Missouri insurers expanding coverage of adult children

The new law requires insurance plans that offer dependent coverage to apply to children up to age 26 — even if they are married, no longer students or no longer claimed as dependents on their parents' tax returns.

Researchers at St. Louis University say too many with HIV smoke

Studies show that of the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV or AIDS, 40 percent to 60 percent smoke.

SLIDESHOW: Backyard garden educates and supplies food for children

Students at Nora Stewart Early Learning Center can learn firsthand where their fruits and vegetables come from.

Swim lessons for toddlers get doctors' approval

A few small studies suggest toddlers may be less likely to drown if they've had swim lessons. The doctors aren't recommending lessons for every young child.

Ellis Fischel hosts cancer memorial service for friends and family

The service was for those who had lost their loved ones to cancer. It aimed to provide hope and comfort to family and friends, and allowed a way for employees of the center to give back to their patients.

MU curators approves funding for new Ellis Fischel building

UM curators voted to issue revenue bonds to help pay for a new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Patients can use video games to mend injuries, improve balance

Home video game consoles used at Boone Hospital Center are stripped-down versions of professional physical therapy devices. Therapists say it can alleviate the tedium associated with physical therapy.

VIDEO: Jude's unique training

Jude Bell was diagnosed with autism at 2. The 7-year-old and his family have taken advantage of the free program provided at TouchPoint Autism Services in Columbia that has helped Jude improve his life.

Cancer survivor bikes and walks to raise money for research

Freda Swigert, 41 years old, plans to bike and walk from Marshall Junction to Nashville, Tenn.

Columbia hospital to offer free stroke screenings

University Hospital is starting national Stroke Awareness Month by offering free screenings. Testing for stroke risk, blood pressure and body mass index will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 20.

Missouri brain injury training program could lose funding

A program available to help patients with brain injuries return to day-to-day activity is at risk of losing funding. Those helped by the program worry about what they'd do without the staff to help them relearn how to function in society.

University Hospital promotes stroke awareness, offers free screening

University Hospital will offer free screenings as part of May's Stroke Awareness Month.

St. Louis couple donates $15 million to Alzheimer's center

Washington University is announcing on Monday that its Alzheimer's research center will be named in honor of Charles and Joanne Knight, who donated the money.

UPDATE: E. coli forces lettuce recall; 19 sick in 3 states

College students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Ohio State in Columbus and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y. are among those affected, according to health departments in those states.

Missouri Senate passes autism bill

With an overwhelming majority, the Missouri Senate passed Thursday a bill to require health insurance coverage for children with autism. The bill awaits a final vote by the House, where it has failed the past two years

MU School of Medicine receives nearly $8.5 million

The grant will be used to research microcirculation, which could produce results relevant to the treatment of hypertension, diabetes, strokes and heart disease.

Lettuce sold in 23 states, including Missouri, recalled because of E. Coli

The affected lettuce is romaine, has a sell-by date of May 12 and is from Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio.

Missouri House committee advances abortion legislation

The bill would impose a 24-hour waiting period on getting an abortion and would require physicians to present materials to women seeking an abortion in person at least 24 hours before the procedure. The bill now goes to the House floor for debate.

Losing the battle against meth

In the fall of 2009, the Missourian decided to check in on a Marshall woman who had been the subject of a major Missourian story in 2004. She'd fought hard to beat meth, and we wondered how she was doing. Here's what Matt Reinig found.

Children's liquid medicines recalled

The medicines include some forms of Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl.