Although the five-system network will allow for group purchases and shared health care registries, each system will remain independent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Food and Drug Administration is preparing voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.