MU professor finds plant oil could help to combat obesity

Recent studies in mice and rats have shown that introducing sterculic oil to their diet reduces fat.

Intense allergy season expected after wet winter

Last spring's allergy season was the worst in 37 years, and this season could be worse yet. Extra moisture in the soil is sending allergen-producing plants into overdrive.

Koster calls federal insurance mandate unconstitutional

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a document Monday in federal appeals court supporting a Florida lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new federal health care law.

Beans, rice bring nutritious comfort food to Columbia schools

Beans and rice were introduced as a healthy supplement to the school lunch menus at 14 of Columbia's 19 elementary schools to encourage nutrition and healthy eating.

Veteran Affairs health care will continue despite government shutdown

The biggest impact the government shutdown will have on the VA health care system will be benefits. Operations at all seven community-based outpatient clinics will remain open.

Missouri Senate bill would create online healthcare estimates

Online price estimates could allow people to see their out-of-pocket costs for various medical procedures and tests under the proposed legislation.

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.