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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 26, 2008  - Judy Baker stood out among the other Democratic candidates during the primaries because of her health-care experience.

During her time as a state rep, she's served on committees including appropriations committees on health, mental health and social services, health care policy and a joint committee on Missouri Health Net.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 24, 2008 - Give leaders in the public health field any reason to gather and you’re bound to hear chatter about disparities in funding and shortages of nurses. Put them on a panel in front of a large crowd at a television studio six weeks before a presidential election and prepare to hear a full-blown discussion about what’s ailing the country’s health care system.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 7, 2008 - Hospital errors affect all of us: patients or not. One of the first steps in dealing with and reducing the number of errors in hospitals is getting the staff to report them. Often, fear of punishment drives this information underground; but it is imperative that hospitals find ways to get their staff members to not only report mistakes, but to also learn from them.

Any doctors in the house?

Aug 7, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 7, 2008 - When Miriam Raskin decided to change primary care doctors a few years ago, she never dreamed she would have trouble finding a new one.

"They always say, 'Ask your friends,'" she said. "All my friends went to doctors who couldn't take me."

Raskin didn't know it but she was up against a growing health issue facing Americans -- a shortage of primary care doctors, generalists who are supposed to be a patient's initial medical contact.

In doctors, we trust

Aug 1, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 1, 2008 - The New York Times published an all too familiar story this week on the erosion of the doctor-patient relationship. The headline: "Doctor and Patient, Now at Odds." While the doctor-patient relationship is one of the most important components of our medical system, it appears that the old-fashioned notion of a "cradle-to-grave" family doctor is on the verge of extinction.

"Things have become strained overall," agreed Dr. Keith Starke, chairman of the department of internal medicine at St. John's Mercy Medical Center. "A lot has do with the complexities that doctors and patients alike are dealing with."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 29, 2008 - Anesthetic Accidents More Common in Afternoon 

A shortage of anesthesiologists is leading to longer working hours and more fatigue among the docs, according to an article in the July issue of the AORN Journal. And further, "Anesthetic adverse events have been found to occur more frequently in surgical procedures performed after 4 p.m."

Technology can help prevent medical errors

Jul 29, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 29, 2008 - Diane Ray calls it "drilling down."

It's what a hospital does when it wants to find out why a medical mistake happened. Officials dig through the data, trace the path of a patient through the hospital and the care given to find out what went wrong.

"You get to the root cause and you analyze where the breakdown occurred," says Ray, director of nursing at St. Luke's Hospital in west St. Louis County.

​This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 22, 2008 - Flavonoid-rich Foods Improve Cardiac Risk Factors

Chocolate, soy and green tea get the green light while black tea gets blacklisted in an article published in the July American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

St. Louis can be a health and science mecca

Jul 18, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 18, 2008 - Anheuser-Busch has been sold; another one bites the dust.

But take a closer look and one might see some blips punctuating what many fear may be a flat-line in the landscape of our regional economy.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 16, 2008 - Psoriasis Patients Often Under-treated

As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, and a significant portion of those afflicted may not be getting adequate treatment. "There remains a gap in treatment for about 40 percent of patients with severe disease," the authors of a recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology write.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 11, 2008 -  Doctors caring for children should start cholesterol screenings for those as young as two years old to focus on reducing the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a report published in the July issue of Pediatrics. The policy replaces a 10-year-old statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics on cholesterol in childhood and adds to one issued by the American Heart Association last year.

Study evaluates hospital care for kids

Jun 6, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 6, 2008 - For the first time, medical researchers are taking a close look at preventable complications - some fatal - that occur at children's hospitals nationwide. In most cases, the complications do not lead to deaths, but to infections and other maladies.

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