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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

Dietary advice for combatting gout >> Health mhedin
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and reduced in fats and saturated fats (the DASH diet), designed decades ago to reduce high blood pressure, also appears to significantly lower uric ...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

Camp Crowder's hidden gas >> Health mariwinn
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) claims to be rallying support for a Missouri octogenarian nursing home patient named Arla Harrell who at the age of 18 was subject to secret testing of mustard gas at ...more

Power of dopamine >> Health jrosen
Your brain is secretly thwarting your New Year’s resolutions. The human brain is wired to pay attention to previously pleasing things — a finding that could help explain why it’s hard to break bad ...more

Breastfeeding group has new meeting time >> Health plink
The Newton County Health Department has announced that the location and time of the monthly breastfeeding support group meeting has changed. The meetings will now be held from 11 a.m. to noon at the ...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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has withdrawn its safety endorsement for artificial turf.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

Mercy is built to survive >> Health bhaller
Amid the ruins of the May 2011 tornado at left sits St. Johns Hospital. At right, the hospital now named Mercy Hospital Joplin nears completion almost four years later. by Bradley Haller On ...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

Blasters name Mercy as sports medicine provider >> Health staff
The Joplin Blasters have agreed to a multi-year partnership that will designate Mercy Hospital as its’ Official Sports Medicine Provider. As part of the agreement, Mercy will handle all sports ...more

Blankenship joins Neosho physicians group >> Health staff
Neosho, Mo. – After working as a hospitalist for Freeman Health System in Joplin, Dr. Harold Blankenship, pictured, has joined the Freeman Neosho Physician Group. “I’m happy to transition ...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

WIC contract is renewed >> Health bkulp
The Newton County Health Department has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC (Women, Infants & Children) services for federal 2015 fiscal year has been signed with the Missouri ...more

Chemical from broccoli sprouts might treat autism >> Health ckolf
Broccoli spears are subject of clinical trial. (Photo compliments of Johns Hopkins Medicine) Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts — and best ...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

Tobacco use with oral sex raises cancer risk >> Health vwasta
Johns Hopkins scientists have shown a strong association between tobacco use or exposure and infection with oral human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16), the sexually transmitted virus responsible for ...more

Experimental treatments demand caution >> Health lramsay
Johns Hopkins bioethicist Nancy Kass defends the unique treatment given to the two Americans infected with Ebola yet advises proceeding with caution, informed by data, for wider distribution of the ...more

Court ruling is favorable to drug manufacturers >> Health staff
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 24, 2014, that the Food and Drug Administration is not required to hold hearings that could end the use of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal ...more

Aids are available for stutterers >> Health staff
The DVD, If You Stutter: Advice for Adults, is now on the shelves of two local libraries. The nonprofit Stuttering Foundation has provided the free DVD to the Joplin Public Library and the Webb City ...more

Life expectancy may be slowing >> Health smurrow
With nearly four in five older Americans living with multiple chronic medical conditions, a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that the more ailments ...more

New labeling proposed for insect repellents >> Health milbourn
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled a new graphic, sample pictured, that will be available to appear on insect repellent product labels. The graphic will show ...more

Free measles vaccination is offered >> Health staff
The Joplin City Health Department is offering measles vaccination at no cost to Missouri residents. This comes after notice that the state has had an increase in confirmed cases. The Department of ...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

Americans are more depressed than ever >> Health mollette
by Glenn Mollette Mick Jagger's girlfriend L' Wren Scott committed suicide recently. There have been different speculations as to the reason. Unfortunately suicide often is a response to deep ...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

Libraries offer help for stutterers >> Health jfraser
Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on teenagers. Help is available at most public libraries in the form of a video. In Jasper ...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

INTEGRIS to offer free flu shots >> Health staff
INTEGRIS Grove Hospital in Oklahoma will offer free flu shots Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, from 9 to 11 a.m., or while supplies last. The hospital has approximately 350 doses available to administer. The ...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

Advocates for the uninsured are encouraged >> Health bersdale
Advocates for the uninsured look forward to launch of newHealth Insurance Marketplace on October 1 Health care advocates are encouraged by the regulations for state Navigators released this week ...more

Concern grows over antibotics use for livestock >> Health tparsons
A new study found drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock in the noses of industrial livestock workers in North Carolina but not in the noses of antibiotic-free livestock workers. The ...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

COPD death toll increases in women >> Health katie-g
Women are 37 percent more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than men and now account for more than half of all deaths attributed to COPD in our nation. The American Lung ...more

Once is not enough >> Health lynn-c
by Ann Craig-Cinnamon I remember vividly as a young child being so scared of my bedroom and of nighttime that I conjured up a way to calm myself. I checked every nook and cranny in my room. Then I ...more

Where to retire or not >> Health mariwinn
Apparently good weather goes hand-in-hand with high life expectancy. So says the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the popular over 50 retirement organization and interest group that ...more

New diabetes drugs linked to pancreatitis >> Health jhu-ps
People who take the newest class of diabetes drugs to control blood sugar are twice as likely as those on other forms of sugar-control medication to be hospitalized with pancreatitis, Johns Hopkins ...more

