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.

Sometimes supplements don't heal

Three cancer patients turned to supplements to help cure their cancer. But in these cases the supplements did not work, and in some cases they actually harmed the patients.

Cancer patients should beware of supplement use, try nontraditional remedies

Tips for cancer patients for alleviating symptoms.

Worker at University Hospital has TB, hospital discloses

The hospital has begun taking steps to notify people who may have been exposed to the worker and testing individuals.

Ailing health insurers press for individual coverage

With high premiums and the economic downturn pushing customers away, and with many of the nation's baby boomers preparing to switch over to Medicare, the U.S. health insurance industry is looking for new ways to stay profitable.

Boone Hospital Center recognized as 'fit friendly' company

Boone Hospital Center was awarded the gold level Start! Fit Friendly Award by the American Heart Association Monday for their programs promoting employee health.

Quick reality check on herbal, other supplements

Learn the facts about how supplements are regulated and how effective they can be.

A look at the most popular supplements

Inside is a look at some popular supplements and what studies show regarding their safety and effectiveness.

Soldiers encounter dangerous side effects of bioterrorism vaccine

Smallpox vaccinations given to soldiers out of bioterrorism fears can have potentially fatal side effects. For Lance Cpl. Cory Belken from St. Louis, the vaccine's reaction to his pre-existing leukemia led to a frightening ordeal.

'Mystical mumbo jumbo' finds its way into mainstream medicine

Alternative medicine is finding wider acceptance by doctors, insurers and hospitals. But, a lack of government regulation or self-policing from the industry raises questions as to whether these treatments are safe.


Former cancer patient wants to give back tenfold

Gary Rhine, an auctioneer and a former cancer patient, pledges to raise over $10,000 in an auction at the 18 FORE Life charity event in Dexter, Mo.

St. Louis man dies of tick-borne disease

The unidentified St. Louis man was infected with a bacteria that causes the disease ehrlichiosis.

MU builds ties between veterinary and human researchers

Two MU doctors are researching a new type of artificial knee surgeries, testing the technique that could be beneficial for humans on replacement knees and hips for dogs.

Despite getting HIV injection as infant, teen to graduate

Brryan Jackson has survived his father's attempt on his life to become a spokesman and leader for young people with AIDS. "It took a lot of hope and faith in God to get this far," the St. Charles County teen says. "But I feel my life is blessed."

Study: Drug combos might raise risk of breast cancer recurrence

Study shows that combining Tamoxifen, a cancer prevention drug, with certain antidepressants might lead to a higher risk of cancer recurrence.

Two more lawsuits filed against St. Joseph tannery

A tannery in St. Joseph allegedly distributed a fertilizer to farmers containing a known carcinogen.

Excessive weight gain during pregancy is harmful, guidelines say

Maintaining a healthy weight before conception and during pregnancy is important in preventing health problems for newborns, Institute of Medicine guidelines shows.

Bacterial ecosystem thrives on our skin, scientists say

The National Institues of Health "Human Microbiome Project" has discovered that thousands of micro-organisms live on human skin. The bacteria and other organisms help maintain a person's health and prevent infection.

Saint Louis University studies TB vaccine

Researchers at St. Louis University are figuring out whether a tuberculosis vaccine can be made more effective by giving it to patients in different ways.

Missouri Foundation for Health launches anti-smoking initiative

The Missouri Foundation for Health has launched a campaign to try to reduce the number of smokers in the state.