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.

Knee replacements double in 10 years

Almost 1.5 million Americans who have had total knee replacements are between 50 and 69 years old, which puts them at risk of long-term complications and costly revision surgery later in life, according to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

As deadline nears, Boone County residents show interest in health exchange

Boone County clinics and social service agencies said that in the past three weeks, they have helped more people learn about and enroll in health insurance plans than in any period of time since the website's Oct. 1 launch.

Rural Missouri residents more likely to be uninsured

Missouri overall ranks right in the middle of the nation in the percentage of uninsured residents — tied with Washington state at 25th with 16 percent uninsured.

Wade Vlosich named Truman Veterans Hospital director

The associate director of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and former interim medical director of the Truman Veterans Hospital will be the next director of the veterans hospital in Columbia.

FROM READERS: Tips for a happy, healthy holiday

Mica Newman, a doctor at Missouri Valley Physicians, advises that a flu shot, healthy snacks and smart alcohol consumption can help make your holiday season brighter.

'Hoosier Momma' app aims to reduce infant deaths

Mothers trying to reach a goal such as quitting smoking or lowering blood sugar levels can earn points such as those in online games. The application provides a social network where mothers can exchange insights and encourage one another.

MU receives $4.5 million grant for health care research

MU received $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will go toward research on patient-centered care. 

Higher blood pressure threshold OK in older adults

Panel members stressed that they are not changing the definition of high blood pressure: 140 over 90. For adults aged 60 and older, they are recommending a higher treatment threshold, prescribing medicine only when blood pressure levels reach 150 over 90 or higher.

MU School of Medicine Receives National Award for innovation in medical education and research

The Medical School is one of five recipients of the Learning Health System Challenge Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, according to a release from the MU School of Medicine.

Do vitamins block disease? Some disappointing news

Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on vitamin combinations, presumably to boost their health and fill gaps in their diets. But while people who don't eat enough of certain nutrients may be urged to get them in pill form, the government doesn't recommend routine vitamin supplementation as a way to prevent chronic diseases.

FDA seeks tougher rules on antibacterial soaps

Regulators at the Food and Drug Administration said they are revisiting the safety of chemicals such as triclosan in light of recent studies suggesting the substances can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.

Choir director celebrates 10 seasons with Missouri Symphony Conservatory Children's Chorus

Melissa Straw, who has been teaching for more than 20 years, began her music education career in the Southern Boone School District.

Student opera singer has low voice, high hopes

Ben Worley, a music major at MU and president of the Add9 a cappella group, dreams of singing for one of the crowds at New York's Metropolitan Opera House.

Studies show some cancer treatments can be skipped

International studies presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium on Wednesday revealed that some groups of patients might be able to safely forgo certain treatments, such as radiation after surgery and surgery itself.