Federal grant to help rural Missouri patients connect with doctors

A $220,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help provide technology at 11 new sites and expand services at 19 existing sites by this summer.

'Cleanse' diets include potential benefits, risks

Cleanse diets can range from eating fruits and vegetables to consuming no solid food. Advocates of these diets say they help get rid the body of toxins, but some health experts disagree, saying cleanses are unnecessary.

Boone County is 10th healthiest county in Missouri

Boone County comes in at No. 10 of 114 in a list of the healthiest counties in Missouri. Although the county's air quality is above average, it still has a ways to go to be on par with national averages in smoking, drinking and obesity.

UMKC health sciences program duplicates MU degree

The University of Missouri-Kansas City wants to add a bachelor's degree similar to a degree offered at MU since 2008. The Coordinating Board for Higher Education has to give its approval first.

Mammogram hours extended at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

The center will be open during early morning and evening hours throughout April and May to provide screenings for women unable to make regular appointment hours.

Missouri Psychiatric Center reveals $13 million renovation

The $13 million renovation has been in the works for seven months and were revealed Thursday. Part of the second floor will be remodeled next.

Missouri small-business owners discuss health care reform benefits

The owners discussed provisions and misconceptions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Confusing symptoms raise the stakes for heart attacks in women

Women experience heart attacks differently from men, and those differences can be both surprising and dangerous when women ignore symptoms.


Missouri attorney general says health overhaul has uncertain legal status

Chris Koster says the governor will have to weigh the risks of possible sanctions against costs for complying with the law.

Rear-facing car seats safest for children until age 2

The updated advice is part of new recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released Monday. 

Health care overhaul taking root in divided nation

Polls show that about 1 in 8 Americans believe they have been personally helped by the health care overhaul, but a closer examination reveals nuanced results. 

Volunteers use their heads to fight childhood cancer

A head-shaving event raised nearly $30,000 for Columbia's St. Baldrick's Foundation, a national nonprofit that holds fundraisers for childhood cancer research.

Diplomat says minuscule radiation reaches California

Public health officials say the distance between Japan and the U.S. will dilute any radiation that does reach the West Coast, and thus the radiation shouldn't pose any health risks.

USDA Rural Development awards nearly $1.9 million in grants

The money will fund projects that are educational or expand access to health care services in rural Missouri.

MU Student Center restaurants 'stealthy' about healthy

Take a nutritionist to lunch at MU's Student and what do you find? Donuts on display, but not a single deep fryer in the Student Center restaurants.

MU Children's Hospital launches online safety store

Families will be able to get child safety products, such as safety seats and bicycle helmets, for free through the new online store.

New animal ordinance close to completion

Up for debate still is whether to allow feral cat caretakers to receive a permit if they do not agree to test and vaccinate the cats for feline leukemia.

Columbia to participate in efforts to reduce obesity

Local efforts to fight obesity are funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Goals include ways to make produce more accessible and affordable.

Women use teamwork to advance weight-loss goals

Four Boone County friends are keeping a sense of humor while they lose weight. Each week, they get together, watch "The Biggest Loser" and eat healthy meals.

Columbia mother leads her children to healthier eating

Seeking better food to embrace a healthy lifestyle has been a family affair for the Matchells of Columbia.