KC children's hospital makes TIME's Top 10 list >> Health mdnovak
KANSAS CITY, MO — A rapid whole genome sequencing approach developed by the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, was named one of TIME ...more

EPA establishes rule to limit E. coli >> Health jval
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the rule for pathogens in drinking water, including setting a limit for the bacteria E. coli to better protect public ...more

Better outcomes sought for stoke victims >> Health jhu-ps
Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a new way of looking at standard MRI scans that more accurately measures damage to the blood-brain barrier in stroke victims, a process they hope will lead to ...more

Study on maintaining an erection is revealing >> Health eblevitt
Researchers uncover biochemical chain of events needed to maintain an erection--Discovery in mice may lead to new therapies for men with erectile dysfunction For two decades, scientists have known ...more

Suggestions for the modern woman >> Health abigail
When Mama had a dinner for twelve, the English comedienne Joyce Grenfell sang in the 1950’s, She rested all day long, She rested all day long…if only … Ever wondered why, as a modern woman, you ...more

Will suture stitching go techy? >> Health jhu-ps
Could Faststitch device, invented by undergrads, be the future of suture? After a surgeon stitches up a patient's abdomen, costly complications -- some life-threatening -- can occur. To cut down ...more

Trauma care costs almost greatest in Midwest >> Health sdesmon
Spending more on trauma care doesn't translate to higher survival rates--Research finds wide, unexplained regional differences in costs - and clues to where money can be saved A large-scale review ...more

Drug from weed-like plant now in clinical trials >> Health vwasta
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, working with Danish researchers, have developed a novel anticancer drug designed to travel-undetected by normal cells-through the bloodstream ...more

Alliance of SWMO supports Safe Teens initiative >> Health boudreau
Missouri American Water presents check to The Alliance of Southwest Missouri in support of permanent prescription/OTC medication drop boxes For nearly a two year period, The Alliance of Southwest ...more

Pre-historic diet astonishes research team >> Health jhu-ps
You are what you eat, and that seems to have been as true 2 million years ago, when pre-human relatives were swinging through the trees and racing across the savannas of South Africa, as it is ...more

Making the case for the pertussis vaccine >> Health wmeyer
Many people who were vaccinated against whooping cough may not know that the vaccine's protection does not last forever. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rates ...more

Update: Fate of birth control insurance >> Health mariwinn
UPDATE: Governor Jay Nixon rejected SB749, a bill that the predominately Republican Missouri Legislature passed in an attempt to undermine federal law. He will be applauded by Americans who believe ...more

EPA again fine tunes its air quality standards >> Health e-jones
The EPA map showing the air quality forecast for June 19, 2012, compiled by a consortium of agencies including all lung associations in Missouri, shows moderate (yellow) to good (green) levels. Four ...more

New theory proposed on allergies in children >> Health jhu-ps
Exposure to common antibacterial chemicals and preservatives found in soap, toothpaste, mouthwash and other personal-care products may make children more prone to a wide range of food and ...more

DASH to lower blood pressure >> Health d-burton
There is a 90 percent chance that a middle-aged American will develop high blood pressure during his or her lifetime. However, research has shown that following the DASH diet plan will decrease blood ...more

Mercy researcher develops airway control device >> Health kullmann
Tonsillectomies are one of the oldest and most common surgical procedures performed on children in the United States. A new surgical tool developed at Mercy Research & Development based in ...more

Benefit for autism brings in over $15,000 >> Health mariwinn
A Kidz4Autism check presentation took place at the Ozark Center for Autism in Joplin. In addition to five kids who volunteered, from L-R are clinical directors Jennifer Kirby and Heather Collier, ...more

Uric acid/high blood pressure connected in teens >> Health epesheva
Teens with high levels of uric acid appear to be at increased risk for high blood pressure, according to results of research from scientists at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Although the ...more

Dieting requires management >> Health anita-b
Food plays an important role in our lives. For many of us it is more than a means of sustenance. For some, it is a source of great pleasure; for others, a source of painful consequences; and for some ...more

Banned drugs is found in poultry products >> Health tparsons
In a joint study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Arizona State University found evidence suggesting that a class of antibiotics previously banned by ...more

Blood flow and belly fat >> Health eblevitt
Overweight people who shed pounds, especially belly fat, can improve the function of their blood vessels no matter whether they are on a low-carb or a low-fat diet, according to a study being ...more

Hearing loss is risk factor for falls >> Health jhu-ps
Hearing loss has been linked with a variety of medical, social and cognitive ills, including dementia. However, a new study led by a Johns Hopkins researcher suggests that hearing loss may also be a ...more

Joplin residents offered discount card for drugs >> Health l-onstot
A program has been launched to help provide residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription medications. Through the program sponsored by CVS Caremark and sponsored by the National ...more

Clothes with the dry clean only tag: a turn-off? >> Health staff
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently posted their final health assessment for tetrachloroethylene, also know as perchlorethylene or perc to their Integrated Risk Information System ...more

