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GRAPHIC: CDC recommends nasal spray influenza vaccine for some children

The CDC recommends children between 2 and 8 years old be vaccinated with the nasal spray influenza vaccine, rather than the traditional injection, for the 2014-15 flu season.

UPDATE: CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Fewer than half of Americans get a flu vaccine every year. Vaccination rates are highest for children under 5 and for seniors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Lanterns fill sky Sunday for National Suicide Prevention Week memorial event

About 100 of the lit lanterns floated above MU, many with scrawled messages to lost loved ones.

EV-D68: What you need to know about respiratory virus

EV-D68, the virus that has sickened children in Kansas City and St. Louis and resulted in some hospitalizations, hasn't caused any confirmed cases yet in Columbia, health officials said.

Green Dot and Title IX education new to Safe Mizzou week

This year, Green Dot and Title IX educational sessions have been added to MU's Safe Mizzou 2014 agenda. The week's events begin on Monday.

Multiple sclerosis bike fundraiser moving to St. Louis from Columbia

Nearly 3,000 participants rode in Bike MS during the weekend. Columbia has hosted the fundraiser since 2004.

UPDATE: Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids

Nearly 500 children have been treated at one hospital alone — Children's Mercy in Kansas City — and some required intensive care, according to authorities.

Hospitals restrict visitors because of outbreak

A hospital epidemiologist says it could be the same enterovirus infection that has hit St. Louis and Kansas City.

Gov. Nixon defends veto of e-cigarette bill

Wednesday's roundtable discussion with Gov. Jay Nixon highlighted the potential health effects of e-cigarettes.

Respiratory illness strikes hundreds of KC-area kids

U.S. eating habits improve a bit — except among poor

Researcher says the widening diet gap reflects an income gap that deepened during the recent financial crisis, which likely made healthy food less affordable for many people.

Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

The Home Microbiome Project seeks to understand how the trillions of mostly beneficial bacteria that live in and on our bodies interact with bugs in the environment to affect our health.

UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said.

Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago developed a treadmill that intentionally trips seniors to teach them to not fall in the future. Seniors tripping and falling costs $30 billion yearly.

 

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

The American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society express great concern about these popular nicotine-vapor products and urge more regulation, especially to keep them away from youth. They also stress that proven smoking cessation methods should always be tried first.

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

No one should view this as permission to eat more salt, said Salim Yusuf, the first study's leader. "Most people should stay where they are."

Health care at college: Can your teen manage?

Heading off to school is stressful for young people on a variety of fronts. Among the biggest challenges is managing their own health far from home. And it can be a trial for parents, too, in this, the era of the helicopter when it comes to raising children.

Police Department to get drug incinerator from health department

A drug incinerator was purchased by the Public Health and Human Services for the Columbia Police Department to to dispose of illicit drugs.

Health department to offer free vaccines Tuesday evening

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will offer free vaccines to students from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at its clinic, at 1005 W. Worley St.

How does Ebola virus spread, and can it be stopped?

Typically, outbreaks of the disease have been in other parts of the continent, not in West Africa.

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