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.

Just 1 in 4 young teens meet U.S. fitness guidelines

Government researchers won't call the results disappointing, but lead author Tala Fakhouri of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "There's always room for improvement."

Hospital program connects parents with NICU babies remotely

Telehealth Love and Care service at the Women's and Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit allows parents to see and talk to their babies even if they can't get to the NICU.

Twins were born to work in the NICU

Jennifer Hanford and her twin, Sarah Cammack, were born in Women's and Children's Hospital in 1984 and spent almost three months in the NICU. Both of their parents were nurses in the NICU. And now, both sisters work there, too.

Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary

The Terry report has been called one of the most important documents in U.S. public health history, and on its 50th anniversary, officials are not only rolling out new anti-smoking campaigns but reflecting on what the nation did right that day.

Study finds Medicaid expansion drove up ER visits

The study also found that 35 percent of people who weren't selected for Medicaid made an ER visit during the research period. For those who gained coverage, however, the number was 7 points higher at 42 percent.

Providing health care complicated in rural areas

Stories of residents of rural areas illustrate the broader challenges in meeting President Barack Obama's goal of reducing the number of uninsured in places with some of the highest percentages of uninsured residents.

Flu cases in Boone County double; H1N1 prevalent

During the last week of December, the number of flu cases in Boone County nearly doubled over the previous week. H1N1 flu is partly responsible. Health officials are hoping more residents will get vaccinated before the season peaks this month and next.   

Health law to put calorie info on vending machines

The Food and Drug Administration estimates the cost to the vending machine industry at $25.8 million initially and $24 million per year after that, but says if just .02 percent of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories a week, the savings to the health care system would be at least that great.

Body clock might be to blame when tots fight sleep

Researchers know that about 25 percent of children have some type of sleep difficulty. A new study looks at how children's circadian rhythm develops and how to reset a delayed sleep clock.