Alternatives for Valentine's Day >> Health erin2
Valentine’s Day is all about love, romance, hearts, flowers...and a lot of calories. Between chocolate, candy, a few cocktails and going out for a nice meal, by the end of the night you have not only ...more

Komen group takes anti-choice stance >> Health ma-earth
FLASH: Komen for the Cure reversed its decision this morning, Feb. 3, 2012, deciding to keep its funding "at the same levels," meaning to fund Planned Parenthood afterall. They also decided to clean ...more

Planned Parenthood lauds new rule >> Health staff
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today (Jan. 20, 2012) that a forthcoming final rule will protect women's access to the birth control coverage benefit---birth control ...more

Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette >> Health katie-g
Missouri failed again this year in its efforts to protect children and curb tobacco-related disease, according to the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2012 report. The ...more

Prostate cancer risk linked to gene mutation >> Health jhu-ps
After a 20-year quest to find a genetic driver for prostate cancer that strikes men at younger ages and runs in families, researchers have identified a rare, inherited mutation linked to a ...more

Medical marijuana for Arizonians gets green light >> Health matthews
PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday, January 13, 2012, said she will implement the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law, nine days after a federal judge granted a request by the ...more

Testing to save your life >> Health staff
A lot has been said about Joplin folks tornado-proofing their new homes, including the use of insulating concrete form construction, impact resistant windows, tornado tie-downs and tornado shelters. ...more

Are CT scans a "license to kill?" >> Health hastings
Profiteers in the medical CT scan business took a big hit last week from a major new government report on the causes of breast cancer. Published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health arm ...more

Ramping up the smoking issue >> Health staff
Missouri is ranked as the 27th (obviously out of 52) most smoking quit-friendly states in the country, according to a report by the American Lung Association, not a very good showing but not as bad ...more

HIV/AIDS documentary series to be streamed online >> Health staff
World AIDS Day is December 1, 2011 and PBS stations across the country will begin airing 30 Years Positive, an episode of the award-winning documentary series "In the Life" that looks back at ...more

Imported seafood may make you sick >> Health jhu-ps
Finfish, shrimp, and seafood products are some of the most widely traded foods and about 85 percent of seafood consumed in the United States is imported. A new study by researchers from the Johns ...more

Panic set in after the May 22 tornado >> Health 111karin
By Karin R. Herrmann My husband Jerry and I moved to Miami, Oklahoma from Arizona in June 2010. For a while, I worked at Sears in Joplin and I shopped in Joplin on a regular basis. Previously I ...more

"Magic mushrooms" may cause personality change >> Health jhu-ps
A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called "magic mushrooms," was enough to bring about a measurable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 ...more

Study suggests prostate biopsy complications >> Health jhu-ps
In a study of complication rates following prostate biopsy among Medicare beneficiaries, Johns Hopkins researchers have found a significant rise in serious complications requiring ...more

Joplin City Health Department to offer flu shots >> Health l-onstot
The Joplin City Health Department has a limited quantity of seasonal flu vaccinations that they will be administering to the public 3-years-of-age or older. The clinic by appointment only will take ...more

Movie Contagion deemed more than plausible >> Health jhu-ps
Infectious disease and disaster preparedness experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine say the premise of the September 9, 2011 release of the Hollywood movie Contagion, in which a lethal airborne virus ...more

St. John's Mercy announces new campus location >> Health staff
An artist's rendering shows the proposed entrance to St. John's Mercy Hospital St. John's Mercy announced the location this evening (August 16, 2011) for the replacement of their campus that was ...more

Justice and the addiction of drugs >> Health staff
Jared Loughner has been at the Springfield, Missouri federal prison since May 27, 2011, after a federal judge concluded that he was mentally unfit to help in his legal defense. For those who find ...more

Shortage of psychiatric beds is solved >> Health mlewis
Joplin, MO - Among the problems caused by the May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin, was a shortage of acute inpatient psychiatric care beds in the state of Missouri. Joplin lost a significant number of ...more

Mercy lab testing elevates hand sanitizer's use >> Health cscott
Springfield, MO - St John’s Medical Research Institute (SJMRI) Trauma and Burn Division reported data this week detailing the results of laboratory trials testing the killing power of a novel skin ...more

Shed pounds in virtual contest with Bob Harper >> Health dwiethop
Believe it or not tweens, teens and 30-somethings have something in common: social networking and dieting. Health-minded folks of all ages are turning to interactive internet sites to help them lose ...more

Playing leapfrog among anti-epilepsy drugs >> Health jhu-ps
Generic anti-epilepsy drugs, pharmaceutical products similar to brand-name versions, save consumers billions of dollars each year, but some are different enough from branded formulations that they ...more

Consuming fish oil supplements may be harmful >> Health d-burton
It is well established that eating fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna, helps to reduce the risk of heart disease. However, there are many people who don't like to eat fish but want the ...more

EPA continues to monitor air quality in Joplin >> Health mariwinn
The data from the Environmental Protection Agency - Region 7's air sampling has not indicated any health-related concerns, according to an announcement by David W. Bryan, one of the agency's public ...more

