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Missouri prepares for potential flu outbreak

Missouri officials have requested the state's share of anti-flu medicine and masks from the federal government.

Health experts unsure of swine flu's power

Confirmed cases of the swine flu rose to 20 by Sunday afternoon from eight on Saturday morning. An expert on global flu outbreaks, Michael Osterholm, is unsure if the swine flu is going to die out over the span of a week or the beginning of a pandemic.

Source: Labor Dept. plans new safety regulations

The Labor Department plans to propose new rules that would protect workers from diacetyl, a chemical used to flavor popcorn, which has been causing severe lung disease as well as other repiratory illnesses.

MedZou considers expanding hours

MedZou, a free clinic run by MU medical students, is already in great demand and is considering expanding its hours. The demand is partly the result of a downturn in the economy.

Salmonella-tainted pistachios prompt widespread recall

Some California roasted pistachio products have traces of salmonella leading to a recall and actions toward tighter food testing laws.

Goldilocks was smart: Best to drink tea when it's just right

An international group of scientists has linked the temperature of hot tea with the risk of esophageal cancer.

National heart stent research project begins at MU

MU researchers plan to collaborate with others across the nation to study a new protein for use in drug-eluting heart stents that could prevent the re-narrowing of coronary arteries after balloon angioplasty procedures.

St. Louis barbershop gives customers a wake-up call

Nursing students are going to barbershops to provide screenings to those who may not get regular checkups.

Survey part of Health Department, MU Extension effort to address health issues in Boone County

The 24-question survey seeks to gauge the perspectives, needs and interests of Boone County residents regarding healthy food choices and physical activity.

Study: Lots of red meat increases mortality risk

The federal study — the largest of its kind — shows a modest increase in risk, the lead author says, and supports the advice of several groups to eat less red and processed meat to decrease the risk of cancer.

Missouri housing more mentally ill in nursing homes

Nationally, Missouri has the third most rapidly growing number of mentally ill patients in nursing homes. A 2008 report found Missouri has a "serious" shortage of beds for menal health treatment.

Mentally ill patients changing makeup of nursing homes

Nursing homes have become dumping grounds for young and middle-age people with mental illness, an arrangement that sometimes leads to violence, according to an Associated Press analysis. Missouri was among the states with the steepest increases in housing mentally ill patients.

Stem cell debate renewed in Columbia

MU scientists deconstruct the legitimacy of adult stem cell research and embryonic stem cell research.

MU professor wins prestigious Goodeve Medal

Kalyan Pasupathy received the award for his work with the Red Cross. He helped develop a formula that translates data and lets Red Cross chapters gain a better understanding of their organization's potential given available staff and resources. 

Activity pyramid offers guideline to exercise

An MU professor and fitness specialist with MU Extension helped develop the pyramid to simplify new government exercise information.

Study finds diet type not key to weight loss success

According to research by the Harvard School of Public Health and Pennington Biomedical Research Center, slashing calorie intake was the most beneficial part of the diets tested on overweight adults participating in the two-year study.

University Hospital uses advanced technology to treat chronic sinusitis

Balloon sinuplasty is a less invasive procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis. It has been offered in the University Hospital since 2007. This treatment reduces surgery risks and allows a much faster recovery.

MU rec complex responds to Zumba craze

The exercise phenomenon Zumba has been sweeping the nation and now the MU Student Recreation Complex is meeting the increased need for Zumba instructors by hosting a Zumba training workshop in March.

MU researcher discovers drug may reduce breast cancer tumors

MU researcher Salman Hyder says he has found a drug that could help inhibit the growth of breast cancer tumors that experience accelerated growth from the hormone progestin. His research shows that 40 to 50 percent of lab rat tumors were treated by the drug, PRIMA-1.

MU researcher develops tool for diabetes screening

TAG-IT, a new diabetes screening device analyzing six common factors of diabetes, could drastically reduce pre-diabetics from becoming full-onset diabetics. MU School of Medicine's Richelle Koopman developed the device.

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