Senate health care bill clears hurdle, showdown still looms

Now that the final two holdouts have declared their support, Senate Democrats have the 60-vote majority they need to bring their health care reform bill to the floor for consideration. Missouri Republican Kit Bond, meanwhile, called the bill a "trillion-dollar scam" and compared its supporters to disgraced investor Bernie Madoff.

Special interests debate likelihood of "clean coal" in Missouri

Missouri is 80 percent dependent on coal use for energy. Can "clean coal" technology satisfy citizens' concerns about coal's environmental impact?

People worried, confused by new mammogram recommendations

The U.S. Preventive Service Task Force has changed its recommendations for breast cancer screening. It now says that women should begin regular mammograms at age 50 — instead of 40 —and that they should get them every two years, instead of annually.

Sebelius says to get regular mammograms starting at age 40

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday that women should get regular mammograms starting at age 40, despite a recommendation from a government panel saying women don't need to start getting mammograms until they reach 50.

H1N1 vaccine available for more Columbia residents

The H1N1 vaccine is now available free for healthy people ages 6 months to 24 years and people with a chronic medical condition ages 25 to 64 years.

Health professionals discuss the future of oral health care

Dentists, hygienists, and other health care professionals gathered Friday to discuss the future of oral health care in Missouri. Issues discussed at the oral health summit included integrating oral care with general health care – and the connections between dental problems and chronic illness.

UPDATE: Sen. Bond talks health care with Chamber of Commerce

Sen. Kit Bond said he would try to kill Democrats' versions of health care reform. In his speech, the senator presented the House health care bill — which he said costs $152.97 to print at Kinko's — and said that he couldn't lift it because of shoulder surgery.

MU researcher advancing potential HIV prevention drug

Stefan Sarafianos, an MU assistant professor,  teams with other researchers to develop a compound that has the potential to stop the spread of HIV.

Sen. Bond talks health care to Columbia Chamber of Commerce

At the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Republican Sen. Kit Bond said he would work to kill versions of health care reform brought by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Sen. Harry Reid. Instead, Bond said he would support changes inlcluding letting small business pool health care, investing in preventative care and stopping "junk lawsuits."

One in 50 million: Small business employee 'scared to death' without health insurance

Since she was 18, Lindsey Cathey has been without health insurance and lives with the fear that she will get sick. Her mother, Laura Cathey, is from Canada, but now lives in the U.S. She misses her "excellent" health care up north and is now in the same boat as 50 million Americans.

As state makes cuts, federal bills propose Medicaid expansion

Some Republican state legislators are balking at the mandates contained in the proposed health care reform bills in Congress.

House health care bill has nowhere to go in Senate

Passing health care legislation through the Senate could be difficult because some swing votes object to the government-run insurance component.

Alzheimer's Association of mid-Missouri hosts research forum

On Friday, the Alzheimer's Association Mid-Missouri Chapter hosted a research forum that featured keynote speaker Alison Goate, a genetics professor at the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.

Where your legislators stand on the health care debate

Look at a breakdown of some of the key issues and where Missouri senators and representatives stand on pieces of health care reform.

Where your legislators stand in the health care debate

Look at a breakdown of some of the key issues and where Missouri senators and representatives stand on pieces of health care reform.

Pulmonary embolism 'a chronic disease'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 100,000 or more people die every year from pulmonary embolism. Caused by blood clots, the weakened heart is forced to work against gravity, making clotting in the lower extremities such as the legs and pelvis more likely.

MU hosts compelling talk with famous musician Pat Martino

Pat Martino, regarded as one of the best jazz musicians in the world, was at MU on Wednesday afternoon to tell his story about undergoing surgery for an arteriovenous malformation, a cluster of abnormal blood vessels and the journey through this process.

Columbia elementary school students receive H1N1 vaccination

Two Columbia elementary schools began distributing the H1N1 vaccine to students who received parental consent. Columbia Public Schools will offer the vaccine to all students in the district as it becomes available.

Researcher accidentally carries radioactive material out of MU lab

An MU researcher spread radioactive material from a lab on his shoe Monday evening, which led MU to cordon off portions of a campus building. MU's environmental health and safety department is locating and removing affected material and will conduct an investigation into the accident once all radioactive material has been removed.

Attorney general contests Arrow Rock's buffer against industrial livestock feeders

Arrow Rock, a village north of Boonville with less than 100 residents, has tried to establish a 2-mile buffer around the village upon which concentrated animal feeding operations cannot encroach. At the behest of the Missouri Farm Bureau and a nearby hog farm, Attorney General Chris Koster has filed an appeal contesting that buffer zone.