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US Ebola patient dies; airport screening expanded

The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday despite intense but delayed treatment, and the government announced it was expanding airport examinations to guard against the spread of the deadly disease.

Health law waivers: Too complicated to claim?

Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.

Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for some part-timers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation’s largest private employer.

Wal-Mart plans 1-stop health coverage shopping

Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.

Loose e-cigarette laws may be hard to tighten

In a rush to keep electronic cigarettes out of children's hands while the federal government creeps forward with a proposed national ban for minors, experts say that many states are passing laws that could mean fewer restrictions on the nicotine devices later.

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Across 3 continents, Ebola makes its way to US

His week began thousands of miles away with a frantic bid to save a life. It was Monday, Sept. 15, and Ebola, a terrifying disease, was ravaging West Africa, filling morgues and hospitals to capacity. In Monrovia, Liberia, the virus was about to claim one more person.

Official: Enterovirus 68 virus caused boy's death

A virus that has been causing severe respiratory illness across the country is responsible for the death of a 4-year-old boy, a state medical examiner determined.

Things to know about respiratory bug plaguing kids

A wave of severe respiratory illnesses has swept the country in the last two months, propelled by what was long considered an uncommon germ.

New Jersey child infected with virus dies

A New Jersey child who tested positive for a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country has died, although it's not clear what role the virus played in the child's death, state health officials said Friday.

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Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers

From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.

Virus probed in paralysis cases in 9 Colorado kids

Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country.

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New faces and new places for Jefferson City hospital

Group greets new Capital Region Medical Center president

Officials from Capital Region Medical Center gathered on top of a parking garage to meet and greet Gaspare Calvaruso, their new hospital president, and to see the progress on the hospital’s expansion project.

Truman Medical Center to stop some insurance billing practices

Truman Medical Center in Kansas City has agreed to stop rejecting health insurance for some patients injured in auto accidents in order to collect more money from other sources, according to court records.

Health marketplace educators learning the ropes

The Cover Missouri Coalition hosted coalition members, health care marketplace navigators and application counselors at the “Ready, Set, Enroll: Central Regional Summit” for the beginning of the next round of the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace education campaign.

FDA approves weight-loss drug Contrave

U.S. regulators have greenlighted a new weight-loss drug called Contrave, the third in a string of approvals for prescription medications aimed at the nation's 78 million obese adults.

Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids

Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.

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Nixon enlists health professionals on e-cigarettes

Gov. Jay Nixon enlisted the support of health care professionals Wednesday as he sought to persuade lawmakers to sustain his veto of legislation exempting electronic cigarettes from state tobacco taxes and regulations.

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Study: Missouri’s anti-cancer laws insufficient

A new report has shown Missouri is one of the three worst states in the country for passing meaningful legislation to prevent cancer-related suffering and death.

FDA approves new drug for rare genetic disease

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new capsule-based drug to treat Gaucher's disease.

FDA approves Biogen's MS drug Plegridy

Biogen Idec says that federal regulators have approved the specialty drugmaker's new treatment for people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.