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.

MU Thompson Center upgrades to larger facility

The new facility is designed to be family friendly and features telehealth units and other new technology.

Washington University to lead brain study

Investigators say the study will help with the understanding of the healthy adult human brain.

Construction begins on new cancer center in Columbia

A new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will take up two floors of the complex at University Hospital.

Different schools, different approaches to alcohol awareness

In 2009, more than 1,800 college students died from alcohol-related injuries, including motor vehicle crashes. MU, Columbia College and Stephens College offer alcohol awareness programs for students.

Americans' hygiene habits might be on the upturn

Americans are washing their hands more often, suggests the latest check by researchers who spy on people using public restrooms.

State’s first Women’s and Children’s Hospital celebrates grand opening

MU's Women’s and Children’s Hospital will host an open house with tours from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Columbia fair on Saturday to offer education about healthy living

The Healthy Families Fun Fair will have 35 learning stations covering topics on health, exercise and nutrition.

St. Louis study finds smoking ventilation systems don't work

Beginning Jan. 2, St. Louis and St. Louis County will implement a smoking ban, with exemptions for casino floors, some hotel rooms and some private clubs.

Woman who fell from staircase recently transferred to Columbia College

Kelsi Poe's recent hospital visit raises issue of rules and regulations for underage drinking.

First women’s and children’s hospital in Missouri to open Thursday

The University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital has consolidated services for women and children into one location. 

How hot can you go? Infamous Bhut jolokia pepper to be part of Tomato Festival

MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center will hold the sixth Annual Tomato Festival on Thursday, Sept. 9. The festival will offer tastings of more than 60 tomato and more than 40 pepper varieties.

Jurors may be needed for six months at tobacco trial

Court officials sent surveys to 6,000 residents as part of the process to weed out potential jurors.

Process of getting an abortion in Missouri changes with new law

As part of the law women must now meet with a qualified professional before having an abortion and will be told that fetuses may feel pain.

Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic temporarily halts abortions

The stoppage is related to scheduling problems, not new state requirements, said the president of the Planned Parenthood branch that reaches mid-Missouri.

Flu season expected to be moderate this year

Health officials are predicting a mild flu season this year. The latest vaccine has already hit Columbia pharmacies.

Three Columbia organizations approved for federal Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

The $5 billion federal program, part of the Affordable Care Act, reimburses some health care costs until 2014 at three Columbia employers that offer health insurance for early retirees.

MU professor attempts to prove the pursuit of happiness

MU psychology professor Kennon Sheldon has dedicated his life's work to scientifically understand what the pursuit of happiness means to us.