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New 10-bed surgical hospital planned for Discovery Park

MU Health Care will partner with Nueterra again to expand its regional footprint by building a $40 million hospital in Discovery Parkway. Officials with Nueterra say the facility will include an emergency room and two operating rooms.

Flu hospitalizations of elderly higher than ever, CDC says

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more elderly have been hospitalized with the flu this year than ever before.

 

Rep. Kip Kendrick pushes for telehealth services in schools

Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, filed a house bill in January to include telehealth "originating sites" at schools. Currently, these sites can be found at hospitals, rural health clinics and other health centers.

More Missourians sign up for health care on federal exchange

About 57,000 more Missourians are covered compared with the entire first enrollment period last year. The number could grow since the deadline for enrollment isn't until Feb. 15.

 

Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs, doctors say

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends removing marijuana from the government's most restrictive drug category to make it easier to study and develop treatments. The academy also repeated its previous advice against legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults, suggesting that may enable easier access for kids.

Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

At least 70 people have been affected by a month-long measles outbreak that officials have traced back to Disneyland. Many of those affected have not been vaccinated for the disease.

MU Urgent Care clinic closes for relocation

The clinic will re-open on Wednesday morning at its new location in the South Providence Medical Park building at 551 E. Southampton Drive.

MU Health Care announces new chief financial officer

Brian Steines is the new chief financial officer of MU Health Care and the MU School of Medicine.

New MU Health Care clinic in south Columbia to open next week

The South Providence Medical Park building will open Tuesday, and the University Physicians-Green Meadows clinic will close by the end of the week.


5 things to look for as government writes new dietary advice

Whether individuals listen or not, the dietary guidelines affect nutritional patterns throughout the country — from federally subsidized school lunches to labels on food packages to your doctor's advice.

First-responders training on life-like child mannequins

The high-tech mannequins allow emergency responders to practice their skills on a regular basis so they don't get rusty.

Staying healthy with wearable fitness trackers grows in popularity

Fitbit pedometers and other wearable fitness trackers topped lots of shopping lists for the holidays and have been popular among MU employees. While some people say the devices make them lazy, others are using them to stay healthy.

The delivery of a diagnosis leaves lasting impact on patients

Some physicians work hard to develop the skill for delivering bad news, but others seem unwilling to learn how to share unwelcome information with patients.

New diet guidelines might pull back from meat

A dietary pattern higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is "more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact than is the current average U.S. diet," said the draft of the latest version of the government's dietary guidelines.

Fake bar part of research into anti-drinking drug

A replica of a fully stocked bar inside the hospital at the National Institutes of Health is part of an important study that is helping researchers test how a hormone afects people desire for alcohol.

Health insurance enrollment tops 100,000 in Missouri

The figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that about half of the Missourians who signed up are new enrollees.

Outbreak of flu this year is far greater than last year

The total for 2014, so far, is 1,059 cases, compared to only 85 in 2013. This flu season the H3N2 virus, part of the H3 strain, has been the most problematic for the county Health Department and the public.

E-cigarette use surpasses tobacco cigarette use among teens, survey shows

While teen cigarette smoking has decreased nearly 50 percent over the past five years, more teens now use e-cigarettes than tobacco cigarettes.

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: More than half of Missourians skip the flu vaccine

Vaccination rates for people age 65 and older plateaued in the 2013-14 flu season.

U.S. moves to end ban on blood donations by gay men

The lifetime ban dates from the early years of the AIDS crisis and was intended to protect the blood supply from what was a then little-understood disease. Activists say the ban is discriminatory and perpetuates negative stereotypes.

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