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Health

Fungus strikes Joplin tornado victims

At least nine survivors might have contracted a blood-vessel invading infection.

Teen stops in Columbia on cross-continent journey for American Heart Association

Allison Koch has raised $3,000 on her journey south and hopes to raise $7,000 more by the time she is expected to arrive at the Mexican border June 25.

Cellphones might be carcinogenic, experts say

The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified cellphones as a category 2B risk, meaning cellphones could be carcinogenic to humans, but making solid connections between cellphones and health risks remains difficult.

Hospital near Joplin adds extra labor rooms

Fifteen miles from Joplin, a Carthage hospital has increased its labor and delivery capacity to handle patients who would have been treated at the now-evacuated St. John's Regional Medical Center.

VA infection issues lead to 13,000 veterans' tests

In the last two years, 13,000 veterans have been warned to receive blood testing after improper hygiene practices at five VA hospitals, including one in St. Louis, were discovered.

Professors say cicadas pose little threat

Professors from the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources advise Columbia residents to take this spring's cicada emergence in stride.

Physicians look to tribal medicine for treatments, diagnoses

A two-day symposium on tribal medicine covers the future of tribal and herbal healing in modern-day health care.

Department of Mental Health faces overtime issues from understaffing

A report by the state auditor in December noted that the department paid about $48 million in overtime over a period of three years.

Some Columbia school kitchens more suited for reheating than cooking

The Columbia Public School District is looking to increase the number of freshly-prepared meals students eat at school.

Boone Hospital Center opens time capsules on 90th anniversary

Boone Hospital Center trustees opened time capsules early Tuesday assembled to commemorate the hospital's founding, its 60th and its 75th anniversary.

High lead levels in parks raise concern

The parks had not been a big concern for the Environmental Protection Agency because they aren't visited at length by the same children on a daily basis. But results are being reviewed by risk assessors.

Federal appeals court orders overhaul of VA mental health care

The impact of the ruling for Columbia's Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital is not immediately clear. The court dealt with issues of delayed treatment, suicide rates and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.

Missouri interpreters agency posts help videos online

The videos are designed to help deaf people who have a problem with an interpreter.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center holds free screenings next week

The screenings will be held on the afternoon of May 20 and advance reservations are required.

Truman Veterans Hospital nurse wins award

Faith Andrulot traveled to Washington to receive a national Excellence in Nursing Award for her work.

Free car seat inspections offered at State Farm Insurance

Three out of four car seats nationwide aren't properly installed, which can be hazardous in the event of an accident. You can get your child's car seat inspected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Columbia boy receives Disney trip through Make-A-Wish Foundation

Luke Schawo, 4, was born with a severely underdeveloped heart. His life has been filled with hospital visits, doctors appointments and surgeries. Now he lives just like any other little boy, and he's about to have one of his wishes granted. 

Neighbors gather at new community garden on Worley Street

A community sprouts as people gather to garden. A $5,000 grant will pay for compost, design consulting, materials, fruit trees, berries and labor.

New farmers market proposed for Columbia

If approved by City Council, the new market would be located between the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center and the Annie Fisher Food Pantry. The request is expected to be approved.

Philip Morris USA, other tobacco companies win favorable verdict

A St. Louis jury decided in favor of six tobacco companies in a lawsuit filed by a group of Missouri hospitals.

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