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Enjoy the Summer With Vigilance - Lone Star Tick Bite Could Be Deadly

By: Rosalie Laune.

Last summer a fellow Master Gardener and friend became seriously ill.  After unsuccessful attempts to treat her condition locally, her daughter, a physician, had her admitted to BJC.   There she was diagnosed with Ehrlichiosis, a serious bacterial illness caused by the Lone Star Tick, a tick originally found in the Southeastern states but which has now migrated to our area. 

Symptoms appear in one to two weeks after one is bitten and may vary. Individuals do not experience all symptoms and some may not even realize they have been bitten. 

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) Enrollment Event at Hermann Area District Hospital November 21

HERMANN, Mo. - It is important to review Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage each year during open enrollment from October 15 to December 7.  Individuals can use the Medicare Plan Finder at to review plans.

For those who would like assistance, representatives from the CLAIM office (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) in Columbia, MO will be at Hermann Area District Hospital on Friday, November 21st to assist individuals in determining the Medicare Part D drug coverage that will best meet their personal needs.

MDC Offers Tips For Avoiding Tick-Borne Illnesses

A few simple precautions can dramatically reduce the potential for infection.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Summertime is hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking time. It also is tick time, and the Missouri Department of Conservation reminds those visiting conservation areas to take time to prevent tick bites.

Ticks can transmit diseases, including ehrlichiosis, tularemia, anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI).

Mercy Clinic Adds OB/GYN in Hermann

Bruce Glover, DO, of Mercy Clinic Women’s Health joins Hermann office.

HERMANN, Mo. – Women in the Hermann region can now see a Mercy Clinic obstetrician and gynecologist close to home.

Bruce Glover, DO, is seeing patient at the Hermann office on the first and third Monday of each month. He is the only board-certified OB/GYN seeing patients in the area. The specialty office is located at Hermann Area District Hospital, 509 West 18th St. in Hermann. Dr. Glover, who is part of Mercy Clinic Women’s Health in Washington, will provide general women’s health services including well woman exams, routine gynecological and obstetrical care and some office procedures.

Alzheimer's The Topic At ECC’s April 11th Forum

UNION, Mo. - With the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias expected to escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages, Alzheimer’s has been chosen as the topic at a forum hosted by East Central College this Friday (April 11).

Kim VanCamp with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will be the opening speaker at 12:30 p.m. Her presentation will be followed by several breakout sessions. All activities will be held in the Health & Science Building on the Union campus.

MU Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders To Partner With Mercy Autism Center

John Mantovani, left, and Steve Kanne, right, shake hands after announcing the planned partnership of the autism centers they lead.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Officials from the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders have announced plans to partner with St. Louis-based Mercy Autism Center in order to expand clinical care, professional education and research for individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders.

“This partnership will increase the Thompson Center’s ability to train more professionals, students and families in the best practices for autism care,” said Stephen Kanne, Thompson Center executive director. “In addition, working with Mercy will help the Thompson Center expand its research efforts and further develop clinical care for those affected by autism in the St. Louis area and throughout the state.”

March is “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month"

This is a nationwide public education campaign to educate men and women about colorectal cancer.  Colorectal cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  It effects an equal number of men and women.  Yet few Americans know that colorectal cancer can be prevented – not just detected - through screening tests.