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Pippa Hull sits on her mother’s lap across the kitchen table in their Parkville home. She is an outgoing and talkative seven-year-old girl, who just happens to have a rare and severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Pippa’s mother, Megan, said this form of epilepsy is characterized by its lack of response to treatments.

Hull said they have tried different medications, they have had a VNS or Vagus Nerve Stimulation device implanted in Pippa’s chest, and they have even tried a special diet to try and reduce the number of seizures Pippa experiences.

But Hull said, “She has been through 8 medications so far and she is on 4 right now, and she still has seizures.”          

She explained that when patients with epilepsy have tried multiple treatments that don’t work the epilepsy is termed “intractable.”  


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 Mold--it's an unsightly, unpleasant and often harmful nuisance that you probably don't want in your home. But for some Missouri renters with this unwelcome houseguest, they've found themselves having issues getting help from their landlords. Missouri Business Alert's Heidi Li reports on how the lack of standard mold regulations is affecting tenants. 

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The Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies (MoALPHA) was founded in 1994 to support the  city and county public health agencies in the state. I spoke with the incoming chair of the association, Gary Zaborac, about the public health challenges facing Missouri in 2015.


Summer Food Service Program seeks sponsors

Apr 8, 2014
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The Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals for children during the summer months, will have an increased presence in Missouri this year. Because participation in the program is low across the country, the administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service through the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking solutions to increase participation in Missouri.

Kansas City health officials say at least two area children have lead poisoning from a contaminated cosmetic product commonly used in Myanmar.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1fIOfrj ) the product, which is called Thanakha, is a yellowish paste made from tree bark that is worn on the face and arms to treat acne or as a sunscreen.

Mo. initiative promotes breastfeeding in hospitals

Oct 8, 2013
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St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City is one of several Missouri hospitals making procedural changes with newborn care to encourage new moms to breastfeed after they deliver. 

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Health officials are investigating the cause of an outbreak of illnesses during a recent gathering of the Missouri Coroners' and Medical Examiners' Association.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 40 to 50 members of the group became ill during a three-day conference at a Jefferson City hotel. About 100 members of the association attended the conference.