MU Health Care, 4 other systems create Health Network of Missouri

Although the five-system network will allow for group purchases and shared health care registries, each system will remain independent.

Panel: Flu spray better than shots for young kids

Some studies have found that kids ages 2 through 8 are about half as likely to get the flu if they had the spray vaccine instead of a shot.

Underrepresented medical students face lonely, sometimes challenging road

The MU School of Medicine had just one black graduate this spring. The school is working to diversify its student body but has had mixed results and finds itself competing for a small pool of qualified candidates.

Safety organization set to adopt new helmet standards in concussion fight

The proposed new standard would add a test of how helmets perform when an impact makes a player's head suddenly spin in addition to existing tests for how they withstand direct blows, so-called linear forces that can make the brain bump back and forth.

Thousands in Missouri might need new doctors

UnitedHealthcare terminated nearly 100 Missouri doctors from the Medicare Advantage plan in April and said it plans to cut 5 percent to 7 percent of the more than 10,000 physicians in Missouri this year.

$1,000-a-pill Sovaldi jolts U.S. health care system

Sovaldi, a new pill for hepatitis C, cures the liver-wasting disease in 9 of 10 patients, but treatment can cost more than $90,000. More than 3 million Americans carry the hepatitis C virus, and many don't realize it.

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.

Global First Responder connects volunteers to medical care, relief programs

Emergency room physician Adam Beckett has created an online global network for people who want to volunteer on overseas medical relief trips. He and a group of volunteers are about to provide help to people in the world's second-largest refugee camp.

Study: Red meat possibly linked to breast cancer

A new study from Harvard University found that in a survey of 88,000 women, women who ate the most amount of red meat experienced 6.8 more cases of breast cancer for every 1,000 women.

Healthy seniors tested in bid to block Alzheimer's

Scientists plan to scan the brains of thousands of healthy older volunteers for a sticky build-up believed to play a key role in development of Alzheimer's. The study would see if early intervention will help prevent or slow down the disease.

Gov. Nixon signs parental-consent bill for teen tanning

Restrictions on tanning by minors have been enacted in more than 30 states. Under this law, businesses in Missouri could be fined $100 the first time an underage person tans without parental consent, $250 for a second violation and $500 for each one after that.

New allergy tablets offer alternative to shots

The new tablets, which could be popular for people who dislike pills that make them drowsy or don't provide enough relief, are not right for everyone, particularly patients with allergies to multiple substances.

New cancer drugs give hope, but at a cost

Studies presented at a cancer conference in Chicago revealed promising new treatments for lung cancer, leukemia and ovarian cancer. For lung cancer, though, the new drug has a high price tag.

Tick-bourne virus kills Oklahoma man

The state of Oklahoma says a man has died after acquiring the Heartland virus, which was first identified in Missouri in 2009. He is the second person in the U.S. to die after coming down with the illness.

As millions enroll in Medicaid, cost falls to states

Thanks to a law expanding Medicaid eligibility, millions more are now getting insured. However, states have to use their own money to cover this particular group.

Truman Hospital ranked best among Missouri's veterans

Sen. Claire McCaskill praised the Truman Veterans Hospital for its high marks on a Veterans Customer Satisfaction Program, which allowed veterans to rate the care they received at VA hospitals and clinics.

Young people lag in health insurance enrollment

Only 28 percent of people ages 18 to 34 signed up for health insurance through the online marketplace. Some analysts blame the lag in enrollment on a lack of understanding about health insurance and that youthful sense of immortality.

In the era of Affordable Care, some still uninsured — by choice

The Missourian talked to Columbia residents about their trials, worries and successes in navigating the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. Some said they had trouble enrolling because of glitches on the website. Others were thankful they finally could afford health insurance.

Vapor cigarettes touted as way to kick tobacco, but regulation looms

While anti-tobacco campaigns and no-smoking ordinances are becoming widespread, the electronic-cigarette industry is flourishing. But regulations of the sale and manufacturing of the nicotine vapor products may soon increase, as well.

Forum participants: Use mental-health funds to shorten wait times

At a public forum Tuesday, community mental health experts discussed the current state of mental health services for children in Boone County and how the county can best use $6.5 million in funding to address these concerns.