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Thousands in Missouri may need new doctors

UnitedHealthcare notified more physicians that they will be removed from the company’s Medicare Advantage plan on Sept. 1, which may mean thousands of Missourians will have to switch doctors.

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Dr. Oz scolded at hearing on weight loss scams

Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz on Tuesday offered to help “drain the swamp” of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight.

Health groups urge veto of e-cigarette bill

Health advocacy groups are urging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to veto legislation that would exempt electronic cigarettes from some tobacco sales restrictions while barring people younger than 18 from buying them.

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Blunt seeks options in wake of VA situation

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt told reporters Thursday the current complaints about some Veterans Administration’s hospitals “leads us to, really, opportunity to discuss veterans’ care in new ways.”

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Exterior of new St. Mary’s Health Center nearing completion

In the home stretch

Officials at St. Mary’s Health Center expect substantial completion of the new facility on Mission Drive in late July with an official move-in date of Nov. 16.

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FDA to update seafood guidance for pregnant women

The Food and Drug Administration is updating its advice for pregnant women on the appropriate levels of mercury in seafood but Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Friday that it won't require mercury labels on seafood packages.

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Government warns against indoor tanning for minors

Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18, part of a government action announced Thursday aimed at reducing skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices.

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Officials: Measles tally doubled in the past month

Measles cases are accelerating, and in the last five months have caused more U.S. illnesses than in any entire year since 1996.

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California chicken still linked to salmonella

An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a chicken producer in the state of California continues to sicken people more than a year after it started.

$650M settlement reached over blood thinner

German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim said Wednesday it has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of U.S. claims questioning the marketing and safety of its popular blood thinner Pradaxa.

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Local nurse honored for going above and beyond

Tessa Ellis, a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Health Center, was awarded the hospital’s first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses last week for the exceptional care and attention she provided a patient during his hospital stay in 2013.

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‘World’s ugliest woman’ pursues anti-bullying film

In December 2013, she inspired millions with her TED Talk.

Up to 5,000 exposed to hepatitis in Springfield

Health officials are offering immunizations for up to 5,000 people who might have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus at a Springfield restaurant.

SW Mo. restaurant worker diagnosed with hepatitis

Health officials in Springfield are urging some patrons of a Red Robin restaurant to be vaccinated for hepatitis A after an employee was diagnosed with the virus.

US charges egg company, 2 execs in 2010 outbreak

An Iowa company and two executives are expected to plead guilty to selling tainted eggs that were responsible for a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands and led to an unprecedented recall of 550 million eggs, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

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Obama vows fix to veterans’ health care troubles

With outrage mounting over veterans’ health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at VA hospitals will not be tolerated, and he left open the possibility that Secretary Eric Shinseki, a disabled war veteran, could be held to account.

Restoring dental benefits makes advocates smile

Funding was cut from Medicaid in 2005

Health officials say there’s an unmet need for dental coverage in Missouri, and the General Assembly’s reinstatement of dental funds in Missouri’s budget is a step in the right direction.

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CDC: MERS virus spread in US, but 2nd man not sick

Health officials reported Saturday what appears to be the first time that a mysterious Middle East virus has spread from one person to another in the United States.

Obama and Congress move to address VA firestorm

The Obama administration and Congress are moving quickly to respond to a growing political firestorm over allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at veterans' hospitals nationwide.

States move to expand experimental drugs for some

Nick Auden didn't live to see the legislation, but the case of the Denver melanoma patient who died while seeking access to an experimental drug helped inspire a first-of-its kind law in Colorado.