Missouri House creates 2 more Medicaid study panels

House Speaker Tim Jones created two new panels Thursday to examine a potential "Medicaid transformation."

Former insurance executive, 'whistleblower' to discuss health care with consumers

Wendell Potter, who is often referred to as a "whistleblower" on the insurance industry, talks about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for consumers.

5 things to know about Obama's health care overhaul

Here are five key points about the federal Affordable Care Act everyone should know about, heading into this fall and 2014, when major changes start to unfold.

Progress, but unclear timeline for Obama's health care overhaul

The administration is taking the lead in setting up new health insurance markets in 34 states, a congressional report said — a heavy lift unforeseen when the law was passed.

Wake-up call: Starbucks to post calorie counts on menus

Starbucks Corp. and other large fast food chains are posting calorie information on menus before a new Food and Drug Administration regulation takes effect June 25.

Medicare cost-saving changes coming for diabetics

Medicare is opening a national mail-order program that will drop the prices the government pays for those products, but patients will have to use designated suppliers.

To ease shortage of organs, grow them in a lab?

What once seemed like science fiction is now in the foreseeable future of science, as researchers across the country develop methods to grow organs from cells for use in surgery.

MU Health Care to reduce staff

The job losses are due to cuts in federal health care payments from Medicare.

Twin sisters share stories of cancer survival at Pink Promise tea

The Susan G. Komen Foundation hosted a tea Saturday morning to celebrate local cancer survivors.


At MU veterinary hospital, dogs help test human cancer treatments

For one O'Fallon couple, letting a favorite pet participate in a cancer treatment trial at MU's veterinary hospital has personal implications.

Sunscreen slows skin aging, if used often enough

Even if you're already middle-aged, a study found, it's not too late to start rubbing on some sunscreen — and not just at the beach or pool.

Nutritional labels may soon be appearing on alcoholic drinks

The Treasury Department said this past week that beer, wine and spirits companies can use labels that include serving size, servings per container, calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat per serving.

Uninsured, underinsured patients in Missouri remain desperate for dental care

In Missouri, the facts are bleak for patients who can't afford dental care. The legislature cut dental services from Medicaid in 2005 for most people in the program. As of 2010, the state ranked 41st in adult oral health care nationally.

Health insurance plans might need replacement under Affordable Care Act

The 14 million Americans who currently purchase their health policies individually might need to change their insurance plan this fall, when policies that don't match Affordable Care Act standards will be canceled.

U.S. hospitals should turn to intensive care decontamination, study suggests

U.S. hospitals usually screen patients to stop the spread of infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.

Study finds sick passengers almost always survive in-flight medical emergencies

For nearly half of in-flight medical emergencies, there is a doctor on board who can help, and most of these do not require diverting the plane.

Report: Nation's children need to get more physical

The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject.

Making prosthetics blends art with science

Tracy Ell crafts prosthetics at Mid-Mo Orthotics and Prosthetics. For Ell, who has always loved building and sculpting, his natural ability for creation has enabled him to help others.

Tiny preemies get a boost from live music therapy

Angelina Jolie says she had double mastectomy

Actress Angelina Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer.