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Things to know about E. coli outbreak tied to Chipotle

Chipotle closed 43 of its Pacific Northwest locations in response to an E. coli outbreak that health officials have connected to the Mexican food chain.

CDC: More food poisoning outbreaks cross state lines

The government is reporting an increase in food poisoning outbreaks that span multiple states, like the one this week that prompted Chipotle to close 43 of its restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.

Drug prices top Americans’ list of health care concerns

Americans from across the political spectrum are worried about the cost of prescription drugs for serious diseases, following weeks of news coverage about companies hiking prices for critical medicines.

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Study shows value of knee replacement surgery, other options

People with knees worn out by arthritis will get more pain relief from joint replacement surgery, but it has more risks and there's a good chance that less drastic approaches also would help. That's the bottom line from the first study to strictly test other treatments against knee replacement, an operation done hundreds of thousands of times a year in the U.S.

Group of Springfield-area doctors go insurance-free

At the beginning of 2014, there was one local practice open to the public locally that classified itself as direct primary care. Now there are five in Greene and Christian counties. And three more plan to open by the end of the year.

Express Scripts to cover pricey new cholesterol treatments

The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager has decided to cover two new drugs that lower artery-clogging cholesterol but raise concern over prices that can top $14,000 a year.

Congressional Democrats push for Valeant Pharma subpoena

Congressional Democrats are pressing a Republican committee chairman to force a pharmaceutical company to turn over documents tied to price hikes imposed earlier this year.

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Doctors hopeful for better flu vaccine this winter

Doctors are hopeful that a change to the flu vaccine will minimize outbreaks this winter. So this year, scientists are targeting the most common strain of the virus that circulated last season.

Book Review: Must-read autism book shifts paradigm

"Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism" (Simon & Schuster), by Barry M. Prizant

From its first pages, "Uniquely Human" establishes itself as a must-read for anyone touched by autism.

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California lawmakers approve right-to-die legislation

California lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. The measure faces an uncertain future with Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian who has not said whether he will sign it.

Uncertainty reigns over possible end of 9/11 health programs

Fourteen years after the 9/11 attacks, a new round of uncertainty looms for people exposed to the million tons of toxic dust that fell on New York when hijacked jets toppled the World Trade Center.

3 Louisiana salmonella cases may be in 27-state outbreak

Three cases of salmonella in Louisiana may be part of the outbreak that sickened 285 people in 27 states, killing a 99-year-old California woman, according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Dozens under observation as Legionnaires' hits prison

Dozens of San Quentin prisoners were under observation Saturday after an inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, prompting a weekend halt to visitors and limited drinking water supplies at the Northern California lockup.

'Silver tsunami' amplifies nursing shortage

Report: Hospitals wrangling with high turnover, vacancy rates

A recent report from the Missouri Hospital Association shows trends in turnover and vacancy rates among certain health care professions, specifically with challenges regarding nurse staffing.

Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines

Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.

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How fit is your office?

Mid-Missouri companies offer variety of strategies to encourage healthier lifestyles for staffs, reduce insurance costs

JCMG’s employee wellness program is part of a larger trend, where businesses are encouraging healthy choices as a way to decrease health-insurance claim costs over time while developing a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.

FDA issues warning over Kim Kardashian’s drug promotions

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is no stranger to criticism, having spent the better part of the last decade in the public eye.

Columbia reports 7 suspected mumps cases

Health officials in Boone County says seven suspected cases of mumps have been reported in the Columbia area.

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Study shows high-risk areas for Lyme disease growing

The geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically, according to a new government study published Wednesday

Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003

A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station.