Health

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

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

Credit Closed Loop Healthcare / Smart America

 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

Credit File Photo / KBIA

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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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Fruits, veggies and a healthier lifestyle

Columbia Farmer's Market
Credit Hope Kirwan / KBIA

  The Columbia Farmer’s Market brings many different people together on Saturday mornings. Thanks to a local food program run by Sustainable Farms and Communities, this includes low-income families who can receive extra help to purchase fresh and locally-produced foods.

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Health
2:56 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Computer woes blamed for idle health care workers

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The federal government agency that oversees applications for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act says that the computer problems which plagued early sign-ups are to blame for problems at a suburban St. Louis processing center.

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Health
9:14 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Want Medicaid Expansion? You Can Move, Missouri Senator Says

Missouri Senator Ed Emery's letter explains his reasons for opposing Medicaid expansion.

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 5:41 pm

How divisive was the debate over Medicaid expansion in Missouri this year?

Just ask Debbie Cole, a 51-year-old mother of four who lives in Butler, Mo., and signed a petition asking state legislators to extend Medicaid to cover more low-income residents.

“We all live different lives, and some people out there may be working two or three jobs and have no insurance, and they need it to survive,” she says.

About a month after signing the petition, Cole got a letter from her state senator, Republican Ed Emery of Lamar.

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Environment
9:07 am
Thu June 12, 2014

National Analysis Suggests Cutting Carbon Dioxide Would Improve Air Quality In Missouri

Coal-fired power plants produce pollutants including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury.

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 8:27 am

Cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants would also reduce other types of air pollution, both here in Missouri and nationally.

That's according to a recent analysis by researchers at Harvard and Syracuse Universities.

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Health
4:27 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Free Skin Cancer Screenings are Available in Columbia

Credit Flickr

WELLAWARE’s small truck is parked outside of plaza 3 at the Broadway medical plaza and will be there throughout the summer checking people for signs of skin cancer.

Nurse Marla Jones says she looks for changes in the size, shape or color of moles.  If a patient has 2 of the 3 changes she refers them to a doctor for further testing. 

WELLAWARE started the screenings last summer for multiple reasons according to Jones.

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Food
3:55 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

There's little consensus in the debate on how meat consumption fits into environmentalism.
Jit Lim iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 3:28 pm

Earlier this week, we told you about a school backed by director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, that may become the first vegan school in the U.S.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Where Missouri stands on Medicaid expansion

Healthcare advocates gather for the "My Medicaid Matters" rally on Capitol Hill in 2011.
Credit David Sachs / SEIU

  

  By now Missourians are familiar with the debate over expanding Medicaid in the state.

The Affordable Care Act gives most people the opportunity to purchase health insurance with help from federal tax credits. But individuals earning too little to qualify for these tax credits but too much to be covered under for Missouri Medicaid are stuck in what is called “The Gap.”

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Health
4:14 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Missouri talks Medicaid expansion

Credit Maureen Lewis-Stump

Medicaid expansion has been a widely talked about subject throughout the state of Missouri. Medicaid is federally funded state healthcare program for those that do not make enough money to be their own healthcare, or their employer does not provide it for them.

The Medicaid policy in place now only covers those who make less than $4,500 a year total for a family of four. It also allows subsidies paid to those who make more than $89,000 a year. Those in between this gap are left without health insurance.

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Health
8:13 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Study: Poor Gut Health Persists In Malnourished Children, Even After Treatment

A Bangladeshi mother holds her malnourished child.

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 10:09 pm

New research out of Washington University could help explain why malnourished children suffer long-term health effects, even after medical treatment.

As young children develop, the community of bacteria and other microbes in their intestines develops with them. In healthy children, the community reaches maturity about the time a child turns two years old.

Washington University microbiologist Jeff Gordon calls those tens of trillions of intestinal microbes “an organ within an organ,” because of the key role they play in helping people digest food and absorb its nutrients.

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Health
8:21 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Hartzler talks coal power in Moberly amid EPA regulation proposal

U.S. Rep. Vicki Hartzler (File photo)

Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler kicked off her “all of the above” energy tour with several stops in Mid-Missouri Tuesday, including the Thomas Hill coal fired power plant near Moberly.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

A different perspective on veterans healthcare in Missouri

Members of the US Navy prepare for a 21-gun salute.
Credit US Navy / Wikimedia Commons

In the discussion about veterans healthcare, the severity of the problem really depends on who you talk to.

Some lawmakers say the secret patient lists and unreasonable wait times are unfortunate but isolated instances. But others are calling for serious reforms of the whole VA system.

While the opinions of these lawmakers are important to the future of veterans healthcare, what about someone who works with the healthcare system every day?

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Health
3:58 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

St. Joseph smoking ban to start in 10 days

Credit File Photo / KBIA

A judge has rejected a request to delay a smoking ban in St. Joseph while a civil lawsuit opposing the ban is considered in court.

