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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

November 25, 2018

Colorado at 3 p.m.

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IMPLANT FILES-PITCHING PAIN

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Desperate for relief after years of agony, Jim Taft listened intently as his pain management doctor described a medical device that could change his life. It wouldn’t fix the nerve damage in his mangled right arm, Taft and his wife recalled the doctor saying, but a spinal-cord stimulator would cloak his pain, making him “good as new.” By Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 5,727 words, photos. An abridged version has also moved.

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IMPLANT FILES-LEGAL HURDLES

The tiny balloon was supposed to stretch open a blocked artery on Charles Riegel’s diseased heart. Instead, when the doctor inflated the balloon, it burst. The patient went on life support but survived. His lawsuit against the manufacturer of that arterial balloon did not. By Justin Pritchard.

IMPLANT FILES-THE INVESTIGATION

More than 250 journalists in 36 countries representing more than 50 media organizations, including The Associated Press, spent nearly a year examining the safety of medical devices , such as how they are tested, approved and monitored by regulatory agencies. Led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the group found that more than 1.7 million injuries and nearly 83,000 deaths suspected of being linked to medical devices had been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over a 10-year period. By The Associated Press.

IMPLANT FILES-COMPANIES

Few medical devices hold as much potential for explosive growth as spinal-cord stimulators , especially in the United States, where they are being pushed as the answer to the country’s opioid epidemic. The global market for spinal-cord stimulators has grown from $300 million in 2001 to nearly $2 billion in 2017, according to an estimate by Nevro, a Redwood City, California, company that manufactures the devices. By Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr.

AROUND COLORADO:

BREAST FEEDING DISPUTE

GRAND JUNCTION — A Grand Junction woman is at odds with school officials after an administrator asked her to cover up while she was nursing her child at an elementary school. Kelly Johnson said she was breast-feeding her 18-month-old daughter in a hallway at Thunder Mountain Elementary last week, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Friday. She was waiting for one of her other children, who attends private school but was in a speech therapy session at Thunder Mountain. SENT: 322 words.

AMTRAK DERAILMENT-HEALING

DENVER — The progress is slow, marked by good days and bad ones. But Timmy Brodigan is making incredible strides 11 months after he nearly died in a train derailment. On December 18th 2017, the Northwest froze. Amtrak 501 derailed en route from Seattle to Portland. Three people died and dozens more were injured. By Gabe Cohen, KOMO-TV. An AP member exchange. SENT: 409 words.

IN BRIEF:

DOUBLE SHOOTING — Three people are being detained as authorities investigate a shooting of two people in a small town in southern Colorado.

COLORADO WINTER WEATHER— The latest snow storm to move across Colorado brought over 2 feet of snow to some areas.

SPORTS:

WCUP-WOMEN’S SLALOM

KILLINGTON, Vt. — Mikaela Shiffrin made a small mistake halfway through her final run and heard a hush from the crowd below. Only one thing to do — charge even more. SENT: 492 words, photos.

FBN--STEELERS-BRONCOS

DENVER — Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers seek their seventh straight victory Sunday when they visit the Denver Broncos, who snapped the Chargers’ six-game winning streak last week. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. Developing from 2 p.m. game.

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