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Investor pressure pushing drugmaker M&A deals

Drugmakers eager to satisfy shareholders by boosting profits and share prices are wheeling, dealing and in one case even making trades like a pro sports team looking to shake up its roster. The moves could spur more mergers and acquisitions in the industry.

Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.

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Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report

The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish.

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Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate

A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.

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St. Mary’s, JCMG opening Cancer Center

One-stop shop for cancer patients opens Monday

St. Mary’s Cancer Center at JCMG (Jefferson City Medical Group) will open its doors to cancer patients Monday.

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Top-paid Medicare doctors say they have reasons

How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare?

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Rise in autism cases raises concerns

Experts: Ratio could be tied to increased awareness

James and Heather Brewer dream about the day they can communicate with their son Maddox.

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States rebel against powerful new painkiller

State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation's deadly scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

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'Parenthood' star Burkholder sheds light on autism

Max Burkholder strives to be a normal teen while working on the NBC drama "Parenthood." Burkholder's character, also named Max, isn't your typical teen. He has Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism.

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Schools increasingly check students for obesity

The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.

FDA Oks new therapy to prevent hemophilia bleeding

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first hemophilia B treatment designed to decrease frequency of injections to prevent the excessive bleeding the clotting disorder causes.

Women: J&J trashed records in product injury suits

Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate their claims the health care giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits.

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25 drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics

Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

Endocyte surges on news for cancer drug

Shares of Endocyte nearly doubled in value Friday after European Union regulators said the company's drug Vynfinit should be approved as a treatment for ovarian cancer, and Endocyte said the drug helped slow the progression of lung cancer in a midstage trial.

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Clearing begins for hospital expansion

Work has begun in earnest to create the expansion that will be attached to Capital Region Medical Center along Madison Street in Jefferson City.

Obama tapes ‘Funny or Die’ interview

Zach Galifianakis brought the ferns, and President Barack Obama opened a new avenue of presidential communication.

In reversal, Maine GOP embraces part of health law

Maine Republicans who are fiercely fighting an effort to expand government-subsidized health care coverage to roughly 70,000 residents have come up with an alternative: government-subsidized health care.

Declining in-patient volumes lead to furloughs

Experts: Staff adjustments common in medical field today

Due to a decreased in-patient volume in January, Capital Region Medical Center has required its non-nursing and non-clinical staff to take time off over a six-week period as a cost-savings measure.

Chemo parity bill goes to governor

Missouri cancer patients who rely on oral chemotherapy pills could see lower costs under legislation sent to the governor’s desk Thursday.

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