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.

Baha'i faith has a small but growing community in Columbia

Principles of Baha'i faith guide family life and work of two Columbia men, particularly the teaching that one must be open to the experiences and opinions of others.

Broadway Hotel unveils "Wall of Hope" chalkboard exhibit

The hotel invites Columbia residents to write their dreams for 2014 on a chalkboard by Short Street.

Family battles autism as research continues to look for its cause — and a cure

Daniel Romero-Compain's family wants and hopes for the best for him, but they realize that with autism spectrum disorder, his opportunities aren't as wide ranging. They hope that scientists might be closing in on a cause and a cure.

The race of Jesus: Unknown, yet powerful

Why should we even care what Jesus looked like? If his message is God and love, isn't his race irrelevant? Some say God wanted it that way, since there are no references to Jesus' earthly appearance in the Bible.

Church signs roll the dice when getting hip with quips

Pastors eager to update the age-old practice of luring in worshippers with messages on marquees out front of the church are finding that joking about religion is a serious business, and it's easy to cross a line.


For Jews and Baptists, Christmas Eve has sweet significance

For the members of Congregation Beth Shalom, the annual gift of Christmas Eve treats is an expression of gratitude. For the members of First Baptist Church, it's something for which to be grateful.