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4:49 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

VA chief pledges end to whistleblower retaliation

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The acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs spoke Tuesday in St. Louis and said the beleaguered federal agency is making progress on a host of problems that led to his predecessor's forced resignation.

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Health
4:24 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

This young male, buried at a prehistoric site in Central Sudan, probably munched on the roots of a plant called purple nutsedge.
Donatella Usai Centro Studi Sudanesi and Sub-Sahariani

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 4:35 pm

The menus of millennia past can be tough to crack, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. For archaeologists studying a prehistoric site in Sudan, dental plaque provided a hint.

"When you eat, you get this kind of film of dental plaque over your teeth," says Karen Hardy, an archaeologist with the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

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Health
9:46 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Missouri And Prescription Drug Databases: Considerations For The Curious

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 10:54 pm

Drugs, privacy, prison. Those three things are linked to the debate over prescription drug databases -- and Missouri is the only state in the U.S. without one.

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Health
9:46 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Missouri Becomes Third State To Enact 'Right To Try' Drug Law

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:33 pm

Missouri residents who have exhausted conventional disease cures will have access to experimental drugs under legislation signed on Monday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The so-called Right to Try legislation gives patients and their doctors the ability to procure drugs that have yet to gain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration if the pharmaceutical manufacturer agrees to provide the product.

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Health
2:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches

The CDC's director, Tom Frieden, testified before a congressional subcommittee Wednesday regarding a recent anthrax incident and lab safety improvements he is instituting.
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Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 9:40 am

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the hot seat.

It all started in mid-June, when the CDC announced that dozens of its scientists might have accidentally been exposed to anthrax.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Future doctors learn from rural communities

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MU medical student Kayla Matzek is working at Cox Hospital in Branson, Missouri this summer. While a community with a population of only 10,000 might not seem attractive to some medical students, southwest Missouri is right where Matzek wants to be.

“I specifically want to go to a rural community because I think that you just get to know people more and it’s more of an intimate setting,” said Matzek, who grew up in a small town less than 30 minutes away from Branson.

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Health
4:36 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

VA delays lead to crisis center in St. Louis

Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital in Columbia
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The long delays for veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals have prompted The American Legion to set up a short-term crisis center in St. Louis this week.

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Intersection Live
5:13 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Intersection Live: How to talk to your Doc

Join KBIA for a public taping of Intersection, July 24th at 7pm in the Mizzou student center.

 

Have you ever left a doctor’s office with more questions than answers? Don’t let that happen again. 

Join us Thursday, July 24th for an evening of conversation with health literacy experts Dr. Steve Pu and Dr. Ingrid Taylor of Health Literacy Missouri. Come take part in a live taping of KBIA’s local talk show Intersection, hosted by Ryan Famuliner.

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Health
3:29 am
Mon July 14, 2014

To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

Zarr with Kellsi Aguilar and her father, Felipe, in Zarr's Washington, D.C., office.
Sam Sanders/NPR

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 12:08 pm

When Dr. Robert Zarr wanted a young patient to get more exercise, he gave her an unusual prescription: Get off the bus to school earlier.

"She has to take a bus to the train, then a train to another bus, then that bus to her school," says Zarr, a pediatrician at Unity Health Care, a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C. So the prescription read: "Walk the remaining four blocks on the second bus on your route to school from home, every day."

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Health
7:05 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Jumping jacks to become Missouri's official state exercise

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The jumping jack is about to become Missouri's official state exercise.

Gov. Nixon signed legislation Thursday adding the jumping jack to a list of more than two dozen official symbols and things.

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Health
2:46 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

New law creates "Show-Me Healthy Babies Program"

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation expanding prenatal health coverage and allowing some newly trained doctors to go to work more quickly.

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Health
3:35 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Nixon signs new Missouri child care requirements

Parents could gain a way to compare the quality of child care providers under legislation signed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

The bill signed Wednesday requires the state to develop a "system of quality indicators" so people can know whether child care centers are meeting certain criteria.

The website will track whether child care providers are licensed, meet health and safety standards, use curriculum and comply with staff training requirements.

The bill also requires the state to run a hotline for parent complaints about child care providers.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Why the health insurance marketplace could be called a success in Missouri

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 Last month the U.S Department of Health and Human Services announced that more than 150,000 Missourians have signed up for health insurance under the ACA and many will be paying $60 or less a month for their plan after tax credits.

I talked with Karen Edison, founding director of the MU Center for Health Policy about why this could be called a success in Missouri.

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Health
12:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab

Not something you'd want to find: Smallpox viruses infect a cell.
Science Source

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:10 am

Scientists cleaning out an old laboratory on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md., last week came across a startling discovery: vials labeled "variola" — in other words, smallpox.

Under international convention, there are supposed to be only two stashes of this deadly virus: one at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and another at a similar facility in Russia.

