Former NHL player Daniel Carcillo discusses battle with traumatic brain injury

After a nine-year NHL career and two Stanley Cup Championships with the Chicago Blackhawks, post-concussion syndrome from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) forced Daniel Carcillo to retire. He is now working with major universities and researchers to develop evidence-based solutions to health effects from TBI.


Vaccine Day: Health Expert Q&A

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JOPLIN, Mo. – KOAM’s Zach Dodge talked with some of the health experts from Mercy Hospital Joplin who are spending the day taking calls and answering questions for COVID Vaccine Day. The call center remains open all day Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. If you have a COVID vaccine question yourself, the number to call is 1-800-942-2727. Vaccine resources can also be found at koamnewsnow.com/vaccine.


Medday Thursday: Monarch Robotic Bronchoscopy

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Part 2: Monarch Robotic Bronchoscopy

JOPLIN, Mo. – Dr. Grant Pierson of the Freeman Lung Institute talked with Michael Hayslip about a new tool in the fight against lung cancer. It’s called Monarch Robotic Bronchoscopy.

The Monarch program is designed to allow physicians access to small, hard-to-reach peripheral lung nodules, with greater precision than ever before. Officials say that can result in earlier diagnosis and improved treatment of lung cancer. It uses robotics and a novel telescoping design, enabling it to reach deeper into the lung than conventional methods. A pulmonologist uses a controller to guide the bronchoscope into the lungs while constantly maintaining a full visual from an integrated camera throughout the procedure.

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer, claiming more victims each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Every 3.3 minutes someone in the United States dies of lung cancer. In 2020, there were an estimated 228,820 new diagnoses of lung cancer in the U.S. alone.


Medday Thursday: Battling vaccine hesitation & misconceptions

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PITTSBURG, Kan. – Crawford County Health Officer Dr. Tim Stebbins talked with Michael Hayslip about COVID-19 vaccine hesitation and the common misconceptions surrounding it.


Medday Thursday: Urgent Behavior Solutions

JOPLIN, Mo. – Freeman Urgent Behavior Solutions Project Director Stephen McCullough talks with Michael Hayslip about the hospital’s urgent behavior solutions program. It provides emergency services for people facing a behavioral health care emergency. For more information you can call (417) 347-7800 or visit the Ozark Center webpage.

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