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Colin Jeffery

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Robots let doctors 'beam' into remote hospitals

Sunday, 17 November 2013 09:16 Published in National News

CARMICHAEL, Calif. (AP) — The doctor isn't in, but he can still see you now.

Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to "beam" themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies.

A growing number of hospitals are using telemedicine robots to expand access to medical specialists, especially in rural areas where there's a shortage of doctors.

Dignity Health, which runs Arizona, California and Nevada hospitals, began using the telemedicine machines five years ago to quickly diagnose patients suspected of suffering strokes.

The San Francisco-based health care provider now uses telemedicine machines in emergency rooms and intensive-care units at 20 California hospitals.

Earlier this year, Santa Barbara-based InTouch Health launched the RP-VITA, a remote presence robot approved for hospital use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Hannibal native's film draws rave reviews

Sunday, 17 November 2013 09:07 Published in Local News

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — A northeast Missouri native's short film, a very personal account of childhood abuse, is drawing rave reviews.

Gretl Claggett now lives in New York but grew up in Hannibal, a Mississippi River town best known as the hometown of Mark Twain. The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that her film, "Happy Hour," was the winner for excellence in cinematography at the International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles last month.

The 14-minute film, narrated by actress Julianne Moore, is based on Claggett's poem about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child from a family friend.

Severe weather threat over in St. Louis city

Sunday, 17 November 2013 08:56 Published in Local News

Updated at 12:49 pm:

The Tornado Watch has been canceled for St. Louis city and areas West. The severe weather threat continues to move through Illinois.

Damage reports are widespread. Ranging from vehicles blown off the road on I-270 to large trees uprooted in St. Louis City.

At around 11:40 AM, a powerful storm blew through Kirkwood then traveled into St. Louis City. That storm had wind gusts estimated at 60 miles per hour. 

Earlier:

A Tornado Watch has been issued for much of the listening area. The watch includes 13 counties in Missouri and 17 counties in Illinois. The complete text of the watch is below. A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe storms that could produce tornadoes.

The entire metro area is under a wind advisory. Winds could gust as high as 45 miles an hour.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop in the St. Louis area around midday before heading into Illinois. The storms will also bring a cold front to St. Louis. Temperatures are in the 70's in the morning, but will fall into the 50's by the evening.

 

Full text of Tornado Watch


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 561 IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 17 COUNTIES

IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS

BOND IL CLINTON IL FAYETTE IL MARION IL MONTGOMERY IL WASHINGTON IL

IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS

CALHOUN IL GREENE IL JERSEY IL MACOUPIN IL MADISON IL MONROE IL RANDOLPH IL ST. CLAIR IL

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

ADAMS IL BROWN IL PIKE IL

IN MISSOURI THIS WATCH INCLUDES 13 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL MISSOURI

AUDRAIN MO CALLAWAY MO OSAGE MO

IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI

FRANKLIN MO GASCONADE MO JEFFERSON MO LINCOLN MO MONTGOMERY MO ST. CHARLES MO ST. LOUIS MO WARREN MO

IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

PIKE MO RALLS MO

IN MISSOURI THIS WATCH INCLUDES 1 INDEPENDENT CITY

IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI

ST. LOUIS CITY MO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF... BELLEVILLE... BOWLING GREEN... CHESTER... EDWARDSVILLE... LITCHFIELD... MEXICO... QUINCY... SALEM... ST CHARLES... ST LOUIS... UNION AND VANDALIA.

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