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Truman Hospital ranked best among Missouri's veterans

Sen. Claire McCaskill praised the Truman Veterans Hospital for its high marks on a Veterans Customer Satisfaction Program, which allowed veterans to rate the care they received at VA hospitals and clinics.

Young people lag in health insurance enrollment

Only 28 percent of people ages 18 to 34 signed up for health insurance through the online marketplace. Some analysts blame the lag in enrollment on a lack of understanding about health insurance and that youthful sense of immortality.

In the era of Affordable Care, some still uninsured — by choice

The Missourian talked to Columbia residents about their trials, worries and successes in navigating the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. Some said they had trouble enrolling because of glitches on the website. Others were thankful they finally could afford health insurance.

Vapor cigarettes touted as way to kick tobacco, but regulation looms

While anti-tobacco campaigns and no-smoking ordinances are becoming widespread, the electronic-cigarette industry is flourishing. But regulations of the sale and manufacturing of the nicotine vapor products may soon increase, as well.

Forum participants: Use mental-health funds to shorten wait times

At a public forum Tuesday, community mental health experts discussed the current state of mental health services for children in Boone County and how the county can best use $6.5 million in funding to address these concerns.

USDA delays whole-grains rule for school pastas

The delay comes hours after a Republican-led House spending panel criticized the Obama administration's healthier school-lunch standards and proposed letting some schools opt out of them entirely.

MU researcher gets $1.5 million grant to study Alzheimer's

The National Institutes of Health is supporting associate professor James Lee's research, which MU said could lead to treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Poll: More stressful to care for spouse than parent

People are far more likely to disclose their funeral plans to friends and family than reveal their preferences for assistance with day-to-day living as they get older, according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

States move to expand experimental drugs for some with 'Right to Try' law

The "Right To Try" law allows terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs without getting federal approval. It's a proposal being advanced in several states by patient advocates who are frustrated by the yearslong federal approval process for experimental drugs in the pipeline.

Cerner Corp. uses Missouri town to test health initiative

North Kansas City-based Cerner Corp. adopted Nevada, Mo., in 2012 as a testing ground for theories to control skyrocketing medical costs. The Healthy Nevada initiative aims to emphasize the individual's role in decreasing health care costs.

MU Department of Child Health to receive $500,000 donation

The Leda J. Sears Trust announced that it plans to donate half a million dollars to the MU Department of Child Health.

Anxiety diagnoses rising in Boone County, across state

Anxiety disorders have risen in Boone County and the state since 2008. Experts say there's no simple explanation for the increase, though greater awareness of anxiety as a disorder might be playing a role.

Mercy plans suburban St. Louis telemedicine center

The center will deliver medical care all day, every day, through audio, video and data connections. It will provide medical care for people in remote rural areas and underserved inner cities, saving them the hassle of a trip to the city.

The doctor will see you now via webcam, smartphone

The virtual house call is a convenient remedy for people who would otherwise find it difficult to get to a doctor.

 

U.N.: Spread of polio now a world health emergency

The World Health Organization does not plan to push back its polio eradication deadline of 2018.

Fast action can help save lives of stroke patients

Specially equipped ambulances could decrease stroke treatment time by 25 minutes, according to a study that compares patients treated by emergency medical services with those treated by specially equipped stroke-response ambulances.

Stroke survivor Mark McEwen: Know the warning signs

Former CBS weatherman Mark McEwen suffered a stroke in 2005. Since then, he has been fighting toward a full recovery. Hesaid he now knows there were warning signs he should have heeded, such as high blood pressure.

FDA regulation on e-cigarettes might not affect Columbia shops

The FDA proposes regulating of tobacco products, including a ban on minors  purchasing e-cigarettes. Columbia shops that sell e-cigarettes said they already voluntarily refuse to sell the devices to minors.

Oregon is 1st to ditch state health exchange

After months of trying to get its problem-plagued online health exchange to work, Oregon on Friday officially gave up on the state portal and decided to switch to the federal website.

New FDA rules could affect menus at restaurants, other stores

Calorie counts could soon accompany items on restaurant menus, but grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters, planes and trains may be exempt.

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