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FDA seeks tougher rules on antibacterial soaps

Regulators at the Food and Drug Administration said they are revisiting the safety of chemicals such as triclosan in light of recent studies suggesting the substances can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.

Studies show some cancer treatments can be skipped

International studies presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium on Wednesday revealed that some groups of patients might be able to safely forgo certain treatments, such as radiation after surgery and surgery itself.

Female libido drug remains in limbo

Sprout Pharmaceuticals plans to appeal a letter from the FDA that denied approval for the production of its drug, flibanserin. The pill is designed to increase libido in women by acting on brain chemicals linked to mood and appetite. 

UPDATE: Gov. Nixon announces plan to build new state psychiatric facility

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Monday his proposal to fund a new psychiatric facility at Fulton State Hospital, estimated to cost $211 million. The current facilities are crumbling, he said.

HealthCare.gov improving, but still not perfect

HealthCare.gov relaunched Dec. 2 and navigators in Columbia say the website has improved. Since its Oct. 1 launch, the website has had several registration and login issues.

Hospital program helps staff deal with patient deaths

A team established in 2009 at University Hospital helps staff members cope. The program has expanded rapidly and is now being piloted at other hospitals in the country. 

MU professor studies photographs taken by HIV-positive women

MU assistant professor Michelle Teti gave cameras to 30 HIV-positive women and told them to take whatever photographs they wanted.

Flu season underway in Boone County

There have been 10 reported influenza infections in Boone County so far this flu season.

 

Fertility doctors aim to lower rate of twin births

A growing number of couples are attempting pregnancy with just a single embryo, helped by new ways to pick the ones most likely to succeed.

MU working on medical school expansion

While planning continues for the expansion, there's no consensus on how the $40 million price tag for the overall project would be funded beyond what's already been provided.

Tongue piercings let paralyzed patients drive wheelchairs

Users get their tongues pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick, letting them control their wheelchairs. The experiment is attracting attention from specialists.

More children vaccinated this year in Boone County schools

The number of children who received free seasonal flu vaccines from school-based flu clinics in Boone County and Columbia has increased steadily since 2011.

Harvard researchers find nut consumption may lower risk of cancer, heart disease

A 30-year Harvard study found that daily nut eaters were 20 percent less likely to get cancer or heart disease than those who never ate nuts.

Gauntlet Initiative creates functioning prosthetic hands through 3-D printing

Alex Madinger and Derek Provance are building a business with plans to create plastic prosthetics created by 3-D printers as a cheaper alternative to more technologically advanced devices.

Study shows kids are less fit than their parents were

Today's kids are about 15 percent less fit than their parents were, according to health experts. Research suggests that 80 percent of young people globally may not be getting enough exercise.

Medical organizations weigh in on obesity epidemic

A group that includes the American Heart Association has issued new guidelines for fighting obesity, a development that comes not long after the AMA labeled obesity a disease. By next year, most insurance companies are expected to cover counseling and other obesity treatments.

 

U.S. doctors urge wider use of cholesterol drugs

Guidelines issued Tuesday by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology use a new formula for estimating someone's risk that includes many factors other than cholesterol, which is currently the main focus.

FROM READERS: My confession: I'm a 'trichster'

Melissa Gephardt, an MU student, recounts her struggle with trichotillomania — a disorder characterized by the compulsive urge to pull out one’s hair in response to stress, anxiety or depression — and how she eventually learned to accept herself.

Strep scorecard might help tell if you need a doctor

Smartphone apps for step throats test could be in the works. In the meantime, a quick rundown of symptoms could help in deciding if a doctor's visit is needed.

 

Board of Health recommends city water stay at current fluoride level

The board's report on water fluoridation concludes there are no negative health effects, but Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser said she wants more information.

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