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Rural Missouri residents more likely to be uninsured

Missouri overall ranks right in the middle of the nation in the percentage of uninsured residents — tied with Washington state at 25th with 16 percent uninsured.

Wade Vlosich named Truman Veterans Hospital director

The associate director of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and former interim medical director of the Truman Veterans Hospital will be the next director of the veterans hospital in Columbia.

FROM READERS: Tips for a happy, healthy holiday

Mica Newman, a doctor at Missouri Valley Physicians, advises that a flu shot, healthy snacks and smart alcohol consumption can help make your holiday season brighter.

'Hoosier Momma' app aims to reduce infant deaths

Mothers trying to reach a goal such as quitting smoking or lowering blood sugar levels can earn points such as those in online games. The application provides a social network where mothers can exchange insights and encourage one another.

MU receives $4.5 million grant for health care research

MU received $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will go toward research on patient-centered care. 

Higher blood pressure threshold OK in older adults

Panel members stressed that they are not changing the definition of high blood pressure: 140 over 90. For adults aged 60 and older, they are recommending a higher treatment threshold, prescribing medicine only when blood pressure levels reach 150 over 90 or higher.

MU School of Medicine Receives National Award for innovation in medical education and research

The Medical School is one of five recipients of the Learning Health System Challenge Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, according to a release from the MU School of Medicine.

Do vitamins block disease? Some disappointing news

Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on vitamin combinations, presumably to boost their health and fill gaps in their diets. But while people who don't eat enough of certain nutrients may be urged to get them in pill form, the government doesn't recommend routine vitamin supplementation as a way to prevent chronic diseases.

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.

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