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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.

Study: Hospice saves money

A recent study by the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association found that Missouri Medicaid recipients who choose end-of-life hospice care have lower Medicaid costs than those who don’t.

ACA requires chronic care coverage

The Community Health Center of Central Missouri has established a Chronic Care Program to help patients with chronic disease management for conditions such as diabetes, asthma and depression.

Long waits frustrate callers to health exchanges

For those trying to enroll through online health exchanges, help has long been advertised as just a phone call away. Yet the challenge in some states has been trying to get a call through at all, never mind the multiple transfers once contact has been made.

Drug firms argue against $1.2B Arkansas judgment

A lawyer for two pharmaceutical companies argued Thursday that the Arkansas Supreme Court should reverse a $1.2 billion judgment because the trial judge improperly applied a law in the state's lawsuit over improper marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

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DNA blood tests show prenatal screening promise

A DNA test of a pregnant woman's blood is more accurate than current methods of screening for Down syndrome and other common disorders, new research finds. If other studies bear this out, it could transform prenatal care by giving a more reliable, non-invasive way to detect these problems very early in pregnancy.

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Heroin overdose antidote: Who gets to carry it?

As deaths from heroin and powerful painkillers skyrocket nationwide, governments and clinics are working to put a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose into the hands of more paramedics, police officers and the people advocates say are the most critical group — people who abuse drugs, and their friends and families.

Republicans blast FDA monitoring of whistleblowers

Republican lawmakers blasted the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday for secretly monitoring the emails of agency scientists who went public with allegations that they were pressured to approve certain medical devices.

FDA weighs unknowns of 3-person embryo technique

Genetic experts cautioned that it could take decades to confirm the safety of an experimental technique, meant to prevent children from inheriting debilitating diseases, that would create babies from the DNA of three people.

Older Americans are early winners under health law

For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another.

VA grant allows Pathways to help end veteran homelessness

‘It is not a handout; it is a hand up’

Pathways Community Health recently received a $554,500 VA grant to provide housing and mental health assistance in its 15 counties through a veterans support program.

Affordable Care Act covers kids

Pediatrics on list of essential health benefits

In terms of pediatrics, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is all about expanding health coverage for children, says St. Mary’s Pediatrics pediatrician Dr. Aaron Scholer.

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Few eligible patients can get weight loss surgery

Like 78 million other Americans, MaryJane Harrison is obese. And like many critically overweight Americans, Harrison cannot afford to have weight loss surgery because her health insurance doesn't cover it.

More talking, longer sentences help babies' brains

The sooner you start explaining the world to your baby, the better.

Steady stream seeking help with 'Medicaid gap'

The Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging (CMAAA) has found more and more clients who fall within what the agency’s chief executive officer calls the “Medicaid gap.”

Panel votes down heart safety claim for naproxen

A majority of federal health experts said Tuesday that new research is not strong enough to conclude that naproxen, the pain reliever in Aleve and many other medications, is safer on the heart than rival drugs used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and everyday aches and pains.

Mo. House OKs bill targeting synthetic drugs

Missouri lawmakers renewed efforts to keep pace with an evolving market of synthetic drugs, giving first-round approval Tuesday to legislation taking aim at several additional chemicals used for the substances.

Mo. House endorses prescription drug database

Missouri House members have endorsed the creation of a government database to track people's prescription drug purchases.

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Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking

Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America.