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    AUTHOR’S NOTE: Four years ago, a routine 3D mammogram revealed a baby cobra curled up on my chest. Tiny but lethal, my personalized version of breast cancer was particularly aggressive and challenging to eradicate once it spreads.

    This cancer, however, spotlighted at an e....

  • LCHD Launches Program to Address High Maternal Smoking Rates

    In 2016, maternal smoking rates in both Missouri and Lafayette County were significantly higher than the national average. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported 7.2 percent of women who gave birth in the United States smoked during pregnancy. However, the rate was 15.5 percent in M....

  • Building A Bridge of Hope

    It’s a Monday afternoon, and Bridge of Hope – Richmond executive director Connie Taylor is in the middle of an interview with accessHealth News. She’s sharing her desire to be an advocate for families via this faith-based women’s clinic when the phone rings.

    She ....

  • The Abuser, The Victim and Us

    Domestic Violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families.
    According to the latest stats, three women are murdered every day in the United States by a current or former male partner. Women with disabilities are 40 percent more likely to experience intimate par....

  • Effects of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Remain Elusive

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    According to NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, animal research suggests that the body’s neural system receptors play a role in controlling the brain’s maturation, particularly in the development of emotional responses. Thus....

  • Young People Die When Gun Safety is Willy-Nilly

    The statistics may be startling, but the sheer loss of life is beyond stunning. Consider the wealthy countries of the world; now consider this: 91 percent of children younger than age 15 who have died by a firearm are U.S. citizens (National Institute of Health).

    End Family Fire, an Ad ....

  • Fighting the Good Fight

    B. Smith, a former 1970s groundbreaking supermodel, leveraged her celebrity to author a popular cookbook. She became a successful restauranteur and lifestyle expert. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013, she and her husband, Dan Gasby, broke new ground in their battle against the disease with the 201....

  • Protecting Our Girls: Trafficking on the Interstate

    It’s something you think happens in other countries. But every day, on the internet, in massage parlors, strip clubs and even truck stops, children, teens and adult women are sold into slavery. “Controllers” (another name for pimps) use them as sex slaves, and bus them from city to city....

  • Its Okay to Not be Okay

    Back in 1854, poet Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Unfortunately, modern statistics indicate his long-ago observation still rings true today.

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.nami.org) notes that in any given year, one i....

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Medical Marijuana vs. Opioids: A Look at the Pros and Cons

Missouri is the 32nd state to legalize marijuana, often referred to as cannabis, for medical use. Proponents of medical marijuana say, among many things, the drug could provide less dependence on opioids to manage pain. This article looks at both dru....

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