Liz Holliday

Communications Specialist
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Spreading the word about breastfeeding benefits

Originally reported on July 31st, 2012 for KOAM News.

Freeman Hospital receives a grant to help develop the Southwest Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition to educate women on the benefits of putting down the baby bottle.  The new coalition is a joint effort with Mercy Hospital and the City of Joplin, and hopes to raise breastfeeding rates over the next three years.

New mom Stephanie Nixon always felt that breastfeeding her son Dalton was the natural thing to do, but that didn’t stop her from looking at other options.

“I did some research and formula babies are more likely to be overweight, more likely to have long term health issues than breast fed babies and that just reinforced my decision that I wanted to breast feed anyway,” says Nixon.

Breastfeeding levels in Missouri are lower than the national average and that’s why Freeman thought it was important to have vital information available for moms-to-be.

“A lot of it is just education,” says Project Coordinator Cathy Brown.  “Breastfeeding isn’t seen as a norm.  A lot of women see it as an additional way to feed a child but not the normal way to feed a child.”

Breast milk awareness is becoming a national trend.  New York City’s mayor has even suggested putting formula under lock and key to prevent new mothers from using it.

But lactation specialist Dee Alejandro says that’s not necessary.

“Wince the nurses don’t give formula unless it’s ordered, or unless mom asks for it, I really don’t think there is a need to lock it up,” says Alejandro.

According to the hospital newborns should be solely breast feed for the first six months of life.

Breast Feeding Awareness month starts August 1.  Supporters across the nation will use the month to educate the public about the benefits of breast milk, even if takes some getting used to.

Growing problem of designer drugs

Originally reported on July 27, 2012 for KOAM News



GROVE, OKLAHOMA -Federal agents were breaking down doors this week to confiscate more than $36 million worth of synthetic drugs from 31 states.  An emergency room doctor in Grove, Oklahoma says two years ago he rarely saw synthetic drug cases in the emergency room.

Now, he sees them two to three times a week.”It’s becoming a bigger problem,” says Dr. F.C. Eaton of Integris Grove.  “We’re seeing an increase in the number of cases that seem to be coming through.”

Since there is no blood or urine test in the emergency room, doctors look for obvious symptoms in patients like hyper or erratic behavior.  But usually they must wait and hear it from the patient themselves.

“It’s generally a younger generation, they’re scared and you start quizzing them, and come to find out that’s what they’ve taken,” says Dr. Eaton.

The lack of an immediate test has not only caused problems for emergency room doctors, it’s also caused problems for law enforcement as well.  While drugs like marijuana or cocaine can be tested for immediately, synthetic drugs can not.

“Smells like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s usually a duck, but that’s not good enough for a core system, so we have it tested, and that takes time,” says Sgt. John Marrow of the Grove Police Department.

Grove police say the way to combat this problem is two fold:  education and getting it off of the shelf.

“Our administration has plans in the future of offering training of all emergency personal to help to recognize the symptoms of those people using so we’re better able to serve our citizens,” says Sgt. Marrow.

With task forces across the nation cracking down and educating the public on this drug officials say hopefully its harmful usage will soon be in decline.