How hot can you go? Infamous Bhut jolokia pepper to be part of Tomato Festival

MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center will hold the sixth Annual Tomato Festival on Thursday, Sept. 9. The festival will offer tastings of more than 60 tomato and more than 40 pepper varieties.

Jurors may be needed for six months at tobacco trial

Court officials sent surveys to 6,000 residents as part of the process to weed out potential jurors.

Process of getting an abortion in Missouri changes with new law

As part of the law women must now meet with a qualified professional before having an abortion and will be told that fetuses may feel pain.

Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic temporarily halts abortions

The stoppage is related to scheduling problems, not new state requirements, said the president of the Planned Parenthood branch that reaches mid-Missouri.

Flu season expected to be moderate this year

Health officials are predicting a mild flu season this year. The latest vaccine has already hit Columbia pharmacies.

Three Columbia organizations approved for federal Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

The $5 billion federal program, part of the Affordable Care Act, reimburses some health care costs until 2014 at three Columbia employers that offer health insurance for early retirees.

MU professor attempts to prove the pursuit of happiness

MU psychology professor Kennon Sheldon has dedicated his life's work to scientifically understand what the pursuit of happiness means to us.

$50,000 donation anchors radiothon for MU Children’s Hospital

MU's children's hospital is set to receive $50,000 as part of the Children's Miracle Network Radiothon.

EPA collects more soil samples in Cameron

Health concerns have prompted the EPA and DNR to collect soil samples for the past two years in four northwest Missouri counties.

Eggs in the raw? Experts say give them a pass

Fears about undercooked eggs have grown since more than a half-billion have been recalled because of salmonella concerns. Experts encourage caution when cooking and consuming eggs.

Egg recall tied to salmonella grows to 380 million

Although no deaths have been reported, hundreds of people have been sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to eggs.

Guide to staying away from salmonella

Here are some tips for avoiding salmonella from the Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services.



Study: 1 in 5 US teenagers has slight hearing loss

A stunning one in five teens has lost a little bit of hearing, and the problem has increased substantially in recent years, a new national study has found.

Salmonella cases linked to eggs in seven states, including Missouri

State health officials say seven salmonella cases in Minnesota have been linked to a multistate egg recall. Missouri is one of the states affected.

State purges data from hospital infection records

Missouri's health department has deleted past years' data of hospitals' infection rates. State officials say it is too expensive to maintain and have received complaints from consumer advocates.

Heart disease survivors walk for fundraiser

Approximately 700 people participated in the 14th annual Columbia Start! Heart Walk in Peace Park on Saturday.

MU Health Care to host free skin cancer screenings

The MU Health Care Department is scheduled to host free skin cancer screenings at the Missouri State Fair from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event's goal is to both educate the public on skin cancer and detect early signs of the disease.

MU lab finds bisphenol-A in store receipts

BPA, an industrial chemical that could have negative health effects, has been found in thermal paper receipts.

Americans becoming more accurate in self-reporting of weight

The gap between what people say they weigh and what they actually weigh is becoming smaller.

Hands-only CPR, pushy dispatchers are lifesavers

Two new studies conclude that "hand-only" chest compression is enough to save a life. Also, more bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if they are given firm instructions from an emergency dispatcher and if they can skip the mouth-to-mouth.