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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.

MU student wins Change.org competition

Spencer Pearson's idea to legalize marijuana won him the 2010 Idea for Change in America competition. Pearson is one out of the 10 winners, who will receive the chance to share their ideas with the president's adiminstration and have a grassroots campaign.

Missouri health officials concerned by 'downer drinks'

The emergence of a beverage line created to cause either extreme relaxation or make it easier to sleep is causing concern in the medical field.

12-year-old boy among runners in St. Patrick's Day 5K

Justin Fuchs was one of 652 runners that took part in the annual 5K that began and ended in downtown Columbia.

Parents As Teachers' March screenings packed

The monthly screenings, which saw more than the normal number of children this month, allow for early detection in children with hearing and vision problems.

St. Louis Children's Hospital goes digital with iPhone app

St. Louis Children's Hospital has created its own application for the iPhone, which will help parents decide what medical care is needed for a child and how to treat them from home.

New service texts baby information to new and expectant mothers

New and expectant mothers can receive three free text messages a week with health information about a variety of topics. 

Columbia woman to become living kidney donor

Last year, Missouri was home to 68 living kidney donors. Kortni McFarlin hopes to be numbered among those for this year as she waits to donate one of her kidneys to her mother.

Obama puts forward last-effort health care reform plan

President Barack Obama attempted one more time to pass a health care reform presenting a 10-year agreement costing nearly $1 trillion Monday.

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