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5 New Cases of Heartland Virus

People are getting sick from tick bites from the Lone Star tick, a small brown tick identified by a white mark in the middle of its back.

03/31/2014

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New Wireless Defibrillator Safer Than Traditional Device

New wireless defibrillator can be safer than original device. Saint Louis University expects to implant 25 this year.

02/03/2014

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ObamaCare To Cover Breast Cancer Prevention Drugs

St. Louis University Hospital breast surgeon, Dr. Teresa Schwartz, says she’s happy to see the new guidelines.

01/22/2014

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Man Loses 37 Pounds Eating Only McDonald’s For 90 Consecutive Days

An Iowa high school science teacher lost 37 pounds and lowered his cholesterol after consuming a McDonald’s-only diet for 90 straight days.

01/06/2014

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Health Officials Urge St. Louisans To Get Flu Vaccine

As the St. Louis area prepares for more snow and subzero temperatures later this weekend, doctors here continue their plea for more people to get the flu vaccine.

01/03/2014

A GOP lawmaker in Missouri introduced a bill that requires pregnant women to receive written consent from the father of the child before an abortion can be performed – or in exceptional cases of “legitimate rape.” Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

Proposed Abortion Law: Both Parents Must Be Notified If Child Seeks Procedure

A Missouri lawmaker filed a bill on Monday that would make it law to notify both parents of a minor before their child could receive an abortion.

12/30/2013

Young children who create large messes during their high-chair meals may actually be learning identification skills faster than their cleanly counterparts. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for City Harvest)

Study: Messy Toddlers Develop Identification Skills Faster Than Clean Kids

Young children who create large messes during their high-chair meals may actually be learning identification skills faster than their cleanly counterparts.

12/14/2013

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Charlie Brennan- Friday, November 1st – Dr. David Perlmutter, author of “Grain Brain”

David Perlmutter, M.D., Board-Certified Neurologist; President of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida; Co-Founder and President of the Perlmutter Brain Foundation; and a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. His new book, “Grain […]

11/01/2013

The Joint Commission is urging hospitals to do more to prevent surgical instruments from being left inside a patient. (Getty Images)

Report: Too Many Surgical Implements Are Left Behind In Patients

The Joint Commission is urging surgeons and hospitals to cut down on the number of medical objects accidentally left in patients.

10/19/2013