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Hands-only CPR, pushy dispatchers are lifesavers

Two new studies conclude that "hand-only" chest compression is enough to save a life. Also, more bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if they are given firm instructions from an emergency dispatcher and if they can skip the mouth-to-mouth.

Tests aim to settle if fresher blood works better

The National Institutes of Health will work to find if the age of blood affects patient recovery and, if so, whether older blood can be improved.

Neosho Camp Quality offers life to children with cancer

Camp Quality in Neosho, whose motto is "letting kids with cancer be kids again," caters to children 4 to 18 dealing with cancer.

Rehab-first approach promising for amateur athlete ACL tear

A study found that of those who had rehab before surgery, less than half needed surgery within two years.

New guidelines aim to reduce repeated C-sections

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists eased restrictions on who might avoid a repeat C-section, declaring a vaginal birth after cesarean safe for most women.

The Shelter gets new name, advocacy program

The organization received a two-year grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Missouri taking applications for insurance pool

Missouri is accepting applications for its insurance pool for uninsured people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Kinder lists contributors to lawsuit challenging federal health care reform

Missouri's lieutenant governor, who filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming Congress overstepped its authority when it passed a federal health care reform bill, released a list of 150 donors who helped fund his case.

MU Women's and Children's Hospital set to open in September

The project has yet to complete the pediatric intesive care unit, the pediatric short stay/blood disorder unit, and the pediatric cardiology unit. The new facility plans to provide private patient rooms as well.

Missouri starts health care pool to serve uninsured

As part of the federal health care overhaul, the state is starting a pool to cover uninsured residents with pre-existing conditions.

VIDEO: Maggots force plane back to gate in Atlanta

A passenger had the container in a carry-on bag and brought it on Monday's flight heading from Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C., said US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher.

Tanning tax rolls out Thursday

The first step of federal health care reform imposes a tax on tanning salons, which will cover $2.7 billion of the total $940 billion cost of the health care bill. Dermatologists support the increase, but tanning salon owners claim it is an unfair burden.

Faulty dental sterilization reported at veterans hospital in St. Louis

Letters were sent Monday to 1,812 veterans who had dental procedures performed at the John Cochran Dental Clinic from Feb. 1, 2009, through March 11 of this year.

SLIDESHOW: Pink Promise Tea brings breast cancer survivors together

Mary Muscato, an oncologist and breast cancer survivor, attended the Pink Promise Tea event on Saturday, a luncheon hosted by the Mid-Missouri Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Rain-Central Missouri participants aim to raise understanding of HIV and AIDS

More than 3 million people die of AIDS each year. In attempt to raise awareness and debunk stigmas about those with HIV and AIDS, Rain-Central Missouri holds the Salute to Life Walk each year.

ANALYSIS: Little support or opposition seen yet for Aug. 3 ballot on health care

Barely five weeks before the Aug. 3 election, backers of the Missouri ballot measure — which seeks to defy a government mandate to have health insurance — are just now beginning to raise money for a coordinated campaign. They still hope to air some commercials and put up yard signs.

MULTIMEDIA: Hospice Compassus provides end-of-life care

Volunteers visit patients who are terminally ill and no longer receive agressive treatment from their doctors. The purpose of hospice service is ensuring the comfort of patients, most of whom live at home. An audio piece follows Hospice Compassus volunteer Glen Sapp on a visit.

UPDATE: Lawsuit challenges Missouri health care referendum

A lawsuit filed in Cole County Circuit Court seeks to block a ballot measure that challenges the new federal health insurance law, saying the measure violates the state constitution.

Northeast Columbia residents should boil their water

Residents of several northeast Columbia neighborhoods are under a boil advisory, which means they should boil water intended for drinking and cooking.

Columbia firefighters organize benefit for injured colleague

The car wash will be hosted by Boone County firefighters on Saturday at Fire Station 12. Proceeds will benefit Keith Null, a volunteer firefighter who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in May.

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