Listen and provide hope if a friend is contemplating suicide

The issue of suicide among young people is becoming more important, especially when they are going through trauma or mental illness.

MU Health Care prepares to computerize prescriptions

Computers could help prevent medication errors by eliminating traditional notepads used to write down prescriptions. 

Study finds sex, drugs more common in hyper-texting teens

The study found those who text at least 120 times a day are nearly three-and-a-half times more likely to have had sex than their peers who don't text that much. Hyper-texters were also more likely to have been in a physical fight, binge drink, use illegal drugs or take medication without a prescription.

'Smart carpet' would help Alzheimer's patients keep independence

The flooring system, which is in the prototype stage, monitors movement and could alert caretakers to dangerous situations.

Red Cross not yet on board with new CPR guidelines

The American Heart Association changed its recommendations in October for reviving someone in cardiac arrest. 

MedZou enters contest to win diagnostic services

MedZou, a Columbia clinic for the uninsured, has entered a contest to win $50,000 to spend on diagnostic procedures. The winner is chosen by popular vote, and the polls are open until Nov. 30.

Medical diagnostics often not available to uninsured

Many of Columbia's uninsured are unable to receive diagnostic screenings and preventative care, which can often lead to premature and preventable deaths.

MU research shows breast cancer patients still need post-treatment support

Several MU researchers found that treatment for breast cancer doesn't end after the cancer is gone. Many patients still need social support, especially in rural areas.

High exposure to bisphenol-A linked to low sperm count

Chinese factory workers exposed to high levels of the chemical, found in some plastics, had signs of poor semen quality, a study has found.

Former health secretary to speak at MU policy summit

Among the topics for discussion this year is the impact of the federal health care reform on Missouri.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Alcohol and drug abuse indicators in Boone County

Are local and state government measures aimed at attacking drug and alcohol abuse in Missouri having an impact in Boone County?

Health Department gives flu vaccine in Columbia schools

The Boone County Health Department offers the vaccine at no cost to students through a federal government grant.

American Heart Association: Chest presses should be first CPR step

The new guidelines released by the association also stated that rescuers should be pushing deeper into the chest.

Attendees go nuts for the eighth annual Missouri Chestnut Roast

The eighth annual Missouri Chestnut Roast festival came to New Franklin on Saturday and taught festivalgoers various ways to cook the "un-nut."

Special Olympics Missouri to build campus in Columbia

The new training center will be built south of Columbia and is expected to cost about $7.5 million.

Research looks at flu vaccine for babies

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will focus on 150 infants and toddlers around the nation to determine the right dosage of vaccine.

Localvores discuss barriers to local food movement

Food, Fuel and Society panelists and conference members discussed cost and accessibility as barriers to local food markets.

Restaurants embrace Kobe beef, Japanese-style meat in Columbia

Restaurants in Columbia are serving the Japanese-inspired beef, and Missouri ranchers are producing it. But opinions are mixed on whether it's better and whether it truly is Kobe beef.

Panel cites empty calories as culprit in obesity epidemic

A panel of seven people gathered Sunday to discuss issues relating to food, health, agriculture and politics. The event was organized by animal welfare group The Political Animal.

EPA creates pesticide database for bedbugs

The Environmental Protection Agency says the database will help people find safe and effective pesticides to combat the pests.