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Finding a Cure for Carson

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Carson Burroughs loves sports. Mention soccer or baseball, and the 7-year-old lights up with excitement.

"I swing the bat," Carson said, showing off his bat and running around the living room. "I want to hit a home run!"

Carson was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome at the age of 5. The genetic disease causes progressive dementia in children, because of a lacking enzyme that is meant to break down cellular waste in the brain.

Children’s health insurance program in jeopardy

The Missouri Catholic Conference is urging people to contact the state's U.S. senators and representatives to urge continued funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Student-run health clinic fills critical need for foot care

Rosie Booker said she is ticklish, but nonetheless appreciates the health clinic run by St. Louis University medical students, including Jackson Toth, who talked with her while caring for her feet. Routine care includes foot washing and evaluation, nail clipping and callous sanding, with referrals made for advanced needs.

Rosie Booker took a bus, then walked to the Health Resource Center Foot Health Clinic at St. Anthony's Food Pantry in south St. Louis.

She understands the need to take care of her feet because she's often walking to go shopping or to appointments. Besides, she said, "walking is good for you."

Health care law: uncertain outcome after multiple diagnoses

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act — on the examination table since President Donald Trump came into office — has been poked, prodded and even pronounced dead while the fight to keep it alive keeps going.

President Trump told Cabinet members Oct. 16: "Obamacare is finished. It's dead. It's gone. ... There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore," but that isn't how health-care reformers, including Catholic leaders, see it, and it isn't the general public's view either, according to a recent poll.

Groups settle in lawsuit against HHS contraceptive mandate

Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh and Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington talked near the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in March. On Oct. 16, groups making up the Zubik v. Burwell challenge to the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act reached a settlement with the Justice Department.

WASHINGTON — Dozens of Catholic groups that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, they announced late Oct. 16.

The groups, including the Archdiocese of Washington and the Pennsylvania dioceses of Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Erie, were represented by the Cleveland-based law firm Jones Day.

Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

A group of Little Sisters of the Poor joined other women walking down the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in 2016 after attending oral arguments in the Zubik v. Burwell contraceptive mandate case.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance.

Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops praised the action as "a return to common-sense, long-standing federal practice and peaceful coexistence between church and state."

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