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Flu season is worst in 4 years, CDC says

ATLANTA — The current flu season has shaped up to be the worst in four years, partly because the vaccine didn't work well against the viruses that made most people sick, health officials said today.

Pillow Talk

I love my pillows — the bigger and puffier the better. I’ve always thought of them as the ultimate allies, cradles of comfort outside the womb, the means to melt into peaceful slumber.

And I’ve been so wrong.

Bill encourages transparency in medical costs

The health plan put forward by Rep. Rob Schaaf would require doctors to inform patients of different prices.

Centennial: Health care

As we celebrate 100 years of the Missourian, we look back at 100 years of health care in our third issue of our Centennial special section.

Missouri Foundation for Health awards nearly $400,000 to six mid-Missouri organizations

Grant recipients plan to use the money to provide improved health care opportunities for area residents.

How to pick the perfect pillow

Pillow History

Pillows can be traced as far back as Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq) and ancient Egypt. Head rests were found in pharaohs’ tombs. Early versions were for the privileged and rich, according to “Really Useful: The Origins of Everyday Things” by Joel Levy, but they were hardly cushy. Most were solid wood, carved or curved slightly in the middle.

Doctors will receive guidelines regarding cancer costs

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is writing guidelines to help doctors become aware of the affordability of cancer treatment options.

Gardeners use the Internet to create a virtual community

A year ago, Elizabeth Licata became the fourth member of a group of garden bloggers with an attitude. Garden Rant (gardenrant.com) started in mid-2006: A blend of gossip, news, crusade and, yes, raw rant, it blows the cobwebs out of gardening’s mustier corners.

Experts explore causes and effects of tooth grinding

Teeth are made for collisions. They mash hamburgers and break hard candy into tiny pieces. But when they grind together, they can wear down and lead to other health problems.

Tooth grinding is a condition that affects many people, but exactly how many is not clear.

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.

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