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.

Community initiative takes new approach to obesity

Recent reports on child obesity state that policy changes, in addition to community programs, are key to curbing health and weight problems for American youth.

Youth, neighborhood advocacy seen as key to policy changes

Teaching teens and children to incorporate diet and exercise into their lives is part of a neighborhood advocacy group's plan to curb obesity.

Campaign under way to attract riders — and walkers — to city buses

Cut calories by riding the bus? A new Columbia campaign wants you to do just that.

Food policy council might come to Columbia

Food policy councils can take a while to get off the ground, but they have been shown to promote research, community and good health.

'Food deserts' make healthy eating difficult

Some in neighborhoods in and around Columbia's First Ward have difficulty gaining access to fresh and healthy foods. Experts have termed areas such as these "food deserts."

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.

Columbia sees shorter flu season this year

The number of reported influenza cases has dropped since the beginning of February, according to numbers from the MU Student Health Center.