Hospitals improvise Ebola defenses, at a cost

The U.S. may have the most advanced health care system in the world, but the system is very fragmented because "there's no uniform national quality control," said Lawrence Gostin, a global health law expert and professor at Georgetown University.

Ebola outbreak hits close to home for MU student

Because of heightened media attention, the virus has affected everyday life in Ghana, though no cases have been confirmed there.


Child care providers, parents getting inventive to nurture kids' taste buds

In 2012, more than one-third of children and adolescents in the United States were overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Child development programs and parents in Missouri are using games, family-style meals and learning gardens to promote healthy eating.

MU Health Care will no longer hire smokers, other nicotine users

The new rule will take effect on Jan. 1. Current employees will not be affected by the new rule.

MU researcher donates $1 million to MU School of Medicine

MU researcher Frank Booth donated $1 million to fund future research, establishing the Frank Booth Fellowship in Physical Activity and Health for the MU School of Medicine.

Tolton's lockdown, drug sweep come up clean

After school administrators were tipped off that there had been drugs at the school in the past, Tuesday's lockdown and drug sweep were intended to confirm no drugs were in the school.

Hospital fundraising almost complete for campus for homeless veterans

The Truman Veterans' Hospital hosted a town hall Tuesday night for veterans and their families to share concerns and ask questions.

Study lifts cloud over heart drugs Zetia, Vytorin

The new study found that Vytorin and Zetia help prevent heart attacks and strokes for those at high risk by lowering cholesterol.

Kansas finds software helps with mental health treatment

The software applies a holistic approach to treating patients' physical health along with their mental health.

Researcher says U.S. in middle of continuum on infant mortality

Rick Majzun, the vice president of strategic operations and planning at the St. Louis Children's Hospital, visited Kenya and Sweden to see what other medical communities around the world are doing to reduce infant mortality and premature birth rates.

Columbia's Substance Abuse Advisory Commission endorses proposed tobacco policies

The Substance Abuse Advisory Commission voted in favor of First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick's proposals to increase the purchase age of tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 and ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors.

Ebola precautions most likely unnecessary, Columbia Fire Department said

Emergency medical technicians initiated the infectious disease protocol as a man was rushed to University Hospital on Wednesday afternoon with Ebola-like symptoms. Officials said the man likely does not have the disease. A Fire Department official called the decision to initiate the protocol the result of "an abundance of caution."



Hundreds of children harmed by detergent 'pods,' study says

Most weren't seriously harmed, but over the past two years, one child has died and 30 went into comas after ingesting the products.

MU nursing students teach preschoolers the importance of hand-washing

Board games, puzzles and music helped teach Eugene Field School students healthy hand-washing and hygiene habits. This was the first of eight sessions led by MU nursing students.

Study: BPA absorption accelerated by skin care products

BPA, a chemical found in many consumer products such as plastic bottles and metal cans, may have health effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children, studies say.


Health Department to hold Saturday flu clinic

A limited number of vaccinations will be free on a first-come, first-served basis. Flu vaccinations are otherwise available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Missouri researchers studying respiratory virus

More than 1,100 cases of enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in the United States since August.

NYU professor speaks at MU about emotions in medical practice

Danielle Ofri read an excerpt from her book and discussed the positive and negative effects of emotion during a visit to MU. 

As autism diagnoses increase, therapy and treatment services strive to keep up

The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has been increasing in recent years. Meanwhile, there aren't enough clinical and educational resources to keep up with demand.

MU student's death highlights difficulties of balancing Type 1 diabetes, college life

MU student Cale Boedeker's death made the dangers and risks of Type 1 diabetes tragically real. MU students with diabetes say managing the disease, schoolwork and a social life makes finding a healthy balance in college especially difficult, but they find the help they need in the form of community and friends.