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Missouri officials release additional info on 2 probable swine flu cases

The two probable cases — a father and son from Howard County — had recently traveled to Mexico and have been advised to stay home to avoid contact with others.

Canada: First pigs found with new swine flu virus

About 200 pigs on a farm in Alberta, Canada, have been quarantined after being infected with swine flu. It is the first known case of pigs having the virus, but officials say that eating pork still does not pose an infection risk.

Swine flu scare doesn't stop Mexico's drug war

Mexican drug traffickers are taking advantage of the swine flu scare: masks are helping conceal their identities and empty streets are freeing up the drug thoroughfares.

Missouri House OKs amendment to let pharmacies refuse contraception pills

Republicans say the amendment, which passed the house in a 115-43 vote, gives pharmacies the freedom to choose the products they stock. Democrats call it an attempt to control womens' bodies.

Missouri specimen samples prove negative for swine flu

The Missouri Health Department tested about two dozen people with flu-like symptoms, and none proved to have swine flu.  Health officials are further preparing as more cases surface elsewhere.

Israeli official: Swine flu name offensive

The deputy health minister of Israel calls for renaming the swine flu the "Mexican flu," saying the reference to pigs is offensive to Jews and Muslims.

Swine flu Q&A

Here are questions and answers regarding the spread, prevention and treatment of swine flu.

WHO raises pandemic alert; Mexico deaths climb

Mexico's government is still not sure how many deaths can be directly atributed to swine flu.

WHO raises alert level on swine flu

The World Health Organization raised its alert level on swine flu, categorizing it as a disease easily spread through human to human contact. Officials from countries around the world are unveiling their plans to help prevent outbreaks of the disease in their respective countries.

US responding as if swine flu will be pandemic

While urging calm, government agencies are taking steps to prevent the spread of swine flu, including discouraging travel to Mexico.

The Bluffs' new wing will help with care for Alzheimer's patients

The Bluffs nursing home is going to build a new wing that will utilize state of the art technology including GPS and weight-loaded floor sensors to manage and care for Alzheimer's patients.

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.

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