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US Department of Labor News: DOL provides national health emergency dislocated worker grant to combat opioid crisis in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an opioid-crisis Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) of $886,860 to the Washington State Department of Employment Security to provide disaster relief jobs and employment services to eligible individuals in five Washington counties impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and … Continue reading US Department of Labor News: DOL provides national health emergency dislocated worker grant to combat opioid crisis in Washington

Cleaning Up Your Gut: Why Periodic Detoxing Helps

Your intestines are host to both negative and positive bacteria by the billions.  While the ill effects of these malicious bacteria are known all too well, many people are unaware of the beneficial effects of positive bacteria.  They can literally change your life.  In this article, we look at the reasons that good bacteria cause … Continue reading Cleaning Up Your Gut: Why Periodic Detoxing Helps

St Louis Health Alert – FDA Advises To Stop Using Certain Claire’s Products

Claire’s Initiates Voluntary Recall ST LOUIS, MO (STL.News) – The City of St. Louis Department of Health is notifying residents that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to use certain Claire’s products because they may be contaminated with asbestos fibers. Inhalation of asbestos over time has been linked to serious … Continue reading St Louis Health Alert – FDA Advises To Stop Using Certain Claire’s Products

Alabama News: Fox bite reported in Fairhope; victim has begun treatment

Montgomery, AL (STL.News) – A fox attack occurred in Fairhope on March 12.  The victim has begun post-exposure rabies treatment that consists of series of injections as prophylactic treatment. If the animal that bites a person cannot found for rabies testing, the recommendation is for a person to receive treatment to prevent rabies.  The treatment … Continue reading Alabama News: Fox bite reported in Fairhope; victim has begun treatment

US Food & Drug Administration News: FDA approves a new generic valsartan

Agency prioritizing review of ARB applications to help mitigate shortage of valsartan SILVER SPRING, MD (STL.News) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new generic of Diovan (valsartan).  Valsartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) that treats high blood pressure and heart failure.  The FDA prioritized the review of this drug application … Continue reading US Food & Drug Administration News: FDA approves a new generic valsartan

FDA News: FDA approves new nasal spray medication for treatment-resistant depression; available only at a certified doctor’s office or clinic

SILVER SPRING, MD (STL.News) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray, in conjunction with an oral antidepressant, for the treatment of depression in adults who have tried other antidepressant medicines but have not benefited from them (treatment-resistant depression).  Because of the risk of serious adverse outcomes resulting from sedation and dissociation … Continue reading FDA News: FDA approves new nasal spray medication for treatment-resistant depression; available only at a certified doctor’s office or clinic

FDA News: FDA takes action against 17 companies for illegally selling products claiming to treat Alzheimer’s disease

Products make unproven claims for treating multiple diseases and conditions SILVER SPRING, MD (STL.News) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today posted 12 warning letters and 5 online advisory letters issued to foreign and domestic companies that are illegally selling more than 58 products, many that are sold as dietary supplements, which are unapproved new … Continue reading FDA News: FDA takes action against 17 companies for illegally selling products claiming to treat Alzheimer’s disease

FDA News: FDA permits marketing of first test to aid in the diagnosis of a sexually-transmitted infection known as Mycoplasma genitalium

SILVER SPRING, MD – Jan. 23, 2019 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of a new test to aid in the diagnosis of a sexually-transmitted infection (STI) called Mycoplasma genitalium (M. gen.).  This is the first test authorized by the FDA to test for the M. gen. bacterium, which is associated … Continue reading FDA News: FDA permits marketing of first test to aid in the diagnosis of a sexually-transmitted infection known as Mycoplasma genitalium

St. Louis News: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Launches “The Wellness Council”

St. Louis, MO – Yesterday, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse-St. Louis Area (NCADA) announced the formation of its young friends organization,  The Wellness Council, dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and holistic wellbeing. “We saw a gap that needed to be addressed.” said Nichole Dawsey, Executive Director of NCADA.  “We know that … Continue reading St. Louis News: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Launches “The Wellness Council”