NAMI to host free counseling sessions >> Health staff
An open group counseling session by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be held beginning June 22, 2011, and each Wednesday at 10 a.m. The sessions meant to reach out to those ...more

Hospital workers gather for reflection >> Health mlewis
Mercy/St. John's workers share a moment of release at Downstream Casino near Joplin. (Photo by Aaron DuRall) About 2,000 Mercy co-workers gathered Sunday, June 12, 2011, at the Downstream Casino ...more

St. John's announces locations of physicians >> Health cscott
St. John’s Clinic patients may visit their physicians at a variety of locations around the Joplin area. Available locations for health care include: St. John's Hospital, 2817 St. John's Blvd., ...more

St. Johns is open for patient care >> Health mlewis
The majority of St. Johns Mercy Clinic primary care offices have been open since May 24, 2011 with all displaced primary care physicians seeing patients since the following day. Many of them have ...more

Information for return of found medical records >> Health staff
In response to reports of medical records and other patient information that have been found following the tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011, Mercy/St. John’s Regional Medical Center has ...more

Future treatment for obesity is explored >> Health jhu-ps
Johns Hopkins researchers transform inert white fat into brown fat to burn off calories and weight By knocking down the expression of a protein in rat brains known to stimulate eating, Johns ...more

The Brits take a new look at drug pricing >> Health jhu-ps
Model should bear watching by U.S. officials The United States should pay close attention to how the United Kingdom carries out plans to assess a new drug's worth using factors that go beyond ...more

Planned Parenthood offers STD testing for youth >> Health staff
Planned Parenthood of Southwest Missouri while supplies last is offering free (small copay may apply) testing for teens and young adults for chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV throughout April, the "Get ...more

Why bipolar disorder may lead to suicide >> Health jhu-ps
A study of thousands of people with bipolar disorder suggests that genetic risk factors may influence the decision to attempt suicide. Johns Hopkins scientists, reporting in the journal Molecular ...more

Mental disease may be linked to cat-borne parasite >> Health jhu-ps
Providing clues into why the severity of a common parasitic infection can vary greatly from person to person, a new Johns Hopkins study shows that each one of three strains of the cat-borne parasite ...more

No-guilt chocolate--is your bar up to par? >> Health s-smith
You might be too late when your friend says, "Have a piece of chocolate." You prefer the dark chocolate pieces and there are few, if any, left. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, chocolate lovers ...more

Senators ask for extension in CMS rule change >> Health s-little
U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) recently sent a bipartisan letter signed by 32 other Senators regarding a Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule requiring that all ...more

Code Blue at the Mall? Grab the AED >> Health jhu-ps
A study of more than 14,000 men and women whose hearts stopped suddenly suggests that the chances of survival are very high if such cardiac arrests are witnessed in large public venues, including ...more

MFH funds second telephone study on tobacco use >> Health johnson
ST. LOUIS – A county-level study of tobacco use and associated diseases among Missouri residents is currently under way across the state. The results will lead to the first-ever comparison of ...more

How CER will impact you >> Health aaps
A key selling point in “healthcare reform” is a new kind of research—a kind that will supposedly make medicine more efficient and less costly, unlike the old kind of research that brought us medical ...more

EPA removes saccharin from harzardous listing >> Health ryost
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed saccharin, a common artificial sweetener, and its salts from the agency's list of hazardous substances. Saccharin is no ...more

Study examines effects of new hallucinogen >> Health jhu-ps
In what is believed to be the first controlled human study of the effects of salvinorin A, the active ingredient in Salvia divinorum, a controversial new hallucinogen featured widely on YouTube ...more

Erasing memory is subject of JHU research >> Health jhu-ps
Researchers working with mice have discovered that by removing a protein from the region of the brain responsible for recalling fear, they can permanently delete traumatic memories. Their report on a ...more

Local optometrist to serve on national committees >> Health staff
Dr. James Bureman, pictured, has been selected by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry for the Optometric Competence Committee and the Judicial Rules/Resolution Committee, according ...more

FWS to address white-nose syndrome killing bats >> Health gparham
The bat population in the state of Missouri is not immune to white-nose syndrome that has killed more than a million bats in the Northeast since its discovery near Albany, NY about four years ago. ...more

New health care provisions go into effect soon >> Health staff
ST. LOUIS - Several important elements of the Affordable Care Act go into effect on September 23, 2010, making it easier for many Missourians to access health insurance and care, according to a ...more

TOPS' members laud vegetarian lifestyle >> Health kgreene
Vegetarian members of TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, know that healthy, well-balanced meal planning is a ...more

Where chronic stress may lead >> Health jhps
Long-term exposure to a common stress hormone may leave a lasting mark on the genome and influence how genes that control mood and behavior are expressed, a mouse study led by Johns Hopkins ...more

Flu shot schedule for Newton County is set >> Health casey-h
The nursing staff of the Newton County Health Department is encouraging all area residents to get a seasonal influenza vaccination to protect against seasonal flu and the complications that accompany ...more

