Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 15, 20179min496

According to a recent federal study, marijuana use among Colorado teenagers has fallen considerably in the past two years — to its lowest rate in nearly a decade. But high school principals in parts of Denver with high concentrations of pot businesses say the opposite is true, and an organization that works with homeless youth says marijuana use is up sharply in recent years.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackDecember 12, 201610min367

A bill to greatly expand medical research and speed up drug approvals sailed through both the U.S. Senate and the House last week with strong support from Colorado’s delegation. The bill was co-authored by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-CO1, with contributions from U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. It passed in the House of Representatives by a 392-to-26 margin and in the Senate by a vote of 94 to 5.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackNovember 17, 201610min458

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing a response to a request from Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette about how it will protect medical devices from cybersecurity threats. DeGette (D-Denver) asked the FDA for an explanation this month as the nation recovered from an Oct. 21 cyber-attack and prepared for another one during the election last week. The Obama administration blamed both the Oct. 21 attack and the threat of a second one against the U.S. election process on Russia.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 12, 20166min391

In the hours after a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday left 50 dead and dozens wounded, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis took to Twitter to demand the federal Food and Drug Administration rescind its recommendation that sexually active gay men can’t donate blood. “My blood is as good as yours (O+ in my case),” tweeted Polis, who is gay. “Friends and spouses being turned away from donating blood to help their loved ones.”