• Lexington School District Weighs In On Teen Vaping

    Before the rise of vaping, tobacco use had been virtually abandoned by today’s generation. Now, parents and administrators have a new challenge on their hands as vape pens are easier to obtain by middle and high school aged individuals. Additionally, thanks to vape pens, marijuana use on school gro....

  • February 2020 Health Observances

    February 7: National Wear Red Day®
    Purpose: Heart Disease is the #1 killer for women in the United States. Show your commitment and passion for ending heart disease by wearing red on Friday, February 7. Organized by: the American Heart Association Address: 7272 Greenville Ave.....

  • Women, Medicaid & Gestational Diabetes

    For many women, pregnancy is an emotional and transformative experience. The body - and even the brain - of a pregnant woman undergoes physical changes, preparing her for childbirth and motherhood. It is during such a vulnerable time in a woman’s life that her health should be of the utmost priorit....

  • Why Missouri's The Last Holdout On A Statewide Rx Monitoring Program

    By Lauren Weber, Kaiser Health News

    Missouri retained its lonely title as the only state without a statewide prescription drug monitoring program — for the seventh year in a row — after the legis....

  • Mentally Healthy Workplaces Are Created Intentionally

    Mental health in the workplace is a topic that has gained more and more attention in the last decade. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 44 million adults, age 18 and up, in the United States reported suffering from some kind of mental illness. In the professiona....

  • Suicide Risk Grew After Missouri Medicaid Kids Shifted To Managed Care, Hospitals Say

    By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News

    After more than 2,000 Missouri children diagnosed with mental illness were shifted from traditional Medicaid into three for-profit managed-care companies, the state’s hospitals noticed an alarming trend: a doubling in the percentage....

  • When Teens Abuse Parents, Shame And Secrecy Make It Hard To Seek Help

    By Christine Herman, Side Effects Public Media 

    Nothing Jenn and Jason learned in parenting class prepared them for the challenges they’ve faced raising a child prone to violent outbursts.

    The couple are parents to two siblings. They first fostered the c....

  • The Deep Divide: State Borders Create Medicaid Haves And Have-Nots

    Missouri resident Patricia Powers had no health insurance when she was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago; she and her disabled husband were struggling to get by on, at most, $1,500 a month. If they'd lived across the river in Illinois, she'd have been eligible for Medicaid.Laura Un....

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