Coalition sues EPA over failure to protect waters >> Health staff
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) filed a federal lawsuit today (Aug. 4, 2010) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri aimed at cleaning up ...more

Federal grant money to aid Missouri program >> Health bev-p
ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) has received $2 million in federal matching funds to launch a new grant program, Strategic Innovation in Missouri (SIM). Grants through this ...more

DNR plans statewide mercury collection >> Health casey-h
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is launching a summer-long effort Monday to rid homes of mercury, with nearly 50 mercury drop-off locations throughout the state, including 11 in ...more

E-coli testing is finally funded >> Health casey-h
Recreational water sampling points - 2010 The Newton County Health Department recently received funding from the Environmental Resources Coalition and Missouri American Water in cooperation with ...more

New government reimbursement policy is criticized >> Health jhu-ps
Pay-for-performance reimbursement of surgeons, intended to reward doctors and hospitals for good patient outcomes, may instead be creating financial incentives for discriminating against obese ...more

Study shows positive effects of drinking red wine >> Health jhu/ps
Researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have discovered the way in which red wine consumption may protect the brain from damage following a stroke. Two hours after feeding mice a single modest dose ...more

Group fosters awareness of Parkinson's disease >> Health staff
Accepting a proclamation from Missouri State Representative Charlie Denison is Mel Devries, founder of The Parkinson's Group of the Ozarks. Standing by is Patricia Auston, president of the ...more

Medical TV shows are rife with ethical dilemmas >> Health jhu-ps
A medical student and faculty directors from The Johns Hopkins University's Berman Institute of Bioethics analyzed depictions of bioethical issues and professionalism over a full season of two ...more

Bacterial disease is showing up in Jasper County >> Health l-onstot
The Jasper County Health Department is currently investigating a cluster of gastrointestinal illnesses in the 64830 zip code area of Jasper County. The illnesses have been caused by the bacteria ...more

Study shows little risk for kidney donations >> Health jhu-ps
In a landmark study of more than 80,000 live kidney donors from across the United States, Johns Hopkins researchers have found the procedure carries very little medical risk and that, in the long ...more

Another reason to fear that mosquito bite >> Health jhu-ps
Mosquitoes -- not birds as suspected -- may have a played a primary role in spreading West Nile virus westward across the United States, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins ...more

Why aren't hospitals green? >> Health jhu-ps
Wider adoption of the practice of recycling medical equipment -- including laparoscopic ports and durable cutting tools typically tossed out after a single use -- could save hospitals hundreds of ...more

Report shows few plan for end-of-life care >> Health jhu-ps
Approximately 66 percent of respondents to a Maryland telephone survey do not have advance medical directives, according to a new report by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of ...more

Report OKs use of older kidneys for older patients >> Health jhu-ps
One-third of people over the age of 65 wait longer than necessary for lifesaving new kidneys because their doctors fail to put them in a queue for organs unsuitable to transplant in younger patients ...more

Learn about health issues by web or by phone >> Health staff
The expense or impracticality of attending workshops has been alleviated by the scheduling of workshops over the telephone or online. A webinar refers to a specific type of web conferencing that ...more

Milar trains for Memory Walk; Memory Day nears >> Health staff
Christina Milar, pictured at left, area community outreach coordinator for Americare and this year’s chairperson for the Joplin Area Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk scheduled for fall 2010, ...more

Missouri medical marijuana bill is introduced >> Health staff
A bill to permit Missouri citizens with valid medical prescriptions to benefit from the use of marijuana without fear of criminal prosecution has been filed by Missouri Representative Kate Meiners ...more

Cost-intensive doctoring is studied >> Health jhu-ps
Analyzing physicians' practice patterns may hold valuable clues about how to curb the nation's rising health care costs, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of ...more

Blunt heads health care round-table discussion >> Health mariwinn
Congressman Roy Blunt explains his position on health care to Gary Duncan, president/CEO of Freeman Health System, at left. Included in the discussion is Robert Dodson, a surgeon on the staff of St. ...more

H1N1 shots are available now on walk-in basis >> Health staff
H1N1 vaccinations are available at the Newton County Health Department for all area residents, regardless of age, medical condition or residency. Children, ages 9 or younger who require two doses of ...more

Texting as a treatment tool >> Health jhu-ps
DID U TK YR MEDS? From a lethal distraction for drivers to dehumanizing personal interactions, text messaging has gotten a bum rap lately. But for doctors treating patients with chronic diseases, ...more

Citizens asked to prioritize health issues >> Health l-onstot
The Jasper and Newton Counties Community Health Collaborative (CHC) is in the process of conducting a new comprehensive community health assessment for the two-county area. The CHC conducts an ...more

Vets with combat injuries sought for brain study >> Health carrie
Combat veterans, now equipped with better body armor and armored vehicles, are surviving injuries that were once fatal, but are often returning from war zones with brain injuries. For those who are ...more

Food safety is increased using irradiation >> Health d-burton
Only a small proportion of food in the United States is irradiated. But according to Tammy Roberts, a nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension, there is ...more

