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California chicken still linked to salmonella

An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a chicken producer in the state of California continues to sicken people more than a year after it started.

$650M settlement reached over blood thinner

German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim said Wednesday it has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of U.S. claims questioning the marketing and safety of its popular blood thinner Pradaxa.

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Local nurse honored for going above and beyond

Tessa Ellis, a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Health Center, was awarded the hospital’s first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses last week for the exceptional care and attention she provided a patient during his hospital stay in 2013.

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‘World’s ugliest woman’ pursues anti-bullying film

In December 2013, she inspired millions with her TED Talk.

Up to 5,000 exposed to hepatitis in Springfield

Health officials are offering immunizations for up to 5,000 people who might have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus at a Springfield restaurant.

SW Mo. restaurant worker diagnosed with hepatitis

Health officials in Springfield are urging some patrons of a Red Robin restaurant to be vaccinated for hepatitis A after an employee was diagnosed with the virus.

US charges egg company, 2 execs in 2010 outbreak

An Iowa company and two executives are expected to plead guilty to selling tainted eggs that were responsible for a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands and led to an unprecedented recall of 550 million eggs, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

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Obama vows fix to veterans’ health care troubles

With outrage mounting over veterans’ health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at VA hospitals will not be tolerated, and he left open the possibility that Secretary Eric Shinseki, a disabled war veteran, could be held to account.

Restoring dental benefits makes advocates smile

Funding was cut from Medicaid in 2005

Health officials say there’s an unmet need for dental coverage in Missouri, and the General Assembly’s reinstatement of dental funds in Missouri’s budget is a step in the right direction.

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CDC: MERS virus spread in US, but 2nd man not sick

Health officials reported Saturday what appears to be the first time that a mysterious Middle East virus has spread from one person to another in the United States.

Obama and Congress move to address VA firestorm

The Obama administration and Congress are moving quickly to respond to a growing political firestorm over allegations of treatment delays and falsified records at veterans' hospitals nationwide.

States move to expand experimental drugs for some

Nick Auden didn't live to see the legislation, but the case of the Denver melanoma patient who died while seeking access to an experimental drug helped inspire a first-of-its kind law in Colorado.

Contractor for Obama health reform law scrutinized

Several U.S. lawmakers are demanding answers after some Missouri media outlets reported that employees at a center processing applications for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul were paid to do nothing.

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Nixon repeats call for Medicaid expansion

Lawmakers still have time to expand Medicaid and improve Missouri’s economy at the same time, Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday afternoon.

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Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans

The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a plan under President Barack Obama's health insurance law was check whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered. Pool, a 60-year-old diabetic who has had back surgery and a hip replacement, purchased the plan only to find that the insurer was mistaken.

Most MU weekend nurses sign incentive pay cuts

Nearly all the weekend nurses working for University of Missouri Health Care have agreed to sharp reductions in incentive pay.

Settlement seeks $100M fund for meningitis victims

A settlement filed with a federal bankruptcy judge would create a fund of more than $100 million to compensate victims of a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts pharmacy, lawyers said Tuesday.

Access to CBD oil passes but why not Medicaid expansion?

Personal stories prompt action on one, not the other

As supporters during the last month urged Missouri lawmakers to pass the CBD oil bill that finally was approved last week, some of the personal stories brought tears to many eyes.

Kids’ DUI deaths: Their drivers pose biggest risk

The number of children killed by drunken motorists has declined substantially in recent years but the biggest threat remains their own drivers, not strangers in other vehicles, a study found.

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Auditory Processing Disorder causes everything to sound alike

Sounds like trouble for young Liam O’Brien

Liam O'Brien was experiencing what 5 percent of school-aged children face — a disorder where they can’t process what they hear.