Gallup survey shows depression up 25 percent in Gulf after oil spill

Even though the oil stopped flowing in July and the BP well was finally killed this month, some officials say the toll on mental health may get worse as the financial strains of summer persist into the fall.

Missouri falls short of CDC's breast-feeding goal

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds only 38 percent of mothers in Missouri breast-feed their children at six months of age.

Columbia Health Department to offer flu vaccines

Flu vaccines will be offered this week at the Columbia Health Department. The cost is $25 for adults and free for people 18 and under.

The flu: Is it worth a shot?

As the flu season rears its ugly head again, learn a little more about the warning signs of the flu and how to avoid getting it this year. 

Despite high prices, people still bringing home the bacon

A smaller supply of pork bellies and higher feed costs have driven bacon prices up, but enthusiasts such as Jay Gallatin, nicknamed "Bacon Boy" by his wife, haven't decreased their consumption of the cured meat. “I could eat bacon for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Gallatin said.


Affordable Care Act's new provisions go into effect

The nonprofit organization Grass Roots Organizing celebrated the act, which was passed six months ago. 

Twitter working as new resource for restaurant customer service

Many restaurants are turning to social media to help increase customer satisfaction.

Ella's Hope cracks top ten ranking in Pepsi Refresh Project

Hope McPheeter's plan for a nonprofit organization, Ella's Hope, has made the top ten list for its category in the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Columbia researcher wins Heinz Award for environmental work

Frederick Vom Saal's award-winning work resulted in most stores removing items containing BPA from shelves.

Record-breaking allergen numbers result in wheezy fall allergy season

Data from the St. Louis Department of Health's Environmental Health Labs shows 11 days during August and September with more than 100 grains of ragweed pollen per cubic meter of air. In 2009, that number stood at five.

Federal grant enhances Missouri Telehealth Network's virtual health care

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $60,000 to connect patients with faraway health care.

Missouri's toddler immunization rate lowest in U.S.

Health officials say 56 percent of children ages 19 months to 35 months had received all of the recommended vaccinations last year.

MU Thompson Center upgrades to larger facility

The new facility is designed to be family friendly and features telehealth units and other new technology.

Washington University to lead brain study

Investigators say the study will help with the understanding of the healthy adult human brain.

Construction begins on new cancer center in Columbia

A new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will take up two floors of the complex at University Hospital.

Different schools, different approaches to alcohol awareness

In 2009, more than 1,800 college students died from alcohol-related injuries, including motor vehicle crashes. MU, Columbia College and Stephens College offer alcohol awareness programs for students.

Americans' hygiene habits might be on the upturn

Americans are washing their hands more often, suggests the latest check by researchers who spy on people using public restrooms.

State’s first Women’s and Children’s Hospital celebrates grand opening

MU's Women’s and Children’s Hospital will host an open house with tours from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Columbia fair on Saturday to offer education about healthy living

The Healthy Families Fun Fair will have 35 learning stations covering topics on health, exercise and nutrition.

St. Louis study finds smoking ventilation systems don't work

Beginning Jan. 2, St. Louis and St. Louis County will implement a smoking ban, with exemptions for casino floors, some hotel rooms and some private clubs.