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WARRENSBURG — Johnson County is ranked as the 11th healthiest county in Missouri, according to the County Health Rankings report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I just turned 68. For the past couple of months, my ear canals have been very itchy. Also, my wife was constantly cleaning earwax out of my ears. Now for some reason I no longer produce earwax, but my ears itch a lot. Do you have any idea what may be causing this? How do I stop the itching? I have tried olive oil. It seems to work but not really that well. A doctor looked in my ear and said the ear canals look fine. — R.K.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 69-year-old white male. I take one 20-mg pravastatin per day to manage my cholesterol. One of the side effects is joint pain. Are you aware of a substitute that does not have this joint pain side effect? — H.L.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a question that I’d love to see answered in your column sometime. My husband recently had major surgery. Before the surgery, they asked if he has ever smoked. (Husband is 77.) He answered that when he was 9, he smoked a cigarette. He is now in the computer as an ex-smoker, and the nurse told us she is “required by law” to provide him with information on quitting. When physicians ask, “Have you ever smoked?” do they really want to hear about one cigarette, smoked almost 70 years ago? Is this meaningful information, in medical terms? — S.S.

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WARRENSBURG — As Missouri begins to reopen under Gov. Mike Parson’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan, Western Missouri Medical Center announced it is prepared to reopen outpatient surgeries and resume some essential in-clinic visits starting Monday, May 4. 

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JOHNSON COUNTY — Johnson County Community Health Services moved forward with a “slow but steady reopening” for Johnson County with the implementation of a Response and Recovery Plan beginning Monday, May 4.

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WARRENSBURG — Western Missouri Medical Center President/CEO Darinda Dick discussed the current and expected future revenue for the hospital during the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City, WMMC, Warrensburg School District and University of Central Missouri virtual conference …

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Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and CNN's medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen discuss a new study that shows seriously ill Covid-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted by President Donald Trump to treat the virus, were more likely to die or develop dangerous heart arrhythmias.

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CNN's Don Lemon talks to epidemiologist Jeffrey Shaman about new research from Columbia University that shows the US may have prevented the majority of coronavirus deaths and infections had it shut down sooner. The study used epidemiologic modeling to gauge transmission rates from March 15 t…

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People and businesses around the world are getting creative to try to safely socialize. CNN asked a health expert to weigh in on how safe these methods really are.

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Study subjects who received Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine had positive early results, according to the biotech company, which partnered with the National Institutes of Health to develop the vaccine. Dr. Carlos del Rio, who is working on the vaccine trial, explains what steps are still to come.

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President Donald Trump claimed he is taking daily doses of hydroxychloroquine, a drug he's long touted as a potential coronavirus cure even as medical experts question its efficacy and warn of potentially harmful side effects. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why Trump should not be taking the drug.

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CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the similarities between the United States during the coronavirus pandemic and his patients battling an infection, adding the treatment is going to be tough, but "there is a path forward."