Health

ticks
Fred Bodimer
August 15, 2019 - 4:42 pm
(KMOX) — The Illinois Department of Public Health reports Lone Star ticks bearing the Heartland Virus have been found in parts of the state. It took awhile to get the results, but the Illinois Department of Public Health now says a Kankakee County resident tested positive for Heartland Virus last...
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sleepy kid
Elise Rich
August 15, 2019 - 9:31 am
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — You need to put the phone down at least an hour before bed, according to Dr. Brent Haberman, a pediatric sleep specialist for SLU Care. The bright lights from your smart phone delay the secretion of an important hormone: melatonin. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "When...
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epi pen
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August 14, 2019 - 5:28 pm
(KMOX) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed legislation expanding insurance coverage for certain treatments. One new law requires insurance companies to cover office visits and treatment for tick-borne diseases like Lyme Disease. The second requires coverage of EpiPens for children with severe...
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avocado cutting
August 14, 2019 - 1:43 pm
(KMOX) — Avocados send nearly 9,000 Americans to the emergency room every year, according to a recent article by INSIDER . After reviewing injuries reported to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) national injury database , INSIDER found 152 mentions of avocados in 2018, and 117...
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FILE- In this June 4, 2019, file photo, a Planned Parenthood clinic is photographed in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
August 14, 2019 - 1:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising the stakes in a standoff over women's health, Planned Parenthood said Wednesday it will leave the federal family planning program within days unless a court puts a hold on Trump administration rules that bar clinics from referring patients for abortions. Spokeswoman Erica...
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vaccine
August 14, 2019 - 12:28 pm
WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOX) — Franklin County health officials are taking action after an employee at a Bob Evans restaurant in Washington was diagnosed with hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection of the liver, according to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services...
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Photo provided/Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Fred Bodimer
August 14, 2019 - 8:58 am
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Barnes-Jewish Hospital is about to double the size of its Neuro-Critical Care unit -- making it one of the largest in the nation. Barnes-Jewish already had a neuro-critical care unit on its tenth floor -- but just finished more than doubling its capacity -- with a new unit on the...
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west nile virus spread by mosquito
August 13, 2019 - 3:11 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health says a Chicago resident in his 70s is the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in the state this year. It said Tuesday the man became ill in late July. Department Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says, “West Nile virus can cause...
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man vaping
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Fred Bodimer
August 12, 2019 - 10:52 am
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The Food and Drug Administration says it has received 127 reports from people who say they've had seizures over the last 10 years after vaping. While there's still not enough scientific evidence to determine if there is a direct link between vaping and seizures or fainting, some...
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