When Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway Recently Announced Their Proposed Self-Insurance Plan, the Empower Group Asked, ‘What Took You So Long?’

KANSAS CITY, Mo./ Feb. 19, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — Recently Amazon, JPMorgan, and Berkshire Hathaway announced an effort to pool resources in order to offer their employees access to low-cost, high-quality healthcare through a self-insurance plan.  For The post When Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway Recently Announced Their Proposed Self-Insurance Plan, the…

Changes to Anthem’s Emergency Care Policy in Missouri Still Put Patients At Risk

WASHINGTON/ Feb. 15, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — Missouri patients are still at risk from Anthem’s policy to deny coverage for emergency patients, despite increasing the number of “always pay” exceptions and an acknowledgment that coverage should be The post Changes to Anthem’s Emergency Care Policy in Missouri Still Put Patients At Risk…

FDA authorizes marketing of first blood test to aid in the evaluation of concussion in adults

SILVER SPRING, Md./ Feb. 15, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly referred to as concussion, in adults. The post FDA authorizes marketing of first blood test to aid in the evaluation of…

Missouri Care Names Dr. Ronald F. Lopez Senior Medical Director

ST. LOUIS and TAMPA, Fla./ Feb. 7, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — Missouri Care, Inc., a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), announced it has named Ronald F. Lopez, M.D., as senior medical director. Dr. Lopez The post Missouri Care Names Dr. Ronald F. Lopez Senior Medical Director appeared first on…

Embrace by Empatica is the world’s first smart watch to be cleared by FDA for use in Neurology

CAMBRIDGE, Mass./ Feb. 5, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — Empatica Inc has received clearance from the FDA for Embrace, its award-winning smart watch.  Embrace uses AI (advanced machine learning) to monitor for the most dangerous kinds of seizures, The post Embrace by Empatica is the world’s first smart watch to be cleared by…

Marathon Health Launches New Health Center in Marshall, Missouri

MARSHALL, MO./Feb. 5, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Cargill and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) today announced the opening of a near-site health center operated by Marathon Health. Located in Marshall, Missouri, the Marathon Health The post Marathon Health Launches New Health Center in Marshall, Missouri appeared first on STL.News.

Free Online Course to Help Health Care Providers Address Senior Hunger

WASHINGTON/ Feb. 5, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — The Food Research & Action Center and AARP Foundation today released a free, online course, “Screen & Intervene: Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults,” to educate health care and community-based The post Free Online Course to Help Health Care Providers Address Senior Hunger appeared first…

ACEP: I Have the Flu, Should I Go to the Emergency Room?

WASHINGTON/ Feb. 2, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — As flu activity reaches its highest levels in nearly a decade, it is important to take steps to prevent getting or spreading the illness. These include recognizing the signs The post ACEP: I Have the Flu, Should I Go to the Emergency Room? appeared…

Survey Takes America’s Temperature During Flu Outbreak

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis./ February 1, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — According to the 2018 Healthy Hand Washing Survey, nearly 60% of Americans are extremely or quite concerned about contracting a new or particularly resilient strain of the flu The post Survey Takes America’s Temperature During Flu Outbreak appeared first on STL.News.

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new steps to help prevent new addiction, curb abuse and overdose related to opioid products

SILVER SPRING, Md./ Jan. 30, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — The issue of opioid misuse and abuse remains one of my highest priorities and we believe it’s going to take carefully developed, sustained, and coordinated action by everyone The post Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new steps to help prevent…

American College of Chest Physicians publishes new lung cancer screening guidelines

SANTA MONICA, Calif./ Jan. 29, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — Today, the highly anticipated guidelines on screening for lung cancer by the American College of Chest Physicians® (CHEST) were published online on the journal CHEST® website. This comes The post American College of Chest Physicians publishes new lung cancer screening guidelines appeared first…

Flu widespread across US for third straight week

NEW YORK/January 26, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Sick with the flu? You’ve got a lot of company. The flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third straight week. Only Hawaii has been spared. Last week, 1 The post Flu widespread across US for third straight week appeared first on STL.News.

Hepatitis A case identified in Poplar Bluff, Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) A case of hepatitis A has been identified in a food handler that worked while potentially contagious at Huddle House in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.  The restaurant, in conjunction with the Missouri The post Hepatitis A case identified in Poplar Bluff, Missouri appeared first on STL.News.

More birth defects seen in parts of U.S. with local Zika spread

ATLANTA/ Jan. 25, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — Birth defects most strongly linked to Zika virus infection during pregnancy have increased in parts of the United States that have had local Zika virus transmission, according to a report The post More birth defects seen in parts of U.S. with local Zika spread appeared…

New report shows that e-cigarettes can both harm and help the smoking epidemic

WASHINGTON/ Jan. 23, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — Today, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a Consensus Study Report on the Public Health Consequence of E-Cigarettes. The report outlines the evidence-based consensus on the The post New report shows that e-cigarettes can both harm and help the smoking epidemic…

Patients Can Receive Immediate Care From Their Personal Doctors Via New Medici App

AUSTIN, Texas/ Jan. 23, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — Medici is a next-generation communication application designed by doctors for doctors that allows patients to text, video and call securely with their own healthcare providers. The Medici program The post Patients Can Receive Immediate Care From Their Personal Doctors Via New Medici App…

World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease

JOHANNESBURG/January 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A new report says the world is moving closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease, in which a meter-long worm slowly emerges from a blister in a person’s skin. The U.S.-based Carter Center, The post World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease appeared first on STL.News.

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes–and save Big Tobacco

WASHINGTON/January 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully The post Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes–and save Big Tobacco appeared first on STL.News.

Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu

WASHINGTON/January 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A century after history’s worst flu pandemic, scientists are hunting for a super-shot for the next super-flu. Stronger vaccines could guard against the next pandemic and ordinary winter influenza at the same The post Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu appeared first on…

Canopy Biosciences Offers Novel Tools to Help Fight Neurodegenerative Disease and Cancer

ST. LOUIS/ Jan. 16, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — Canopy Biosciences TM, LLC, a leading provider of gene editing and personalized medicine technologies, announced today that it has launched two novel services for immuno-oncology and neurodegenerative disease. Both The post Canopy Biosciences Offers Novel Tools to Help Fight Neurodegenerative Disease and Cancer appeared…