Gray skies can bring the winter blues

For those like MU freshman Andrew Dolgin who suffer from seasonal affective disorder, the winter season isn't always merry.

Small Columbia businesses concerned about health care reform, increasing costs

Fewer than half of Missouri's small businesses offered health coverage benefits in 2008. In Columbia, small-business owners are watching the progress of health care legislation with some worries about their bottom line.

Senate, House health care proposals compared

A look at how the Senate and House health care bills compare with regard to items in the legislation, including tax credits and health care exchanges.

University Hospital's organ donor program gets national recognition

Amid a national shortage of transplantable organs, University Hospital was recognized for the fourth consecutive year with the Medal of Honor for its high organ donation consent rates. 

Number of Missouri HMO participants declining

A report released by the Missouri Department of Insurance stated that the number of people enrolled in an HMO or other medical health insurance plan is down 9 percent.

Health officials warn of carbon monoxide dangers

Last year, 49 people in the U.S. died from exposure to carbon monoxide and another 287 were treated in hospital emergency rooms.

Turkey doesn't make you that sleepy, and Pilgrims were latecomers

Demolishing a handful of popular Thanksgiving myths with the help of history and nutrition alike.

There's a world of difference in health care between countries

International students at MU see the debate about health care in America through a different lens.

H1N1 vaccination increasingly available in Columbia

Columbia institutions obtain more flu vaccinations, though still prioritizing those most at risk of infection.

UPDATE: Health care bill clears Senate hurdle

In a 60-39 vote Saturday, Senate Democrats cleared the way for a full-scale debate on the legislation beginning after Thanksgiving.

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.