Medical scans seen as cause of cancer >> Health hastings
By John LaForge “ ... we know that doing 62 million scans every year for a population of 300 million is not just unnecessary and wasteful, but it’s dangerous. It’s producing tens of thousands of ...more

Who Can Live to Be 100? >> Health vbryan
by Diana R. Milne My dad recently celebrated his 90th birthday and our family hosted a party in his honor. Jokingly, I told Dad that on his 100th birthday we’d celebrate by going to Hawaii…and ...more

Joplin Community Clinic to extend dental care >> Health staff
A grant of $10,000 has been awarded by the Helen S. Boylan Foundation to the Dental Hygiene Clinic at Missouri Southern State University to enable the group to be the first in the area to offer a ...more

Does food labeling have you stumped? >> Health d-burton
Some of the terms used on food labels can create more questions than answers. "It is pretty serious when you have to walk in to a grocery store with an encyclopedia to understand the food labels," ...more

Joplin's Scott Greening Center changes hands >> Health sray
Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH) acquired the Scott Greening Center, also known as Youth Dependency Inc., and will take over operations effective October 1, 2009. The center located at 1315 East ...more

The marijuana vs. alcohol debate heats up >> Health mariwinn
Mason Tvert, executive director of SAFER and co-author of the book, Marijuana is Safer takes the podium at Missouri Southern State University to promote his ideology. Photos by Vince ...more

Overweight people are adding to health care burden >> Health melis
"One part 'real life' advice, two parts healthy lifestyle, and a splash of initiative is all you need to find a slimmer, healthier you." That's the advice of Jerry Sorlucco, political figure and ...more

The ouch of gout >> Health d-burton
People who have been awakened by a sharp strong breathtaking pain in their big toe in the middle of the night know that gout is a very real condition. According to Tammy Roberts, a nutrition and ...more

Recent data confirms E coli threat in local waters >> Health bkulp
The Newton County Health Department is advising the public to take precautions this year when swimming and recreating in area creeks and streams. Recent sampling data in Newton County confirms that ...more

Primer on ticks >> Health casey-h
Many people pull off ticks with their fingers and crush them with their finger nails, but do they take the time also to wash their hands afterwards? And this procedure for removing and killing ...more

Santa's health is at risk >> Health d-burton
People with a lot of belly fat are at a higher risk for health problems than people who carry fat in other areas according to Tammy Roberts, nutrition and health education specialist, University of ...more

Kynli Wolf gets to kiss the pig >> Health staff
The 2008 Kiss-A-Pig Event held November 8, 2008, at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin raised over $30,000 for local programs and research for the American Diabetes Association, according to ...more

Vets' families to receive assistance >> Health hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY - The Ozark Center is one of 10 agencies that will take part in the Department of Mental Health's Help for the Home Front, a program that focuses on helping those who live with a ...more

Broiler chickens, bacteria and you >> Health jhu-ps
Consider this significance of driving behind trucks transporting broiler chickens from farm to slaughterhouse: Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found evidence ...more

WIC clients served to increase in Joplin >> Health l-onstot
The Joplin City Health Department has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2009 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior ...more

Plastics with BPA may impact health >> Health d-burton
Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is a chemical used to make plastic food and beverage containers, dental sealants and the resin lining in cans. The Food and Drug Administration has concluded that ...more

Misdiagnosis is common in appendicitis cases >> Health jhu-ps
A young child arrives at the emergency room after several days of abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea and is sent home with a diagnosis of viral gastritis and treatment for the symptoms. The child ...more

Mac County gets new ambulances >> Health staff
The Freeman McDonald County ambulance station in Jane, MO has been awarded a grant of $379,355 to help purchase two ambulances and emergency equipment. The grant was awarded by the US Department of ...more

Congress passes ALS registry bill >> Health wosk
Congress took a major step in the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease recently when the House of Representatives passed the ALS Registry Act (S. 1382). The legislation sponsored by Senator Harry Reid ...more

Energy drinks with caffeine are scrutinized >> Health jhu-ps
A slew of caffeinated energy drinks now on the market should carry prominent labels that note caffeine doses and warn of potential health risks for consumers, according to Johns Hopkins scientists ...more

E coli outbreak hits northeastern Oklahoma >> Health debw
For the past two weeks, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has been investigating an outbreak of E. coli 0111 in northeastern Oklahoma. This outbreak has resulted in persons becoming ...more

Community Clinic benefits from foundation grant >> Health dwiethop
ST. LOUIS – The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC has announced that it is providing a $20,000 grant to the Community Clinic of Joplin to fund programs to combat chronic diseases that ...more

Soup or salad? Salad, no tomatoes, please >> Health l-onstot
The Joplin Health Department is recommending that consumers and retailers follow the latest FDA guidelines concerning the consumption of certain raw red plum, red Roma, and red round tomatoes due to ...more

Pedestrian/bike report gives Missouri bad grade >> Health staff
Missouri's walking and bicycling environment is "so poor that even simple, basic changes will create very noticeable improvement,"according to the Missouri Bicycle Federation in a report they issued ...more

