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In the era of Affordable Care, some still uninsured — by choice

The Missourian talked to Columbia residents about their trials, worries and successes in navigating the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. Some said they had trouble enrolling because of glitches on the website. Others were thankful they finally could afford health insurance.

Missourian Minute: Ninth Street Garden

Ninth Street Garden is aplot maintained by nearby residents and fellow Columbians.

Missouri woman spreads her wings, taking family feather business to new levels

Abby Arauz has fielded requests for Mardi Gras masks, feathers for the costumes in "The Hunger Games," wings for Victoria's Secret holiday displays, and more. She owns The Feather Place, a far-flung operation with an office in Columbia, showrooms in New York City and Los Angeles, and a wholesale business in California, Mo.

How to: Plant flowers in your garden

In order to plant successfully at home, some research is required. According to Michelle Brooks, MU greenhouse coordinator, people should ask questions about the plants they are interested in purchasing while shopping at garden centers.

Vapor cigarettes touted as way to kick tobacco, but regulation looms

While anti-tobacco campaigns and no-smoking ordinances are becoming widespread, the electronic-cigarette industry is flourishing. But regulations of the sale and manufacturing of the nicotine vapor products may soon increase, as well.

Forum participants: Use mental-health funds to shorten wait times

At a public forum Tuesday, community mental health experts discussed the current state of mental health services for children in Boone County and how the county can best use $6.5 million in funding to address these concerns.

USDA delays whole-grains rule for school pastas

The delay comes hours after a Republican-led House spending panel criticized the Obama administration's healthier school-lunch standards and proposed letting some schools opt out of them entirely.

MU researcher gets $1.5 million grant to study Alzheimer's

The National Institutes of Health is supporting associate professor James Lee's research, which MU said could lead to treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Specialty in Asian carp brings scientist unexpected fame

Research fish biologist and Asian carp expert Duane Chapman has been featured on the Discovery Channel and in National Geographic and the Wall Street Journal.

Poll: More stressful to care for spouse than parent

People are far more likely to disclose their funeral plans to friends and family than reveal their preferences for assistance with day-to-day living as they get older, according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

States move to expand experimental drugs for some with 'Right to Try' law

The "Right To Try" law allows terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs without getting federal approval. It's a proposal being advanced in several states by patient advocates who are frustrated by the yearslong federal approval process for experimental drugs in the pipeline.

Cerner Corp. uses Missouri town to test health initiative

North Kansas City-based Cerner Corp. adopted Nevada, Mo., in 2012 as a testing ground for theories to control skyrocketing medical costs. The Healthy Nevada initiative aims to emphasize the individual's role in decreasing health care costs.

MU Department of Child Health to receive $500,000 donation

The Leda J. Sears Trust announced that it plans to donate half a million dollars to the MU Department of Child Health.

Anxiety diagnoses rising in Boone County, across state

Anxiety disorders have risen in Boone County and the state since 2008. Experts say there's no simple explanation for the increase, though greater awareness of anxiety as a disorder might be playing a role.

Mercy plans suburban St. Louis telemedicine center

The center will deliver medical care all day, every day, through audio, video and data connections. It will provide medical care for people in remote rural areas and underserved inner cities, saving them the hassle of a trip to the city.

The doctor will see you now via webcam, smartphone

The virtual house call is a convenient remedy for people who would otherwise find it difficult to get to a doctor.

 

After long journey, new mom spends Mother's Day with her preemies

For Carmen Beck, the road to motherhood was more difficult than she had expected, and when she finally became a mother, her twins were born fighting for their lives.

Surgeon from Boonville finds thrill, balance in the cockpit

Bill Kinney is an ear, nose and throat surgeon who spends his spare time flying planes. He says the thrill of flying feels a lot like the work he does in the operating room.

National Churchill Museum features international watercolor painters

The 14th Annual Watercolor Missouri International Show was inspired by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s interest in painting, said Kit Freudenberg, the museum’s interim assistant director.

U.N.: Spread of polio now a world health emergency

The World Health Organization does not plan to push back its polio eradication deadline of 2018.

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