Missouri health officials concerned by 'downer drinks'

The emergence of a beverage line created to cause either extreme relaxation or make it easier to sleep is causing concern in the medical field.

12-year-old boy among runners in St. Patrick's Day 5K

Justin Fuchs was one of 652 runners that took part in the annual 5K that began and ended in downtown Columbia.

Parents As Teachers' March screenings packed

The monthly screenings, which saw more than the normal number of children this month, allow for early detection in children with hearing and vision problems.

St. Louis Children's Hospital goes digital with iPhone app

St. Louis Children's Hospital has created its own application for the iPhone, which will help parents decide what medical care is needed for a child and how to treat them from home.

New service texts baby information to new and expectant mothers

New and expectant mothers can receive three free text messages a week with health information about a variety of topics. 

Columbia woman to become living kidney donor

Last year, Missouri was home to 68 living kidney donors. Kortni McFarlin hopes to be numbered among those for this year as she waits to donate one of her kidneys to her mother.

Obama puts forward last-effort health care reform plan

President Barack Obama attempted one more time to pass a health care reform presenting a 10-year agreement costing nearly $1 trillion Monday.

Energy drink causes seizure for a teen from Carl Junction

After consuming two energy drinks, Dakota Sailor had a seizure and had to spend five days in a hospital.

ANALYSIS: What's at stake for Thursday's health care summit

President Obama will hold a White House summit Thursday hoping to persuade mainly Democrats and Indepedents to support his health care plan.

Thompson Center receives $750,000 with Sen. Kit Bond's help

During a tour of the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders, administrators discussed plans for expansion and thanked Sen. Kit Bond for securing funding.

Rocheport man challenges incumbent for Boone Hospital Center board position

Long-time board member Barbara Weaver will seek another term, but Ronald Gini of Rocheport will challenge her, sparked by a personal experience at Boone Hospital Center.

H1N1 still making Missourians ill

More than 28,000 state residents have had some strain of flu this season, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

U.S. H1N1 flu epidemic on the decline

Federal health officials report that no states have widespread H1N1 activity for the fourth week in a row.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture to host hen workshops

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture will hold two workshops discussing the city’s new ordinance allowing urban hens.

UK medical journal retracts flawed vaccine study

A British medical regulatory group ruled the authors had acted unethically in their research, and subsequent studies have not found a connection between vaccines and autism.

PHOTO GALLERY: H1N1 vaccines doled out

Get to know your grain

As the popularity of whole grains continues to increase, getting educated about whole grains is important. Download our full-color, PDF poster explaining things you need to know about grain.

MU professor speaks on the science behind new mammogram recommendations

MU professor Michael LeFevre, a member of the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force, explains the research behind the organization's controversial mammogram guidelines released in November.

Tai Chi class at Columbia Armory Sports Center

Tai Chi instructor Ken Greene offers a free class at the Columbia Armory Sports Center. He has been an instructor since the '80s.

Autism diagnoses prompt bills on insurance coverage

A possible increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism has led the Missouri House and Senate to hear bills mandating insurance coverage for the disorder. Speculation remains on how much insurance premiums will increase due to the potential mandate.