Health care reform bill holds promise for people with disabilities

Both the House and Senate health care reform bills have implications for people with disabilities and pre-existing conditions, caregivers and insurance companies.

UPDATE: Rain water expected to clean out sewage in Cedar Lake

Sewage overflow has contaminated Cedar Lake, but it is not likely to be a public health threat. The lake is not used much during the winter months, and the heavy rain expected in the next few days is likely to "flush out" the remaining contaminants.

VA's experience illustrates virtues of electronic medical records

 In the 1990s, the Veterans Health Administration developed an electronic record-keeping system designed to improve patient safety and eliminate error. The system has continually been called one of the best in the country. A closer look at the VA's system provides clues to how the switch to digital would affect patient care in other hospitals and doctors' offices.

MU's James Cook receives NFL grant to research meniscus diagnostic technique

The NFL gave a $120,000 grant to James Cook, a veterinarian and director of the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at MU. The grant takes affect in January and allows Cook to research methods of diagnosing meniscal tears in NFL players.

Electronic medical records draw both praise, condemnation

Costs of starting up and then maintaining an electronic medical records system concern many, while others cite improved patient care and flexibility from the program being encouraged by President Barack Obama.

Obama: Senate vote on health care 'big victory'

The vote had the thinnest of margins  — 58 Democrats and two independents — for passage. The Senate is on track to pass the bill before Christmas.

State investigating contamination at Cedar Creek Lake

Sewage overflow, caused by grease and rags blocking part of the line, cited as source of contamination.

YouZeum struggles with challenges to attract community

A field trip curriculum, a Halloween party and a teachers appreciation night are some of the ways the YouZeum is reaching out to the Columbia community.

Manufacturer voluntarily recalls 800,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine

Officials say the recall is not because of safety concerns. Health Department officials say they received about 400 doses of the recalled shots and used about 300 of the doses.

Choice of purchasing insurance is tough question for working mom

Columbia's Sandra Hawkins has become a self-taught expert at navigating Missouri's Medicaid program. She recently had to make a decision between benefiting from Medicaid coverage or taking a raise to provide for her family.

H1N1 vaccine open to all Boone County residents

The Health Department has made the H1N1 vaccine available to anyone not yet vaccinated, expanding beyond their priority groups.

Anti-inflammatories may undermine vaccines, according to study

Mid-Missourians may want to stop taking anti-inflammatory medicines when getting the H1N1 vaccine, according to a recent study.

Roughly 1,000 sign up for free clinic in Kansas City

A two-day clinic attracted a crowd of uninsured people in Kansas City.  Similar clinics elsewhere have drawn hundreds more.

Gray skies can bring the winter blues

For those like MU freshman Andrew Dolgin who suffer from seasonal affective disorder, the winter season isn't always merry.

Small Columbia businesses concerned about health care reform, increasing costs

Fewer than half of Missouri's small businesses offered health coverage benefits in 2008. In Columbia, small-business owners are watching the progress of health care legislation with some worries about their bottom line.

Senate, House health care proposals compared

A look at how the Senate and House health care bills compare with regard to items in the legislation, including tax credits and health care exchanges.

University Hospital's organ donor program gets national recognition

Amid a national shortage of transplantable organs, University Hospital was recognized for the fourth consecutive year with the Medal of Honor for its high organ donation consent rates. 

Number of Missouri HMO participants declining

A report released by the Missouri Department of Insurance stated that the number of people enrolled in an HMO or other medical health insurance plan is down 9 percent.

Health officials warn of carbon monoxide dangers

Last year, 49 people in the U.S. died from exposure to carbon monoxide and another 287 were treated in hospital emergency rooms.

Turkey doesn't make you that sleepy, and Pilgrims were latecomers

Demolishing a handful of popular Thanksgiving myths with the help of history and nutrition alike.