Cole County Health Department says Ebola call was a false alarm

A Jefferson City person claimed that someone in their home had Ebola-like symptoms Thursday morning. After being notified, local law enforcement verified that the claim was false.

Unclear rules for MU Homecoming blood drive spur competition, concerns

MU's Homecoming blood drive puts pressure on Greek students to donate in support of a long-standing tradition that has made the event one of the biggest of its kind in the nation.

New test to bump up diagnoses of respiratory illness in kids

A new test used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to help speed up a backlog of cases that could show a greater spread of enterovirus 68.

MU Health Care, Columbia Surgical Associates partner

The union would allow the Columbia Surgical Associates — a private physicians group — to treat patients at MU Health Care facilities.

Chadwick hopes to decrease teen smoking by raising age to buy tobacco products, e-cigarettes

The proposal also would add e-cigarettes to the list of products banned indoors under Columbia's 2006 indoor air policy. But e-cigarette activists say it's unfair to demonize a device that can help smokers quit.

Columbia Board of Health opens public discussion on tobacco proposals

Some Columbia residents seem to be in favor of raising the purchasing age of tobacco to 21, but opinions are split when it comes to implementing restrictions on electronic cigarettes.

Boone County flu clinics open this fall

Free seasonal flu vaccines will be provided to children under the age of 19 and for adults at a cost of $25 throughout Boone County this fall.

Local hospitals invest in 'germ zapping' robots to decrease infection rates

Cleaning robots, like the two recently purchased by Boone Hospital Center, are gaining popularity with health care facilities seeking to bring down the number of hospital-acquired infections.

Across 3 continents, Ebola makes its way to America

Texas health officials narrowed to about 50 the group of people they were monitoring who had some exposure to the man diagnosed with Ebola. So far, none have shown symptoms of the virus.

Medical first: Baby born to woman who got new womb

The 36-year-old woman received a uterus from a close family friend last year. Her baby boy was born prematurely but healthy last month, and mother and child are now at home in Sweden and doing well. The identities of the woman and her husband were not disclosed.

Little to fear from Ebola in U.S., MU physician says

With the first imported case of Ebola virus confirmed Tuesday, fears about the possibility of Ebola in the United States have been raised. But MU Chief Medical Officer Stevan Whitt said countries like the U.S. with modern hospital systems are far better equipped to help people survive the disease — and contain an outbreak.

Study: Free birth control cuts teen pregnancy, abortions

The rate of pregnancy for participants was 4.7 times lower than the general population.

Respiratory virus seen in 4 deaths; role unclear

Doctors called it "a very rare combination" and stressed that most people who catch the enterovirus 68 experience little more than a runny nose and low-grade fever.

Prices for new UM System health care plan raise questions

Some UM System employees say they're facing a tough decision in choosing from one of three benefit plans.

Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

Researchers expected to find that women who postponed having children ended up having the same number they would have had otherwise. They were in for a surprise.

Health Department offering free flu vaccines for kids

Nasal spray and injectable vaccine is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Public Health and Human Services Department, 1005 W. Worley.

GRAPHIC: CDC recommends nasal spray influenza vaccine for some children

The CDC recommends children between 2 and 8 years old be vaccinated with the nasal spray influenza vaccine, rather than the traditional injection, for the 2014-15 flu season.

UPDATE: CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Fewer than half of Americans get a flu vaccine every year. Vaccination rates are highest for children under 5 and for seniors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Lanterns fill sky Sunday for National Suicide Prevention Week memorial event

About 100 of the lit lanterns floated above MU, many with scrawled messages to lost loved ones.

EV-D68: What you need to know about respiratory virus

EV-D68, the virus that has sickened children in Kansas City and St. Louis and resulted in some hospitalizations, hasn't caused any confirmed cases yet in Columbia, health officials said.