Science, patients driving rare disease drug research surge

Glenn and Cara O'Neill, started the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation in hopes of saving their daughter Eliza, 5, who has a rare disease that kills brain cells, causing hyperactivity and autistic-like behavior, then seizures, loss of ability to walk and usually death by the mid-teens.

For decades, drugmakers were reluctant to invest in rare-disease treatments because their preference was to sell mass-market drugs. Today, they're seeing that the returns can be huge with financial incentives from the government and faster approval.

Juggler and comedian Brian Wendling performs at Columbia Public Library

Brian Wendling, a juggler and comedian from Kansas City, performed for children and parents at the Columbia Public Library on Tuesday.

High nursing home bills squeeze insurers, driving rates up

Life insurance firms that once pitched long-term care policies as the prudent way for Americans to shoulder the cost of staying in nursing homes have found that those polices are squeezing their profits. 

Children learn art skills at TRYPS spring break program

Students in kindergarten through seventh-grade learn dancing, singing, acting and craft skills at TRYPS Lego Movie-themed spring break program.

MU Health Care designated for high-level stroke care

MU joins nine other hospitals in Missouri with the Level 1 designation from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

As patients face death, doctors push straight talk on care

Most Americans say they'd prefer to die at home, with treatment to free them from pain, but the prestigious Institute of Medicine says the reality too often is unwanted care and not enough comfort.

QUIZ: How much do you know about St. Patrick's Day?

How much do you really know about St. Patrick and his day?

Presbyterians approve gay marriage in church constitution

Church leaders released statements Tuesday urging "mutual forbearance" amid disagreements over the amendment.


Breast biopsy accuracy is questioned in experimental study

It was an experiment and may not reflect what happens outside a research setting, but the authors say the results highlight the challenges of accurately interpreting tissue under a microscope.

Boone Hospital Center announces new chief financial officer

Barry Chambers has worked in hospital and health systems management for more than 25 years.

Chronic wasting case hints at new normal for wildlife

The Missouri Department of Conservation will step up testing in Cole County before changing any rules — but the disease's stubborn physiology means any new measures are unlikely to reverse its spread.

The True/False effect: As it grows, so does visitor demand for food, lodging

The True/False Film Fest has stimulated Columbia's downtown businesses with its rapid growth.

Major survey finds record low confidence in government

The 2014 General Social Survey finds only 23 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, 11 percent in the executive branch and 5 percent in Congress.


Study: Tetanus shot may aid treatment of deadly brain cancer

A dose of tetanus vaccine let patients live longer when added to an experimental treatment for the most common and deadly kind of brain tumor, researchers report.

Influence game: Meat industry fights new dietary proposal

The red meat industry is fighting to discredit a proposal for new dietary guidelines that recommends people eat less red and processed meat.

Report says rural hospitals get billions in extra Medicare funds

Hospitals juggling tough balance sheets have come to view "swing-bed" patients as lucrative, fueling a steady rise in the number of people getting such care.

Barefoot one-man band serenades True/False crowds on Ninth Street

Joseph Edwards treated True/False crowds with guitar melodies and rhythmic percussion Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Ninth and Locust streets.

'The Central Park Five' led director Sarah Burns to filmmaking

Burns, the daughter of Ken Burns, was in Columbia on Wednesday night to screen the documentary about five teenage boys and the case of a female jogger who was raped and assaulted in 1989 in Central Park. 

New health guidelines advise world to slash sugar intake

In the United States, adults get about 11 to 15 percent of their calories from sugar; the figure for children is about 16 percent. In Europe, sugar intakes range from about 7 percent in Hungary to nearly 25 percent in Portugal.

ECHO project strives to bring autism care to rural Missourians

A new partnership between the Thompson Center and Missouri Telehealth Network program could allow people with autism to get treatment in their hometowns without the complications of travel and related health care costs.