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Where your legislators stand on the health care debate

Look at a breakdown of some of the key issues and where Missouri senators and representatives stand on pieces of health care reform.

Pulmonary embolism 'a chronic disease'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 100,000 or more people die every year from pulmonary embolism. Caused by blood clots, the weakened heart is forced to work against gravity, making clotting in the lower extremities such as the legs and pelvis more likely.

Where your legislators stand in the health care debate

Look at a breakdown of some of the key issues and where Missouri senators and representatives stand on pieces of health care reform.

Columbia elementary school students receive H1N1 vaccination

Two Columbia elementary schools began distributing the H1N1 vaccine to students who received parental consent. Columbia Public Schools will offer the vaccine to all students in the district as it becomes available.

MU hosts compelling talk with famous musician Pat Martino

Pat Martino, regarded as one of the best jazz musicians in the world, was at MU on Wednesday afternoon to tell his story about undergoing surgery for an arteriovenous malformation, a cluster of abnormal blood vessels and the journey through this process.

Researcher accidentally carries radioactive material out of MU lab

An MU researcher spread radioactive material from a lab on his shoe Monday evening, which led MU to cordon off portions of a campus building. MU's environmental health and safety department is locating and removing affected material and will conduct an investigation into the accident once all radioactive material has been removed.

Attorney general contests Arrow Rock's buffer against industrial livestock feeders

Arrow Rock, a village north of Boonville with less than 100 residents, has tried to establish a 2-mile buffer around the village upon which concentrated animal feeding operations cannot encroach. At the behest of the Missouri Farm Bureau and a nearby hog farm, Attorney General Chris Koster has filed an appeal contesting that buffer zone.

MU Student Health Center cancels seasonal flu clinics this week

Next week's clinics are still on the calendar for now, but the health center will cancel clinics again if the H1N1 vaccine isn't available.

Concerns over Columbia's water quality postpone well placement

The Columbia City Council voted Monday to allow more time to study well placement because of evidence that treated wastewater is cycling back into the supply.

Expert in social disparities speaks at Missouri Health Policy Summit

Darcy Freedman, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, spoke about health issues as they relate to your relative location and station in life. The presentation was part of the seventh annual summit.

Doctors urging pregnant women to get H1N1 vaccine

This season's H1N1 vaccine is almost 100 percent effective in preventing the illness. H1N1 is more dangerous for pregnant women than the general population, and the H1N1 vaccine does not have negative side effects.

Blue Ridge Elementary School students get lesson in hygiene

MU student organizations visited the school and demonstrated several ways to stay healthy and safe on Halloween.

Former Sen. Tom Daschle heads health care summit

The former Senate Majority Leader spoke to a crowd of hundreds about the current landscape of health care reform in Missouri.

MU Health Care assessing state budget cuts

MU Health Care and university officials are not yet certain how budget cuts proposed Wednesday by Gov. Jay Nixon will affect university operations.

Children receive H1N1 vaccine at Health Department clinic

The Health Department had 700 vaccines for the clinic and administered the shot to more than 500 children by the end of the day, department spokeswoman Geni Alexander said. Depending on the continued availability of the H1N1 vaccine, the Health Department will decide whether to hold future clinics.

Cuts to Medicaid top Nixon's withholdings

Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $32 million cut in Medicaid expenditures as a part of $204 million in budget cuts on Wednesday. Other decreases in funding include MU's telemedicine program and the MU School of Medicine's Institute of Mental Health.

Female physicians discuss life in historically male-dominated profession

MU is hosting a traveling exhibition titled "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicans," which will be at the Health Sciences Library through Nov. 14. Some female physicians in Columbia say more women are needed for leadership in medicine. 

Salvation Army provides isolation rooms for homeless with flu

The Salvation Army Harbor House on Ann Street has turned two family rooms into isolation rooms for residents with flu-like symptoms.

One in 50 million: Carpenter favors paying out-of-pocket

For a small-business owner, health insurance for his family and his subcontractors is just too expensive.

Missouri has 28 percent of its requested H1N1 vaccine

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Senior Services said he doesn't fear a shortage. He hopes enough vaccine will be made available by early December.

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