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Health

Panel cites empty calories as culprit in obesity epidemic

A panel of seven people gathered Sunday to discuss issues relating to food, health, agriculture and politics. The event was organized by animal welfare group The Political Animal.

EPA creates pesticide database for bedbugs

The Environmental Protection Agency says the database will help people find safe and effective pesticides to combat the pests.

Kansas City conference to focus on school bullying, depression

When the American School Health Association meets in Kansas City next week, there will be talk about how to create safe schools.

Boone Hospital expansion aids ER staff, patients

New emergency rooms and an expanded nurses station and waiting room are just a few of the improvements that came with the $1.8 million renovation.

UM employee premiums increase for third year in a row

The University of Missouri System will be raising its medical insurance premiums starting Jan. 1 in response to rising medical costs.

MU researchers believe high levels of BPA dangerous

The extremely high levels of bisphenol A discovered could lead to variety of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

MU researcher studies relationship between hospice communication, patient pain

The researcher has received a $2.1 million federal grant to conduct the study. The research is looking at how communication can change caregivers' understanding of pain and pain management.

Missouri medical school hit with new sanctions

The accreditation council placed the entire residency program at the medical school on a two-year probation in April 2009, but sanctions were lifted in January.

Gallup survey shows depression up 25 percent in Gulf after oil spill

Even though the oil stopped flowing in July and the BP well was finally killed this month, some officials say the toll on mental health may get worse as the financial strains of summer persist into the fall.

Missouri falls short of CDC's breast-feeding goal

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds only 38 percent of mothers in Missouri breast-feed their children at six months of age.

Columbia Health Department to offer flu vaccines

Flu vaccines will be offered this week at the Columbia Health Department. The cost is $25 for adults and free for people 18 and under.

The flu: Is it worth a shot?

As the flu season rears its ugly head again, learn a little more about the warning signs of the flu and how to avoid getting it this year. 

Despite high prices, people still bringing home the bacon

A smaller supply of pork bellies and higher feed costs have driven bacon prices up, but enthusiasts such as Jay Gallatin, nicknamed "Bacon Boy" by his wife, haven't decreased their consumption of the cured meat. “I could eat bacon for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Gallatin said.

 

Affordable Care Act's new provisions go into effect

The nonprofit organization Grass Roots Organizing celebrated the act, which was passed six months ago. 

Twitter working as new resource for restaurant customer service

Many restaurants are turning to social media to help increase customer satisfaction.

Ella's Hope cracks top ten ranking in Pepsi Refresh Project

Hope McPheeter's plan for a nonprofit organization, Ella's Hope, has made the top ten list for its category in the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Columbia researcher wins Heinz Award for environmental work

Frederick Vom Saal's award-winning work resulted in most stores removing items containing BPA from shelves.

Record-breaking allergen numbers result in wheezy fall allergy season

Data from the St. Louis Department of Health's Environmental Health Labs shows 11 days during August and September with more than 100 grains of ragweed pollen per cubic meter of air. In 2009, that number stood at five.

Federal grant enhances Missouri Telehealth Network's virtual health care

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $60,000 to connect patients with faraway health care.

Missouri's toddler immunization rate lowest in U.S.

Health officials say 56 percent of children ages 19 months to 35 months had received all of the recommended vaccinations last year.

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