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'Parenthood' star Burkholder sheds light on autism

Max Burkholder strives to be a normal teen while working on the NBC drama "Parenthood." Burkholder's character, also named Max, isn't your typical teen. He has Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism.

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Schools increasingly check students for obesity

The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.

FDA Oks new therapy to prevent hemophilia bleeding

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first hemophilia B treatment designed to decrease frequency of injections to prevent the excessive bleeding the clotting disorder causes.

Women: J&J trashed records in product injury suits

Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate their claims the health care giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits.

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25 drug companies to phase out animal antibiotics

Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

Endocyte surges on news for cancer drug

Shares of Endocyte nearly doubled in value Friday after European Union regulators said the company's drug Vynfinit should be approved as a treatment for ovarian cancer, and Endocyte said the drug helped slow the progression of lung cancer in a midstage trial.

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Clearing begins for hospital expansion

Work has begun in earnest to create the expansion that will be attached to Capital Region Medical Center along Madison Street in Jefferson City.

Obama tapes ‘Funny or Die’ interview

Zach Galifianakis brought the ferns, and President Barack Obama opened a new avenue of presidential communication.

In reversal, Maine GOP embraces part of health law

Maine Republicans who are fiercely fighting an effort to expand government-subsidized health care coverage to roughly 70,000 residents have come up with an alternative: government-subsidized health care.

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.