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FROM READERS: EcoArtFest helps showcase, preserve local arts

Vanessa Leitza, the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy's event planner and coordinator, answers questions about the free event. It's one of two major fundraisers the conservancy holds annually to fund its recording and archiving projects.

Gov. Nixon defends veto of e-cigarette bill

Wednesday's roundtable discussion with Gov. Jay Nixon highlighted the potential health effects of e-cigarettes.

Respiratory illness strikes hundreds of KC-area kids

U.S. eating habits improve a bit — except among poor

Researcher says the widening diet gap reflects an income gap that deepened during the recent financial crisis, which likely made healthy food less affordable for many people.

ArtTalk: Growing spiritually free through art

Artist learned to be keenly aware of the critics in her head

 

Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

The Home Microbiome Project seeks to understand how the trillions of mostly beneficial bacteria that live in and on our bodies interact with bugs in the environment to affect our health.

UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said.

Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago developed a treadmill that intentionally trips seniors to teach them to not fall in the future. Seniors tripping and falling costs $30 billion yearly.

 

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

The American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society express great concern about these popular nicotine-vapor products and urge more regulation, especially to keep them away from youth. They also stress that proven smoking cessation methods should always be tried first.

Big crowds, broken bones and berserk cattle — all in a day's work at the Ashland rodeo

"Everybody in this business gets hurt," said 12-year rodeo clown Johnny Dudley at the Cattlemen Days Rodeo.

With new building, Karis Church deepens roots in Columbia

Karis Church has been in Columbia for the past nine years. The congregation has met at the Missouri Theatre, The Tiger Hotel and The Bridge, but now has its first permanent home.

A year later, African refugee is ordained at First Baptist Church

Members of First Baptist Church celebrated the ordination of African refugee Nene Rwenyaguza Saturday night. Rwenyaguza was reunited with his family last year after 11 years apart.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Couple's dance lessons help them stay in rhythm

Patrick Sekarski and Loriana Tisher enjoy taking private lessons at Studio B Dance Center because it helps them grow closer as a couple.

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

No one should view this as permission to eat more salt, said Salim Yusuf, the first study's leader. "Most people should stay where they are."

Health care at college: Can your teen manage?

Heading off to school is stressful for young people on a variety of fronts. Among the biggest challenges is managing their own health far from home. And it can be a trial for parents, too, in this, the era of the helicopter when it comes to raising children.

FROM READERS: Columbia preacher goes out of his comfort zone with a new congregation

Carl Kenney had to take a new approach to sermons at Bethel Church.

Police Department to get drug incinerator from health department

A drug incinerator was purchased by the Public Health and Human Services for the Columbia Police Department to to dispose of illicit drugs.

Health department to offer free vaccines Tuesday evening

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will offer free vaccines to students from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at its clinic, at 1005 W. Worley St.

How does Ebola virus spread, and can it be stopped?

Typically, outbreaks of the disease have been in other parts of the continent, not in West Africa.

'Gluten-free labeling standards kick in

This new requirement is especially important for people who suffer from celiac disease and don't absorb nutrients well.

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