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Health

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.

Sheriff's Department units in process of moving to new building

After two years of planning and construction, three units from the Boone County Sheriff's Department will move to a new building as early as this month.

Washington University study will examine characteristics of obesity-related diseases

Thirty volunteers will join the four-month study conducted by Washington University. The chief researcher said the study aims to find out why some people are resistant to obesity-related diseases while others are not.

Five awarded for advocating healthly lifestyles

The people were awarded for a number of reasons, including working towards improving food in Columbia schools and educating people about diabetes.

Nobel Prize winner delivers keynote at MU science symposium

Nobel laureate Dr. Roger Tsien gave the keynote speech at the Translational Neuroscience Symposium at MU on Tuesday afternoon, where he explained the most recent developments in the research that won him the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2008.

Nobel laureate to speak at MU science symposium

The symposium will focus on using brain research to develop new pharmaceutical, surgical and behavioral therapies to treat diseases.

New, MRI-friendly pacemaker arrives in Columbia

A heart patient received the first installation in mid-Missouri of a newly-approved pacemaker at Boone Hospital Center Friday morning. The pacemaker will allow the patient to have future MRI scans.

Shoppers wary of genetically modified foods they find everywhere

Despite consumer concerns, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to approve genetically modified foods, and food producers aren't always required to identify genetically modified ingredients.

UPDATE: McCaskill details 'secret shopper' program for VA centers

The Missouri senator announced plans Tuesday for the Veteran Healthcare Experience Program, which aims to better assess the quality of care at veterans centers in the state.

McCaskill to detail upgrades for VA centers

Details of the plan to improve the experience for veterans at VA health care centers will be unveiled during a 10:30 a.m. news conference in St. Louis.

Hospital officials: St. Louis VA medical center is safe

Officials say the biggest problem for John Cochran VA Medical Center is a crisis in confidence.

Gluten-free gaining fans in stores and restaurants

Gluten-free foods are making the lives of celiac sufferers and people with gluten sensitivity easier. But the foods are also gaining favor with people who think cutting gluten from their diets will help them lose weight.

Push for local food links Missouri schools, farmers

The Farm to School initiative helps connect farmers with public school districts wanting to serve locally grown food in the cafeteria. Grants are being offered to promote the project.

University Hospital named to American Heart Association's stroke honor roll

University Hospital is among four Missouri hospitals and 74 hospitals nationwide recognized for stroke treatment times.

Missouri to require photo ID for vital records requests

The regulation is meant to help prevent identity theft of people in the records.

Ella's Hope foundation awarded $25,000

After six months of voting, Ella's Hope won $25,000 for autism from the Pepsi Refresh Project. Plans for the money are in place. 

U.N. health agency sounds alarm on alcohol abuse

In its first report on the subject in seven years, the World Health Organization provided recommendations for governments to help prevent alcohol-related deaths, which account for approximately 4 percent of deaths worldwide.

Physicians more likely to be depressed or suicidal, psychiatrist says

Three hundred to 400 doctors kill themselves every year, which means physicians have a higher suicide rate than any other profession.

Columbia hospitals, ambulances run smoothly during storm

Hospitals prepared for the storm with earlier or extra deliveries of food and medical supplies. The city made clearing streets near the hospitals a priority, and snow plows were sent when needed to accompany ambulances.

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