Three little questions can help address health care literacy

Ever leave your doctor’s office more confused about your health issues than when you walked in?

Midwifery provision challenged

JEFFERSON CITY — Abortion-rights opponent groups are raising concerns that legislation allowing certified midwives to deliver babies could inadvertently open the way for people other than doctors to perform abortions.

Improving care for rural diabetics

Michelle Howell says each of the vans in her medical transport business pile up about 350 miles a day from driving people in rural mid-Missouri to and from their medical appointments.

Mercury rising

Junior Prince sat on a white 5-gallon bucket hoping for a bite on one of his three lines in Little Dixie Lake. The catfish weren’t interested.

Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Forget caffeine. Take a nap.

Experts agree that naps can be beneficial to long-term health and can help alleviate sleep deprivation.

Healthy job prospects

For a few minutes, the participants in Tomorrow’s Health Care Elite got a firsthand taste of what it might be like to participate in saving someone’s life.

MU, Defense Department team up for nanotechnology research

MU will receive up to $10 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for a five-year research and development study of miniature nanotech devices that enhance Army weapons and defense systems.

MU agrees that hospital erred financially

Officials at University Hospital must ask all of their physicians to sign off on a 2003 decision to divert millions of dollars to recruiting activities or pay back the money.

Anticipating funding

Marketta Hayes sat at her dining table in her Columbia home looking at an empty Lipton Iced Tea bottle. “Oh,” she said, sliding the bottle away from her. “I didn’t know there was that many calories in here. That’s a lot.”

The birth of language

It’s a familiar scenario: A mother just inches away from her child’s face, speaking in an animated voice with exaggerated expression. Reactions to this type of behavior range from laughter to annoyance, but experts say it can encourage a baby’s linguistic development.

Balanced therapy

Kay Wright is turning 64 this year and is laden with a host of health problems. “The list is so long, where do you want me to start?” she asked.

Enjoy your food (don't be afraid of it!)

Americans are awfully messed up about food — so thinks Barry Glassner, University of Southern California sociology professor and author of “The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know About Food Is Wrong.” We imbue certain ingredients with an almost magical power to heal — when, that is, we’re not fearing them as poisons we must strip from our diet.

Terminal cancer patients find comfort in new palliative care clinic

Audrey Fitch is filming her life with cancer to show others what it’s like to live with the disease, as opposed to dying from it.

A room for one

In keeping with a national trend, Boone Hospital Center is on its way to replacing semiprivate rooms with all-private ones.

Will less smoke make Columbia more heart-healthy?

Helena, Mont., was several years ahead of Columbia when its lawmakers outlawed smoking in most public places.

Delivery options

When Susan Renoe was expecting her first child, she knew that she wanted to have an out-of-hospital birth. So she looked into the phone book and found the Whole Health Family Birth Center, the predecessor to Columbia Community Birth Center.