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Nixon unveils health care plan in Columbia

The attorney general promised if he's elected governor, he'll restore the Medicaid cuts signed into law by Gov. Matt Blunt.

CoxHealth to pay $60M to settle claims it paid doctors kickbacks

The payments to the government will also settle claims that the Springfield-based health care system billed Medicare for costs not allowed under federal laws. CoxHealth is not admitting any wrongdoing in the settlement.

July testing at Lake of the Ozarks found low levels of E. coli

The Department of Natural Resources took 55 samples on July 7 from the Community Toll Bridge to mile marker 30. June tests found high levels of E. coli, mainly in high-traffic areas near Tan-Tar-A Resort.

Mo. woman says Wal-Mart, health officials discriminated against her monkey

Debby Rose of Springfield said in the lawsuit that the 10-year-old bonnet macaque helps curb a social anxiety disorder that can cause her to have panic attacks in public.

Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay Mo. more than $11M to settle Medicaid fraud case

The payment is part of a national settlement in which the drug-maker has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to 44 states and the federal government. Missouri’s portion of the settlement was announced Tuesday.

MU medical students develop free clinic for the uninsured

The clinic will be staffed by student volunteers who will begin seeing 15 to 20 patients one day a week in fall 2008. The hours will expand as needed.

Missouri data mirror national trend for HIV/AIDS diagnoses in some categories

The national report from the CDC suggests that prevention strategies should be strengthened to slow or stop the flow of HIV/among men who have sex with other men.

21 people take part in free HIV testing

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department set up a booth on Garth Avenue on Friday — National HIV Testing Day — as part of its outreach to the African-American community.

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Closed plant in Cameron to be checked for contaminants

The community is seeking answers to the cause behind an apparent outbreak in tumors among residents.

Columbia cook sheds light<br>on cooking with soy products

Leigh Lockhart, owner of Main Squeeze Cafe, filmed a video Wednesday on how to cook with tofu and soy products. The film is part of a series called “Columbia Cooks,” which is a result of the city receiving a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to film videos on healthy cooking to be broadcast on Columbia’s cable channel.

Tomatoes coming back to Columbia grocery stores and restaurants

That's because the Food and Drug Administration has determined that tomatoes grown in more than 35 states, including Missouri, are not linked to the recent salmonella outbreak and are safe to eat.

 

Mo. taxpayers will be able to contribute to breast cancer services

Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Thursday adding the contribution checkoff to Missouri’s income tax forms.

Mother embraces challenges and joys of daughter with disability

When Kate and Christian Basi’s daughter, Julianna, was born, they said they were in a state of denial that she had Down syndrome. Now, Kate Basi says she would not change her daughter’s condition; Julianna is perfect the way she is.

UM System recognized for workplace wellness programs

The American Heart Association made a presentation at MU's Lowry Mall.

MU volunteers reach trauma victims worldwide

MU's International Center for Psychosocial Trauma team develops and introduces creative ways to talk and work with children and families suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. New Orleans is the center’s most recent focus — MU teams have made six trips to the area since Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August 2005 — but the program has reached thousands of people worldwide, focusing on children.

MU School of Medicine opens clinical center

The seven-story building houses the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Clinical Simulation Center, a state-of-the-art facility for students learning how to perform medical procedures.

Yoga nidra gains popularity in Columbia

Yoga nidra literally means the sleep of the yogis; a yogi being a yoga master or practitioner of yoga. It is a sensing practice that helps to reduce stress. In Columbia, yoga nidra is gaining popularity and has also been shown to help reduce stress for soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cause of autism cases to be debated in federal court

Families claiming that a mercury-based preservative in vaccines triggers autism will challenge mainstream medicine Monday as they take their case to a federal court.

Craniectomy surgery developed at MU shows promise for infants with skull disorder

Developed in 1996 at University Hospital by David Jimenez and Constance Barone, an endoscopic strip craniectomy requires a small incision in a baby’s skull to remove a strip of bone, creating room for the brain to grow and eliminating the buildup of pressure. In May 2007, Usiakimi Igbaseimokumo started preforming this technique and has taken over the research looking at the long-term effects on children treated by this method.

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