According to a 2000 UCLA study, friendships among females can be calming and help lower stress levels. These friendships create social networks, which are not as common in male friendships. Anne Meyer, a psychologist at the MU Counseling Center, explained that these networks can help women on a long-term basis.
Connie Taylor, 54, and Moni Lentz, 55, have been best friends since the first day of kindergarten at Eugene Field Elementary School in 1959.
After initial concerns about the virus, health officials say the number of phone calls requesting information about the swine flu has started to slow down.
Missouri now has a total of six confirmed cases of swine flu, none of them in Boone County.
Missouri health officials said Sunday that four more probable cases of swine flu have been identified in the Kansas City metropolitan area, bringing the total number of cases in Missouri residents to eight.
A survey found that more than half of 300 workplaces had plans for a pandemic.
The two probable cases — a father and son from Howard County — had recently traveled to Mexico and have been advised to stay home to avoid contact with others.
About 200 pigs on a farm in Alberta, Canada, have been quarantined after being infected with swine flu. It is the first known case of pigs having the virus, but officials say that eating pork still does not pose an infection risk.
Mexican drug traffickers are taking advantage of the swine flu scare: masks are helping conceal their identities and empty streets are freeing up the drug thoroughfares.
Republicans say the amendment, which passed the house in a 115-43 vote, gives pharmacies the freedom to choose the products they stock. Democrats call it an attempt to control womens' bodies.
The Missouri Health Department tested about two dozen people with flu-like symptoms, and none proved to have swine flu. Health officials are further preparing as more cases surface elsewhere.
The deputy health minister of Israel calls for renaming the swine flu the "Mexican flu," saying the reference to pigs is offensive to Jews and Muslims.
Here are questions and answers regarding the spread, prevention and treatment of swine flu.
Mexico's government is still not sure how many deaths can be directly atributed to swine flu.
The World Health Organization raised its alert level on swine flu, categorizing it as a disease easily spread through human to human contact. Officials from countries around the world are unveiling their plans to help prevent outbreaks of the disease in their respective countries.
While urging calm, government agencies are taking steps to prevent the spread of swine flu, including discouraging travel to Mexico.
The Bluffs nursing home is going to build a new wing that will utilize state of the art technology including GPS and weight-loaded floor sensors to manage and care for Alzheimer's patients.
Missouri officials have requested the state's share of anti-flu medicine and masks from the federal government.
Confirmed cases of the swine flu rose to 20 by Sunday afternoon from eight on Saturday morning. An expert on global flu outbreaks, Michael Osterholm, is unsure if the swine flu is going to die out over the span of a week or the beginning of a pandemic.
The Labor Department plans to propose new rules that would protect workers from diacetyl, a chemical used to flavor popcorn, which has been causing severe lung disease as well as other repiratory illnesses.