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Jefferson County resident tests positive for West Nile

There have been no reported fatalities from West Nile in Missouri this year.

MU Law School to help veterans claim disability benefits

Through the new program, six students supervised by an attorney from the law school will give legal counsel to veterans appealing decisions made on their original disability benefit claims.

Key dates in Obama health care overhaul law

Online insurance markets are scheduled to open Tuesday in every state. Here's a breakdown of how the Affordable Care Act came to be.

 

 

What it means: A glossary for health care reform

The new health care law has come with a lot of jargon. Here are some of those terms and what they mean.

Health insurance markets see surge of new customers, technical glitches on first day

The online insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul struggled to handle the wave of eager new consumers Tuesday.

FDA approves first pre-surgical breast cancer drug

The drug could help women with a form of early-stage breast cancer with a high risk of having the cancer spread to other parts of their body.

 

Free flu vaccines for children begin Monday

The Health Department will begin administering free flu vaccines to children on Monday. The vaccines are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Missouri House committee moves forward on Medicaid expansion proposals

A Missouri House committee will begin drafting legislation in October proposing changes to the state's Medicaid program, it decided Thursday. Boone County Reps. Chris Kelly and Stephen Webber are members of the committee.

CDC urges early flu vaccinations

Between regular shots, nasal sprays, egg-free shots and high-dose shots, Americans have an unprecedented number of vaccine options to choose from.

Missouri groups promote Affordable Care Act's insurance exchange

In late August, the Missouri Foundation for Health granted $4.9 million to 16 Cover Missouri-affiliated organizations, who will promote awareness about the exchanges through a combination of community outreach and one-on-one certified application counselors.

Shortage causes suspension of TB skin tests at Boone County clinic

An alternative TB test, the T-spot test, costs more and is less accurate than the skin test.

Missourians may have fewer health plan options than other Americans

Missouri's projected statewide average of qualified health plans in the marketplace was roughly equivalent to the average of plan options in Wyoming, whose population is substantially smaller.

Missouri Medicaid contractor mistakenly released patients' information

A contractor for Missouri's Medicaid program, Infocrossing Inc., sent personal information to incorrect recipients from December 2009 through June of this year.

Colorado flooding hits home for MU student Jaimee Zupan

Jaimee Zupan  reflects on the effects the Colorado floodings have had on her hometown of Aurora. She compared the rainfall to the snowstorm Missouri saw earlier this year.

First lecture in diversity series discusses women's health care

Assistant Teaching Professor Kristin Metcalf-Wilson's presentation kicked off MU's "Diversity in Action: Bridging Research and Practice" series. She spoke about her extensive research on women's health issues in the state of Missouri and their economic impact.

U.S. birth rate could be leveling off

The economy and other factors could have scared some couples away from having children, some experts say.

FROM READERS: MU students want to help women with breast cancer feel beautiful

We want to raise money for Look Good ... Feel Better by putting on a charity fashion show in April 2014. The goal is to have women from central Missouri who have undergone cancer treatment strut their stuff and stomp out self-doubt with their fierce catwalk.

In health care market, lower-premium plans are less generous

Two independent studies provided the first look at rates filed by insurers around the country, ahead of the Oct. 1 opening of new state insurance markets.

Study: The right bacteria might help fight obesity

Thursday's report raises the possibility of one day turning gut bacteria into personalized fat-fighting therapies, and it may help explain why some people have a harder time losing weight than others do.

Some flu vaccines promise more protection

Certain vaccines offered this fall will guard against four strains of flu instead of three.

 

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