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Freeman Health adds palliative med doctor >> Health bruffett
Dr. Christopher Black, pictured, has joined the staff at Freeman Health System in Joplin. He specializes in palliative medicine whose goal is to prevent or treat the symptoms and side effects of ...more

Third cause of death in U.S. is astonishing >> Health staff
Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the United States. ...more

When gene manipulation is warranted >> Health mariwinn
The human spirit or heart can trump bad genes. That's one of the conclusions reached by Paul Durham, Ph.D, pictured, Missouri State University Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology. He spoke at ...more

Ozark Center launches Super Me! >> Health bruffett
The Ozark Center in Joplin launches Super Me!, an app for Apple devices. Super Me! helps children develop resilience and positive coping skills through a series of in-game and out-of-game ...more

Hooked... >> Health sdesmon
More than one in four Americans has taken prescription painkillers in the past year, even as a majority say that abuse of these medications is a very serious public health concern, according to new ...more

Danger hidden in artificial turf >> Health staff
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has withdrawn its safety endorsement for artificial turf. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is taking credit for having exerted ...more

Missouri's liberal gun laws are questioned >> Health doshea
A new study examining changes in gun policy in two states finds that handgun purchaser licensing requirements influence suicide rates. Researchers estimate that Connecticut’s 1995 law requiring ...more

New way to discover risk for high blood pressure >> Health doshea
Analysis of blood samples from more than 5,000 people suggests that a more sensitive version of a blood test long used to verify heart muscle damage from heart attacks could also identify people on ...more

Defibrillators, meds and special pacemakers >> Health doshea
A Johns Hopkins-led study of outcomes among 1,200 people with implanted defibrillators — devices intended to prevent sudden cardiac death from abnormal heart rhythms — shows that within a few years ...more

Kidney function linked to heart failure risk >> Health sdesmon
Simple measures of kidney function and damage may be just as good at predicting who is at risk for heart failure and death from heart attack and stroke as traditional tests of cholesterol levels and ...more

Free dental work is offered >> Health mariwinn
Note: This event has been canceled. It will be rescheduled some time in September. The second annual Dentistry from the Heart (DFTH) event hosted by Trent Wilkinson, DDS, pictured, will take ...more

'You're killing your constituents, say activists >> Health rgorley
JEFFERSON CITY-- Over 150 advocates of Medicaid expansion returned to the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, to build on the groundswell efforts to close the Medicaid coverage gap. Health care ...more

Research reveals carcinogen in soda >> Health natalie
Public health researchers have analyzed soda consumption data in order to characterize people’s exposure to a potentially carcinogenic byproduct of some types of caramel color. Caramel color is a ...more

What is the role of biofilms in colorectal cancer? >> Health vwasta
Researchers from Johns Hopkins have found that dense mats of interacting bacteria, called biofilms, were present in the majority of cancers and polyps, particularly those on the right side of the ...more

Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace >> Health cedwards
The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4) is ready to assist Missourians who choose to obtain health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to Catherine Edwards, ...more

Who's not a vegetarian after Pew report? >> Health staff
The Pew Charitable Trusts, under the direction of consumer advocate Sandra Eskin, has begun a campaign to reduce health risks from foodborne pathogens by strengthening federal government authority ...more

Robots join staff of MU Health Care >> Health sbaehman
COLUMBIA, MO — In the battle all hospitals fight to eliminate infections, University of Missouri Health Care is using a new technology — robots that emit ultraviolet light to kill germs. The Ebola ...more

Springfield combats cardiac arrest >> Health staff
What do Bass Pro Shops,The Bodysmith, City Utilities of Springfield, DermaHealth, Paul Mueller Company, Rick’s Automotive, and Title Boxing Club have in common? These are places where if you were ...more

Oh no, a tick! >> Health ashley
In the United States, ticks are responsible for more human disease than any other insect. They are very good at this because they feed on a large variety of mammals, reptiles, and even birds. Six ...more

Two nasty diseases may be linked to mutation >> Health jhu-ps
Johns Hopkins researchers say they have found one way that a recently discovered genetic mutation might cause two nasty nervous system diseases. While the affected gene may build up toxic RNA and not ...more

Have you considered an alternative to your garden? >> Health staff
Do you not have enough room to grow your own garden, or do you know someone in that situation who would still like to have fresh vegetables throughout the spring, summer, and fall......and even into ...more

Air quality index shows cities that up health risk >> Health milbourn
Poor air quality conditions shown on this illustration for places in the US on Thursday, Feb. 6, 20114, include, based on severity, Denver, Colorado; Redding, California; Dayton, Ohio; Visalia, ...more

Promoting better health through diet >> Health d-burton
Science continues to expose connections between our food choices, inflammation, and the incidence of chronic diseases like arthritis. “Out of control inflammation leads to worsening arthritis ...more

Study shows new pill regime for curing hepatitis C >> Health sdesmon
Efforts to cure hepatitis C, the liver-damaging infectious disease that has for years killed more Americans than HIV/AIDS, are about to get simpler and more effective, according to new research at ...more

FDA sidesteps control of antibiotics use >> Health tparsons
Experts at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), say that new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voluntary guidelines on antibiotic use in food animal production are unlikely to reduce ...more

Money for eligible caregivers is available >> Health staff
GREATER MISSOURI CHAPTER SERVICE AREA Caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementia may be eligible for respite funds. The Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer's ...more

Fulton Hospital is falling down...falling down >> Health lhieger
This is not the picture, albeit itself 81-years old, of the Fulton State Hospital that the Missouri Department of Mental Health depicts on a current website. Instead presented is a view of the ...more

Should vaccinations be mandatory or a choice? >> Health rvm2
For years, the Stay-at-home mom brigade and radical religious groups have kept their children from being vaccinated due to the fear that it would make their children autistic. What’s been the ...more

Know the mercury content of the fish consumed >> Health staff
Consumers should continue to limit their intake of shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish, according to a joint advisement by the EPA and FDA. They say that these fish have high levels of ...more

EPA encourages new labeling for insect repellents >> Health staff
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging makers of insect repellents that are applied directly to the skin to participate in a new labeling graphic. The graphic would show what ...more

Poor sleep quality linked to Alzheimer's >> Health natalie
Poor sleep quality may impact Alzheimer's disease onset and progression. This is according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who examined the ...more

Study seeks to find where dizziness comes from >> Health sdesmon
Johns Hopkins researchers say they have pinpointed a site in a highly developed area of the human brain that plays an important role in the subconscious recognition of which way is straight up and ...more

Ghosts in the operating room >> Health s-lazare
An inside look of the mind of a surgeonby Ismael Nuño, M.D. Chasing ghosts in the operating room sounds supernatural, but it is actually something we surgeons really do. Each one of us has ...more






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