MU student born without forearm tests prosthetics technology in hopes of becoming police officer

Nathan West's brain sends a signal to his nerves, telling them how his lower arm should move. The electrodes then send messages to the prosthetic, which responds to West's direction.

Little to fear from Ebola in U.S., MU physician says

With the first imported case of Ebola virus confirmed Tuesday, fears about the possibility of Ebola in the United States have been raised. But MU Chief Medical Officer Stevan Whitt said countries like the U.S. with modern hospital systems are far better equipped to help people survive the disease — and contain an outbreak.

Study: Free birth control cuts teen pregnancy, abortions

The rate of pregnancy for participants was 4.7 times lower than the general population.

Respiratory virus seen in 4 deaths; role unclear

Doctors called it "a very rare combination" and stressed that most people who catch the enterovirus 68 experience little more than a runny nose and low-grade fever.

Prices for new UM System health care plan raise questions

Some UM System employees say they're facing a tough decision in choosing from one of three benefit plans.

Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

Researchers expected to find that women who postponed having children ended up having the same number they would have had otherwise. They were in for a surprise.

Health Department offering free flu vaccines for kids

Nasal spray and injectable vaccine is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Public Health and Human Services Department, 1005 W. Worley.

Bicycle touring workshop rides into Columbia

On bicycling tours, people travel by bike not necessarily for exercise, but for pleasure. The workshop will teach participants about planning, equipment and day-to-day life while touring.

GRAPHIC: CDC recommends nasal spray influenza vaccine for some children

The CDC recommends children between 2 and 8 years old be vaccinated with the nasal spray influenza vaccine, rather than the traditional injection, for the 2014-15 flu season.

UPDATE: CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Fewer than half of Americans get a flu vaccine every year. Vaccination rates are highest for children under 5 and for seniors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

FROM READERS: Artrageous Fridays are Artrageously personal

Kate Gunn, the executive director for Argrageous Fridays, explains why she is passionate about local art. The next event is scheduled for Oct. 10-12.

Grant funds MU, Lee Elementary Science ARTreach program

A National Science Foundation grant will fund the Science ARTreach program between MU and Lee Elementary.


Lanterns fill sky Sunday for National Suicide Prevention Week memorial event

About 100 of the lit lanterns floated above MU, many with scrawled messages to lost loved ones.

Pastor, artist, poet explore life's journey through collaborative book

First strangers, then friends and now co-authors, three Columbia residents have released a book that explores life's journey through a metaphor of a house with six doors.

Huffstutter Orchards offers fall volunteer opportunity

For eight years, the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri has partnered with Huffstutter Orchards, about 25 miles west of Columbia, to send apples to impoverished families in 32 counties. The next opportunity to help with their efforts will be Sunday, Sept. 14.

FROM READERS: Church program gives second chances

Programs such as Turning Point and Into Action give second chances to the homeless and released prisoners, offering support and a fresh start.


EV-D68: What you need to know about respiratory virus

EV-D68, the virus that has sickened children in Kansas City and St. Louis and resulted in some hospitalizations, hasn't caused any confirmed cases yet in Columbia, health officials said.

Green Dot and Title IX education new to Safe Mizzou week

This year, Green Dot and Title IX educational sessions have been added to MU's Safe Mizzou 2014 agenda. The week's events begin on Monday.

True/False adds three MU sites, one downtown as venues

Bush and Keller Auditoriums, Rhynsburger Theatre and the Odd Fellows Lodge were added to the list of 2015 True/False Film Fest venues.

FROM READERS: Playing trumpet is way of life

Jason Mathews has been playing trumpet for 16 years. He says it has taught him lessons about being timely, respectable and hardworking. It also cured his stage fright.