Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study finds that early exposure to a problem food may keep it from becoming a long-term problem. 

Connections between medical students, mentors help promote understanding of aging

The Senior Teacher Educator Partnership matches MU medical students with older citizens in the community so students can see the aging process from their perspective and enrich patient care.

Number of insured Missouri residents rising sharply as 2015 open enrollment ends

Even with more people insured, up to 250,000 more would be eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage.

Survey results underestimate support for legalizing pot, activists say

More than a quarter of those surveyed said they opposed legalization entirely, even for medicinal use.

Missouri's measles-mumps-rubella vaccine rate falls below national average for preschool-age children

Missouri ranks 35th for its rate of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination in children 19-35 months. The number of people claiming a religious exemption has risen steadily over the past three years.

Vaccine opposition has ebbed and flowed over centuries

The vaccination debate was reignited after a measles outbreak in Disneyland last December.

Q&A: What are measles and why is the outbreak worrisome

Following a multi-state measles outbreak infecting more than 100 people, Michael Cooperstock answered questions about the disease and the dangers it poses in some cases.


Democrats seek relief from health law penalties

The lawmakers say they are concerned that many of their constituents will find out about the penalties after it's already too late for them to sign up for coverage since open enrollment ended Sunday.


U.S. teens getting less and less sleep, study shows

Possible contributing factors include increasing use of social media, smartphones and other electronics, and rising rates of obesity, which has been linked with sleep deprivation.

UPDATE: CDC says nasty flu season has peaked, is retreating

The flu season peaked in the early weeks of January.

Researchers test device to help deaf children detect sounds

Cochlear implants don't work for deaf children who lack their hearing nerve, but a medical innovation called an auditory brainstem implant might be able to fix that.

Disney gave input on measles health messages

Disney officials asked Orange County health officials to stress that Disneyland was safe to visit amid a measles outbreak.

Brain stents show big promise for certain stroke patients

"This is a once-in-a-generation advance in stroke care," said Jeffrey Saver, stroke chief at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the head of a recent study of the new treatment.

Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

Due to strict requirements on needing immunizations to attend school, these states are able to keep their immunization rates above 95 percent.

Boone County Health Department warns against shigella outbreak

There have been 42 cases of the bacterial infection in the county in the past three weeks. Boone County has averaged six cases a year for the past five years.

Debate over vaccine requirements forges strange alliance

The debate on vaccination requirements doesn't necessarily fall on party lines.

A look at some vaccine-related legislation in several states

Numerous states are revisiting legislation that requires children to be vaccinated to enroll in school after a measles outbreak that originated in Disneyland in December.

MU employees injured on the job can use new Mizzou Urgent Care location

The new South Providence Medical Park at 551 E. Southampton Drive is one of three authorized locations where MU employees can seek treatment for work-related injuries.

Disneyland measles outbreak isn't largest in recent memory

Public health experts say success at containing the outbreak will largely depend on how many unvaccinated people get the measles shot.

Lung cancer now top cancer killer for women in rich nations

The reason is smoking, which peaked years later for women than it did for men. Lung cancer has been the top cancer killer for men for decades.