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Health Care Practitioners Must Cooperate to Reduce Medication Mismanagement

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Medication reconciliation is a safety practice in which health care professionals review patients’ medication regimens when patients transition between settings to reduce the likelihood of adverse drug effects. It is among the most complex clinical tasks required of physicians, nurses and pharmacists, who must work cooperatively to minimize discrepancies and inappropriate medication orders.

Eating Fewer, Larger Meals May Prove Healthier for Obese Women

Columbia, Mo. - Media articles and nutritionists alike have perpetuated the idea that for healthy metabolisms individuals should consume small meals multiple times a day. However, new research conducted at the University of Missouri suggests all-day snacking might not be as beneficial as previously thought, especially for obese women.

Another Muscular Dystrophy Mystery Solved; MU Scientists Inch Closer to a Therapy for Patients‏

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Approximately 250,000 people in the United States suffer from muscular dystrophy, which occurs when damaged muscle tissue is replaced with fibrous, bony or fatty tissue and loses function.

Three years ago, University of Missouri scientists found a molecular compound that is vital to curing the disease, but they didn’t know how to make the compound bind to the muscle cells.

Bilirubin Can Prevent Damage from Cardiovascular Disease

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Each year, about 610,000 Americans suffer their first heart attack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Heart attacks and other symptoms of cardiovascular disease can be caused when blockage occurs in the arteries. In a new study from the University of Missouri, a scientist has discovered a natural defense against arterial blockage: bilirubin.

MDA Reports November deer harvest biggest in four years

JEFFERSON CITY–Hunters shot 204,668 deer during the November portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season, topping the past four years’ harvests and confirming predictions by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

This year’s statewide November deer harvest is 7.7 percent more than last year and only 1.3 percent below the previous 10-year average.

Hermann Area District Hospital offers Home Sleep Studies

Medication Beliefs Strongly Affect Individuals’ Management of Chronic Diseases

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nearly half of patients taking medications for chronic conditions do not strictly follow their prescribed medication regimens. Failure to use medications as directed increases patients’ risk for side effects, hospitalizations, reduced quality of life and shortened lifespans.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Union High School Volleyball supports Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink Out

The Union High School Freshmen, Junior Varsity, and Varsity Volleyball teams honored those who are currently battling breast cancer, those who have conquered the disease, and those who lost the fight with their “Pink Out” game last night against Hermann.

Photos by Kaylin Bade
Pictured left, JV Player, Kaitlin Voss

Alzheimer's Behaviors and Commmunication Free program by HADH

Children with Autism Experience Interrelated Health Issues

Kate McIntyre, COLUMBIA, Mo. – One in 88 children has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A new study by a University of Missouri researcher found that many children with ASD also experience anxiety, chronic gastrointestinal (GI) problems and atypical sensory responses, which are heightened reactions to light, sound or particular textures.

College of Ozarks join lawsuit against federal government over Obama Care

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Springfield, Mo.
A Missouri college is joining a lawsuit against birth control mandates in the president’s Affordable Care Act. College of the Ozarks is a small Christian college near Branson. (Below is an article by Cliff Sain, which shines more light on this law suite.)

When you get into a car accident MO Dept of Insurance has an app for that.

Missouri News Horizon
When you get into a car accident…there’s an app for that.

The Missouri Department of Insurance now offers a Smartphone app that takes you through the steps to take after the crash. It’s called the “WreckCheck Mobile Application”, is free and compatible with iPhones and Android devices.

Mutation Breaks HIV’s Resistance to Drugs

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can contain dozens of different mutations, called polymorphisms.

In a recent study an international team of researchers, including MU scientists, found that one of those mutations, called 172K, made certain forms of the virus more susceptible to treatment.

Hermann Area District Hospital recognizes prostate cancer awareness month

Hermann Area District Hospital is committed to the health of others and education on steps you can take to insure a life full of happiness.

September is prostate cancer awareness month.  Not counting some forms of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, and second only to lung cancer in the overall number of cancer deaths.

Whopping cough outbreak in early childhood learning center

Missouri News Horizon
Jefferson City, Mo. - Doctors in Jefferson City are fighting an outbreak of whooping cough. So far four children at an early childhood learning center have all come down with the illness.

Pertussis, as the illness if formally known, spreads quickly among younger children and can be fatal.

MU Research Team Creates New Cancer Drug that is 10 Times More Potent‏

Christian Basi, COLUMBIA, Mo.
­—  Legend has it that Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” University of Missouri researchers are doing just that, but instead of building mousetraps, the scientists are targeting cancer drugs.

First report of West Nile Disease death

Missouri News Horizon
West Nile Disease claims its first victim in Missouri. The state Department of Health and Senior Services reports a 78-year old man died from the mosquito borne illness earlier this month.

According to the health department, he contracted the disease in late July. The Lebanon Daily Record newspaper identifies the victim as a Lebanon resident. The department of health says three other people in the state currently have West Nile disease.

Physician joins Mercy Hospice as Associate Director

William Winkler, MD

WASHINGTON, Mo.William Winkler, MD, a physician at McAuley Clinic, is the new associate medical director of Mercy Hospice Washington.

Dr. Winkler attended medical school at Saint Louis University and completed his family practice residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis (then called St. John’s Mercy Medical Center).

Spirituality Correlates to Better Mental Health Regardless of Religion, Say MU Researchers

Dan Cohen, assistant teaching professor of religious studies at MU.
MU News Bureau
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Despite differences in rituals and beliefs among the world’s major religions, spirituality often enhances health regardless of a person’s faith, according to University of Missouri researchers. The MU researchers believe that health care providers could take advantage of this correlation between health – particularly mental health – and spirituality by tailoring treatments and rehabilitation programs to accommodate an individual’s spiritual inclinations.

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