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.

Tobacco companies required to disclose product formulas

The Food and Drug Administration is enforcing a new law that requires tobacco companies  to reveal their ingredients in cigarettes and other tobacco products.

FDA debates tougher cancer warning on tanning beds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will open a public hearing in March to dicuss tougher regulations on tanning beds, giving concern to the tanning bed industry.

Free prescription prenatal vitamins available at Schnucks pharmacies

Schnucks pharmacies are giving away free prescription prenatal vitamins for National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

Suburban St. Louis mayor pushes for legalization of medical marijuana

Following his wife's struggle with breast cancer, Cottleville Mayor Don Yarber pushes for the legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri.

UPDATE: 400 rally against federal health care bill at Missouri Capitol

The rally focused primarily on federal proposals that would tax individuals who do not purchase health insurance and penalize businesses that do not offer it to their employees.

400 rally against federal health care bill at Missouri Capitol

Wednesday's rally focused primarily on federal proposals that would tax individuals who do not purchase health insurance or tax certain businesses that do not offer insurance to employees.

Some scientists link cell phone use to brain cancer

The American Cancer Society says that more research needs to be done on the link between cell phone use and brain cancer and tumors. 

Health care reform bill holds promise for people with disabilities

Both the House and Senate health care reform bills have implications for people with disabilities and pre-existing conditions, caregivers and insurance companies.

UPDATE: Rain water expected to clean out sewage in Cedar Lake

Sewage overflow has contaminated Cedar Lake, but it is not likely to be a public health threat. The lake is not used much during the winter months, and the heavy rain expected in the next few days is likely to "flush out" the remaining contaminants.

VA's experience illustrates virtues of electronic medical records

 In the 1990s, the Veterans Health Administration developed an electronic record-keeping system designed to improve patient safety and eliminate error. The system has continually been called one of the best in the country. A closer look at the VA's system provides clues to how the switch to digital would affect patient care in other hospitals and doctors' offices.

MU's James Cook receives NFL grant to research meniscus diagnostic technique

The NFL gave a $120,000 grant to James Cook, a veterinarian and director of the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at MU. The grant takes affect in January and allows Cook to research methods of diagnosing meniscal tears in NFL players.

Electronic medical records draw both praise, condemnation

Costs of starting up and then maintaining an electronic medical records system concern many, while others cite improved patient care and flexibility from the program being encouraged by President Barack Obama.

Obama: Senate vote on health care 'big victory'

The vote had the thinnest of margins  — 58 Democrats and two independents — for passage. The Senate is on track to pass the bill before Christmas.

State investigating contamination at Cedar Creek Lake

Sewage overflow, caused by grease and rags blocking part of the line, cited as source of contamination.

YouZeum struggles with challenges to attract community

A field trip curriculum, a Halloween party and a teachers appreciation night are some of the ways the YouZeum is reaching out to the Columbia community.

Manufacturer voluntarily recalls 800,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine

Officials say the recall is not because of safety concerns. Health Department officials say they received about 400 doses of the recalled shots and used about 300 of the doses.

Choice of purchasing insurance is tough question for working mom

Columbia's Sandra Hawkins has become a self-taught expert at navigating Missouri's Medicaid program. She recently had to make a decision between benefiting from Medicaid coverage or taking a raise to provide for her family.