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Health

Federal agency toughens protections for pregnant workers

The government has updated 30-year-old guidelines, citing "the persistence of overt pregnancy discrimination, as well as the emergence of more subtle discriminatory practices."

UPDATE: Meningitis vaccine to be required at Missouri's public colleges

The vaccine requirement — already in place on all University of Missouri System campuses — takes effect next summer.

Advisory boards oppose marijuana growing proposal

Two city advisory boards voted Thursday to stop pushing proposed amendments for growing marijuana forward.

No practicing on patients: New docs get boot camp

Brand-new doctors often launch right into patient care within weeks of graduating from medical school. To make sure their skills are up to snuff, many medical schools and hospitals run crash courses in the basics for these new interns.

Unapproved device buys time for new pair of lungs

NIH-funded researchers are working to develop wearable "respiratory assist devices" that could do the lungs' two jobs — supplying oxygen and getting rid of carbon dioxide — without tethering patients to a bulky bedside machine.

Measles outbreak complicates two big Amish events

The outbreak, with more than 360 cases, started after Amish travelers to the Philippines contracted measles there and returned home. Health officials believe the outbreak in Ohio is slowing.

Tourniquets make comeback with American police

After the Army had success with tourniquets on the battlefield, they are becoming more common in police departments across the country.

Guideline: Most healthy women can skip pelvic exam

The American College of Physicians said Monday that routine pelvic exams don't benefit healthy women and can cause more harm than good. They recommended that doctors stop using them as a screening tool.

For smokers, can e-cigarettes save money?

Some smokers have saved money by switching to e-cigarettes. But the cost savings might not last as some states are looking into taxing e-cigarettes.

MU Health Care, 4 other systems create Health Network of Missouri

Although the five-system network will allow for group purchases and shared health care registries, each system will remain independent.

Panel: Flu spray better than shots for young kids

Some studies have found that kids ages 2 through 8 are about half as likely to get the flu if they had the spray vaccine instead of a shot.

Underrepresented medical students face lonely, sometimes challenging road

The MU School of Medicine had just one black graduate this spring. The school is working to diversify its student body but has had mixed results and finds itself competing for a small pool of qualified candidates.

Safety organization set to adopt new helmet standards in concussion fight

The proposed new standard would add a test of how helmets perform when an impact makes a player's head suddenly spin in addition to existing tests for how they withstand direct blows, so-called linear forces that can make the brain bump back and forth.

Thousands in Missouri might need new doctors

UnitedHealthcare terminated nearly 100 Missouri doctors from the Medicare Advantage plan in April and said it plans to cut 5 percent to 7 percent of the more than 10,000 physicians in Missouri this year.

$1,000-a-pill Sovaldi jolts U.S. health care system

Sovaldi, a new pill for hepatitis C, cures the liver-wasting disease in 9 of 10 patients, but treatment can cost more than $90,000. More than 3 million Americans carry the hepatitis C virus, and many don't realize it.

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.

Global First Responder connects volunteers to medical care, relief programs

Emergency room physician Adam Beckett has created an online global network for people who want to volunteer on overseas medical relief trips. He and a group of volunteers are about to provide help to people in the world's second-largest refugee camp.

Study: Red meat possibly linked to breast cancer

A new study from Harvard University found that in a survey of 88,000 women, women who ate the most amount of red meat experienced 6.8 more cases of breast cancer for every 1,000 women.

Healthy seniors tested in bid to block Alzheimer's

Scientists plan to scan the brains of thousands of healthy older volunteers for a sticky build-up believed to play a key role in development of Alzheimer's. The study would see if early intervention will help prevent or slow down the disease.

Gov. Nixon signs parental-consent bill for teen tanning

Restrictions on tanning by minors have been enacted in more than 30 states. Under this law, businesses in Missouri could be fined $100 the first time an underage person tans without parental consent, $250 for a second violation and $500 for each one after that.

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