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Health
7:35 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Mo. already starting reponse to new EPA emissions regulations

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Missouri's environmental regulators already are making plans to respond to new federal regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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Health
7:59 am
Wed May 28, 2014

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt to visit St. Louis VA hospital, as Missouri politicians address VA complaints

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is scheduled to be in St. Louis today to meet with officials at the VA hospital about concerns raised over mental health care. The visit comes amid calls from several Missouri politicians to address complaints about VA services. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, visited the University of Missouri campus Friday to announce the results of her survey of veterans' satisfaction with VA services in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

New Missouri task force looks for ways to help people with MS

Event volunteer at a National Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 in Columbia. A representative of the National MS Society from Missouri will serve on the new MS Task Force.
Credit KOMU News

 The Missouri legislature passed a resolution to establish a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Task Force on May 6.

According to the resolution, Missouri lawmakers created the task force to “identify and address the unmet needs of persons with MS.”

Among many issues, the task force will be looking at MS treatments for Missourians.  Medical expenses for a person with MS can reach almost $70,000 per year. Access to these treatments can also be a concern.

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Health
4:10 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Bridgeton Landfill settlement might be in jeopardy

Credit Joe Gratz / Flickr

A $6.8 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit over a smoldering St. Louis County landfill could be in jeopardy.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:24 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Rural hospitals a model for cutting healthcare costs

Selected rural health care facilities in Missouri.
Credit Rural Assistance Center

    

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Health & Wealth Feature
9:07 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Charity dental care gives uninsured Missourians something to smile about

Smiles of Hope dental clinic was built in the attic of the Lighthouse Christian Center in Dexter, Mo.
Katie Hiler KBIA

  Note: A portion of this story was aired as part of the Health & Wealth Update for 5/14/2014

When I think about adult dental care in Missouri, I think of Ben Affleck. In the movie Argo, CIA agent Tony Mendez, played by Affleck, pitches his plan to extract six American hostages from Iran by pretending to be on a Hollywood scouting trip. The CIA director doesn’t think it’ll work and wants to look for a better option. That’s when Mendez says:

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Health & Wealth Update
9:13 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Missouri dental clinic serves state's most desperate

Credit Katie Hiler / KBIA

Back in 2005, Missouri de-funded dental care for all Medicaid recipients except, children, pregnant women and the disabled. And it’s left a lot of people with only bad options.

Many of them find themselves in the ER with tooth infections, where cost for treatment per patient can run on average around $9,000. Some try to find affordable care at Federally Qualified Health Centers where services are discounted for low-income patients, but aren't free.

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Health
5:15 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Most MU weekend nurses sign incentive pay changes

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Nearly all of the weekend nurses working for University of Missouri Health Care have agreed to sharp reductions in incentive pay.

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Health & Wealth Update
9:45 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Forget fuel tax, Missouri pushes sales tax increase to fund MoDOT

Lloyd Anderson, of Kansas City, Mo. shops for detergent in Walmart. Missouri residents could vote on a one percent sales tax increase this November to fund transportation projects.
Credit Walmart / Flickr

Summer is coming, and Missourians are hitting the open road, which, after a brutal winter, has taken quite a beating. The Missouri Department of Transportation is looking into making Missouri roads safer, not just by filling in potholes but also widening shoulders on rural roads and expanding Interstate 70 from two lanes to three. That sounds expensive, but the Missouri state legislature has a plan for drumming up close to $800 million a year over the next ten years for Department of Transportation projects – a one percent increase in sales and use tax.

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Health
7:57 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Lawmakers pass notice requirement for mammograms

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would require a notice be provided to women following mammograms.

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Health
4:18 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Missouri healthcare enrollment success still leaves room for improvement

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The US Department of Health and Human Services released data Thursday showing that 152,335 Missourians are enrolled in health insurance marketplace plans. The number of enrollees more than doubled in March alone, the total exceeding the federal goal by 29 percent.

Data also showed, however, that 300,000 people in the state are unable to get insurance due to ineligibility for Medicaid or financial help in the marketplace.

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Health
4:27 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Over 150K sign up for health plans in Missouri

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A new report says more than 150,000 Missouri residents signed up for health insurance policies through a federally run website.

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Health & Wealth Update
12:04 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Parents raise concerns over closing of University Village day care center

Credit MU Student Parent Center

Naomi Clark, a doctoral candidate in the English department, began taking her children to the Student Parent Center in 2009. Over the past five years, Clark has completed her Master’s degree and will be getting her PhD this semester.

Clark said she would not have completed her degrees without the Student Parent Center and that many of her classmates feel the same way.

“The daycare has been really instrumental in making so many degrees possible, increasing retention and increasing the completion rate,” Clark said.

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Health
4:14 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Mom's Diet Right Before Pregnancy Can Alter Baby's Genes

Even before you were a twinkle in your mom's eye, what she ate — and didn't eat enough of — may have helped shape you.
George Marks Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:59 am

Pregnant women have heard it time and time again: What you eat during those nine months can have long-term effects on your child's health.

Heck, one study even found that when pregnant women eat a diverse diet, the resulting babies are less picky in the foods they choose.

So what about mom's eating habits before she even knows she's pregnant?

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