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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.

Panel reverses, says white potatoes OK for WIC recipients

An Institute of Medicine panel said people aren't getting enough starchy vegetables or potassium and fiber, nutrients that are plentiful in potatoes.

 

UK moves toward making babies from DNA of 3 people

The techniques — which aim to prevent mothers from passing on inherited diseases — involve altering a human egg or embryo before transferring it into the mother. British law currently forbids any modification of embryos before they are transferred into a woman.

Missouri Medicaid Coalition canvasses neighborhoods statewide

In Columbia, volunteers passed out fliers saying Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, is keeping roughly 10,400 Boone County residents fromgetting health insurance.

'Tough-love approach' to measles vaccine challenges doctors' ethical responsibilities

Amid the nation's second-biggest measles outbreak in at least 15 years, some doctors are refusing to see children whose parent's won't get them vaccinated.

 

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 on 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.

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