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Health

Poll: More stressful to care for spouse than parent

People are far more likely to disclose their funeral plans to friends and family than reveal their preferences for assistance with day-to-day living as they get older, according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

States move to expand experimental drugs for some with 'Right to Try' law

The "Right To Try" law allows terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs without getting federal approval. It's a proposal being advanced in several states by patient advocates who are frustrated by the yearslong federal approval process for experimental drugs in the pipeline.

Cerner Corp. uses Missouri town to test health initiative

North Kansas City-based Cerner Corp. adopted Nevada, Mo., in 2012 as a testing ground for theories to control skyrocketing medical costs. The Healthy Nevada initiative aims to emphasize the individual's role in decreasing health care costs.

MU Department of Child Health to receive $500,000 donation

The Leda J. Sears Trust announced that it plans to donate half a million dollars to the MU Department of Child Health.

Anxiety diagnoses rising in Boone County, across state

Anxiety disorders have risen in Boone County and the state since 2008. Experts say there's no simple explanation for the increase, though greater awareness of anxiety as a disorder might be playing a role.

Mercy plans suburban St. Louis telemedicine center

The center will deliver medical care all day, every day, through audio, video and data connections. It will provide medical care for people in remote rural areas and underserved inner cities, saving them the hassle of a trip to the city.

The doctor will see you now via webcam, smartphone

The virtual house call is a convenient remedy for people who would otherwise find it difficult to get to a doctor.

 

U.N.: Spread of polio now a world health emergency

The World Health Organization does not plan to push back its polio eradication deadline of 2018.

Fast action can help save lives of stroke patients

Specially equipped ambulances could decrease stroke treatment time by 25 minutes, according to a study that compares patients treated by emergency medical services with those treated by specially equipped stroke-response ambulances.

Stroke survivor Mark McEwen: Know the warning signs

Former CBS weatherman Mark McEwen suffered a stroke in 2005. Since then, he has been fighting toward a full recovery. Hesaid he now knows there were warning signs he should have heeded, such as high blood pressure.

FDA regulation on e-cigarettes might not affect Columbia shops

The FDA proposes regulating of tobacco products, including a ban on minors  purchasing e-cigarettes. Columbia shops that sell e-cigarettes said they already voluntarily refuse to sell the devices to minors.

Oregon is 1st to ditch state health exchange

After months of trying to get its problem-plagued online health exchange to work, Oregon on Friday officially gave up on the state portal and decided to switch to the federal website.

New FDA rules could affect menus at restaurants, other stores

Calorie counts could soon accompany items on restaurant menus, but grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters, planes and trains may be exempt.

Measles off to a fast start as cases trend up

Authorities say 129 cases in 13 states were reported by mid-April, the bulk of them in California and New York City. Most were triggered by travelers who caught the virus abroad and spread it in the United States among unvaccinated people.

FDA OKs first-ever DNA alternative to Pap smear

Federal health regulators have cleared a genetic test from Roche as a first-choice screening option for cervical cancer. It was a role previously reserved for the Pap smear, the decades-old mainstay of women's health.

FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes

Most everyone agrees a ban on selling them to kids would be a step forward. But health and public policy experts can't say for certain whether the electronic devices are a good thing or a bad thing overall.

Study: Diabetic heart attack and stroke rates falling

The study also showed declines in diabetes-related kidney failure and amputations.

House OKs notification for ending fluoridation

The legislation would require notification at least 90 days before a vote to permanently cease fluoridation.

Study finds signs of brain changes in recreational marijuana users

A study to be published Wednesday suggests that marijuana use might result in anatomical changes to users' brains.

St. Louis-area hospital to offer midwife option

Mercy officials said it will give women the option of a birth without medical intervention that's overseen by a midwife, but with medical personnel nearby in case of complications.

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