University Hospital does mass cleanup, responding to 'broad concerns'

After inspectors promised to return "for a full review," more than 100 hospital employees joined a weekend cleaning crew.

Missouri health officials urge people to get flu shots

The first confirmed case of the seasonal flu was reported in Madison County, Missouri, health officials say.

MU women's committee requests lactation rooms in renovated buildings

The Status of Women Committee would like the newly renovated Tate and Switzler halls to have rooms available for women to use breast pumps or to breast-feed their children.

Pair of new local entries join Pepsi Refresh contest

Proposals from De Minner and Central Missouri Honor Flight call for prizes to be used to train long-term caregivers and fly World War II veterans to Washington, respectively.

Thompson Center to celebrate new center, director

The new building will open with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Friday. The building has 10,000 more square feet than the old center did. The center offers resources for those with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Four Loko drink to return without caffeine

A newly reformulated Four Loko — previously nicknamed "blackout in a can" — will hit shelves tomorrow without its normal dose of caffiene, taurine and guarana.

Army embraces healthier foods, fitness to fight flab in recruits

The U.S. Army plans to get new recruits into better shape with a revamped approach to health, fitness and diet at basic training.

Columbia-Boone County health department buys pharmaceuticals through popular Minnesota program

Forty-six states and the cities of Chicago and Los Angeles are participating in an alliance started by the state of Minnesota that helps government entities buy vaccines and other drugs at reduced prices.

Don't go overboard with Vitamin D, report cautions

While some people truly are seriously deficient in vitamin D, the average American in fact already has enough circulating in his or her blood — because we also make vitamin D from sun exposure, and because many people already take multivitamins or other D-containing dietary supplements.

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.