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Columbia hospital to offer free stroke screenings

University Hospital is starting national Stroke Awareness Month by offering free screenings. Testing for stroke risk, blood pressure and body mass index will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 20.

Missouri brain injury training program could lose funding

A program available to help patients with brain injuries return to day-to-day activity is at risk of losing funding. Those helped by the program worry about what they'd do without the staff to help them relearn how to function in society.

University Hospital promotes stroke awareness, offers free screening

University Hospital will offer free screenings as part of May's Stroke Awareness Month.

St. Louis couple donates $15 million to Alzheimer's center

Washington University is announcing on Monday that its Alzheimer's research center will be named in honor of Charles and Joanne Knight, who donated the money.

UPDATE: E. coli forces lettuce recall; 19 sick in 3 states

College students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Ohio State in Columbus and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y. are among those affected, according to health departments in those states.

Missouri Senate passes autism bill

With an overwhelming majority, the Missouri Senate passed Thursday a bill to require health insurance coverage for children with autism. The bill awaits a final vote by the House, where it has failed the past two years

MU School of Medicine receives nearly $8.5 million

The grant will be used to research microcirculation, which could produce results relevant to the treatment of hypertension, diabetes, strokes and heart disease.

Lettuce sold in 23 states, including Missouri, recalled because of E. Coli

The affected lettuce is romaine, has a sell-by date of May 12 and is from Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio.

Missouri House committee advances abortion legislation

The bill would impose a 24-hour waiting period on getting an abortion and would require physicians to present materials to women seeking an abortion in person at least 24 hours before the procedure. The bill now goes to the House floor for debate.

Losing the battle against meth

In the fall of 2009, the Missourian decided to check in on a Marshall woman who had been the subject of a major Missourian story in 2004. She'd fought hard to beat meth, and we wondered how she was doing. Here's what Matt Reinig found.

Children's liquid medicines recalled

The medicines include some forms of Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl.

Health care policy expert explains reform law

The presentation explained who the major winners and losers are under the new law.

Public health expert discusses children's obesity at conference

Theresa A. Nicklas stressed the necessity of understanding environmentalfactors in preventing childhood obesity, in her speech entitled "Getting a Handle on Childhood Obesity: What We Know and What We Don't Know."

Missouri Foundation of Health gives grants to 11 Columbia nonprofits

The foundation awarded a total of $829,792 in grants to 11 mid-Missouri nonprofits.

Art exhibit displaying portrayals of cancer opens at Boone Hospital Center

The national art exhibit, "Oncology On Canvas," opened Monday at the Boone Hospital Center. The exhibit displays 580 different types of art pieces by patients, their families and caregivers. 

TIMELINE: Presidential influence on health care reform throughout 20th century

A look at major health care reform programs throughout the 20th century, why they failed, and how they helped the progression of reform.

ANALYSIS: Obama achieves health law success that eluded past politicians

Obama didn't make it an all-or-nothing fight. Taking steps in health care reform is incredibly monumental.

ANALYSIS: Missouri prescription law still stalled

Lawmakers with funding disagreements have stalled the creation of a database needed to enact bills passed in 2007 and 2008 that would help speed up the prescription process for some patients. 

SLIDESHOW: MU medical students find out their futures

For soon-to-be-doctors, the day they receive their residencies ranks as one of the most important days in their lives.

Democrats consider risky move in health care drive

The move could spare vulnerable Democrats from having to cast a vote for the health care bill, it but would open the party to accusations of forcing the bill through using parliamentary tricks.

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