health

Removing stigma
2:27 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Missouri History Museum Hosts A Day Of HIV Testing

Performers at the Missouri History Museum's quest to set the record for most people tested for HIV in one venue
Credit Alex Detrick | Missouri History Museum

On this Worlds AIDS Day, the Missouri History Museum is trying to break the world record for most people tested for HIV in one venue. Yet, Director of Community Partnerships Alex Detrick, 37, said she knows testing people is more important than setting records.

“If people can have a positive experience today and say, ‘You know what? It really wasn’t that hard, that scary, that intimidating.’ That would be exciting!” said Detrick.

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Ebola
10:33 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Patient Tests Negative For Ebola In Jefferson County

The Ebola virus, shown through transmission electron micrograph.
Credit CDC

Updated at 6:40 p.m.

A Jefferson County woman who was showing symptoms of Ebola has initially tested negative for the virus at Mercy Hospital in Crystal City. As a precautionary measure, officials said she will remain in an isolation room for treatment and will be monitored according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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Open Enrollment
5:12 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Missouri Under the Affordable Care Act: Where Are We?

Dara Taylor of Community Catalyst trains insurance navigators in the St. Louis area.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

On Saturday, open enrollment season for Healthcare.gov begins. For the second time around, public health organizations and insurance "navigators" are holding outreach events, running ads, and looking for the remaining uninsured Missouri residents.

But who are those uninsured Missourians? And how have the changes implemented through the Affordable Care Act affected the state?  

Hundreds of thousands of people in Missouri are uninsured. Who are they?

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Affordable Care Act
3:24 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Rate Review Laws Could Reduce Health Insurance Costs, Consumer Group Says

Credit Adrian Clark / Flickr

On Monday, Missourians had their first glimpse at the health insurance rates they can choose from on the federal exchange. According to some, that shouldn't have been the first time the information was public.

Missouri is one of only a few states that does not have a state entity tasked with reviewing health insurance rates before they are finalized. Consumer groups say that means Missourians might be paying more for health insurance on the federal exchange than they should be. 

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St. Louis on the Air
1:16 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Premature Birth Research Center To Open In St. Louis

Credit Adrian Clark / Flickr

Officials from Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the March of Dimes announced Monday they will launch a new March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
8:15 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Missouri May Owe Feds $11.5 Million For Improper Medicaid Claims

Credit Adrian Clark / Flickr

The state of Missouri may be required to repay $11.5 million to the federal government, after miscalculating Medicaid payment rates for some case management services to people with developmental disabilities. The findings  were published last week in an audit by the Office of the Inspector General. 

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Health Economy
3:50 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Express Scripts To Lay Off 400 People System-Wide, 90 In St. Louis

An Express Scripts processing center.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Just months after unveiling a multi-million dollar expansion of its headquarters in north St. Louis county, Express Scripts has announced it will lay off 400 people at multiple facilities around the country. That includes 90 people in St. Louis.

The layoffs are in addition to 1,890 jobs that were cut system-wide in May.

“These are difficult but necessary decisions we have to make in order to position our company for success, future growth and continued service excellence to clients and members,” spokesperson Brian Henry said in an email.

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For the Sake of All
11:05 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Call To Action: Improve Health By Reducing Economic Disparity, Panel Says

A graphic included in the For The Sake of All report shows the economic divide along Delmar Blvd in St. Louis.
Credit For the Sake of All

The numbers tell the story: unemployment among African Americans in St. Louis is 17.6 percent, four times that of whites.

And the unemployment rate is important because unemployment turns out to be a major factor in severe health disparities in the region, according to research by the “For the Sake of All” study.

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Public Health
6:17 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Respiratory Virus Confirmed by Hospital in St. Louis Area

Credit Dr. Farouk / Flickr Creative Commons

A relatively rare virus strain that can cause respiratory problems in children has been confirmed in St. Louis. It has sent dozens to pediatric intensive care units in Kansas City and Chicago.

Late last week, St. Louis Children’s Hospital ran in-house tests and confirmed Enterovirus-68, or EV-D68, in a small sample of three patients who had been admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit.

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Women's Health
3:19 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Kiener Plaza Fountain Turns Teal For Ovarian Cancer Awareness

St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness president Lisa Sienkiewicz stands next to the Kiener Plaza Fountain in downtown St. Louis. The fountain was dyed teal in honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. SLOCA members handed out flyers and information about ovarian cancer symptoms to passersby.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

To kick off National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, local organizers dyed the water in the Kiener Plaza Fountain in downtown St. Louis teal -- the trademark color of the awareness campaign.

Sometimes called the ‘silent killer,’ ovarian cancer can be difficult to recognize before it’s in an advanced stage.

The rate of survival is low: 20,593 American women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011. 14,346 women died, according to the Center for Disease Control. But treatments are most effective when the cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages.

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