Key West officials take step toward banning some sunscreens

Officials in Key West took the initial steps toward banning the sale of sunscreens containing two ingredients that some consider harmful to coral reefs

  Americans now more likely to die of accidental opioid overdose than in a car accident

Study shows opioid addiction can start at the dentist

Law allows use of sunscreen at Illinois schools without doctor’s note

SNAP benefits will continue through February in Illinois, Missouri

ADH: Possible case of Hepatitis A exposure at Cheddar’s

Study criticizes high costs of air ambulances in Missouri

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Time for Hepatitis A Booster

Study: Average MO smoker spends more than $1M on smoking over lifetime

Fetal heartbeat: New abortion-related fight in Kentucky

Lupin Pharmaceuticals recalls injections due to visual gray material

Community creates magic for pediatric cancer patients

RSV spreads throughout the Heartland

Flu activity level raised to ‘widespread’ in KY

The commonwealth’s activity level has been raised to ‘widespread.'

10th flu related death reported in Arkansas

Nearly two-thirds of Arkansas counties saw flu cases, with 40 positive PCR flu tests during the last week of the year.

  New rule requires hospitals to post prices online; hospital leaders say it’s misleading

According to local hospital leaders, although it’s transparent, it’s also misleading.

Thousands of Arkansas residents lose Medicaid coverage due to new work requirements

Nearly 17,000 people lost healthcare coverage in 2018 for failing to comply with Arkansas's new Medicaid work requirements, according to analysis of state data.

Do you have seasonal depression? If so, you’re not alone

Fitness classes return to Carbondale Winter Farmer’s Market

Eating healthy in 2019

Louisville healthcare providers seeing high cases of flu

FDA warns some antibiotics could cause aortic aneurysms to rupture

New rule will force all U.S. hospitals to post prices for common procedures

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

Pickleball tourney for fight against brain cancer

Next month in Cape Girardeau, there will be a tournament aimed at adding to the popularity of the sport for a very important cause.

Central Missouri sees spike in HIV diagnoses

Missouri is seeing a dramatic uptick in HIV diagnoses, a trend that health experts say is particularly concentrated in the central part of the state

Blood pressure medication recalled due to ‘unexpected impurity’

According to the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling two lots of Losartan potassium tablets,

Helping a family member with Alzheimer’s this holiday

The Alzheimer Association suggests meeting in a comfortable environment that doesn’t have too many distractions.

Use stairs to test your risk of heart disease, cancer

There is a simple way to check if you need to increase your exercise routine.

Shortage in medical lab techs, SSM Health program accepting applicaitons

According to U.S. News and World Report there is a shortage nationwide for medical laboratory technicians.

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

Attorney General Beshear to fight Affordable Care Act ruling

Attorney General Beshear has a plan to protect healthcare for Kentuckians, the Office of the Attorney General said in a statement Saturday.

Affordable Care Act deadline is quickly approaching

The deadline to register for health insurance under the affordable care act is quickly approaching.

Why HIPAA laws are causing concerns among parents

Most parents don't think about not being able to access their child's medical records once they turn 19.

Illinois pharmacies bracing for shingles vaccination shortage

Pharmacies and health agencies not only across the nation are experiencing a shortage in the shingles vaccination called Shingrix, but also across southern Illinois.

Walgreens expands safe medication disposal program to MO locations

Walgreens opens safe medication disposal kiosk at Cape Girardeau location.

Local pharmacies impacted by nationwide shingles vaccine shortage

Pharmacies across the nation are dealing with a shortage of the new shingles vaccine called Shingrix. Pharmacies began offering Shingrix around early spring this year. By May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already reported shortages.

Miniature horses help students de-stress before finals

Saint Louis University has a novel approach for helping students de-stress before finals: miniature horses

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

More people getting sick this time of year

As the holiday season gets into high gear, so does your chances of getting sick.

Twitter reacts to CDC’s cookie-dough warning

CDC says don't eat raw cookie dough. Twitter users say, "Nah, we're good."

Hike in Insulin costs a matter of life or death for many diabetics

All this, in the US, but not other parts of the globe.

New medical marijuana law takes effect

Doctors and patients can now discuss medical marijuana as a treatment alternative.

New telehealth site in Poplar Bluff to concentrate on high-risk maternity needs

SSM Health has opened its fifth maternal fetal medicine telehealth site in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

5 cases of Hep A recently diagnosed in IL

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirms five recent diagnoses of Hepatitis A in November 2018.

Many turn to weighted blankets for stress relief

Weighted blankets are gaining in popularity. Many who toss and turn at bedtime are turning to weighted blankets.

CDC says the flu vaccine has a higher chance of being effective this year

It’s the time of year where the flu virus is starting to spread like crazy.

Heroin use linked to increase in rare spine infection

Intravenous drug use is a problem in our community and doctors are learning of another problem it can lead to -- a rare, painful disease that could lead to death.

