MULTIMEDIA: Hospice Compassus provides end-of-life care

Volunteers visit patients who are terminally ill and no longer receive agressive treatment from their doctors. The purpose of hospice service is ensuring the comfort of patients, most of whom live at home. An audio piece follows Hospice Compassus volunteer Glen Sapp on a visit.

UPDATE: Lawsuit challenges Missouri health care referendum

A lawsuit filed in Cole County Circuit Court seeks to block a ballot measure that challenges the new federal health insurance law, saying the measure violates the state constitution.

Northeast Columbia residents should boil their water

Residents of several northeast Columbia neighborhoods are under a boil advisory, which means they should boil water intended for drinking and cooking.

Columbia firefighters organize benefit for injured colleague

The car wash will be hosted by Boone County firefighters on Saturday at Fire Station 12. Proceeds will benefit Keith Null, a volunteer firefighter who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in May.

Boone Hospital Center to receive award for stroke treatment

The American Heart Association will be presenting an award to the hospital Friday for its stroke care and improvement in the treatment.

Health Literacy Missouri leads effort to educate on health care

Missouri health professionals met Tuesday to discuss programs aimed at improving health literacy. Martin Ratermann, a recent cancer survivor, spoke about his own struggles navigating the health care system.

Missouri governor to visit Thompson Center, sign health insurance legislation

Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation Thursday requiring insurance providers to cover behavioral therapies for children with autism at the Thompson Center.

Medical marijuana cardholders multiplied five times thanks to Cannabis Caravan

Cannabis caravans are making stops all over Montana prescribing medicinal marijuana to multitudes of patients. The state medical board is trying to curtail the mass screenings and recently fined a physician who participated in a similar clinic.

Columbia to hold Prescription Drug Take Back Day

People are encouraged to bring their leftover prescription drugs to safely dispose of them and prevent teens from abusing them.

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.