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Health

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.

Boone Hospital Center jobs event draws 181 people

A jobrecruitment event Tuesday brought people to the Hampton Inn and Suites Columbia. They were seeking to land one of 20 patient care associate positions.

Boone County survey shows desire for healthy living

The Boone County Healthy Lifestyle Survey shows residents are trying to improve their eating choices and exercising habits but have noticed a lack of resources.

Missouri legislation to expand newborn disease screenings

The state is to add five lysosomal storage diseases to the list of 67 diseases for which babies are already screened.

Missouri Dept. of Social Services pushes for day care changes

Missouri has proposed more stringent requirements for day care centers at the requests of early childhood education advocates, who have argued the current system puts children at risk. The proposal is awaiting approval of a legislative committee.

St. Louis hospital launches fetal care center

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center has opened its new Fetal Care Institute, which is expected to assist pregnant women in the Midwest who previously had to go hundreds of miles for treatment.

MU scientists successfully convert pig tissue into stem cells

MU scientists have successfully created stem cells from the cells of pigs' connective tissue. The scientists say they hope their research will provide an alternative to the controversial use of embryonic stem cells.

New psychiatric center set to open Wednesday at MU

The new Missouri Psychiatric Center is to replace the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center. The new center is to operate under MU Health Care with most of its existing staff.

West Nile season arrives in Missouri

Despite the decline in the number of West Nile cases over the past six years, Missourians should still be cautious over the next few months.

Lawmakers divided over Nixon withholding Ellis Fischel funding

After Gov. Nixon opted not to veto funding for the development of the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, deciding to withhold the money instead, there is a mixed response among lawmakers and University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee.

Swine flu arrives in Cole County

A case invovles an infant who is less than one year old.

Hot weather a boost for mosquitoes and West Nile

Calls about mosquitoes in St. Louis County have increased since last year, and nearly 20 percent of the mosquitoes tested have turned up positive for West Nile.

Missouri man overcomes 'football' sized tumor

A cluster of tumors on his kidney complicated his treatment plan and delayed treatment for more than a month.

Callaway County confirms case of swine flu

Calloway County health officials suspect another member of the family may also have the virus. The number of confirmed cases of swine flu in Missouri is now 51.

World Health Organization announces swine flu pandemic

For the first time in 41 years, WHO has declared a global flu epidemic. The organization is hoping the announcement will push drugmakers to ramp up production of a swine flu vaccine, and goverments will increase efforts to contain the virus.

Government probes chelation-heart disease study

A large, ongoing alternative-medicine experiments is under investigation because scientists questioned whether patients were told of health risks.

$2.5 billion spent, no alternative med cures found

Despite finding that few, if any, herbal and alternative health remedies work in the mid-1990s, the government continues to test new and old ones. "There's been a deliberate policy of never saying something doesn't work," says one doctor.

Despite marketed image, herbal industry dominated by big business

It's a tough pill to swallow: Consumers turning to herbal remedies as an alternative to big pharmaceutical companies are in for a rude awakening. The vast majority of the industry is controlled by a select few businesses who fall under even fewer regulations than those in the pharmaceutical industry.

Tests show many dietary, herbal supplements have health dangers

Be wary of the supplements you're taking: a new study shows that many have questionable levels of quality.

Cancer patients using nontraditional medicine get false hope

Studies estimate that 60 percent of cancer patients try unconventional remedies, which do not have to be proven safe by the Food and Drug Administration. The nontraditional therapies can be financially, medically, physically and psychologically harmful.

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