Congo starts first-ever trial testing Ebola drugs

The World Health Organization says Congo has begun the first-ever trial to test the effectiveness and safety of four experimental Ebola drugs, the first time scientists have directly compared such treatments

Arkansas institute part of successful peanut allergy study

A large-scale clinical trial at an Arkansas research institute and other nationwide institutions to find a treatment for peanut allergies has been a success.

Managing an eating disorder during Thanksgiving

The holidays can be the toughest time of the year for people struggling with eating disorders, according to one expert.

Federal government re-approves work requirements for Kentuckians on Medicaid

The newly approved program can begin as soon April 1, 2019.

2 IL residents test positive in E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say two Illinois residents have tested positive for the same strain of E.coli that is linked to romaine lettuce.

Patch to treat migraines being tested

Millions of Americans suffer from migraines, and it’s not just the pounding headaches that can make them unbearable.

Autism Center services coming to Sikeston Southeast Regional Campus

Beginning in January 2019, the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center will provide services at Southeast’s Sikeston Regional Campus.

New treatment for lymphoma patients called a “revolution”

Doctors at VCU Massey Cancer Center say they’re dealing with a revolution in bone marrow transplantation thanks to a new type of cancer treatment.

FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

The FDA advises consumers to continue using the medication until their pharmacist provides a replacement or their doctor provides an alternative treatment option.

Avoid foodbourne illness this holiday with these safety tips

Avoid foodborne illness this holiday season by using these helpful tips from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

AED devices awarded to community organizations in SE MO

Eleven Heartland organizations were awarded AEDs by the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation.

FDA could move e-cigs out of gas stations

The FDA is expected to announce a crackdown on e-cigarette sells to minors. They plan to limit e-cig sells to vape shops and tobacco stores.

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM): What it is and what to know about it

AFM is a disease that attacks the spinal cord and affects motor functions, sometimes resulting in paralysis.

Bring on the pasta: Vaccine for celiac disease in the works

The drug is designed to build up a patient’s gluten tolerance over time through multiple injections.

ADH issues correction, now says AFM reported in Northwest AR not NEA

A little more than an hour after reporting two confirmed cases of a polio-like illness in Northeast Arkansas, the department of health said it made a mistake.

Open enrollment begins for Affordable Care Act

The enrollment lasts through Dec. 15 according to workers with Get America Covered.

Winter, flu preparedness fair in Jackson Co., IL

Winter is almost here and the Jackson County Health Department wants to make sure you’re prepared.

Avoid spreading illness at work by cleaning common dirty areas

Getting sick at work is as easy as hitting a button right now. So how can you stay healthy?

Patients with arthritis may start looking to their own bodies for healing

Nearly 9 out of 10 individuals suffering from at least one episode of debilitating chronic pain could soon be seeking out ways to heal better and faster.

Seasonal sickness starts early in the Heartland

The drop in temperature brings a rise in flu cases in the Heartland.

FDA approves first new drug to treat flu in almost 20 years

Xofluza is a fast-acting, single-dose treatment for the flu that won approval by the FDA on Wednesday. It will hit pharmacy shelves this flu season and could be an easier way for patients to kick the virus.

A cure for MSD is closer than ever, and you can help

The fight to find a cure for a rare disease is getting closer to the finish line, and it's all stemming from one family in South Mississippi.

19 cases of flu reported in St. Francois Co., MO this season

The St. Francois County Health Center is reporting 19 cases of the flu so far this season.

Strike force formed to combat opioid abuse in Appalachia

U.S. Justice Department officials say a new law enforcement strike force is being formed to combat opioid abuse in Appalachia

How an Ohio couple found out and battled the same breast cancer diagnosis together

Experts say breast cancer impacts about one in eight women, but only one in 800 men.

Missouri landfill operator sues for help with EPA cleanup

The operator of a suburban St. Louis landfill where an underground fire smolders near illegally dumped radioactive waste is suing the drug maker whose predecessor processed the Cold War-era nuclear material

Facing expensive prescription costs? One website shows different prices in various pharmacies

To Melisa’s surprise, she discovered she could fill her prescriptions at Costco for just $38 versus the hundreds she was originally told at a different pharmacy.

Choose healthy trick-or-treat options this Halloween

While candy isn’t considered healthy, there can be healthier options to find in your child’s candy bag.

Doctors see large spike in head lice around Halloween

Doctors say trying on hats, wigs and masks without knowing who had them on before you can be a major risk. But Halloween stores are not the only concern.

Medication disposal and document shredding event in Jackson Co., IL

t the Jackson County Health Department an event is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Health Department in Jackson Co., IL ask for well lead testing participants

Participants are wanted for a research project by the Jackson County, Illinois Health Department.

Multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting five cases of multi-drug resistant Salmonella infantis illness.

Poplar Bluff high school student diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A Poplar Bluff high school student has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.