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.

2014 MU Homecoming blood drive collects 5,738 pints of blood

Multiple locations around the Missouri-Illinois region held blood drives in support of the 2014 MU Homecoming blood drive. Counting satellite locations, more than 6,000 pints of blood were estimated to have been collected.


Columbia at 'very low' risk of Ebola outbreak, health officials say

Although the risk of outbreak is low, public health officials say they are ready for a quick response.

UPDATE: Missouri laboratory certified to test for Ebola

The center is one of 20 across the country that can test potential Ebola specimens.

Cole County Health Department says Ebola call was a false alarm

A Jefferson City person claimed that someone in their home had Ebola-like symptoms Thursday morning. After being notified, local law enforcement verified that the claim was false.

Unclear rules for MU Homecoming blood drive spur competition, concerns

MU's Homecoming blood drive puts pressure on Greek students to donate in support of a long-standing tradition that has made the event one of the biggest of its kind in the nation.

New test to bump up diagnoses of respiratory illness in kids

A new test used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to help speed up a backlog of cases that could show a greater spread of enterovirus 68.

MU Health Care, Columbia Surgical Associates partner

The union would allow the Columbia Surgical Associates — a private physicians group — to treat patients at MU Health Care facilities.

Chadwick hopes to decrease teen smoking by raising age to buy tobacco products, e-cigarettes

The proposal also would add e-cigarettes to the list of products banned indoors under Columbia's 2006 indoor air policy. But e-cigarette activists say it's unfair to demonize a device that can help smokers quit.

Columbia Board of Health opens public discussion on tobacco proposals

Some Columbia residents seem to be in favor of raising the purchasing age of tobacco to 21, but opinions are split when it comes to implementing restrictions on electronic cigarettes.

Boone County flu clinics open this fall

Free seasonal flu vaccines will be provided to children under the age of 19 and for adults at a cost of $25 throughout Boone County this fall.

Local hospitals invest in 'germ zapping' robots to decrease infection rates

Cleaning robots, like the two recently purchased by Boone Hospital Center, are gaining popularity with health care facilities seeking to bring down the number of hospital-acquired infections.