Troy Anderson, a mentally ill inmate at Colorado's supermax prison, won a landmark decision last summer when a federal judge ruled he's entitled to at least three hours a week of fresh air and outdoor exercise. Now, Anderson's attorneys claim Department of Corrections officials have failed to comply ... More >>
The Colorado Supreme Court has declined to hear a case in which Englewood-based Catholic Health Initiatives argued that it couldn't be held liable for the deaths of two unborn babies at one of its hospitals because fetuses are not people. The case was the focus of our recent cover story "The Meaning ... More >>
Twenty years ago, a new member of the Arvada City Council was making waves in the normally sleepy suburb. Joanne Conte, who'd been elected in 1991, was shaking things up so much that then-Westword staff writer Karen Bowers started working on a political story about the situation. But she got a big ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Meaning of Life," tells the story behind a seemingly contradictory legal argument being made by Englewood-based Catholic Health Initiatives: that a fetus is not a person. The court case in which it asserts that claim has now been appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court. ... More >>
Medical marijuana advocates say THC is especially effective when it comes to reducing nausea for people who have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy. Now, The Clinic and Flower of Life are offering a way of delivering that substance free of charge to medical marijuana patients on chemo -- with th ... More >>
On Monday, a Senate committee passed a THC-driving limits bill that's broader than one that fell short last year. As Senator Morgan Carroll noted here yesterday, the proposal establishes zero tolerance for any Schedule I or Schedule II drugs, including many prescription medications. Cannabis activis ... More >>
Race for the Cure.For many years, the regional Planned Parenthood headquarters was Westword's neighbor, and we had a front-row seat for the picketers who harassed employees of an organization that does so much more than providing abortion services.
Although Kristen Parker, the surgical tech who infected dozens of Rose Medical Center patients with the hepatitis C virus in 2008 and 2009, is now serving a thirty-year prison sentence, the fallout from her crimes continues to keep a scrum of attorneys busy. In recent court filings in a patient laws ... More >>
Mary Chadwick identifies days almost exclusively by number now. As in, Day 13 was when her daughter, Laura Triem, who was hit by a light rail downtown on November 4, woke up from her coma. Those thirteen days felt like months to Chadwick, and she thinks she's aged fifty years, but at least her daugh ... More >>
Next month, Alicia Vargo, the proprietress of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie in Englewood, will open a new outpost of her much-lauded house of bras and panties with an unlikely address and a noble cause. The boutique, to be called Pampered Passions Care Wear, will cater to the needs of women who've ... More >>
Big pic below.We've been following the progress of Larry Shurtleff, who was finally able to undergo facial reconstruction surgery after being deemed cancer-free -- a diagnosis he largely credits to Phoenix Tears, a cannabis oil treatment. This weekend, he left Porter Hospital to continue his ... More >>
Larry Shurtleff.Update:Larry Shurtleff's facial reconstruction surgery -- a procedure that couldn't go forward until he was deemed cancer-free -- was a success, reports Timothy Tipton, his medical marijuana caretaker. An indication that doctors encountered fewer problems than anticipated: Th ... More >>
Chemo101.com, a Denver-based website designed to educate patients and caregivers about chemotherapy drugs, has welcomed over 125,000 unique visitors since it's launch in December 2010. That's equal parts impressive and sad for its president and founder, Kristin Gustafson.
