Ribbon cutting to be held for Centerstone Autism Services

It’s the official launch of Centerstone Autism Services: Think! Learn! Explore! (CASTLE)

Veterans health care town hall held in Mt. Vernon, IL

Baby cough syrup recalled due to bacteria contamination

IL governor, state police take steps to strengthen Forensic Services

  New program for lung cancer screenings in southern Illinois

Elementary school food employee diagnosed with Hep A

The truth behind claims wireless headphones cause cancer

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Injection used in combination chemotherapy recalled, possible copper salt presence

‘You have to decide to open your mind to it even before you open your mouth to it.’ Charlotte doctor on re-training your taste buds.

  High blood pressure medicine recalled due to cancer risks

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

  Illinois Senate approves Tobacco 21, sends bill to governor

Pilot program to provide veterans with free genetic testing

  “Overwhelming” attendance at St. Louis medical marijuana conference

According to a Missouri medical marijuana expert, farmers are excited to produce a new crop in southeast Missouri.

  Poplar Bluff school calls off class due to flu

A wave of flu related illnesses is forcing school officials at Sacred Heart School of Poplar Bluff to call off class Tuesday, March 12 through Friday, March 15.

  Red Cross issues call for blood after shortages due to weather

Platelets, type O negative blood and type AB plasma are three of the most in-demand blood products by hospitals.

  Health officials stress vaccinations after case of Measles reported in MO

A case of measles discovered just outside the Heartland has Missouri health officials stressing the importance of vaccinations.

  Checking for mold after recent rain

Missouri medical marijuana licenses in high demand

Report: Hookah smokers inhale toxic chemicals, may harm heart

Measles case reported in Jefferson Co., MO

  Science project helps southeast Missouri family find diagnosis for son

VA announces Women’s Health open house event in Poplar Bluff

  South Mississippi pastor has 30 days to find a kidney donor

Thirty days: that’s the time frame doctors gave Tony Guerin to find a live kidney donor. As his family is on the hunt for a match, he said his faith helps him push forward.

Facebook plans to pull anti-vaccine groups and pages to combat misinformation

The company intends to provide users with authoritative information on the controversial topic.

Fifth hypertension medication recalled in two weeks

This is the third recall in one week.

Medical marijuana industry trade conference coming to St. Louis

More than 1,200 people have purchased tickets to attend next week’s medical marijuana industry and trade conference next week at St. Louis’ Union Station.

  New lifesaving helicopter flies into southern Illinois

An open house celebrating a new medical helicopter was held on Wednesday, March 6.

FDA: Asbestos found in Claire’s cosmetics

The FDA is warning consumers not to use three Claire’s brand cosmetic products after tests found they contained asbestos.

  Filter out blue light to reduce digital eye strain

Recent studies show a majority of people who look at screens for more than two hours a day will have some form of digital eye strain.

Kentucky governor signs organ donor law

Kentucky's Republican governor has signed a bill into law giving people more options to register as an organ donor

  Heartland diabetes patients hope for cheaper insulin

One patient at a medical facility with diabetes is concerned not only about the price of his insulin, but also the complications that come with not having it.

ADH: 57 dead due to the flu in Arkansas

The number of deaths in Arkansas due to the flu continues to rise.

  Cape Girardeau dad to run Boston Marathon in memory of his daughter

A local dad will run in the Boston Marathon as a St. Jude Hero in honor of his daughter who passed away from cancer.

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

Lawmakers introduce bill to restrict kid friendly e-cigarette flavors

The Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids (SAFE Kids) Act would place strong restrictions on e-cigarette flavorings and ban cigar flavorings altogether.

Tennessee to spend $400K on vaccine promotion ads

The Tennessee Department of Health is hoping to boost the state's immunization rates by spending $400,000 on advertisements promoting the value of vaccines

  Are you too young to suffer from a stroke?

Stroke experts say you can have a stroke at any age and any time.

Birth control pill recall announced by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising the public about a nationwide, voluntary recall initiated by Apotex Corp. on a birth control pill.

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

30,000 pounds of ground beef recalled due to extraneous material contamination

These products could be in your freezer.

  Washing meats, poultry before cooking can be harmful

You could be your own worst enemy when it comes to bacteria in your kitchen.

  Official signing held for behavioral health hospital in Cape Girardeau

The Planning and Zoning Commission approves land for SoutheastHEALTH.

Person with measles traveled to Chicago airport

People may have been exposed to measles if they were at the airport on February 22, 2019 between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Missouri to create center for rural students’ mental health

The University of Missouri has received a $10 million federal grant to establish a National Center for Rural School Mental Health

  CDC recommends certain adults get revaccinated for measles

The Center for Disease Control is recommending adults get a booster shot for the measles especially if they plan to travel overseas or to a state where an outbreak of the disease is happening.

