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Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

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Insurance coalition coaches Capital City

Federally qualified health centers throughout Missouri are offering educational courses for registration in open enrollment for the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace today.

University health system won't hire tobacco users

The University of Missouri Health Care system is snuffing out tobacco users as future employees. MU Health Care CEO Mitch Wasden called the move an effort to "lead by example."

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Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

Health insurance enrollments set

The Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging is holding health insurance enrollment events in Fulton.

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St. Mary’s prepares for relocation with mock moves

The SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Jefferson City (SSM) is getting ready for its big move on Sunday.

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Scientists try to predict number of US Ebola cases

Top medical experts studying the spread of Ebola say the public should expect more cases to emerge in the United States by year's end as infected people arrive here from West Africa, including American doctors and nurses returning from the hot zone and people fleeing from the deadly disease.

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Maine in standoff with nurse over Ebola safeguards

Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise Thursday with nurse Kaci Hickox that would keep her away from other people, in the nation’s most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.

Health care overhaul doubts ease for insurers

What a difference a year makes. The nation's biggest health insurers entered last fall cautious about a major coverage expansion initiated by the health care overhaul, the federal law that aims to cover millions of uninsured people.

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Quarantined Ebola nurse goes outside; police watch

A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa said Wednesday she plans to end her voluntary quarantine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her home and state officials seeking to legally enforce it.

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Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast

Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start.

Lake Regional, emergency responders prepare for unlikely appearance of Ebola

As the nation’s strategy to address the Ebola virus continues to evolve, Lake Regional Health System is taking steps to protect its patients and employees.

Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola

A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is the first test case of quarantine policies now in effect in three states over heightened fears the deadly virus could be spread by health care workers returning to the United States.

Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm

The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city.

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Officials: New York doctor has Ebola, 1st in city

An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, city officials said Thursday. He's the fourth case in the U.S. and the first in the nation's biggest city.

Republicans worry Missouri not prepared for Ebola

Some Republican lawmakers questioned Wednesday whether emergency responders have the training and resources to handle a potential Ebola outbreak in Missouri.

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Nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care

A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday by the largest U.S. nurses' union.

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Records chronicle how Ebola kills

The first person ever to be diagnosed with the dreaded Ebola virus on United States soil was the first in this country to die of it.

St. Mary’s schedules open houses for new hospital

The new St. Mary’s hospital in Jefferson City is scheduled to have its first business day on Nov. 16. But it plans to give the public a sneak peek at the new hospital with open house events Nov. 1 and 2.

Budget 'withholds' hitting county health departments

Area counties ask Nixon to release funds

County health departments are requesting that Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon release the $3.3 million designated for public health projects and programs that he withheld from the state budget.

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