Alabama News: Influenza is serious; flu shots recommended for those 6 months of age and older

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) encourages annual influenza vaccination of all persons 6 months of age and older as the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially serious complications.  Among its many benefits are reducing the risk of flu illness, doctors’ visits, hospitalization and even death. For the upcoming … Continue reading Alabama News: Influenza is serious; flu shots recommended for those 6 months of age and older

2018’s Fattest States in America + Diabetes Facts & Statistics – WalletHub Reports

With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month and Americans collectively spending nearly $237 billion per year on obesity-related health costs, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Fattest States in America as well as accompanying videos, along with interesting stats about diabetes in its Facts & Statistics infographic. To determine which states … Continue reading 2018’s Fattest States in America + Diabetes Facts & Statistics – WalletHub Reports

Health News: National Governors Association Releases Report on Strategies to Address Public Health Crises

WILMINGTON, DE — Delaware was one of 11 states that vetted potential strategies through the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices to address public health crises such as Hepatitis C and opioid use disorder by improving access to evidence-based pharmaceutical interventions while ensuring the fiscal sustainability of public programs.  The NGA released the … Continue reading Health News: National Governors Association Releases Report on Strategies to Address Public Health Crises

Chicago News: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces Five Times More Residents Receive HIV Care, Compared To 2015

Department of Public Health Launches Acute HIV Hotline 312-74-ACUTE to report diagnosis CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) yesterday announced that so far this year, the city has served 1,814 people living with HIV in Chicago as the city continues to expand HIV primary care support.  … Continue reading Chicago News: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces Five Times More Residents Receive HIV Care, Compared To 2015

Delaware News: Sussex County Man Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

DOVER, DE – The Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing that a 60-year-old Sussex County man has tested positive for the state’s first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in 2018.  The man was briefly hospitalized for illness in July and after a preliminary positive test result from the DPH Laboratory in Smyrna, … Continue reading Delaware News: Sussex County Man Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics, Alabama Department of Public Health promote healthy bedtime routines through ‘Brush, Book, Bed’

MONTGOMERY, AL – Good oral hygiene, reading and regular bedtimes are three simple life skills that pediatricians in 12 Alabama practices are reinforcing through Brush, Book, Bed (BBB), a new statewide program of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) and its early literacy arm, Reach Out and Read-Alabama (ROR-AL). Made possible … Continue reading Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics, Alabama Department of Public Health promote healthy bedtime routines through ‘Brush, Book, Bed’

FDA News: Statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. to support the development of novel nicotine replacement drug therapies to help smokers stop smoking

SILVER SPRING, MD – As a public health agency, there is no greater impact we can have to improve the health of our nation than to significantly reduce the rate of tobacco-related disease and death.  Through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s comprehensive framework for regulating nicotine and tobacco, we’re developing policies that support the … Continue reading FDA News: Statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. to support the development of novel nicotine replacement drug therapies to help smokers stop smoking

Alabama Health News: Multiple Alabama counties experience pertussis outbreak

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama Department of Public Health’s (ADPH) Immunization Division is currently investigating a pertussis outbreak in Shelby and Jefferson counties.  Currently, ADPH has identified 9 children with positive pertussis laboratory results and 22 people with pertussis-like illness (PLI) linked to people who tested positive.  Persons with pertussis and PLI attended one or … Continue reading Alabama Health News: Multiple Alabama counties experience pertussis outbreak

American Optometric Association (AOA) News: ‘Like Armageddon:’ Doctor of optometry depicts historic wildfire

ST LOUIS, MO – Wildfires are a fact of life in arid California.  Prescribed burns and lightning strikes commonly spark blazes that billow smoke for days on end.  So, when a smoke cloud drifted over Whiskeytown Lake, it wasn’t necessarily cause for concern for Curtis Newcomb, O.D.-or anyone, really-some 18 miles away in Redding. “No … Continue reading American Optometric Association (AOA) News: ‘Like Armageddon:’ Doctor of optometry depicts historic wildfire

