations and deaths would follow. Data […]

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Strong RSV vaccine data lifts hopes after years of futility

New research shows vaccinating pregnant women helped protect their newborns from the common but scary respiratory virus called RSV that fills hospitals with wheezing babies each fall. The preliminary results buoy hope that after decades of failure and frustration, vaccines against RSV may finally be getting close. Pfizer announced Tuesday that a large international study found vaccinating moms-to-be was nearly […]

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Violence toward hospital staff escalating despite Colorado felony law

Colorado has a law making it a felony to hit staff in the emergency room, but the state still hasn’t been spared from the nationwide pattern of increasing violence against health care workers. Amanda Miller, a nurse manager at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital’s emergency department, said nurses are accustomed to dealing with patients screaming at them, but patients have been […]

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FDA panel backs much-debated ALS drug in rare, 2nd review

WASHINGTON — A panel of federal health advisers voted Wednesday to recommend approval for an experimental drug to treat Lou Gehrig’s disease, a remarkable turnaround for the much-debated medication that was previously rejected by the same group. The Food and Drug Administration advisers voted 7-2 that data from Amylyx Pharma warranted approval, despite ongoing concerns about the strength and reliability […]

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