Vaccination to protect swine from flu in development

Although there are no cases of H1N1 in U.S. pig herds, a vaccine could be ready by the beginning of flu season.

Cooler weather, novelty of virus spreads H1N1

A Health Department official said the cooler, drier weather this summer made it easier for the virus to attach to cells.

Cases of presumed H1N1 virus hit MU

The cases have not been confirmed as the H1N1 "swine flu" virus, but it's the only flu strain circulating. Campus officials are taking steps to communicate with students and faculty about ways to prevent the virus from spreading further.

MU works to prevent H1N1 virus cases from spreading

MU's Health Center and Department of Residential Life respond to cases of H1N1 virus as students come down with the virus.


ANALYSIS: Health care provides forum for venting

Even if participants are angry about Sen. Claire McCaskill's stand on health care reform, they seem to appreciate her willingness to hear them out.

Columbia College and MU offer H1N1 vaccinations

Columbia College and MU will offer vaccinations for H1N1 flu virus in the fall in addition to the seasonal flu vaccine.

Conference aims to increase dental sealant programs across Missouri

At a two-day conference last week, dental hygienists, dentists and state health officials talked about the urgency of funding for a dental sealant program for children. At least five counties in the state do not currently have an active dentist.

Fair officials work to protect pigs from people

Swine aren't welcome at Vermont's oldest fair because of concerns over the H1N1 virus. Other state fairs are coming up with different ways to address the issue. Meanwhile, pork producers battle misconceptions associated with the so-called swine flu.

McCaskill tries to clear up confusion about health care reform proposals

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill continued her tour of Missouri cities Wednesday night in Jefferson City. She spoke about "death panels," funding for increased coverage and what would be covered in the legislation.

McCaskill faces hostile town hall crowd in Jefferson City

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill faced a hostile group at a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Jefferson City. The main points she addressed were related to health care.

383-pound eighth-grade athlete's death revives heart testing debate

A 6 feet 2 inch, 383-pound eighth-grade football player collapsed and died while running a lap at the beginning of practice last week, causing some to ask whether children's hearts should be tested before they are allowed to participate in sports.

McCaskill attends three health care forums Monday

Sen. Claire McCaskill is hosting forums seeking input on health care reform. She has forums scheduled today in Hannibal, Moberly and Kansas City.

Analysis: Health reform tactics need overhaul

Obama's hands-off approach to health care reform has allowed room for factionalism and confusion to derail the process.

Columbia Public Schools prepare for possible resurgence of H1N1 virus

There were seven confirmed H1N1 cases during summer school this year, a school official said. On Wednesday, school nurses discussed the health issue at a district staff meeting.


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.