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Columbia nonprofits receive grant from Missouri Foundation for Health

Five health-related organizations in Columbia received grants this summer from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Truman Veterans Hospital holds groundbreaking ceremony

Veterans and staff gathered Monday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for a $25 million construction project at Truman Veterans Hospital.

Gov. Nixon details guiding principles for autism legislation

Requiring insurance companies to cover the costs of diagnosis and treatment of autism is at the top of Nixon's priorities for autism coverage legislation.

Health officials urge Missouri parents to develop asthma plan

The health officials suggest that parents talk with their family doctors about appropriate medication and with school staff about triggers.

Missouri ranks 33rd in Kids Count well-being report

Missouri is ranked below the median in new data released on children's health and well-being.

Government to seek swine flu vaccine volunteers in St. Louis

Scientists plan to begin testing the first swine flu vaccines on healthy adults at eight medical centers around the country.

Missouri to count ballots on proposed care workers' union

Votes will be counted today in a statewide election on whether the new Missouri Home Care Union should be created. The union would provide representation for workers who help people with daily activities such as bathing, dressing and cooking.

University Hospital trauma center gets national Level I designation

The trauma center at University Hospital recently became the second in Missouri to be verified as a national Level I trauma center. The designation means the center can treat the most serious of injuries at any time, said Stephen Barnes, associate professor and chief of the division of acute care surgery.

MU researchers link spice to reduced risk of breast cancer

There is a significant risk of breast cancer for women undergoing hormone replacement therapy, and MU researchers think the spice, curcumin, can potentially reduce that risk.

Saint Louis University researcher gets grant to study arthritis treatment

Richard DiPaolo, an assistant professor at Saint Louis University, has received a $75,000 grant to study whether T cells can be used to treat arthritis.

Missouri activists push for expanded summer food program

The Missouri Association for Social Welfare  is encouraging the state and Congress to allocate more funding for summer food and child nutrition programs.

Boone Hospital Center jobs event draws 181 people

A jobrecruitment event Tuesday brought people to the Hampton Inn and Suites Columbia. They were seeking to land one of 20 patient care associate positions.

Boone County survey shows desire for healthy living

The Boone County Healthy Lifestyle Survey shows residents are trying to improve their eating choices and exercising habits but have noticed a lack of resources.

Missouri legislation to expand newborn disease screenings

The state is to add five lysosomal storage diseases to the list of 67 diseases for which babies are already screened.

Missouri Dept. of Social Services pushes for day care changes

Missouri has proposed more stringent requirements for day care centers at the requests of early childhood education advocates, who have argued the current system puts children at risk. The proposal is awaiting approval of a legislative committee.

St. Louis hospital launches fetal care center

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center has opened its new Fetal Care Institute, which is expected to assist pregnant women in the Midwest who previously had to go hundreds of miles for treatment.

MU scientists successfully convert pig tissue into stem cells

MU scientists have successfully created stem cells from the cells of pigs' connective tissue. The scientists say they hope their research will provide an alternative to the controversial use of embryonic stem cells.

New psychiatric center set to open Wednesday at MU

The new Missouri Psychiatric Center is to replace the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center. The new center is to operate under MU Health Care with most of its existing staff.

West Nile season arrives in Missouri

Despite the decline in the number of West Nile cases over the past six years, Missourians should still be cautious over the next few months.

Lawmakers divided over Nixon withholding Ellis Fischel funding

After Gov. Nixon opted not to veto funding for the development of the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, deciding to withhold the money instead, there is a mixed response among lawmakers and University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee.

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