Push on for marijuana legalization >> Health niandra
Patients who could benefit from the legalization of marijuana for medical use in the state of Missouri and their supporters gathered in the Missouri state capitol today. Their purpose was to ask ...more

Program will aid children affected by meth abuse >> Health mcintron
A program offering services to families affected by methamphetamine abuse in southwest Missouri has recently been launched by a Chicago-based private non-profit human service organization. Circle of ...more

Government advisors to deal with long term care >> Health robinson
A committee chaired by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has been named to make recommendations by October 1, 2008 to Governor Matt Blunt and the General Assembly regarding the long care needs of ...more

Major public health threat to be discussed >> Health loglisci
Recent headlines about the so-called killer bug (MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and the difficulty of treating it with traditional antibiotics are raising alarms about the ...more

Make your new home radon-resistant >> Health dryan
Did you know... breathing home indoor radon causes nearly one hundred times more deaths each year than carbon monoxide poisoning? radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind ...more

E. coli bacteria plagues poultry workers >> Health jhu-ps
Poultry workers in the United States are 32 times more likely to carry E. coli bacteria resistant to the commonly used antibiotic, gentamicin, than others outside the poultry industry, according to a ...more

The dry vs. wet cat food issue >> Health d-burton
by Christian BasiNews Bureau, University of Missouri COLUMBIA, MO – Although society is accustomed to seeing Garfield-sized cats, obese, middle-aged cats can have a variety of problems ...more

Old brains should learn new tricks >> Health d-burton
Virtually every day more research is focusing on issues impacting senior citizens. One example is a recent study that suggests that seniors should keep their minds active as a key to good ...more

25% of diagnostic heart surgery may be unnecessary >> Health jhu-ps
A study by an international team of cardiac imaging specialists, led by researchers at Johns Hopkins, concludes that sophisticated computed tomography (CT) scans of the heart and its surrounding ...more

Radon: beware of this silent, invisible killer >> Health gloria-l
by Gloria Linnertz November is not my favorite month. So many times in November my husband Joe and I had to put on our badges of courage and faith to make it through difficult situations. It was ...more

HIV does not lessen maternal drive >> Health mark-w
ST. LOUIS — Living with the HIV virus often does not stifle the maternal instinct in women, according to research conducted by Nancy Cibulka, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing at Maryville ...more

Controversial book dispels health assessment myths >> Health mariwinn
Katie Couric on a "60 Minutes" broadcast last month reported on the potentially dangerous diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children. At least one doctor at his clinic was prescribing off-label ...more

FDA approves knee-injury repair device for humans >> Health cbasi
COLUMBIA, MO - A new knee-surgery device investigated by University of Missouri-Columbia researchers that will help to repair meniscus tears, which were previously defined as irreparable, has been ...more

Confusion over Medicare plans addressed >> Health bev-s
Are you confused by the Medicare advertising you see on TV, mail you get in your mailbox, and telephone calls you might receive? Do you understand the difference between " Original Medicare" and ...more

Cloning controversy is reopened in Missouri >> Health mariwinn
Dolly, a sheep, made headlines when she was born without a father but rather the identical copy of another adult. Ian Wilmut and his colleagues at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland ...more

Seniors are prey for Medicare schemers >> Health bev-s
by Beverly Scroggins,Community Services DirectorThe VantAge Point Area Agency on Aging The Area Agency on Aging has received several calls recently from seniors who have been contacted by ...more

Frozen embryos for stem cell reseach increases >> Health jhu-ps
Baltimore - In a survey of more than one thousand infertility patients with frozen embryos, 60 percent of patients report that they are likely to donate their embryos to stem cell research, a level ...more

Beware of the insidious tick >> Health tmoehr
The transmission electron micrograph (magnified x 45,700) shows Ehrlichia chaffeensis in the cytoplasm of cells. Note: E. chaffeensis is enveloped by two layers of membranes and has tubular ...more

Alzheimer's to quadruple worldwide by 2050 >> Health jhu-ps
More than 26 million people worldwide were estimated to be living with Alzheimer's disease in 2006, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public ...more

Influenza worries surface >> Health bkulp
by Bob KulpNewton County Health Administrator Neosho, MO – The recent case of a man with drug resistant tuberculosis who traveled internationally has many people wondering how safe Americans ...more

Study suggests chance of rejuvenating aging brain >> Health jhu-ps
You may not be able to relive your youth, but part of your brain can. Johns Hopkins researchers have found that newly made nerves in an adult brain's learning center experience a one-month period ...more

Defend yourself against ticks and skeeters >> Health lansdc
Memorial Day is the perfect time to remember and practice summer protection against ticks and mosquitoes, according to a comments by Roger Brock, Newton County Health Department environmental ...more

Newton County Health Dept. to post E. coli warning >> Health lansdc
Albert Midoux of Anderson, a leading voice in environmental protection matters, years ago had warned that the algae growth from agricultural waste and point source pollution had reached its limit. ...more

