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

Sarah Burns, writer and director of the documentary "The Central Park Five," sits in front of a title card for the Based on a True Story Mizzou-Advantage conference Wednesday. "It's sort of the family business," said Burns, whose husband and father also helped direct and produce the film.

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.

Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

With some parents ignoring the science behind the risks, health officials struggle to get more people to vaccinate their children.

AP EXPLAINS: Supreme Court case against Obama's health law

The Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit that could break down the Affordable Care Act based on four words in the 1,000-page law that make subsidies available only to those who get their insurance through an exchange "established by the state." If the court rules for the plaintiffs, 8 million people would lose insurance.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Columbia color guard steps up work ahead of state competition

Columbia's first middle school winter guard team will compete in its first statewide meet Saturday. The performance highlights the students' journey through middle school. 

Added tax season hassle for some due to health form errors

Nearly a million people who bought health insurance over the past year were mailed the wrong tax return forms by the government, leading to confusion. 

Study: Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine

The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix.

African Children's Choir performs at First Baptist Church

Eighteen Ugandan children performed a blend of African and American songs and dances on Wednesday night at the First Baptist Church.

MU student diagnosed with rare type of meningitis

As two new meningococcal B vaccines undergo scrutiny, a case of the disease has been diagnosed at MU.

Toddler dies of measles in Berlin, first death in outbreak

Officials say many of the people infected in Berlin appear to have been unaware of the risk they faced from under-vaccination, rather than being opposed to vaccines.

FROM READERS: Rock Bridge student honors aunt in art

Margie Crosby's award-winning artwork was inspired by her aunt who had Lou Gehrig's disease.

Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV, study finds

The Truvada pills are meant to be taken daily to prevent HIV infection in people at high risk for it, and studies show the drug helps even when some doses are skipped.

UPDATE: Montel Williams speaks up for Missouri medical marijuana bill

While some opponents to the bill argue that medical marijuana law continues to have loopholes, this legislation is considered by some to be a possible model for the rest of the country. Proponents include Republican Rep. Caleb Jones and TV personality Montel Williams, who treats his multiple sclerosis with medical marijuana. 

Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study finds that early exposure to a problem food may keep it from becoming a long-term problem. 

Connections between medical students, mentors help promote understanding of aging

The Senior Teacher Educator Partnership matches MU medical students with older citizens in the community so students can see the aging process from their perspective and enrich patient care.

Number of insured Missouri residents rising sharply as 2015 open enrollment ends

Even with more people insured, up to 250,000 more would be eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage.

MU, Columbia Christians celebrate Ash Wednesday

Churchgoers celebrated Mass on Ash Wednesday at the Newman Center, marking the first day of Lent. Many attendees participated in Holy Communion and had ashes put on their foreheads.

Survey results underestimate support for legalizing pot, activists say

More than a quarter of those surveyed said they opposed legalization entirely, even for medicinal use.

Missouri's measles-mumps-rubella vaccine rate falls below national average for preschool-age children

Missouri ranks 35th for its rate of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination in children 19-35 months. The number of people claiming a religious exemption has risen steadily over the past three years.