An assessment of reports and surveys shows that, in Missouri, minorities and those with lower annual incomes are more likely to have a higher rate of diseases, such as cancer and diabetes.
Sickle cell researchers in St. Louis say they've significantly increased blood donations to fight the disease with appeals targeted at predominantly black church congregations in the city.
A new analysis of a big federal study finds that taking menopause hormones for five years doubles the risk for breast cancer and even women who take the pills for as little as a couple of years have a greater risk of getting cancer.
In the last 10 years, people on average have lost about an hour of sleep each night, chipping away from 7 1/2 or eight hours to just 6 1/2 or seven. It's a pattern that transcends age; professionals, students, teens and others are among many people who aren't getting enough sleep.
A commentary published online by the journal Nature stated that brain pills provide new methods of improving brain functions. However, it stated more research and a variety of steps are needed to manage the risks.
The hellbender, considered by some to be the most grotesque-looking salamander in North America, has been on the state's endangered species list. A program is being developed to breed hellbenders in captivity and release them into the wild.
A study at Barnes-Jewish Hospital led by two nurses found a lower rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia in ICU patients who were given mouthwash and their teeth were brushed twice daily.
"The Biggest Loser‚" has made über-boot-camp-style training sessions seem a sure-fire ticket to weight loss for sedentary, morbidly obese people. And the success of its contestants suggests there's little risk — contrary to common advice that such programs should be undertaken only with a physician's seal of approval.
A packed Monsanto Auditorium listened to author and science journalist Gary Taubes speak about America's obesity crisis Thursday. Taubes blames the obesity problem on carbohydrates and recommends low-carb diets.
Resarchers linked obesity in children to heart disease.
A study of nearly 18,000 volunteers in 26 countries found that a cholesterol-lowering drug slashed the risk of those flagged by the test by about half — even if their cholesterol was normal.
The aim of the study, said Laurie Cutting, director of the Education and Brain Research Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, is to understand the neurological differences among students who are skilled readers, those who have difficulties and those with diagnosed learning disabilities.
Bad branch angles and heavy branches make the species susceptible to splitting, which is dangerous around roads and power lines.
A mental health parity bill tacked onto the federal economic bailout passed on Oct. 3 requires health insurance firms to extend coverage to treat substance abuse and mental health.
James Cook, a surgical specialist in veterinary medicine and a faculty member at MU, developed a surgical procedure called TightRope, named after the rope-like material Cook uses to link the two bones in the knee joint. He hopes it will eradicate the extreme, though rare, problems dogs sometimes face after knee surgery.
Proposed bacteria-level designations could mean the county would have to disinfect effluent in certain streams deemed "swimmable."
A trip to the bathroom epitomizes the struggles faced by those who do not live within traditional gender definitions.
Missouri high school students are now participating in fewer risky behaviors, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Jill Eisner lay still as an acupuncturist pushed thin needles into her face and feet, soft music playing in the background. In another room, an herbologist studied his antidote for severe acne: a concoction of 12 ingredients, including dandelion roots, tangerine peel and dried raspberries. A few doors down, Linda Lee, dressed in a white lab coat, used the tools of conventional medicine to treat a patient for digestive problems.
The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center, which opened Sept. 2, is the latest indication that alternative medicine is making its mark in mainstream health care settings.
A survey presented by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center found that farmers with individual insurance plans spend $2,117 more each year on health insurance than counterparts who have employee-sponsored insurance or are covered by other jobs.