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Beverly Long donates blood on Dec. 23, 2019, for the Community Blood Center at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. “I am donating again after some time,” Long said. “It’s good to give to the community.”

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DEAR DR. ROACH: A family friend has just been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. She is a breast cancer survivor and is 75 years old. The tumor is said to be the size of a quarter, and it was discovered after she complained of heartburn symptoms.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is 69 and in very good health, exercising at least two hours a day. She has suffered from "knots in the back" for over 10 years. It is extremely painful, often bringing her to tears. It comes on suddenly at any time of the day or night, and lasts hours, days and occasionally weeks.

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WARRENSBURG — Amanda Harness, BSN, RN of the Medical/Surgical Unit at Western Missouri Medical Center was a finalist for the “Nurse of the Year” award at the Annual March of Dimes – Kansas City Nurse of the Year Awards on Nov. 9.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: Several years ago, I attended a presentation about insomnia. A registered nurse discussed how, in her career as a nursing home nurse, she had many residents with insomnia. She stated that she had amazing success with these residents. The snack they gave them was crackers and cheese or peanut butter crackers.

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CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta says that a vaccine for the Wuhan Coronavirus is being worked on at the National Institute of Health (NIH), and that this vaccine may be expedited through normal phases of testing to be available for treatment sooner.

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CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains what public health officials are concerned about as they race to contain the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, a new virus that has killed at least six and sickened almost 300 people in Asia.