Deer-vehicle collisions have jumped 14 percent from five years ago, according to a report by State Farm Insurance. The numbers are especially high in the months of October, November and December.
The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health has received fewer H1N1 vaccinations than expected but expect to receive more eventually. The state Health Department expected 800,000 vaccines but has received only 170,000 so far.
The state health department has waived a requirement that women who are pregnant and children under three can only receive the preservative-free vaccine.
Faced with the challenges of a difficult production method and the need to create two kinds of flu vaccine, vaccines for the H1N1 flu vaccine are significantly behind. So far, 13 million doses of the promised 120 million have been disbursed.
Columbia hospitals are encouraging health care workers to get the H1N1 vaccine. Other states are turning away visitors in hopes it will help limit the spread of the virus. No changes in visitation policies are being considered at Columbia hospitals.
Under Missouri law, pregnant women and children under 3 aren't supposed to receive vaccines with the mercury-based preservative thimerosal.
Medical-device firms are resisting a $40 billion fee to be assessed as part of the Senate Finance Comittee's health care proposal. Resistance is supported by a bipartisan coalition of representatives receiving campaign contributions and protecting home-state industries.
The Democrats' disputes might prove the most grueling test as Congress tries to write a bill fulfilling President Obama's goals.
At the Sustainable Living Fair on Saturday at Columbia College, environmentalists of all ages gathered to learn more about sustainable living practices.
Sen. Snowe says she still has concerns about the health care bill, but that she would support it if it doesn't contribute to the national deficit.
An estimated 70 students were absent from Columbia Public Schools this week due to influenza, though it isn't certain how much the H1N1 strain is affecting the schools.
Jodie Ferguson, 26, is one of thousands of Boone County residents without health care coverage. She survived leukemia when she was 12, but the disease left her unable to afford insurance, and that meant making a difficult decision about her daughter.
Boone County resident Michael Sullivan reflects on the car wreck that hospitalized him, the birth of his son and the vulnerability of living without health insurance.
Fergus Moore, 46, has chosen to live without health insurance for 15 years. He made the decision to go without after an insurance company agreed to pay for a surgery and then did not.
Who are the roughly 50 million Americans without health insurance, and why don't they have it? Starting today, the Missourian gives voice to the stories of Boone County residents who live without the safety net of insurance.
Who are the roughly 50 million Americans without health insurance, and why don't they have it? The Missourian is giving voice to the stories of Boone County residents who live without the safety net of insurance. Check here to find all of the stories in our series.
As the Senate and House continue to work on resolving a health care bill, no one wants to pay the money needed to raise enough to finance the bill.
Cooperation between the Columbia School District, City Council and county agencies will provide free H1N1 vaccinations to public school students.
The government pays private insurers to manage benefits for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, at a cost that is 14 percent higher than that of traditional Medicare. Enrollment has more than doubled in six years, causing program costs to skyrocket, which has also driven up prices for all Medicare recipients.
The amount of vaccine in each shipment will increase over the next few weeks, according to a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.