UPDATE: Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said the flu vaccine will not protect well against the most common strain.

Horses trot into hospital as new therapy method

Animal-assisted therapy uses dogs and even mini-horses to possibly quicken the healing and recovery process, according to some studies.

Missouri oral health discussed in League of Women Voters panel

Missouri is one of the lowest-ranked states in access to dental care, panelists said.

Pregnant women to get better information from drug labels

Beginning next summer, the Food and Drug Administration will change the system to label drugs to better clarify which drugs are safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Mindfulness helps teens cope with stress, anxiety

The idea behind mindfulness is that focusing on the present moment helps a person deal better with stress, difficult emotions and negative thoughts.

Changes coming to kidney transplant waiting list

One change is that the fittest kidneys — based on donor age and medical history — will be offered first to patients who are expected to survive a transplant the longest.

Ohio bill would shield doctors who say 'my fault'

The legislation sponsored by Rep. Peter Stautberg, a Cincinnati Republican, expands Ohio's current "I'm Sorry" law, which already shields apologies by doctors. 

Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Having one of the mutations does not destine someone to develop a blood cancer, but it raises the risk of that more than tenfold. It also increases the chance of a heart attack or stroke, and of dying from any cause over the next four to eight years.

Forum will address future plans for policy changes regarding oral health in Missouri

The forum will be hosted by the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Boone County Commission Chambers.

Hospitals improvise Ebola defenses, at a cost

The U.S. may have the most advanced health care system in the world, but the system is very fragmented because "there's no uniform national quality control," said Lawrence Gostin, a global health law expert and professor at Georgetown University.

Ebola outbreak hits close to home for MU student

Because of heightened media attention, the virus has affected everyday life in Ghana, though no cases have been confirmed there.


Child care providers, parents getting inventive to nurture kids' taste buds

In 2012, more than one-third of children and adolescents in the United States were overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Child development programs and parents in Missouri are using games, family-style meals and learning gardens to promote healthy eating.

MU Health Care will no longer hire smokers, other nicotine users

The new rule will take effect on Jan. 1. Current employees will not be affected by the new rule.

MU researcher donates $1 million to MU School of Medicine

MU researcher Frank Booth donated $1 million to fund future research, establishing the Frank Booth Fellowship in Physical Activity and Health for the MU School of Medicine.

Tolton's lockdown, drug sweep come up clean

After school administrators were tipped off that there had been drugs at the school in the past, Tuesday's lockdown and drug sweep were intended to confirm no drugs were in the school.

Hospital fundraising almost complete for campus for homeless veterans

The Truman Veterans' Hospital hosted a town hall Tuesday night for veterans and their families to share concerns and ask questions.

Study lifts cloud over heart drugs Zetia, Vytorin

The new study found that Vytorin and Zetia help prevent heart attacks and strokes for those at high risk by lowering cholesterol.

Kansas finds software helps with mental health treatment

The software applies a holistic approach to treating patients' physical health along with their mental health.

Researcher says U.S. in middle of continuum on infant mortality

Rick Majzun, the vice president of strategic operations and planning at the St. Louis Children's Hospital, visited Kenya and Sweden to see what other medical communities around the world are doing to reduce infant mortality and premature birth rates.

Columbia's Substance Abuse Advisory Commission endorses proposed tobacco policies

The Substance Abuse Advisory Commission voted in favor of First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick's proposals to increase the purchase age of tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 and ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors.