Intersex surgeries spark move away from drastic treatment

A more patient-driven approach uses surgeons, counselors, ethicists and hormone experts to determine what course of action intersex children should take and if surgery should be performed at all.

In the past, doctors performed surgery on intersex infants and families hid the condition. Now, many medical professionals have a role in determining the course of action for intersex children — including whether surgery should be performed at all.

Our brains are aging, and a new report suggests ways to stay sharp

Being physically active is the best thing you can do to stay sharp.

On-call for faith and healing: Hospital chaplains are prepared to help

Chaplains have been an integral part of health care for generations. Dating back to the Civil War, chaplains were called upon to aid disabled veterans, and today, in Columbia, spiritual care is available 24/7 thanks to on-call chaplains.

Truman VA ranked 13th nationally for fewest appointment delays

Just 7.5 out of every 1,000 appointments were delayed more than 31 days, the lowest number in the state and 13th best nationally.

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig get best marks in diet review

Taking results from multiple studies, researchers found that Weight Watchers dieters lost an average of at least 8 pounds and kept the weight off for at least a year. The Jenny Craig plan dieters lost an average of 15 pounds and kept it off for a year.

Dietary guidelines serve up deficit for Columbia Public Schools

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans led to new regulations for the National School Lunch Program, which require schools to serve healthier, often more expensive food. That's part of the problem, says the director of Nutrition Services for Columbia Public Schools: The funding doesn't go far enough.

2015 dietary guidelines report is sour on sugar

The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee acknowledge the role that added sugars play in cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. The 2015 Guidelines for Americans will be published in the fall.

Too much iced tea might have caused Arkansas man's kidney problems

A Yale School of Medicine specialist said the case isn't cause to stop drinking tea but acknowledged the man had ingested "a lot of tea," enough to cause renal failure.

An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

A new study says that when other factors, such as weight, race and education, are taken into account, the difference in the number of doctor visits between apple-eaters and apple-avoiders disappeared.


Getting patients on their feet may speed recovery in ICU

New research that put sick mice on tiny treadmills shows why even a little activity may help speed recovery.

Science, patients driving rare disease drug research surge

For decades, drugmakers were reluctant to invest in rare-disease treatments because their preference was to sell mass-market drugs. Today, they're seeing that the returns can be huge with financial incentives from the government and faster approval.

High nursing home bills squeeze insurers, driving rates up

Life insurance firms that once pitched long-term care policies as the prudent way for Americans to shoulder the cost of staying in nursing homes have found that those polices are squeezing their profits. 

MU Health Care designated for high-level stroke care

MU joins nine other hospitals in Missouri with the Level 1 designation from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

As patients face death, doctors push straight talk on care

Most Americans say they'd prefer to die at home, with treatment to free them from pain, but the prestigious Institute of Medicine says the reality too often is unwanted care and not enough comfort.

Breast biopsy accuracy is questioned in experimental study

It was an experiment and may not reflect what happens outside a research setting, but the authors say the results highlight the challenges of accurately interpreting tissue under a microscope.

Boone Hospital Center announces new chief financial officer

Barry Chambers has worked in hospital and health systems management for more than 25 years.

Chronic wasting case hints at new normal for wildlife

The Missouri Department of Conservation will step up testing in Cole County before changing any rules — but the disease's stubborn physiology means any new measures are unlikely to reverse its spread.

Study: Tetanus shot may aid treatment of deadly brain cancer

A dose of tetanus vaccine let patients live longer when added to an experimental treatment for the most common and deadly kind of brain tumor, researchers report.

Influence game: Meat industry fights new dietary proposal

The red meat industry is fighting to discredit a proposal for new dietary guidelines that recommends people eat less red and processed meat.

Report says rural hospitals get billions in extra Medicare funds

Hospitals juggling tough balance sheets have come to view "swing-bed" patients as lucrative, fueling a steady rise in the number of people getting such care.