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.

Government advises Americans to cut sodium intake drastically

The government mounts an assault on salt, advising half of the U.S. population to cut down their sodium intake and warning the food industry to help. 

MU minority organizations team up to host blood drive

The Mizzou Black Men's Initiative, along with several traditionally African-American fraternities, held a blood drive to increase awareness on the importance of blood donation by minorities.

Dual-console da Vinci surgical robot debuts at University Hospital

The robotic surgery is less invasive than traditional surgery and speeds up patient's recovery.

University Hospital receives second unannounced visit

The visit was a follow-up by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

CDC estimates about 26 million Americans have diabetes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approximates nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes — almost 1 in 12 Americans. 

Attorney general offers recommendations regarding E. coli contamination

Given that E. coli contamination closed beaches at the Lake of the Ozarks the past two summers, Koster's office hopes to address the problem by issuing recommendations.

MU's School of Medicine receives grant for children's mental health

The $3.25 million grant will provide services for Boone County infants and children up to age 8 and their families.

Business offers products to breast cancer patients

Second to Nature provides breast cancer patients with customized products, such as post-surgical clothes. The store helps rebuild what cancer has damaged.

U.S. House votes to repeal health care law

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said the legislation will not see the light of day there, but the GOP leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said bluntly, "I assure you we will" have a vote on it.