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Extending postpartum health care could save new mothers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sixty days after giving birth, women with health insurance through Show-Me Healthy Babies and MO HealthNet lose their postpartum coverage. For women who received substance use treatment through their coverage while...

 
 By DOUG MOORE    Regional    February 18, 2018 

Doctor said it was cancer, it wasn't, but news came too late

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Last April, Harald Boerstler went in for his annual checkup. Among the results: an elevated protein level in his blood that could signal prostate cancer. The doctor told Boerstler high readings do not always signify cancer and he...

 
 By GINNY MONK    Regional    February 18, 2018 

Spinal cord injuries can't keep 3 Arkansans from living

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Jen Goodwin did everything she was supposed to do — she graduated from college, bought her first house and accepted her dream job in Little Rock. Then in 2008 she decided to spend a June day on Lake Hamilton with her...

 

Kansas Senate committee endorses bill to expand Medicaid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Senate committee has endorsed a bill that would expand the state's Medicaid program to provide health coverage for 150,000 additional poor adults. The bill approved Monday by the Public Health and Welfare Committee...

 

Oklahoma records first flu-related pediatric death of season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health says the state has recorded the first pediatric death of a record-setting flu season that has claimed the lives of 153 people. Health officials said Thursday that 3,440 people have been...

 

Attorney General Hunter Announces Three Indictments from Multicounty Grand Jury

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the state’s multicounty grand jury issued three indictments on two separate cases involving alleged unlawful prescribing of controlled drugs and an illegal gambling operation. Dr. Jeri...

 

Texas hospital lets transplant patients hold own hearts

DALLAS (AP) — After years of working for cardiologists and vascular surgeons, Jane Poston held her own broken heart in her hands Thursday morning, literally. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports and, yes, her hands were shaking a little. "I didn't...

 

New Mexico agency: State's flu season has apparently peaked

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say flu activity remains widespread around the state but appears to have peaked and is expected to gradually decrease in coming weeks before the season ends. The state Department of Health offered...

 

Oklahoma health department investigates measles case

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says a minor with measles in Norman likely contracted the infection while traveling abroad. The Norman Transcript reports that the department is continuing to check with people who...

 

Flu-stricken Texas teacher's death puts focus on antivirals

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas elementary school teacher who died almost a week after getting sick from the flu became a talking point online after her husband said she didn't immediately fill her prescription for an antiviral drug after deeming the $116...

 

Arkansas flu deaths up by 15 since last week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas received 15 more reports of flu fatalities in the past week, raising the death toll to 140 in what's already become the state's deadliest flu season in at least 17 years. The 15 deaths were reported to the Health...

 

Oklahoma health agency head resigns after abuse accusations

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The interim director of Oklahoma's health department — one of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's top aides — stepped down Tuesday following accusations of domestic violence. Preston Doerflinger stepped down after about four month...

 

Missouri House advances needle-exchange bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Tuesday advanced a bill to make it legal for organizations to provide free needles to drug users, a change backers said could prevent the spread of disease and help combat the opioid epidemic. Some...

 

Facebook joins effort to fight opioid crisis in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facebook is launching an effort to help fight the opioid crisis in New Mexico — a state that has battled heroin addiction for decades, the social media giant announced Tuesday. The tech company said it will work with New...

 

Houston surgeons separate toddlers joined at chest, abdomen

HOUSTON (AP) — Doctors in Houston have successfully separated twin toddlers who were born in 2016 conjoined at the chest and abdomen. A spokeswoman at Texas Children's Hospital says 13-month-old Anna and Hope Richards were in good condition...

 

Condom-wearing chile helps raise STD awareness in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — February is National Condom Month and New Mexico health officials are spreading the word. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the New Mexico Department of Health started the month with an Instagram post: "Wrap it up! It's your...

 

Authorities donating overdose-reversing drug to sheriffs

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities are donating an overdose-reversing drug to sheriffs and deputies in each of the state's 77 counties to stem the rise in opioid-related deaths. The drug, called Narcan, helps reverse the effects of an...

 

Lawmakers push for federal nutrition bill for Native youth

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of Democratic senators and representatives are pushing for federal legislation that would allow for tribes to administer free federal food and nutrition programs to school children. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S....

 

Colorado doctors reduce prescription to combat drug abuse

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Preventing opioid addiction can start in a doctor's office, which is why hospitals and clinics across southwest Colorado are cutting back on prescribing opioids such as codeine and oxycodone. More than 42,000 people from...

 

Health officials say 129 people have died of flu in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials say the state has recorded 129 influenza deaths this season — just one fatality shy of the state's record death toll — and about 3,000 people have been hospitalized with illness. Oklahoma...

 

Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other...

 

Tribe refiles suit against drug distributors in state court

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has refiled a lawsuit against opioid distributors in state court after a federal judge ruled that tribe's court system had no jurisdiction over the companies. Lawyers filed the suit Jan. 19 in Sequoyah...

 

Kansas youth camp for muscular dystrophy moves to Missouri

LINWOOD, Kan. (AP) — A summer camp for children with muscular dystrophy is moving from Kansas to Missouri, causing confusion for families on both sides of the state line. The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced Feb. 1 the merger of annual camp...

 

Free dental clinic opens on fairgrounds in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A free dental clinic on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson is drawing massive crowds. The Kansas Mission of Mercy clinic opens Friday, and continues Saturday. KWCH-TV reports that volunteer dentists and hygienists...

 

Parents learn to talk to kids about marijuana

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eighteen-year-old Kansas City resident Keyonna Brown said that when she was growing up, her parents didn't talk to her about smoking marijuana. "Nobody had to tell me, I learned from experience," she said. "That's why I...

 

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