'Mystical mumbo jumbo' finds its way into mainstream medicine

Alternative medicine is finding wider acceptance by doctors, insurers and hospitals. But, a lack of government regulation or self-policing from the industry raises questions as to whether these treatments are safe.


Quick reality check on herbal, other supplements

Learn the facts about how supplements are regulated and how effective they can be.

A look at the most popular supplements

Inside is a look at some popular supplements and what studies show regarding their safety and effectiveness.

Soldiers encounter dangerous side effects of bioterrorism vaccine

Smallpox vaccinations given to soldiers out of bioterrorism fears can have potentially fatal side effects. For Lance Cpl. Cory Belken from St. Louis, the vaccine's reaction to his pre-existing leukemia led to a frightening ordeal.

Former cancer patient wants to give back tenfold

Gary Rhine, an auctioneer and a former cancer patient, pledges to raise over $10,000 in an auction at the 18 FORE Life charity event in Dexter, Mo.

St. Louis man dies of tick-borne disease

The unidentified St. Louis man was infected with a bacteria that causes the disease ehrlichiosis.

MU builds ties between veterinary and human researchers

Two MU doctors are researching a new type of artificial knee surgeries, testing the technique that could be beneficial for humans on replacement knees and hips for dogs.

Despite getting HIV injection as infant, teen to graduate

Brryan Jackson has survived his father's attempt on his life to become a spokesman and leader for young people with AIDS. "It took a lot of hope and faith in God to get this far," the St. Charles County teen says. "But I feel my life is blessed."

Study: Drug combos might raise risk of breast cancer recurrence

Study shows that combining Tamoxifen, a cancer prevention drug, with certain antidepressants might lead to a higher risk of cancer recurrence.

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.

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.

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.

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.