Health

Springfield-Greene County Health Department
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To fight the spread of COVID-19, Greene County is implementing visitor restrictions to hospitals and health care facilities.

Children 12 and under, as well as anyone who is sick, will not be allowed in Greene County hospitals and health care facilities unless they are seeking care. That policy is now in effect, according to county officials.

Clay Goddard, Director of the Greene County Health Department, compares these restrictions to those taken during a tough flu season.

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China has identified a new strain of coronavirus that has led to at least 17 deaths and hundreds of others falling ill. The first cases appeared in the industrial and transporation hub of Wuhan, in central China.  

An official at Missouri State University, which has hundreds of Chinese students, says there haven’t been any reported cases at MSU yet.

Your health can be affected by so many things. Genetics, diet, stress, the people around you - just to name a few.

Dr. Kyler Sherman Wilkins, assistant professor of sociology at Missouri State University, is a social demographer who is interested in the distribution of health in Americans.

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Recent statistics show that about one in four adults in southwest Missouri is a tobacco user—that’s nearly 10% above the national average.

Valerie Howard at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said that’s also higher than the statewide average.

“22% of adult Missourians are tobacco users. About 1 in 4 in southwest Missouri specifically is 24.5%. Southwest Missouri has the highest adult usage rate in the state by region,” Howard told KSMU. 

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Drive down a dirt road in Dallas County, under a thick canopy of walnut trees and over three cattle guards, and you’ll come to Rachel Harrison’s home in Windyville, Missouri.  

A few years ago, Harrison was using her Bachelor’s degree in biology in a hospital laboratory.

“I was a generalist, which means I was in charge of urinalysis, chemistry, special chemistry, hematology, blood banking, coagulation, I think I got it all—phlebotomy, all that kind of stuff,” Harrison said.

But at age 25, she began to hear what sounded like people talking.

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In the Missouri capitol building in Jefferson City, Representative Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, has been trying for half a decade to get Missouri to establish a PDMP, or Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

That’s an electronic records database that would allow prescribers—doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, and anyone who can prescribe narcotics—to pull up on a screen in the exam room that shows what medicines that patient has been prescribed, and when.

Missouri is the only state where medical professionals don’t have the option of using such a database.

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One in every twelve kids in Greene County between 6th and 12th grades is misusing prescription drugs—that’s according to the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Behavioral Health Profile. And take a guess at the average age for taking that first sip of alcohol: here in Greene County, it’s 13 years old.

All this week, we’re looking at what substance abuse means for our region. 

Jennifer Moore

Hours after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order indicating that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," is imminent. A repeal could mean different things to those living in cities and those in rural areas. 

To see how a repeal of the ACA could affect Missouri’s poorest and sickest counties, I took a little road trip.

The Good Samaritan Clinic in Mountain View, Missouri sits a two-hour, straight shot east of Springfield on Highway 60.

Springfield Gyms see Membership Spike Beyond New Year

Feb 9, 2016
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One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is going to the gym and getting in shape. However, how often do those resolutions stick?

Jessica Storm and Madison Chilton joined Genesis Health Clubs in Springfield three weeks ago, and their goal to get in shape and be healthier seems to be working. The pair goes to work out at Genesis six days a week.

“We put it off long enough so we figured now was the best time,” Chilton says.

“It’s time. It’s time to make that commitment,” Storm says.

Have you ever wondered what organic really means and why you are asked to pay so much for it? Dr. Samantha Mosier, assistant professor of political science at Missouri State University, studies how governmental policies are made – stretching from administrative rulemaking to the workings of legislature, general assembly and congress. Her particular area of interest has been on researching sustainable agriculture and environmental politics and policy. 

In the health and athletics world, the word train means to practice in order to improve. But in the world of Special Olympics athletes, it means so much more, thanks to a group of students and faculty from Missouri State University. This interdisciplinary group from kinesiology, special education, dietetics, graphic design and computer science developed TRAIN, Testing Recreation Activities and Improving Nutrition, in 2009 and 2010.

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Some of the money being withheld from the state's budget would have gone to pay for the MU School of Medicine class expansion and Springfield clinical campus.