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Columbia College and MU offer H1N1 vaccinations

Columbia College and MU will offer vaccinations for H1N1 flu virus in the fall in addition to the seasonal flu vaccine.

Conference aims to increase dental sealant programs across Missouri

At a two-day conference last week, dental hygienists, dentists and state health officials talked about the urgency of funding for a dental sealant program for children. At least five counties in the state do not currently have an active dentist.

Fair officials work to protect pigs from people

Swine aren't welcome at Vermont's oldest fair because of concerns over the H1N1 virus. Other state fairs are coming up with different ways to address the issue. Meanwhile, pork producers battle misconceptions associated with the so-called swine flu.

McCaskill tries to clear up confusion about health care reform proposals

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill continued her tour of Missouri cities Wednesday night in Jefferson City. She spoke about "death panels," funding for increased coverage and what would be covered in the legislation.

McCaskill faces hostile town hall crowd in Jefferson City

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill faced a hostile group at a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Jefferson City. The main points she addressed were related to health care.

383-pound eighth-grade athlete's death revives heart testing debate

A 6 feet 2 inch, 383-pound eighth-grade football player collapsed and died while running a lap at the beginning of practice last week, causing some to ask whether children's hearts should be tested before they are allowed to participate in sports.

McCaskill attends three health care forums Monday

Sen. Claire McCaskill is hosting forums seeking input on health care reform. She has forums scheduled today in Hannibal, Moberly and Kansas City.

Analysis: Health reform tactics need overhaul

Obama's hands-off approach to health care reform has allowed room for factionalism and confusion to derail the process.

Columbia Public Schools prepare for possible resurgence of H1N1 virus

There were seven confirmed H1N1 cases during summer school this year, a school official said. On Wednesday, school nurses discussed the health issue at a district staff meeting.

 

Columbia nonprofits receive grant from Missouri Foundation for Health

Five health-related organizations in Columbia received grants this summer from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Truman Veterans Hospital holds groundbreaking ceremony

Veterans and staff gathered Monday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for a $25 million construction project at Truman Veterans Hospital.

Gov. Nixon details guiding principles for autism legislation

Requiring insurance companies to cover the costs of diagnosis and treatment of autism is at the top of Nixon's priorities for autism coverage legislation.

Health officials urge Missouri parents to develop asthma plan

The health officials suggest that parents talk with their family doctors about appropriate medication and with school staff about triggers.

Missouri ranks 33rd in Kids Count well-being report

Missouri is ranked below the median in new data released on children's health and well-being.

Government to seek swine flu vaccine volunteers in St. Louis

Scientists plan to begin testing the first swine flu vaccines on healthy adults at eight medical centers around the country.

Missouri to count ballots on proposed care workers' union

Votes will be counted today in a statewide election on whether the new Missouri Home Care Union should be created. The union would provide representation for workers who help people with daily activities such as bathing, dressing and cooking.

University Hospital trauma center gets national Level I designation

The trauma center at University Hospital recently became the second in Missouri to be verified as a national Level I trauma center. The designation means the center can treat the most serious of injuries at any time, said Stephen Barnes, associate professor and chief of the division of acute care surgery.

MU researchers link spice to reduced risk of breast cancer

There is a significant risk of breast cancer for women undergoing hormone replacement therapy, and MU researchers think the spice, curcumin, can potentially reduce that risk.

Saint Louis University researcher gets grant to study arthritis treatment

Richard DiPaolo, an assistant professor at Saint Louis University, has received a $75,000 grant to study whether T cells can be used to treat arthritis.

Missouri activists push for expanded summer food program

The Missouri Association for Social Welfare  is encouraging the state and Congress to allocate more funding for summer food and child nutrition programs.

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