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“Dallas Buyers Club” Missouri’s “Right to Try” law.

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Whether it’s colon cancer, pancreatic cancer or other variation of terminal illness many clients who exhaust their treatment options now have a beacon of hope thanks to a new law that went into effect last year. Missouri became the second state after Colorado to put a “Right to Try” law into effect. The Right to Try “RTT” bill (HB 1685) empowers terminally ill patients the right to try medications that have not been approved by the FDA. The RTT bill aims to hasten access to unapproved drugs by eliminating the FDA’s role in the process. Since the 1960s, FDA has mandated  that medications go through a rigorous three-stage investigation before doctors can prescribe them.  RTT laws will help patients running out of time to expedite this process to obtain medication that may otherwise take as long as a decade to receive FDA approval. Read more on experimental therapy and how other…

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JUNE IS MEN’S HEALTH MONTH

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Studies have shown that the average life span for men is about seven years less than that of women. Men are also more likely to die of chronic disease. Yet, when it comes to prevention and early detection, men are 24 percent less likely than women to see a health professional for a medical appointment. Men are also 22 percent more likely than women to have neglected routine health screenings such as cholesterol checks. This is likely a major cause for the disparity between men’s and women’s average life spans. Celebrated every June, Men’s Health Month is a great opportunity to raise men’s awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. Steinlage Insurance…

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: PREVENTION TODAY = FUTURE SAVINGS AND BETTER HEALTH TOMORROW

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Tuesday afternoon I sat in my office with a cup of piping hot coffee and reviewed the onslaught of mailers and solicitations that had been piled on my desk. About halfway through my coffee I uncovered a solo postcard; a reminder that I am due for my annual “Well-Woman” exam, a once-a-year visit to a woman’s primary care provider for a general health check. Not only did my doctor’s simple encouragement motivate me to make an appointment, it also stirred my curiosity. Why did we go from a society that only visits the doctor when sick to one that visits regardless of our state of health. Furthermore, how does this affect my client, the Medicare beneficiary? Why did we go from a society that only visits the doctor when sick to one that visits regardless of our state of health. The most recent push for preventive medicine, i.e., annual check-ups, came with…

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