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Health

Two more lawsuits filed against St. Joseph tannery

A tannery in St. Joseph allegedly distributed a fertilizer to farmers containing a known carcinogen.

Excessive weight gain during pregancy is harmful, guidelines say

Maintaining a healthy weight before conception and during pregnancy is important in preventing health problems for newborns, Institute of Medicine guidelines shows.

Bacterial ecosystem thrives on our skin, scientists say

The National Institues of Health "Human Microbiome Project" has discovered that thousands of micro-organisms live on human skin. The bacteria and other organisms help maintain a person's health and prevent infection.

Saint Louis University studies TB vaccine

Researchers at St. Louis University are figuring out whether a tuberculosis vaccine can be made more effective by giving it to patients in different ways.

Missouri Foundation for Health launches anti-smoking initiative

The Missouri Foundation for Health has launched a campaign to try to reduce the number of smokers in the state.

Four new whooping cough cases found in southwest Missouri

New cases of whooping cough have been found and others are being investigated in Jasper County.

Nixon touts plan to increase health education

The "Caring for Missourians" program offers money to state universities and community colleges in hopes of alleviating the critical shortage of health care workers. The University of Missouri System would receive $24 million for its campuses.

Economy takes bite out of mobile dental program

The number of places served by the mobile units would be reduced to 16, from 42, when the state elimates its funding of the program as of Sept. 30.

Missouri pharmacist indicted on charges of drug dilution, forging prescriptions

A former pharmacist at Family Pharmacy in Nixa has been indicted on charges of diluting a cough suppressant and forging prescriptions for a painkiller.

Recalled products this week include toy chairs, face paint, candles

Rocking bassinets, folding bicycles, composite decks and batteries for Hewlett-Packard notebook computers are also being recalled.

Boone Hospital breaks ground on patient tower

Boone Hospital Center held a ceremony to celebrate the hospital's newest planned addition, an eight-story patient tower.

Medicare says it won't cover virtual colonoscopy

Medicare says the virtual colonoscopy cannot, in itself, rid a patient of precancerous growths, like a regular colonoscopy can.

Missouri seniors find meaning in volunteering

A new study indicates that volunteering increases life expectancy. That comes as no surprise to older volunteers at two Columbia hospitals.

Source says two reps of health care industry to offer $2T savings plan

Health care industry groups are proposing a deal to Obama officials on Monday to offer nearly $2 trillion in cost reductions over 10 years in hopes of avoiding a government health plan that would directly compete with them, a source said.

Friendships among females can have positive health benefits

According to a 2000 UCLA study, friendships among females can be calming and help lower stress levels. These friendships create social networks, which are not as common in male friendships. Anne Meyer, a psychologist at the MU Counseling Center, explained that these networks can help women on a long-term basis.

Columbia women met in kindergarten, still friends 50 years later

Connie Taylor, 54, and Moni Lentz, 55, have been best friends since the first day of kindergarten at Eugene Field Elementary School in 1959.

Health officials say swine flu concerns are declining

After initial concerns about the virus, health officials say the number of phone calls requesting information about the swine flu has started to slow down.

4 more swine flu cases confirmed in Missouri

Missouri now has a total of six confirmed cases of swine flu, none of them in Boone County.

Four probable swine flu cases identified in Kansas City

Missouri health officials said Sunday that four more probable cases of swine flu have been identified in the Kansas City metropolitan area, bringing the total number of cases in Missouri residents to eight.

Workplaces behind schools in swine flu prevention plans

A survey found that more than half of 300 workplaces had plans for a pandemic.

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