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Veterans hospital enhancing security measures in response to patient death

A Nurse Locator System was implemented in the mental health unit of the hospital, allowing personnel to quickly respond to disruptive patients.

FDA launching anti-smoking campaign aimed at youth

The federal agency said Tuesday it is launching a $115 million multimedia education campaign called "The Real Cost" that's aimed at stopping teenagers from smoking and encouraging them to quit.

Sugar tied to fatal heart woes; soda's a culprit

It doesn't take all that much extra sugar, hidden in many processed foods, to substantially raise the risk, the researchers found, and most Americans eat more than the safest amount.

Hoffman among thousands of drug addiction victims

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death sheds light on addiction issues in American society.

Cabin fever sets in amid relentless cold, snow

Cabin fever is setting in for countless Americans as bitter cold, heavy snowfall and paralyzing ice storms keep pounding a large swath of the country. School districts across two-thirds of the U.S. are reporting higher than normal numbers of snow days, while social service agencies are trying to work around the forecasts to get to people in need.

 

Doctors: Too few cancer patients enroll in studies

One of every 10 clinical trials for adults with cancer ends prematurely because researchers can't get enough people to test new treatments, scientists report.

Medicaid expansion's impact on ER visits has complex causes

A widely publicized study that found that Medicaid expansion increases ER visits oversimplifies a complex issue, health care providers say. The real problems are related to access: There are too few primary care physicians, too few who accept Medicaid, and no sick pay among hourly wage workers.

Wedding insurance expands as nuptials get pricier

For the insurance giant Travelers, the wedding insurance might be a way to connect with a couple who might later think of the company when buying insurance for a home or other milestones.

Artists' group helps members try new styles, find community

Artist Critique Group is a chance for artists, who often struggle in isolation with their artistic challenges, to offer each other constructive advice.

New Community Services Department will manage Boone County health and social services funds

Revenue from the quarter-cent children's services sales tax will be a major focus of the department.

Flu season entering peak but down significantly from last year

Flu is hitting hardest among those 25 to 49, but the number of cases being reported is down by nearly 800 from last year.

Columbia's Islamic Center is finally ready to expand after 15 years of waiting

The $1.6 million expansion will include new classroom space, a multipurpose room, a community center and more space that can be used for prayer.

Surgeon general adds to list of smoking's harms

A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General's office says the nation is at a crossroads, celebrating decades of progress against the chief preventable killer but not yet poised to finish the job.

Health Department holds public forum on community health issues

The Columbia Health Department will hear public opinions Tuesday about health-related issues facing the community.

Pope names 19 new cardinals, focusing on the poor

Since his election in March as the first pontiff from Latin America, the pope has broken tradition after tradition in terms of protocol and style at the Vatican. But in Sunday's list, Francis stuck to the church's rule of having no more than 120 cardinals eligible to elect the next pontiff.

9 flu deaths reported at 1 St. Louis hospital

All nine deaths at Barnes-Jewish Hospital involved people in their mid-20s to mid-60s, which is unusual, hospital officials said Friday. Another 35 patients were sick enough to be treated in the intensive care unit.

New mid-Missouri group brings support for Alzheimer's patients

An early-stage Alzheimer's support group will meet monthly beginning Jan. 16.

Food companies cut 6.4 trillion calories

The study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said the calories cut averaged out to 78 calories per day for the entire U.S. population.

Son's recovery inspired Bonnie Riley's passion: her equine therapy center

Bonnie Riley took her son's airplane accident and the gift of a complete stranger and turned it into the successful Riley Equine Center. 

Study shows thinking positive helps migraine drug work

"Every word you say counts, not only every gram of the medication," said Harvard professor Ted Kaptchuk, who led the new study.

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