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Health

Report: Labor in tub OK but water birth benefits unproven

Sitting in a tub of warm water can relieve pain during the early stages of labor, but actually giving birth under water has no proven benefit and may be risky, say recommendations for the nation's obstetricians.

More U.S. adults eligible for statins under new guidelines

Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes.

Study to test 'chocolate' pills for heart health

The idea of the study is to see whether there are health benefits from chocolate's ingredients minus the sugar and fat, said JoAnn Manson, preventive medicine chief at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Snack, soda makers play controversial role in education of dietitians

Snack and soda makers that often are blamed for contributing to national obesity rates also provide educational courses for dietitians. The practice has raised ethical concerns from some who say it gives the food industry too much influence over dietitians.

Report indicates changing obesity rates among kids

The changing health-related landscape might have contributed to the drop in preschool obesity, such as the decline in consumption of sugary drinks and programs that give access to fresh and affordable produce.

MU Health Care to open three clinics in Columbia Hy-Vee stores

Hy-Vee walk-in clinics will be open seven days a week and treat members of the community for common illnesses and minor injuries.

TELL US: Have you signed up for health care under the Affordable Care Act?

If you don't have health insurance that meets a minimum standard, you could face a fine. What has your experience been getting coverage?

Online reviews for cars, movies more popular than for doctors

A survey found most adults hadn't checked online physician reviews — and most said a conveniently located office and accepting patients' health insurance was more important.

Henry Heimlech, inventor of Heimlich maneuver, pens memoir

The inventor of the life-saving Heimlich maneuver, Henry Heimlich, is releasing an autobiography. The book is also discusses his career as a chest surgeon and his other medical innovations.

Medical examiner rules 18-year-old died of natural causes

An 18-year-old found dead last fall in an MU dormitory died of natural causes, according to an autopsy report released Friday.

Health officials foresee end of cigarette smoking

Health officials predict the end of cigarette smoking, with the current adult smoking rate at 18 percent. Experts say the adult smoking rate could drop to 10 percent in the next decade and to 5 percent or lower by 2050.

 

Columbia doctor mentors mobile medicine innovators

A program to mentor teams in developing mobile medicine products includes Aaron Gray, a Columbia doctor. All 10 teams that were accepted will receive $20,000 from Techstars and can also get $100,000 from Sprint as they continue developing their product.

First guidelines issued to prevent stroke in women

The American Heart Association has released its first guidelines for preventing strokes in women. It addresses birth control, pregnancy, depression, menopause, migraines with aura, and other risk factors in women.

Veterans hospital enhancing security measures in response to patient death

A Nurse Locator System was implemented in the mental health unit of the hospital, allowing personnel to quickly respond to disruptive patients.

FDA launching anti-smoking campaign aimed at youth

The federal agency said Tuesday it is launching a $115 million multimedia education campaign called "The Real Cost" that's aimed at stopping teenagers from smoking and encouraging them to quit.

Sugar tied to fatal heart woes; soda's a culprit

It doesn't take all that much extra sugar, hidden in many processed foods, to substantially raise the risk, the researchers found, and most Americans eat more than the safest amount.

Hoffman among thousands of drug addiction victims

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death sheds light on addiction issues in American society.

Cabin fever sets in amid relentless cold, snow

Cabin fever is setting in for countless Americans as bitter cold, heavy snowfall and paralyzing ice storms keep pounding a large swath of the country. School districts across two-thirds of the U.S. are reporting higher than normal numbers of snow days, while social service agencies are trying to work around the forecasts to get to people in need.

 

Doctors: Too few cancer patients enroll in studies

One of every 10 clinical trials for adults with cancer ends prematurely because researchers can't get enough people to test new treatments, scientists report.

Medicaid expansion's impact on ER visits has complex causes

A widely publicized study that found that Medicaid expansion increases ER visits oversimplifies a complex issue, health care providers say. The real problems are related to access: There are too few primary care physicians, too few who accept Medicaid, and no sick pay among hourly wage workers.

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