Shoppers shrug off fears about toxic reusable bags

A recent investigation by The Tampa Tribune found excessive amounts of lead in reusable bags bought at Winn-Dixie and other major retailers. The lead appears to be in a form that's not easily extracted or "leached" out. But over time in a landfill, laboratory experts told the newspaper, the bags break down and paint can flake off.

Four Loko, other alcoholic energy drinks deemed unsafe by FDA

The drink, which comes in a 23.5-ounce can and contains the equivalent of six beers and a 12-ounce cup of coffee, will be reformulated.

MU researchers discover genes for healthier soybean oil

MU researchers Kristin Bilyeu and Grover Shannon led a research team that discovered naturally occurring genes for a soybean which includes an oil the food industry has coveted for decades.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: County health rankings database

Why is Boone the 13th healthiest county in Missouri, and what are the environmental factors affecting the health of Boone’s residents?

Columbia Farmers' Market moves indoors for winter

The farmers market is now open on Saturdays at the Rock Bridge Christian Church throughout the winter months.

MU receives grant for geriatric medicine program

The university intends to use the grant to enhance its geriatric medicine program with new programs for medical students and resident physicians.

Kinder wants response to health care overhaul suit

The lieutenant governor wants a judge to order federal officials to respond to his lawsuit challenging the health care overhaul.

Nursing education conference targets integration of classroom and clinic

The 15th annual Midwest Regional Nursing Educators Conference was held on Thursday and Friday at the Peachtree Catering & Banquet Center. The key topic of the convention was the integration of the clinic and the classroom for nursing.

Recent bullying cases could result in copycat suicides

The experts call it "contagion." Most people would call them copycat suicides. Whatever the name, experts fear that recent deaths might fit the mold.

Nursing scholar to speak on 'radical' change

Research by Patricia Benner suggests that dramatic changes are needed in nursing education in response to a chronic shortage of nurses and instructors, as well as a "chaotic" health care system.

University Hospital receives national organ donation honor for fifth consecutive year

The hospital received the Medal of Honor for Organ Donation on Nov. 3. The medal is awarded to hospitals that have achieved an organ donation consent rate of 75 percent or above in a year. University Hospital's 2009 consent rate was 84 percent.

Eat a carrot, hurt the economy? Sometimes

British researchers conducted studies showing what could happen if some developing countries adopted a healthier diet. 

Clearer nutrition labels might be coming soon

Listen and provide hope if a friend is contemplating suicide

The issue of suicide among young people is becoming more important, especially when they are going through trauma or mental illness.

MU Health Care prepares to computerize prescriptions

Computers could help prevent medication errors by eliminating traditional notepads used to write down prescriptions. 

Study finds sex, drugs more common in hyper-texting teens

The study found those who text at least 120 times a day are nearly three-and-a-half times more likely to have had sex than their peers who don't text that much. Hyper-texters were also more likely to have been in a physical fight, binge drink, use illegal drugs or take medication without a prescription.

'Smart carpet' would help Alzheimer's patients keep independence

The flooring system, which is in the prototype stage, monitors movement and could alert caretakers to dangerous situations.

Red Cross not yet on board with new CPR guidelines

The American Heart Association changed its recommendations in October for reviving someone in cardiac arrest. 

MedZou enters contest to win diagnostic services

MedZou, a Columbia clinic for the uninsured, has entered a contest to win $50,000 to spend on diagnostic procedures. The winner is chosen by popular vote, and the polls are open until Nov. 30.

Medical diagnostics often not available to uninsured

Many of Columbia's uninsured are unable to receive diagnostic screenings and preventative care, which can often lead to premature and preventable deaths.