Study shows how much hospitals gouge the uninsured >> Health jhu-ps
Hospitals do not charge every patient the same price for medical care. Uninsured patients and those who pay with their own funds are charged 2.5 times more for hospital care than those covered by ...more

Common drugs may lead to greater cures >> Health jhu-ps
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered to their surprise that two drugs commonly used for treatment might be beneficial in treating other more serious disorders. These researchers discovered ...more

How lead exposure produces learning deficits >> Health jhu-ps
A study of young adult rats by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provides evidence that explains exactly how exposure to lead during brain development produces ...more

Health screening funds cut to Planned Parenthoods >> Health admin2
Gov. Matt Blunt in Springfield today called for $500,000 in state funds for the Show Me Healthy Women Program. The funds will expand the program to 1,225 more Missouri women, but at the expense of ...more

EMCAPS helps prepare for mass casualties >> Health jhu-ps
Johns Hopkins emergency medicine specialists have developed a tool to help hospitals prepare for disasters with the potential to overwhelm services, and they are providing the software for ...more

CDC offers food-handling guidelines >> Health lansdc
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 76 million Americans suffer from foodborne illness each year. Many of these illnesses can be prevented with safe food handling. ...more

Wal-Mart expands $4 generic prescription program >> Health admin2
Missouri and Kansas are now part of a $4 generic prescription program initially launched by the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Tampa, FL on September 26, 2006. The announcement by Wal-Mart includes ...more

Apply SCRATCH to diagnose insect-bite rashes >> Health jhu-ps
Children afflicted with insect-bite rashes are often misdiagnosed or referred for extensive and costly tests, but a new, easy-to-remember set of guidelines developed at the Johns Hopkins Children's ...more

Potential new way of treating diabetes found >> Health jhu-ps
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have uncovered a surprising and novel way of lowering blood sugar levels in mice by manipulating the release of sugar by liver cells. The results, published in the June ...more

Doctors weigh in on obesity >> Health jcrow
Doctors sat on a panel to discuss the issue of obesity in America during the Public Affairs Conference held at Missouri State University last week. While they all had different ideas, they could ...more

How safe is handling buttered popcorn? >> Health mariwinn
Dr. Allen Parmet associated with Midwest Occupational Medicine of Kansas City, MO gestures to his audience about the danger of exposure to the chemical diacetyl. (Photo by Vince Rosati) Students ...more

Proper monitoring essential for diabetes patients >> Health jhu-ps
Physicians and patients often too lax about monitoring In a strongly worded review published in a recent edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the head of the Johns ...more

Missouri fire marshal lists recalled products >> Health terri-d
JEFFERSON CITY - State Fire Marshal Randy Cole warns Missourians of recently recalled products by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that could potentially be a fire hazard. "I urge any ...more

Just want one cigarette... >> Health daisymae
This poem commemorates the voters of Oklahoma in 2004 who by 53 percent to 47 percent increased the state cigarette tax by 80 cents to $1.03 per pack, as well as taxes on other tobacco products. The ...more

Burma: a nation of spreading disease >> Health jhu-ps
Government policies in Burma that restrict public health and humanitarian aid have created an environment where AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria and bird flu (H5N1) are spreading unchecked, ...more

How protein acts as biological intruder alarm >> Health jhu-ps
Drawing on lab experiments and computer studies, Johns Hopkins researchers have learned how a common protein delivers its warning message to cells when an infectious agent invades the body. The ...more

Retired Springfield man creates Pill tell™ >> Health mariwinn
Guy Pollard's idea was just that, an idea, when he stepped into the office of Springfield SCORE. But Pollard's Pill tell™, an aid to helping people with the drugs they take, is now being ...more

Medicare prescription plans need thorough scrutiny >> Health d-burton
New prescription drug plans for those qualified for Medicare will begin Jan. 1, 2006, but there is no automatic enrollment. According to Annette FitzGerald, family financial education specialist, ...more

Support inquiry into fluoride as carcinogen >> Health mariwinn
An online petition calling for a Congressional investigation into the safety of fluoridation has been posted on the Fluoride Action Network website. Maureen Jones, the director of Citizens for ...more

Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette >> Health mariwinn
What Missouri governor Matt Blunt calls "an effective tool" currently is available for Missourians who want to quit smoking and quit using other forms of tobacco. 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) ...more

MDNR sets up new stream exemptions >> Health ejheisel
St. Louis – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is considering whether to exempt several streams from new water quality rules. Two streams are in Barton County. Under ...more

Prominent researcher defends stem cell exploration >> Health stowers
Seeking cures in Missouri Imagine your parent or grandparent is suffering from Parkinson’s disease or your child is stricken with diabetes. You helplessly watch the agonizing toll the ...more

My Clinic opens in Joplin >> Health dan-w
Joplin - Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt welcomed the addition of Joplin's first federally qualified health center (FQHC) to serve the needs of the area's low-income patients. "Federally ...more

A is for Anxiety >> Health belleann
When I first started having panic attacks, I naturally thought that something was physically wrong with me. I would have periodic moments where it felt like I could not catch my breath in a way that ...more






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