Missouri House passes wide-ranging abortion restrictions

Missouri's Republican-led House has passed a bill to ban almost all abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Students’ testimony revives effort to restrict vaping

A push to ban e-cigarettes and other vaping products for people under 21 has been resurrected in Kentucky after some heart-felt testimony from a group of middle school students

New parents won’t get a good night’s sleep for at least 6 years, study says

Finally, science proves what parents have been feeling since the beginning of time, having a newborn absolutely messes up your sleep cycle.

  Worth the wait? Medical marijuana in MO and IL

By the end of 2019 you may be able to get medical marijuana in the state of Missouri if you are certified by a doctor.

  Adults vaccinated as kids may not be protected against the measles now

If you were born between 1957 and the early 70s, you may not be protected from the measles.

  So, just how dirty is your smartphone?

The average American checks their phone 47 times a day.

Jackson Co. Health Department to host HPV vaccination event

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the HPV vaccine for boys and girls beginning at age 11 through young adulthood.

Rep. Bost unveils bill on improving VA leadership

Rep. Mike Bost unveiled new legislation to address the growing issue of VA medical centers operating without permanent directors.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

High blood pressure medicine recalled due to NDEA impurity

Patients taking this medication are urged to continue taking the medication as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

Green beans and butternut squash recalled due to Listeria concerns

Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

  CDC report shows flu virus still widespread in the Heartland

The report shows the flu virus is still prevalent across the country including all the states in the Heartland.

  Poplar Bluff VA holding groundbreaking ceremony for learning resource center

According to the Medical Center, the new Learning Resource Center will be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act and contain spaces for new employee orientation, continuing education and training for staff and other information-sharing space and technologies.

  Mason, Ohio 4th grader dies after flu, strep throat diagnosis

A Mason City Schools fourth grader has died just one day after she was diagnosed with strep throat and influenza, school officials say.

  Potentially dangerous antibiotics

A grieving family is on a mission to warn everyone they meet about potentially deadly or debilitating side effects.

  Heartland Schools keeping classrooms clean during flu season

Before, during and after a child is in class, certain measures are taken to make sure your school stays as germ free as possible so your children can focus on their education rather than sniffling their noses.

Pros and cons of concierge medicine: Why experts say it’s not for everyone

Concierge medicine gives patients with chronic conditions unfettered access to their doctors, but experts say it's not for everyone.

  Mizzou student voluntarily leaves campus after contracting tuberculosis

“The student has been extremely cooperative with campus and local health officials."

More than 1,600 hepatitis A cases reported during Ohio outbreak

The Ohio Department of Health has declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A after an increase in reported cases since the beginning of 2018.

Gripe water for infants, adults sold at Dollar General recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced is advising the public about recalls on a Gripe water product for infants and adults. The product was distributed throughout the United States by Dollar General Corporation.

Do you suffer from migraines? The weather may not be helping

For people who get migraines, weather fluctuations are no laughing matter.

Black River Medical Center teams up with Saint Francis Health Care System

President Reese said this will expand the network and presence Saint Francis has in Poplar Bluff.

Memphis hospital is 1st to use new FDA-approved device to fix hole in infant’s heart

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital becomes world’s first hospital to use device.

Mayor: Subway closed for biochemical cleaning following Hep A exposure

Anyone who ate at the Subway in Trumann, 121 Highway 463 North, will need to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Cape Girardeau County Rural Health Clinic has renovated and expanded their services

Cape Girardeau County Rural Health clinic opened January 30th and has done major renovations. They have expanded their services for mothers and children.

Saint Francis hosts mammography van for free screenings

The free screenings are funded by the Saint Francis Foundation’s Pink UP campaign.

  VA hosts enrollment event in Cape Girardeau

It will be on Friday, February 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cape Giradeau Community Clinic at 3015 William Street across from West Park Mall.

Organ donor bill clears Kentucky state Senate

The Kentucky state Senate has approved a bill that would give people another option to register as an organ donor

Smile! Early visits to the dentist are important for children’s teeth

A new survey found that early visits to the dentist were not “standard” practice in most families with young children.

  Ste. Genevieve Co. Memorial Hospital to expand services with new building

Ste. Genevieve City officials and Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital officials broke ground last week to begin construction of a two-story medical office building to be added on the hospital’s main campus.

  Mild winter may mean miserable, early allergy season

People are starting to see allergy symptoms because of the changes in climate said one doctor.

  Flu cancels class at schools in Portageville, MO

Kids in Portageville, Missouri will be out of school for the next two days after illness sidelines about a fourth of the student body. But there are ways parents and students can help prevent the sickness from spreading.

  Does it work: Eucalyptus in the shower to help congestion

Winter weather always seem to come with a case of a nasty cold bug and not-so-fun congestion.

  Government reopened: here’s what you need to know about SNAP benefits

The government shutdown ended and there is some important information people should know about SNAP benefits.