Rae Ellen Bichell

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Patient satisfaction surveys fail to track how well hospitals treat people of color

Thursday, September 08, 2022

The health care industry is obsessed with consumer satisfaction. But national patient surveys still don't get at an important question: Are hospitals delivering culturally competent care?


Pandemic or no, kids are still getting — and spreading — head lice

Thursday, November 18, 2021

With kids back in school, business is picking back up for professional delousers. But how are kids getting head lice if they're physically distancing in the classroom?


A hospital hiked the price of a routine childbirth by calling it an 'emergency'

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Obstetrical emergency departments are a new aspect of some hospitals that can inflate medical bills for even the easiest, healthiest births. Just ask baby Gus' parents about their $2,755 ER charge.


With Delta Variant Surging In Colorado, A Country Music Festival Goes On

Thursday, July 08, 2021

The CDC sent in a team to investigate a delta variant hotspot in Mesa County, Colo. That didn't stop tens of thousands of people from flocking to the state's largest country music festival.


A Hospital Charged More Than $700 For Each Push Of Medicine Through Her IV

Monday, June 28, 2021

A college student never learned the cause of intense pain that drove her to an ER, but her bill totaled $18,735.93. She and her mom, a nurse practitioner, were outraged after dissecting the charges.


The Joy Of Receiving A COVID-19 Vaccine In A Nursing Home

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Some of the first people to get vaccines — many of whom are in nursing homes — are seeing their lives get closer to the lives they led pre-pandemic. They say initial steps to normalcy feel great.


Differing COVID-19 Mitigation Approaches Cause Tensions In Colorado Counties

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Two Colorado counties are feuding as one has lax virus prevention rules which the other says are a problem because it has the hospitals that serve both populations.


Tips From Someone With Nearly 50 Years Of Social Distancing Experience

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Billy Barr has lived alone in a cabin in a Colorado mountain ghost town for almost 50 years. He offers advice on how to find and maintain happiness in isolation.


Public Libraries May Turn The Page For Colorado City's News Desert

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Scores of counties across the U.S. have no local newspaper, and some that do say they're not being well-served by them. Longmont, Colo., is considering one possible solution: newsrooms in libraries.


Colorado City Eyes Solution To Local News Desert: Libraries

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Scores of counties across the U.S. have no local newspaper. Even some that do say they're not being well-served by them. Longmont, Colo., is looking at one possibility: newsrooms in libraries.


Researchers Examine Altitude's Role In Depression And Suicide

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Mountain West has some of the highest rates of depression and suicide. Researchers think the mountains, with a lack of oxygen at high altitude, could be interfering with people's mental health.


Beer Archaeologists Are Reviving Ancient Ales — With Some Strange Results

Sunday, May 26, 2019

From pre-Incan to Viking-inspired to a George Washington porter, these beer scientists devote their resources toward re-creating age-old flavors. And sometimes that leads to some sticky situations.


The Dangers Of 'Zombie Deer Disease'

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Chronic wasting disease is an illness that's spreading in deer, elk and moose and there are at least three bills being considered at the national level to provide funds to research and fight it.


Bubonic Plague Strikes In Mongolia: Why Is It Still A Threat?

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The ancient disease is still around — and killed a couple in Mongolia just this month. Here's a look at the history — and persistence — of the plague.


Incident Meteorologist Works To Keep Fire Crews Safe

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

When firefighting teams are sent out to wildfires, they are often accompanied by an incident meteorologist who watches weather conditions. We profile one such meteorologist out of Pueblo, Colo.


How Pokemon Inspired A Citizen Science Project To Monitor Tiny Streams

Friday, April 20, 2018

How do we accurately forecast the amount of water that will be available any given year? It's not easy. But some Colorado scientists think they're onto a possible solution — inspired by Pokemon.


Democrats Call For National Park Service Investigation After Climate Report Deletions

Monday, April 16, 2018

Public records show a 2016 report on climate change and sea level rise by a University of Colorado researcher has been heavily edited to remove all references to human-induced climate change.


Scientists Still Seek A Reliable DUI Test For Marijuana

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Coloradans can get arrested for driving while stoned. But with no good roadside tools, officers' determinations are more subjective than for alcohol DUIs. Scientists hope to find chemical markers.


Slug Slime Inspires Scientists To Invent Sticky Surgical Glue

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The words "strong" and "inspiring" are not usually assigned to garden slugs. But slug slime inspired materials scientists to invent a new kind of adhesive that could one day help heal human wounds.


To Prepare For Mars Settlement, Simulated Missions Explore Utah's Desert

Thursday, July 06, 2017

NASA plans to send people to the Red Planet in the 2030s. In the meantime, a remote location in southern Utah serves as a non-NASA training ground for the Mars-minded.