Intersex surgeries spark move away from drastic treatment

A more patient-driven approach uses surgeons, counselors, ethicists and hormone experts to determine what course of action intersex children should take and if surgery should be performed at all.

In the past, doctors performed surgery on intersex infants and families hid the condition. Now, many medical professionals have a role in determining the course of action for intersex children — including whether surgery should be performed at all.

Missouri bishops say more executions is a 'grave concern'

In a letter to state leaders, the bishops questioned whether is was possible to thoroughly review each case when executions are carried out so "routinely."

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology prepares to reopen after 18 months of moving, renovation

On Sunday, the Museum of Art and Archaeology will open to the public at its new location, Mizzou North.

Our brains are aging, and a new report suggests ways to stay sharp

Being physically active is the best thing you can do to stay sharp.

On-call for faith and healing: Hospital chaplains are prepared to help

Chaplains have been an integral part of health care for generations. Dating back to the Civil War, chaplains were called upon to aid disabled veterans, and today, in Columbia, spiritual care is available 24/7 thanks to on-call chaplains.

Subjects of 'The Hunting Ground' discuss campus sexual assault after screening

About 400 people attended a screening of the new documentary Thursday night at the Missouri Theatre. It was followed by a panel discussion featuring two of the film's subjects and two advocates for sexual assault prevention.

Truman VA ranked 13th nationally for fewest appointment delays

Just 7.5 out of every 1,000 appointments were delayed more than 31 days, the lowest number in the state and 13th best nationally.

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig get best marks in diet review

Taking results from multiple studies, researchers found that Weight Watchers dieters lost an average of at least 8 pounds and kept the weight off for at least a year. The Jenny Craig plan dieters lost an average of 15 pounds and kept it off for a year.

At Bethel Baptist Church, co-pastors promote diversity from the pulpit

Bonnie Cassida and Carl Kenney have been co-pastors at Bethel Church on Old Plank Road since January. Their partnership is part of a deliberate effort to diversify the church.

PHOTO GALLERY: Spring blooms blossom around MU campus

MU plants thousands of flowers each year, and Missourian photojournalist Amber Garrett documented some of them Friday with a Lytro camera.

Dietary guidelines serve up deficit for Columbia Public Schools

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans led to new regulations for the National School Lunch Program, which require schools to serve healthier, often more expensive food. That's part of the problem, says the director of Nutrition Services for Columbia Public Schools: The funding doesn't go far enough.

2015 dietary guidelines report is sour on sugar

The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee acknowledge the role that added sugars play in cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. The 2015 Guidelines for Americans will be published in the fall.

Too much iced tea might have caused Arkansas man's kidney problems

A Yale School of Medicine specialist said the case isn't cause to stop drinking tea but acknowledged the man had ingested "a lot of tea," enough to cause renal failure.

An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

A new study says that when other factors, such as weight, race and education, are taken into account, the difference in the number of doctor visits between apple-eaters and apple-avoiders disappeared.


Getting patients on their feet may speed recovery in ICU

New research that put sick mice on tiny treadmills shows why even a little activity may help speed recovery.

Downtown Columbia churches unite for Palm Sunday procession

Members from seven downtown Columbia churches hold service in the middle of Ninth Street and Broadway on Sunday to start the Christian celebration of Holy Week.

Science, patients driving rare disease drug research surge

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.