Panel: Flu spray better than shots for young kids

Some studies have found that kids ages 2 through 8 are about half as likely to get the flu if they had the spray vaccine instead of a shot.

Underrepresented medical students face lonely, sometimes challenging road

The MU School of Medicine had just one black graduate this spring. The school is working to diversify its student body but has had mixed results and finds itself competing for a small pool of qualified candidates.

Safety organization set to adopt new helmet standards in concussion fight

The proposed new standard would add a test of how helmets perform when an impact makes a player's head suddenly spin in addition to existing tests for how they withstand direct blows, so-called linear forces that can make the brain bump back and forth.

Thousands in Missouri might need new doctors

UnitedHealthcare terminated nearly 100 Missouri doctors from the Medicare Advantage plan in April and said it plans to cut 5 percent to 7 percent of the more than 10,000 physicians in Missouri this year.

$1,000-a-pill Sovaldi jolts U.S. health care system

Sovaldi, a new pill for hepatitis C, cures the liver-wasting disease in 9 of 10 patients, but treatment can cost more than $90,000. More than 3 million Americans carry the hepatitis C virus, and many don't realize it.

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.

Columbia man tries to pick up life after storm

Cheston Fox tells his side of the story on the night a massive white oak almost took his life.


Alpha Gamma Sigma pledge class reunites, reminisces

Most of the members from the 1970 Alpha Gamma Sigma pledge class met in Columbia this weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their graduation.

ESSAY: When best-laid retirement plans meet grandbaby

Many people are remaking their retirement plans to include kids on short notice. According to 2010 census data, about 5.8 million children — nearly 8 percent of U.S. children — live with grandparents identified as the head of household. Many of those children have a parent in the household, too. But an estimated 2.7 million are being raised in the absence of parents by grandparents or other close adults, an increase of 18 percent between 2000 and 2010, says a 2012 report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

New nostalgia: home decor with a retro vibe

The imagery and decor elements draw baby boomers back to what might feel like simpler, more innocent days. Think vintage-style advertising and artwork, lunch-counter dishware, camping motifs, midcentury surf culture.

Global First Responder connects volunteers to medical care, relief programs

Emergency room physician Adam Beckett has created an online global network for people who want to volunteer on overseas medical relief trips. He and a group of volunteers are about to provide help to people in the world's second-largest refugee camp.

Study: Red meat possibly linked to breast cancer

A new study from Harvard University found that in a survey of 88,000 women, women who ate the most amount of red meat experienced 6.8 more cases of breast cancer for every 1,000 women.

People hiring photographers to shoot everyday life

The New York family is part of a trend of folks hiring professional photographers to document not just big events like weddings and bar mitzvahs, but everyday activities.

Missouri Symphony Society dedicates Missouri Theatre's stage and auditorium

Missouri Theatre's stage and auditorium were dedicated to instrumental members of the Missouri Symphony Society on Saturday.


Healthy seniors tested in bid to block Alzheimer's

Scientists plan to scan the brains of thousands of healthy older volunteers for a sticky build-up believed to play a key role in development of Alzheimer's. The study would see if early intervention will help prevent or slow down the disease.

Artists say goodbye to 56th annual Art in the Park

The 56th annual Art in the Park ended Sunday afternoon at Stephens Lake Park.

UPDATE: Artists from near and far show work at Art in the Park

Yoram Gal, from Israel, and Jenny McGee, from Missouri, were two of the more than 100 artists who showed their work at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday.

UPDATE: Art in the Park to feature solar-powered PA

Volunteer Tom O'Connor is trying to make the annual festival a little more environmentally friendly. The event begins Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth-grade class graduates at Alpha Hart Elementary School

Fifth-graders and teachers celebrated the end of the Columbia Public Schools' year on Thursday.

Gov. Nixon signs parental-consent bill for teen tanning

Restrictions on tanning by minors have been enacted in more than 30 states. Under this law, businesses in Missouri could be fined $100 the first time an underage person tans without parental consent, $250 for a second violation and $500 for each one after that.