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Missouri drops rate for high-risk health insurance

Lower-than-expected turnout for the high-risk pool has resulted in a 25 percent reduction in rates. 

Missouri cancer patient works to keep drug an option

When the FDA withdrew approval for Avastin, Julie Heppe, who has Stage 4 breast cancer, went to action to fight the decision. She's made it her mission to fight the decision. "I want to bring awareness to what the FDA and government can do to limit our resources," she said.

 

Kroger recalls chocolate chips

The chocolate chips possibly contain an undeclared milk protein.

43 jobs to be saved at Fulton State Hospital

Foundation financing Missouri tobacco use survey

More than 50,000 Missouri residents may be interviewed in the coming year as part of a statewide survey of tobacco use.

Columbia considers adjusting fluoride levels after federal recommendation

The city plans to communicate with the state Department of Natural Resources to discuss changes in the recommended levels of fluoride in drinking water.

MU Health Care inspection report reveals hygienic problems

A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services inspection report revealed inconsistent hand-washing practices, expired supplies and dust, including on surgical instrument trays.

Journal: Study linking vaccine to autism was fraud

A new examination found that the researchers who published the initial study linking the MMR shot to autism altered facts about patients in their study.

Autism insurance mandate begins with new year in Missouri

The law requires insurers to cover $40,000 a year of "applied behavioral analysis" for children through age 18, but it only covers about one-fourth of Missouri's population.

Poll: Baby boomers fear outliving Medicare

Most respondents said they would rather raise the eligibility age for the insurance program than sacrifice benefits.

Springfield midwife case highlights lack of regulatory laws

Missouri is one of about two dozen states that allow lay midwives, who are not required to have a nursing certificate, to deliver babies. However, Missouri law does not establish oversight of these lay midwives.

FDA warns against sprouts from Urbana organic farm

An FDA investigation into an outbreak of salmonella infections suggests a link to the farm's alfalfa sprouts in sandwiches from Jimmy John's restaurants.

Risk of food poisoning increases at parties, buffets

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 48 million incidents of food poisoning occur in the U.S. annually. An MU food science professor offers tips on how to avoid common problems this holiday season.

Study maps need for children's doctors in rural areas

Growth in the number of children's doctors and family physicians has outpaced the increased in the U.S. child population, the study authors found. By moving doctors out of areas where there is already an over-supply, it would be possible for every child to have a doctor nearby.

Allen Institute's iSocial shows promise for children with autism

ISocial is a computer program designed to teach children with autism social skills through the use of avatars in a 3-D world.

CoxHealth buys large neurosurgery group

Missouri considers building a new neuroscience institute.  The doctors will treat brain, spinal and nerve disorders such as brain tumors and herniated discs.  

Group advocating for healthy eating to gather for quarterly meeting

Unite for Healthy Neighborhoods will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

University Hospital does mass cleanup, responding to 'broad concerns'

After inspectors promised to return "for a full review," more than 100 hospital employees joined a weekend cleaning crew.

Missouri health officials urge people to get flu shots

The first confirmed case of the seasonal flu was reported in Madison County, Missouri, health officials say.

MU women's committee requests lactation rooms in renovated buildings

The Status of Women Committee would like the newly renovated Tate and Switzler halls to have rooms available for women to use breast pumps or to breast-feed their children.

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