Next steps uncertain for women with dense breasts

Women with dense breast tissue sometimes can't be told from a mammogram if they have cancer or not. New research shows that extra testing may not be as beneficial as expected, though.

Infants can learn basic swim skills to save themselves in the water

Parents enroll infants as young as 6 months in swim lessons to learn potentially life saving skills.

Community celebrates Kwanzaa at Saturday festivities

Around 70 people sang, recited poetry and passed around the unity cup during the festivities at Douglass High School.

Kansas City hospital researchers map children's genetics to find disorders

The genetic mapping can find rare, hard-to-detect disorders, which could reduce the number of tests needed.

MU students think of goals for final 27 days of the year

The Missourian asked six women at MU what they hoped to achieve in the final 27 days of the 2014.

MU Health Care enters joint venture in Callaway County

Nueterra will own approximately 65 percent with MU owning the other 35 percent.

UPDATE: Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said the flu vaccine will not protect well against the most common strain.

Horses trot into hospital as new therapy method

Animal-assisted therapy uses dogs and even mini-horses to possibly quicken the healing and recovery process, according to some studies.

Missouri oral health discussed in League of Women Voters panel

Missouri is one of the lowest-ranked states in access to dental care, panelists said.

Pregnant women to get better information from drug labels

Beginning next summer, the Food and Drug Administration will change the system to label drugs to better clarify which drugs are safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Mindfulness helps teens cope with stress, anxiety

The idea behind mindfulness is that focusing on the present moment helps a person deal better with stress, difficult emotions and negative thoughts.

Changes coming to kidney transplant waiting list

One change is that the fittest kidneys — based on donor age and medical history — will be offered first to patients who are expected to survive a transplant the longest.

Ohio bill would shield doctors who say 'my fault'

The legislation sponsored by Rep. Peter Stautberg, a Cincinnati Republican, expands Ohio's current "I'm Sorry" law, which already shields apologies by doctors. 

Dr. LeRoy J. and Betty Miller of Columbia celebrated 65th wedding anniversary

Dr. LeRoy J. and Betty Miller of Columbia celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Nov. 26. The couple met on a blind date while attending MU.

Jennifer Ritchie and Jordan Snapp were wed Aug. 2

Jennifer Ritchie and Jordan Snapp were wed on Aug. 2, 2014, at Arends Acres in Sturgeon.

Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Having one of the mutations does not destine someone to develop a blood cancer, but it raises the risk of that more than tenfold. It also increases the chance of a heart attack or stroke, and of dying from any cause over the next four to eight years.

From dishwashing to delicacies: Executive chef advocates natural foods, expanded palates

Daniel Pliska, director of catering at MU and top chef in the University Club's kitchen, champions natural foods and leaves a legacy through his writings. 

Forum will address future plans for policy changes regarding oral health in Missouri

The forum will be hosted by the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Boone County Commission Chambers.

Hospitals improvise Ebola defenses, at a cost

The U.S. may have the most advanced health care system in the world, but the system is very fragmented because "there's no uniform national quality control," said Lawrence Gostin, a global health law expert and professor at Georgetown University.

Ebola outbreak hits close to home for MU student

Because of heightened media attention, the virus has affected everyday life in Ghana, though no cases have been confirmed there.