Missouri Health News: Making Tick Bite Prevention a Summer Routine

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – To date in 2018, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has recorded 344 cases of spotted fever rickettsioses, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, 208 cases of ehrlichiosis, 7 cases of Lyme disease, 11 cases of tularemia and 1 case of Heartland virus.  There have been no recorded cases … Continue reading Missouri Health News: Making Tick Bite Prevention a Summer Routine

Missouri News: DHSS remains committed to working with partners to ensure continuation of the Time Critical Diagnosis System

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is working with partners, including hospitals, providers and emergency medical service professionals to ensure funding for the Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System will remain steady moving forward. The TCD System is a statewide system that brings together the 911 response system, ambulance services … Continue reading Missouri News: DHSS remains committed to working with partners to ensure continuation of the Time Critical Diagnosis System

Missouri Health Alert: Missouri reports cases of cyclosporiasis linked to McDonald’s salads

Missouri investigating cases of cyclosporiasis that appear to be linked to eating McDonald’s salads JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in collaboration with local public health agencies across Missouri is investigating cases of cyclosporiasis that appear to be linked to eating McDonald’s salads.  A total of seven cases from … Continue reading Missouri Health Alert: Missouri reports cases of cyclosporiasis linked to McDonald’s salads

FDA News: FDA announces voluntary recall of several medicines containing valsartan following detection of an impurity

SILVER SPRINGS, MD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of several drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.  This recall is due to an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which was found in the recalled … Continue reading FDA News: FDA announces voluntary recall of several medicines containing valsartan following detection of an impurity

Delaware News: DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section announces year’s first finding of West Nile virus in wild birds

DOVER, DE – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Mosquito Control Section, in conjunction with Delaware’s Division of Public Health and Department of Agriculture, has announced the first detection this year of West Nile virus (WNV) in wild birds, indicating the recurrence of this mosquito-borne disease in Delaware.  WNV was detected in the … Continue reading Delaware News: DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section announces year’s first finding of West Nile virus in wild birds

American Optometric Association News: Soccer team rescued from Thailand cave could face temporary vision struggles

ST LOUIS, MO – Imagine spending nearly three weeks trapped in the darkness of a cave, as 12 boys and a coach of a Thai youth soccer team were.  How might the eyes react? They might expect a relatively short period of light sensitivity for their eyes post-rescue, say doctors of optometry, who celebrated with … Continue reading American Optometric Association News: Soccer team rescued from Thailand cave could face temporary vision struggles

Yale University News: Opioid epidemic responses overlook gender

NEW HAVEN, CT – Yale health experts warn that current efforts to confront the growth of opioid addiction and overdose deaths must better incorporate an understanding of how women fit into this epidemic. In a commentary published in The Lancet, Women’s Health Research at Yale Director Carolyn M. Mazure, and Yale Program in Addiction Medicine … Continue reading Yale University News: Opioid epidemic responses overlook gender

Tech Savy Buyers Choose Eight Sleep

If you are into tech (and who isn’t these days) we urge you to look into the innovativebeds.com top pick for technology innovator in the sleep industry.  Eight Sleep, founded in 2014, offers innovation in interconnected sleep technology, monitoring, and performance.  Through sensors and literally billions of data points (200 Billion and counting!), the Sleep … Continue reading Tech Savy Buyers Choose Eight Sleep

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 everyone looking for ways to contain costs, it was hailed as an innovative means of disrupting the market for the … Continue reading When Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway Recently Announced Their Proposed Self-Insurance Plan, the Empower Group Asked, ‘What Took You So Long?’

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 based on symptoms, not final diagnosis, a standard that is part of federal law, according to the American College of … Continue reading 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 FDA reviewed and authorized for marketing the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator in fewer than 6 months as part of … Continue reading FDA authorizes marketing of first blood test to aid in the evaluation of concussion in adults