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Vaccine debate tests first-time White House hopefuls

For a pair of first-time presidential hopefuls, the sudden injection of the childhood vaccine debate into the 2016 campaign is a lesson in how unexpected issues can become stumbling blocks.

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Federal health officials face tough questions on flu vaccine

It was a tale of two vaccines — one making politically charged headlines about kids not vaccinated against measles and the other reflecting the bleak reality of a harsh flu season.

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What to do? Some questions, answers about measles at work

A boss who’s worried about an outbreak of measles in the workplace needs to tread lightly.

FDA approves ADHD drug for binge-eating disorder

Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder.

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Some doctors won’t see patients with anti-vaccine views

With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.

MU: Nurses with post-graduate training can improve health

Researchers from the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia say nurses with post-graduate training can help improve the quality of health care.

Kansas City hospital confirms 2 flu-related deaths

A Kansas City hospital says it has confirmed two flu-related deaths that happened within the past two months, but a spokeswoman says rules prohibited her from providing additional information.

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As flu becomes more widespread, CDC pushes antiviral meds

In the midst of a worrisome flu season, health officials are pushing doctors to prescribe antiviral medicines more often.

9 measles cases linked to Disney theme parks in California

Seven Californians and two people in Utah have confirmed cases of measles likely contracted on trips last month to Disney theme parks in California, state officials said Wednesday.

4 million actively enroll in health plans

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called “an encouraging start.”

Washington U. gets $30 M for Alzheimer's studies

Federal funds will provide $30 million for Alzheimer's disease research at Washington University in St. Louis over the next five years.

MU health care, Nueterra purchase Fulton hospital

FULTON — The University of Missouri (MU) Health Care and Nueterra announced a joint purchase of Callaway Community Hospital.

Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

Many people covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday.

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Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.

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Doctor who died of Ebola hailed as hero

Dr. Martin Salia didn't get into the medical profession to get rich, and even though he was a permanent U.S. resident, he chose to work in his native Sierra Leone because the need for surgeons there was so great.

Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

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Insurance coalition coaches Capital City

Federally qualified health centers throughout Missouri are offering educational courses for registration in open enrollment for the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace today.

University health system won't hire tobacco users

The University of Missouri Health Care system is snuffing out tobacco users as future employees. MU Health Care CEO Mitch Wasden called the move an effort to "lead by example."

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Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

Health insurance enrollments set

The Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging is holding health insurance enrollment events in Fulton.