Flu hospitalizations of elderly higher than ever, CDC says

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more elderly have been hospitalized with the flu this year than ever before.


Rep. Kip Kendrick pushes for telehealth services in schools

Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, filed a house bill in January to include telehealth "originating sites" at schools. Currently, these sites can be found at hospitals, rural health clinics and other health centers.

More Missourians sign up for health care on federal exchange

About 57,000 more Missourians are covered compared with the entire first enrollment period last year. The number could grow since the deadline for enrollment isn't until Feb. 15.


Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs, doctors say

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends removing marijuana from the government's most restrictive drug category to make it easier to study and develop treatments. The academy also repeated its previous advice against legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults, suggesting that may enable easier access for kids.

Mormon missionaries explain their work in Missouri

Elders Jake Fullmer and Tanner Tippetts, both of Utah are in the midst of performing  missionary work in Maryville for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS Church strongly encourages missionary service for young men.

Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

At least 70 people have been affected by a month-long measles outbreak that officials have traced back to Disneyland. Many of those affected have not been vaccinated for the disease.

Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

Even before the pontiff's remarks, several conservative U.S. commentators had been pre-emptively attacking the encyclical — a papal letter traditionally used for the most important papal teachings.

5 things to know about the pope's statement on climate change

Pope Francis is drafting a highly anticipated encyclical on ecology and climate change, which will then be translated into several languages. The pope said he expects the document to be released in June or July.

Art for Autism exhibit to feature children's creations

The Art for Autism program provides children with autism and other developmental challenges an opportunity to learn from local artists and create their own work. The exhibition opens Tuesday at the PS Gallery downtown and will last through March 15.

MU Urgent Care clinic closes for relocation

The clinic will re-open on Wednesday morning at its new location in the South Providence Medical Park building at 551 E. Southampton Drive.

Fine arts showcased for Columbia fifth-graders at district extravaganza

More than 1,200 Columbia Public Schools fifth-graders joined hundreds of middle and high school art performers downtown Thursday for the district Fine Arts Extravaganza.

The science behind ice on the Missouri River

The Big Muddy was running white with ice this week, but warmer temperatures are expected to reduce the coverage by the weekend.

MU Health Care announces new chief financial officer

Brian Steines is the new chief financial officer of MU Health Care and the MU School of Medicine.

New MU Health Care clinic in south Columbia to open next week

The South Providence Medical Park building will open Tuesday, and the University Physicians-Green Meadows clinic will close by the end of the week.

True/False Film Fest co-hosts art exhibit with Columbia gallery

The exhibit at Imago Gallery and Cultural Center is called "The Long Now." A percentage of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the True Life Fund.

5 things to look for as government writes new dietary advice

Whether individuals listen or not, the dietary guidelines affect nutritional patterns throughout the country — from federally subsidized school lunches to labels on food packages to your doctor's advice.

First-responders training on life-like child mannequins

The high-tech mannequins allow emergency responders to practice their skills on a regular basis so they don't get rusty.

Staying healthy with wearable fitness trackers grows in popularity

Fitbit pedometers and other wearable fitness trackers topped lots of shopping lists for the holidays and have been popular among MU employees. While some people say the devices make them lazy, others are using them to stay healthy.

Pope picks 15 new cardinals reflecting diversity

None of the new cardinals came from the United States. Cape Verde, Tonga and Myanmar gained cardinals for the first time. The picks make clear that the pope is laying out a new vision of the Catholic Church's identity.

The delivery of a diagnosis leaves lasting impact on patients

Some physicians work hard to develop the skill for delivering bad news, but others seem unwilling to learn how to share unwelcome information with patients.