The CDC swooped in to collect the vials and carted them off to a secure lab at its Atlanta headquarters.

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Health
6:24 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Ameren blames EPA standards for coal plant closure, Nixon signs bill to allow less restrictions

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation directing Missouri regulators to develop their own standards for carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.

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Health
3:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Columbia Parks and Rec. department begins "out is in" campaign

Children play cornhole at the "out is in" kickoff event in Columbia.
Shelby Mann KBIA

In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, Columbia Parks and Recreation wants Columbia residents to spend quality time outside.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:07 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Why rural Missouri is losing doctors

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Almost 800,000 uninsured Missourians became eligible for coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace earlier this year. As the state continues to consider extending coverage to even more individuals through Medicaid expansion, the need for primary care doctors will increase as well.

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Food
7:07 am
Wed July 2, 2014

'Natural' Food Sounds Good But Doesn't Mean Much

Advocates say consumers may assume that the "natural" label is the same as "organic."
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Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 8:50 am

Some people have had it with "natural" food.

For fifteen years, Urvashi Rangan, director of consumer safety and sustainability for Consumer Reports, has been pointing out that "natural" is just about the most misleading label that you'll ever see on a food package. Yet consumers still look for that word, food companies still love to use it and the Food and Drug Administration can't or won't define it.

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Health
9:03 am
Tue July 1, 2014

SCOTUS ruling on union fees could affect Mo. home health care workers

The U.S. Supreme Court Building
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Missouri home health care workers could be affected by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union fees in Illinois.

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Health
9:30 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
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Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:54 pm

The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.

The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.

The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.

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Health
5:09 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

MU Children’s Hospital Opens New Playground

The Ribbon cutting ceremony at the MU Childrens Hospital new playground
Tom Kackley KBIA

MU Children’s Hospital is trying to make getting better a little more comfortable.

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Health
3:05 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Are You Ready To Live Until You’re 100 or 120? You Just May Need To Be

American Edna Parker was the oldest living person in the world when she died in 2008. In this 2007 photo she was 114.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 10:01 am

According to the Pew Research Center, hundreds of thousands of Americans could live to see 100 by the year 2050. Women in France, Japan and the United States have already lived past the age of 114. With the now realistic possibility that individuals may live into the triple digits, planning ahead for retirement becomes both more important, and more challenging.

Living Longer

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Health
12:59 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working-Age Adults

One in 6 adults binge drinks, and that plays a role in most alcohol-related deaths.
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Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 6:47 am

Think about people dying from drinking too much, and you probably think of the classic disease of alcoholics, cirrhosis of the liver. Or perhaps an alcohol-fueled car crash. But there are many more ways to kill yourself with alcohol, unfortunately, and they account for 1 in 10 deaths in working-age adults, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Health
8:27 am
Thu June 26, 2014

University of Missouri to introduce new employee health care option

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A University of Missouri task force is finalizing the details of a new health care option that will be available to university employees in the Columbia area. The new option will be offered in 2015.

UM System Spokesperson John Fougere said the new option will have lower premium rates, deductibles, and co-pays than the two options currently available for employees. With the new plan, employees will be limited to medical care within the MU Health Care system.

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Health
4:01 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Five Missouri hospitals team up for better care

Credit Shelby Mann

Five hospitals in Missouri have announced the formation of a collaborative network today. The network is an effort to improve health care and access to health care in Missouri.

The newly formed Health Network of Missouri is composed of Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach and the University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia.

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Health & Wealth Update
9:37 am
Wed June 25, 2014

From home to hospital to home: closing the loop in healthcare

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 Your medical record can be more than just the file in which your doctor scribbles notes during your appointment. With help from movement sensors similar to those in an Xbox Kinect, patient data can be recorded in the home and shared easily with your network of doctors and hospitals, creating a comprehensive and accessible medical file. 

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Health
2:29 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:32 am

Medicare is preparing to penalize about 750 hospitals that have the highest rates of infections and patient injuries. The sanctions, estimated to total $330 million over a year, will kick in at a time when most infections and accidents in hospitals are on the decline, but still too common.

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Health
3:07 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Thousands in Missouri may need new doctors

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Thousands of Missourians may have to switch doctors after UnitedHealthcare notified more physicians that they will be removed from the company's Medicare Advantage plan on Sept. 1.

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Health
8:03 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Bridgeton Landfill class-action plaintiffs can pursue seperate radiation suit, judge rules

Credit Veronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

A federal judge has ruled that residents who collect damages from a $6.8 million class-action settlement over the smoldering Bridgeton Landfill in St. Louis County can still pursue separate legal claims related to radiation risks.

A tentative agreement reached in April calls for the landfill's owner to pay an average of nearly $13,000 per household to hundreds of affected residents. But some were prepared to turn down the deal, which required approval by 95 percent of the 400 remaining class members.

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