Episcopal church in eastern Missouri closes after 178 years

St. Paul's Episcopal Church was the third Episcopal church established in Missouri. A sale of the property is pending.


Photographer Francis Smith plans to capture a country's Columbias to document America

A New York photographer is using "Columbias" everywhere as a foundation for a massive cross-cultural mission to document American life. 

UPDATE: CDC says nasty flu season has peaked, is retreating

The flu season peaked in the early weeks of January.

Researchers test device to help deaf children detect sounds

Cochlear implants don't work for deaf children who lack their hearing nerve, but a medical innovation called an auditory brainstem implant might be able to fix that.

Disney gave input on measles health messages

Disney officials asked Orange County health officials to stress that Disneyland was safe to visit amid a measles outbreak.

Entrepreneur Diana Kander left legal profession to mentor students, others

Diana Kander learned her entrepreneurial spirit from her parents. The family started making dental products in their basement after they came to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1989, when Kander was 8 years old.

Brain stents show big promise for certain stroke patients

"This is a once-in-a-generation advance in stroke care," said Jeffrey Saver, stroke chief at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the head of a recent study of the new treatment.

Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

Due to strict requirements on needing immunizations to attend school, these states are able to keep their immunization rates above 95 percent.

Boone County Health Department warns against shigella outbreak

There have been 42 cases of the bacterial infection in the county in the past three weeks. Boone County has averaged six cases a year for the past five years.

Debate over vaccine requirements forges strange alliance

The debate on vaccination requirements doesn't necessarily fall on party lines.

A look at some vaccine-related legislation in several states

Numerous states are revisiting legislation that requires children to be vaccinated to enroll in school after a measles outbreak that originated in Disneyland in December.

MU employees injured on the job can use new Mizzou Urgent Care location

The new South Providence Medical Park at 551 E. Southampton Drive is one of three authorized locations where MU employees can seek treatment for work-related injuries.

Disneyland measles outbreak isn't largest in recent memory

Public health experts say success at containing the outbreak will largely depend on how many unvaccinated people get the measles shot.

Lung cancer now top cancer killer for women in rich nations

The reason is smoking, which peaked years later for women than it did for men. Lung cancer has been the top cancer killer for men for decades.

Panel reverses, says white potatoes OK for WIC recipients

An Institute of Medicine panel said people aren't getting enough starchy vegetables or potassium and fiber, nutrients that are plentiful in potatoes.


UK moves toward making babies from DNA of 3 people

The techniques — which aim to prevent mothers from passing on inherited diseases — involve altering a human egg or embryo before transferring it into the mother. British law currently forbids any modification of embryos before they are transferred into a woman.

Third Goal Film Festival showcases volunteers' experiences, international issues

The Third Goal Film Festival screened five documentaries in an effort to advance Peace Corps’ Third Goal: "Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans."

Missouri Medicaid Coalition canvasses neighborhoods statewide

In Columbia, volunteers passed out fliers saying Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, is keeping roughly 10,400 Boone County residents fromgetting health insurance.

'Tough-love approach' to measles vaccine challenges doctors' ethical responsibilities

Amid the nation's second-biggest measles outbreak in at least 15 years, some doctors are refusing to see children whose parent's won't get them vaccinated.


Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women is criticized for its use of a sexy blonde on its Internet promo video. The video was quickly taken down.