Columbia at 'very low' risk of Ebola outbreak, health officials say

Although the risk of outbreak is low, public health officials say they are ready for a quick response.

Columbia-based Purple Bird Project raises epilepsy awareness

Chris Heuer and his wife, Amy Lake, make purple porcelain bird pendants in their Columbia home and sell them to help pay expenses for their 10-year-old daughter, Helen, who has epilepsy.

UPDATE: Missouri laboratory certified to test for Ebola

The center is one of 20 across the country that can test potential Ebola specimens.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Dances of Universal Peace unites members through song and dance

Members of the Columbia community express the ideas of peace and joy through sacred songs and dances of world religions.

Cole County Health Department says Ebola call was a false alarm

A Jefferson City person claimed that someone in their home had Ebola-like symptoms Thursday morning. After being notified, local law enforcement verified that the claim was false.

Unclear rules for MU Homecoming blood drive spur competition, concerns

MU's Homecoming blood drive puts pressure on Greek students to donate in support of a long-standing tradition that has made the event one of the biggest of its kind in the nation.

New test to bump up diagnoses of respiratory illness in kids

A new test used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to help speed up a backlog of cases that could show a greater spread of enterovirus 68.

MU Health Care, Columbia Surgical Associates partner

The union would allow the Columbia Surgical Associates — a private physicians group — to treat patients at MU Health Care facilities.

Chadwick hopes to decrease teen smoking by raising age to buy tobacco products, e-cigarettes

The proposal also would add e-cigarettes to the list of products banned indoors under Columbia's 2006 indoor air policy. But e-cigarette activists say it's unfair to demonize a device that can help smokers quit.

Columbia Board of Health opens public discussion on tobacco proposals

Some Columbia residents seem to be in favor of raising the purchasing age of tobacco to 21, but opinions are split when it comes to implementing restrictions on electronic cigarettes.

New mobile app Otocast revamps Columbia's public art experience

Audio commentary, photos and navigation are all included on the mobile tour that takes users across the city's artistic landscape.

Haskell Indian Nation Dancers travel the country to share culture

The group from Lawrence, Kansas, represents traditions of several tribes and works to preserve Native American culture.

Boone County flu clinics open this fall

Free seasonal flu vaccines will be provided to children under the age of 19 and for adults at a cost of $25 throughout Boone County this fall.

Local hospitals invest in 'germ zapping' robots to decrease infection rates

Cleaning robots, like the two recently purchased by Boone Hospital Center, are gaining popularity with health care facilities seeking to bring down the number of hospital-acquired infections.

Across 3 continents, Ebola makes its way to America

Texas health officials narrowed to about 50 the group of people they were monitoring who had some exposure to the man diagnosed with Ebola. So far, none have shown symptoms of the virus.

Tigers on the Prowl help charities raise money

Buy a tiger and help a Missouri charity was the theme of Tigers on the Prowl auction.

Medical first: Baby born to woman who got new womb

The 36-year-old woman received a uterus from a close family friend last year. Her baby boy was born prematurely but healthy last month, and mother and child are now at home in Sweden and doing well. The identities of the woman and her husband were not disclosed.

MU student born without forearm tests prosthetics technology in hopes of becoming police officer

Nathan West's brain sends a signal to his nerves, telling them how his lower arm should move. The electrodes then send messages to the prosthetic, which responds to West's direction.

Little to fear from Ebola in U.S., MU physician says

With the first imported case of Ebola virus confirmed Tuesday, fears about the possibility of Ebola in the United States have been raised. But MU Chief Medical Officer Stevan Whitt said countries like the U.S. with modern hospital systems are far better equipped to help people survive the disease — and contain an outbreak.

Study: Free birth control cuts teen pregnancy, abortions

The rate of pregnancy for participants was 4.7 times lower than the general population.