Minor Threat (Glen E. Friedman)December marks the thirtieth anniversary of the first show by Minor Threat, one of the best American punk bands that formed on these angsty shores. To commemorate the occasion, we've come up with a list of the top five current straight-edge hardcore bands that a ... More >>
Aaron Klug. There Aaron Klug was, minding his own business at a Dungeons & Dragons event Tuesday, when the pesky cops showed up. Did he slay them with his Flaming Battle Axe or bludgeon them with his skull-topped Staff of Power? Did he pelt them to death with polyhedral dice? No, he did not. ... More >>
Wanda James.Last month in this space, dispensary owner and veteran Wanda James shared her excitement about the decision by the Veterans Health Administration to allow vets to use medical marijuana. But "excitement" isn't a word that leaps to mind after reading the VHA's directive on this poli ... More >>
Max & T's.It was one of those moments when the personal and the professional collided. On Friday, my wife and I were in Grand Lake when a summer storm passed through -- so we took refuge at Max & T's Bar and Grill, where we ate a delicious lunch. Then, the next morning, I opened up my Denver ... More >>
Street treatment following an amputation in Port-au-Prince. Photo from despardes.comJust a few hours after touching down in Denver, after a week of performing emergency amputations in a makeshift operating room in Port-au-Prince, local surgeon Scott Burke was trying to catch up on his sleep a ... More >>
Update: Just received word from Live Nation that the entire show/tour has been postponed. No word on when it will be rescheduled, but tickets will be honored. Bad news if you had your heart set on being deafened by this wall of amps in a few weeks. The American Carnage tour, due at Magness A ... More >>
As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all straight, Westword will be offering ... More >>
In the movie The Dark Knight, the Joker conducts a nail-biting sociology experiment by rigging bombs on two ships -- one loaded with ordinary folk, the other transporting prisoners. A detonator for each bomb is then placed in the hands of the opposing camps, who are invited to blow up the oth ... More >>
Cold and flu season has arrived, and while there are vaccines and a multitude of drugs out there that will be used to combat these illnesses, doctors remain constant on one remedy: chicken soup. According to WebMD, doctors prefer milder, natural alternatives to treat cold and flu cases, with ... More >>
The virus at work.In a Tuesday blog, the Colorado Department of Health's Margaret Huffman reassured the public that the H1N1/swine-flu vaccine was safe and said concerns about it weren't dominating calls received on the state's CoHELP info line. If so, that flies in the face of a new Associat ... More >>
The virus.Plenty of parents are terrified to vaccinate their children these days, fearing side effects that are worse than what the vaccine was intended to prevent in the first place. Such concerns are magnified in the case of H1N1, aka the swine flu. After all, as noted in Joel Warner's blog ... More >>
Saturday, June 6, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.
A Flickr photo."Quick, call Professor Warner! This porker has the sniffles!" As the swine flu scare spreads across the country, people are desperate for answers. They're looking for experts to give them direction, context and reassurance about this strange new terror gripping the globe. Turns out ... More >>
Chop, chop. Who isn't jumping on the Twitter bandwagon? Last week, we told you about the Boulder Police Department's new Twitter feed. Now, Channel 4 is boasting about Dr. Dave Hnida, the station's medical expert, Twittering the gallbladder surgery of a seven-year-old girl. This gimmick, which can ... More >>
Dr. Marc Philippon. Yesterday, baseball fans read plenty about Dr. Marc Philippon. He's the Vail-based hip expert who recently examined Yankees slugger (and admitted steroid user) Alex Rodriguez, determining that he's not only got a bizarre cyst -- wonder how that popped up? -- but also a torn labr ... More >>
Cancer patient Tim Thomason didn't think he could feel any worse. His Denver jailers showed that he could.
Taking a whack at circumcision.
The Thanksgiving party started early. And then the shots rang out.
Recycled Racers of Colorado
From animal CAT scans to one of People's most eligible bachelors, Alameda East has it all.
International Travel Clinic
A boy's death gives snowboarder Chris Klug a second chance at life and the Olympics.
Denver readies itself for a bio-bomb — but is the federal program behind this exercise a dud?
In Jefferson County, vasectomies are quick, cheap and cool.
No matter who wins a medical malpractice case, the verdict cuts both ways.
Dr. Stanley Biber has made 3,500 women--and 300 men.
Colorado starts mandatory hepatitis B vaccinations for schoolkids.
WHEN MEGAN JONES ASKED HER INSURANCE COMPANY TO PAY FOR HER CANCER TREATMENT, SHE FOUND TRUTH WAS AT A PREMIUM.
DOCTORS CLANDESTINELY OPERATED ON A COLLEAGUE. GUESS WHO GOT FIRED.