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Bill defines who can make health decisions for you

A bill presented Wednesday before a Missouri House committee would create a default list of individuals who can consent for the health care of another individual.

Cancer survivors describe need for oral chemo law

Ross Nichols spoke in favor of a bill Tuesday at a House General Laws committee hearing that would prohibit a health plan from charging a higher co-payment, deductible, or coinsurance amount for orally administered chemotherapy than for intravenous (IV) chemotherapy.

Legislature considers future of chemo coverage

Legislation pending before Missouri Senate and House committees would require insurance companies to charge patients the same out-of-pocket costs for chemotherapy pills as they do for chemotherapy treatments pumped directly into the bloodstream.

Medicare, insurance companies placing caps on rehab visits

A local physical therapist says the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, isn’t necessarily adding additional rehabilitation benefits to those already covered by health insurance plans.

FDA clears first drug for blindness sleep disorder

U.S. health regulators on Friday approved the first drug to treat a sleep disorder that mainly afflicts the blind.

FDA reviews safety of testosterone therapy for men

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it is reviewing the safety of popular testosterone drugs for men in light of recent studies suggesting they can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and death.

Missouri company recalls chicken salad over soy content

A North Kansas City company is recalling about 2,200 pounds of chicken salads whose labels failed to include soy protein concentrate, which is an allergen.

Viacom, Fox want to run anti-smoking ads too

More TV networks want to gain from tobacco companies' mandate to run anti-smoking ads that will cost tens of millions of dollars.

Law affects those with insurance through work too

The health care overhaul’s reach stretches far beyond the millions of uninsured Americans it is expected to help. It also could touch everything from the drug choices to doctor bills of people who have insurance through work.

Access to mental health care expanding

Experts: Lack of insurance did impede treatment

Area mental health officials say great strides have been made in recent years in terms of mental health services.

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Drinking linked to faster mental decline in men

Middle-aged men risk a faster mental decline as they age if they've been drinking heavily for years, new research suggests.

Early gene therapy trial for blindness promising

A small, preliminary study using gene therapy to treat a rare form of blindness is promising and could trigger similar efforts for other causes of vision loss, British doctors say.

Mo. speaker plans health care conscience bill

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones plans to file legislation that would let health care workers refuse to participate in procedures that violate their ethical or religious beliefs.

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Chicago City Council tightens e-cigarette rules

Chicago's City Council on Wednesday passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes in areas where tobacco products are currently banned.

Merck blood thinner gets 'yes' vote from FDA panel

A panel of federal experts has recommended approval for an experimental blood thinner from Merck despite serious side effects including internal bleeding.

Bill would expand prenatal care for Missouri's poor

Missouri lawmakers Tuesday renewed efforts to establish a program that would extend prenatal health coverage to more low-income women.

Proposed Medicare drug change stirs access worries

In a move that some fear could compromise care for Medicare recipients, the Obama administration is proposing to remove special protections that guarantee seniors access to a wide selection of three types of prescription drugs.

Hospital links parents, NICU babies remotely

The last project Molly Myers worked on before leaving her job at Women's and Children's Hospital was a video service that would allow parents to see their newborn babies staying in the neonatal intensive care unit. Pregnant with twins at the time, Myers hadn't expected to be one of the first to use the program.

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Maternity, newborn care required coverage under ACA

In 2013, more than 1,500 babies were born at Jefferson City hospitals — 926 babies at Capital Region Medical Center and 625 babies at St. Mary's Health Center.

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Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary

A turning point came on Jan. 11, 1964. It was on that Saturday morning that U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released an emphatic and authoritative report that said smoking causes illness and death — and the government should do something about it.