Federal health officials on Tuesday approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of the liver-destroying virus.
AspireAssist consists of a tube implanted in the patient’s stomach and connected to a valve that lies flush against the skin. It allows the person to eat all he wants and then drain the stomach contents into a toilet.
There have been seven confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Missouri and four in Kansas. None of those patients contracted the virus locally. The situation would escalate if an infected local mosquito bit a Missourian or a Kansan.
The most critical time — and hardest time — to reach people who are vulnerable to severe mental illness is during their teen and early adult years. Young survivors out of mental hospitals see hope in new efforts at early intervention.
With the barrage of celebrity ‘baby bump’ photos that have exploded on the internet, many new moms worry about their pregnancy shape and wonder if their bump is too big or too small. Karen Cooper, D.O., explains why a healthy pregnancy cannot be based on the size or shape of a pregnant belly.
The hospital announced it has met a $10 million fundraising challenge that will boost cancer services. Nearly two years ago, Annette Bloch pledged the gift and challenged the university hospital to match it with other contributions. The money would go to support cancer services in the Cambridge North Tower.
The director of the Bioethics Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital is “worried” about health threat posed by the Zika virus at this summer’s Olympics in Rio. But the World Health Organization downplays such concerns, citing precautions that are being taken to minimize the risk to athletes and other travelers.
Lead poisoning affects as many as 1,500 children in Kansas City, even after decades of prevention efforts. Kansas authorities have largely given up the fight. Public health advocates say the consequences are even worse than once thought.