Back in the good, old days — say, last year — when prices were reduced on just about anything, people would buy. Gee, I’ve always wanted a wireless doorbell. But now that fear is pervasive, consumers and investors turn and run when they see a sale — odd, isn’t it? But stocks and bonds are currently on sale, and shrewd investors will defy their fear — and buy.
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A federal grand jury is investigating the practices of Denver-based kidney-dialysis firm DaVita. Chief executive Kent Thiry said Wednesday it appears the Colorado investigation is part of an investigation that began in 2005 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Missouri looking into allegations that DaVita overused the anemia drug Epogen and then billed the government […]
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Barbara Cronin has been named the interim executive director for SET Family Medical Clinics. She will replace Zelna Joseph, who resigned earlier this month after five years as president and CEO. “Zelna’s active involvement in the Colorado Springs community helped lead SET to a number of significant accomplishments over the years,” said Mike Scialdone, chairman […]
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The cost of treating non-obstructive artery disease: $767,000. The cost of treating blocked arteries: $1 million. The cost of educating women to prevent heart disease: priceless. Treating a woman’s mild artery blockage could cost a quarter of a million dollars. And serious heart conditions? That’s going to cost about $1 million, according to a study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
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Retailers beware: Consumers are spending a considerable amount of time researching products before they buy. Shoppers search both online and off-line for product information, buying guides, opinions and reviews of products before completing their purchases at local stores, according to a study by Krillion and the e-tailing group. The study shows that the majority (67 percent) of today’s Web-savvy shoppers spend more than 30 percent of their total shopping time researching products on the Web.
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Colorado Springs-based ANNA’S Preemie, a manufacturer and distributor of premature infant garments and accessories, has placed in the Top 500 Emerging Businesses in the United States for 2007, according to Diversity Business. Studies show that over-stimulation by light, sound and touch causes lung and heart stress, decreased immunity, lack of appetite and other dysfunctional behaviors and reactions in premature infants.
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  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is considering cuts for big game hunting for elk, deer and pronghorn sheep this year.   The commission is meeting Thursday in Grand Junction, where members will decide the best ways to stabilize herds.   Biologists are recommending a quota of 139,000 limited elk licenses, which represents a […]
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Three years after Medicare Part D prescription drug programs became part of the Medicare services, beneficiaries are becoming savvier about the program and its benefits.
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Insurance premiums in Colorado will rise by double digits for the seventh year in a row during 2008. The Lockton Co. of Colorado reports that the average increase is 12.9 percent, higher than national levels. More than 88 percent of employers plan to pass along some portion of the rate increase to their employees. While insurance premiums continue to experience double-digit increases, the average merit pay increase is 3.5 percent.
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Entrepreneurs have marketable ideas, perhaps a few prototypes and plenty of chutzpah — but, invariably, they need capital. Chris Blees, chief executive officer of BiggsKofford P.C. and a founding member of High Altitude Investors, gave a presentation about private company access to capital markets to entrepreneurs and investors during this month’s Peak Venture Group meeting.
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A select group of paramedics in several states is helping to provide primary health care by making house calls — an initiative encouraged by the federal health care law to address shortages in primary care and cut down on expensive visits to doctors and emergency rooms. In Colorado’s Eagle County, paramedic Kevin Creek makes house […]
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While every county in Colorado has double-digit percentages of uninsured, figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that rural counties fare far worse than their urban counterparts. The numbers show that Saguache County, with 37.8 percent uninsured, and San Juan, with 37.6 percent, lead the state. El Paso County’s uninsured rate is 17 percent, or 86,827 people.
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