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Missouri seniors find meaning in volunteering

A new study indicates that volunteering increases life expectancy. That comes as no surprise to older volunteers at two Columbia hospitals.

Source says two reps of health care industry to offer $2T savings plan

Health care industry groups are proposing a deal to Obama officials on Monday to offer nearly $2 trillion in cost reductions over 10 years in hopes of avoiding a government health plan that would directly compete with them, a source said.

Friendships among females can have positive health benefits

According to a 2000 UCLA study, friendships among females can be calming and help lower stress levels. These friendships create social networks, which are not as common in male friendships. Anne Meyer, a psychologist at the MU Counseling Center, explained that these networks can help women on a long-term basis.

Columbia women met in kindergarten, still friends 50 years later

Connie Taylor, 54, and Moni Lentz, 55, have been best friends since the first day of kindergarten at Eugene Field Elementary School in 1959.

Health officials say swine flu concerns are declining

After initial concerns about the virus, health officials say the number of phone calls requesting information about the swine flu has started to slow down.

4 more swine flu cases confirmed in Missouri

Missouri now has a total of six confirmed cases of swine flu, none of them in Boone County.

Four probable swine flu cases identified in Kansas City

Missouri health officials said Sunday that four more probable cases of swine flu have been identified in the Kansas City metropolitan area, bringing the total number of cases in Missouri residents to eight.

Workplaces behind schools in swine flu prevention plans

A survey found that more than half of 300 workplaces had plans for a pandemic.

Missouri officials release additional info on 2 probable swine flu cases

The two probable cases — a father and son from Howard County — had recently traveled to Mexico and have been advised to stay home to avoid contact with others.

Canada: First pigs found with new swine flu virus

About 200 pigs on a farm in Alberta, Canada, have been quarantined after being infected with swine flu. It is the first known case of pigs having the virus, but officials say that eating pork still does not pose an infection risk.

Swine flu scare doesn't stop Mexico's drug war

Mexican drug traffickers are taking advantage of the swine flu scare: masks are helping conceal their identities and empty streets are freeing up the drug thoroughfares.

Missouri House OKs amendment to let pharmacies refuse contraception pills

Republicans say the amendment, which passed the house in a 115-43 vote, gives pharmacies the freedom to choose the products they stock. Democrats call it an attempt to control womens' bodies.

Missouri specimen samples prove negative for swine flu

The Missouri Health Department tested about two dozen people with flu-like symptoms, and none proved to have swine flu.  Health officials are further preparing as more cases surface elsewhere.

Israeli official: Swine flu name offensive

The deputy health minister of Israel calls for renaming the swine flu the "Mexican flu," saying the reference to pigs is offensive to Jews and Muslims.

Swine flu Q&A

Here are questions and answers regarding the spread, prevention and treatment of swine flu.

WHO raises pandemic alert; Mexico deaths climb

Mexico's government is still not sure how many deaths can be directly atributed to swine flu.

WHO raises alert level on swine flu

The World Health Organization raised its alert level on swine flu, categorizing it as a disease easily spread through human to human contact. Officials from countries around the world are unveiling their plans to help prevent outbreaks of the disease in their respective countries.

US responding as if swine flu will be pandemic

While urging calm, government agencies are taking steps to prevent the spread of swine flu, including discouraging travel to Mexico.

The Bluffs' new wing will help with care for Alzheimer's patients

The Bluffs nursing home is going to build a new wing that will utilize state of the art technology including GPS and weight-loaded floor sensors to manage and care for Alzheimer's patients.

Missouri prepares for potential flu outbreak

Missouri officials have requested the state's share of anti-flu medicine and masks from the federal government.

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