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Survey: College students stressed, but majority are hopeful

WASHINGTON — College kids are so frazzled they can’t sleep or eat. Or study. Good grief, they’re even anxious about spring break.

Boone Hospital Center staying on top with new Spine Center

The wood floors, hair salon and 20 private rooms on the redesigned fifth floor of Boone Hospital Center create an atmosphere more like a hotel than a place where patients come for orthopedic care. A plastic model of a spine near the nurses’ station gives away the location: the hospital’s new Spine Center.

Boone Hospital Center to receive $191,000 as part of a women’s health initiative

The hospital plans to use the funds to educate women about cardiovascular-related diseases.

Bedbug stories crawling with hysteria

Nobody had seen one in decades. Then, five years ago, they started showing up in homes and hotels across the country, prompting a flood of calls to pest control professionals. And nothing, it seems, can stop them.

No, not bedbugs. Bedbug newspaper stories.

‘Socialized medicine’ losing its stigma

A Harvard professor concludes after a survey of more than 2,000 people that ‘socialized medicine’ is a term that no longer frightens Americans.

Maintain personal health care record ... just in case

Our personal health information — including physicians, emergency contacts, dates of medical procedures, chronic conditions, allergies and medications — is a vital resource for family members, doctors, nurses and the other health care professionals who provide us with treatment or care. Yet, many of us keep more detailed records on our cars.

Non-invasive cavity treatment being developed

University of Missouri researchers have been developing the “plasma brush” for more than two years.

Flu case numbers hold steady in Boone County

Flu cases continue to rise in Missouri, and although they are high in Boone County, they are no longer increasing by huge amounts weekly.

Advice can help or hurt breast cancer patients

Breast cancer patients often rely on friends or relatives for help, sometimes with advice that may not be the best for the patient. Finding a trained “coach” can aid decision-making for patients.

Flu vaccine for fall will be aimed at tackling 3 new strains

WASHINGTON — Next year’s flu vaccine is getting a complete overhaul to provide protection against three new and different influenza strains — hopefully better protection than this year’s version.

Alternatives to infant cold medication

New FDA regulation warns against infant cold medicines. Here are alternatives for parents and their little ones.

Even some with chronic disease can live to 100, thanks to aggressive treatment

Surprising new research suggests that even people who develop heart disease or diabetes late in life have a decent shot at reaching the century mark.

Nutritionists recommend sodium management for better health

Because Americans consume nearly twice the dietary guideline for sodium, consumer organizations and nutritionists are recommending that Americans regulate their sodium intake.

Rising number of flu cases spurs free vaccination offer

More than half of the reported flu cases in Boone County were reported in the last week, and Health Department official are now offering a free vaccination.

MU nursing student donates bone marrow to stranger

When she couldn't give blood, an MU nursing student gave even more — her bone marrow — to a complete stranger.

Exercise may help seniors stave off mental decline

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease is more than a game of memory. A recent study has found that keeping in physical shape is key in warding off the disease.

Four people diagnosed with flu

Four people in Boone County have already been diagnosed with influenza, and the flu season has not yet officially begun.

Sexual assault in Columbia: A helping hand at your fingertips

As Columbia’s population has grown, so has its violent crime, including sexual assaults. The number of rapes reported to police have increased in Columbia since 2004 — in contrast to a national decline — according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dealing with Celiac

Fifteen years ago, Donna Kasper burst into tears in the soup aisle of a grocery store. Kasper was surrounded by food, but she could not find anything to eat.

Scientists in Japan, U.S. report stem cell breakthrough from human skin; no embryos needed

Scientists have made ordinary human skin cells take on the chameleon-like powers of embryonic stem cells, a startling breakthrough that might someday deliver the medical payoffs of embryo cloning without the controversy.

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