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Sun shade structure opens at Oakland Middle School thanks to grant

School nurse Courtney Stout led a sun safety awareness program at Oakland Middle School. Oakland's efforts were rewarded by an American Academy of Dermatology grant for a new sun shade structure outside of the school.  

Drug safely cuts prostate cancer risk, study finds

The drug cut prostate cancer risk by 30 percent without raising the risk of dying of an aggressive form of the disease as earlier results hinted it might.

Study: Half who now buy own health plan to get aid

Tax credits, available on a sliding scale based on family income, will be offered to people who don't have access to affordable coverage through their jobs and buy policies in the new state markets.

New state law paves way for physician assistants to practice more widely

A new law will lift strict supervision requirements over physician assistants. The law, which will go into effect Aug. 28, will make patient care more available and expand the job market in rural areas.

American Cancer Society seeks participants from mid-Missouri for study

The study is looking for a diverse group of men and women ages 30 to 65 with no personal history of cancer. Locally, Ellis Fischel and the American Cancer Society are looking for 150 people.

Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk

Alzheimer's is by far the most common form of dementia, and it's long been known that diabetes makes it more likely. The new study tracked blood sugar over time in all sorts of people — with and without diabetes — to see how it affects risk for the mind-robbing disease.

Live to 120? Most say no thanks

Most people say that the ideal life span is between 79 to 100 years.

Book offers rare glimpse of male body dysmorphia

Mark Cuban has self-published "Shattered Image," which tells of his struggle with bulimia, drug and alcohol abuse and visits to a psychiatric hospital.

Q&A: Doctor gives tips for families adjusting to new school start times

Children who go to New Haven, Midway Heights, Rock Bridge, Two Mile Prairie, Ridgeway, Benton and Lee elementary schools will have start times of 7:40 a.m. for the first five schools and 7:55 a.m. for the other two.

Q&A: Tracking the source of stomach bug outbreak

Federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration say it is too early to say if an outbreak of cyclospora is over.

Salad pegged in Midwest cyclospora outbreak

Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness. Outbreaks have been reported in Missouri and other states, but it's not clear that those illnesses are linked to prepackaged salad mix.

U.S. panel backs lung cancer screening for some smokers

If it becomes final as expected, the advice by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force would clear the way for insurers to cover CT scans, a type of X-ray, for those at greatest risk.

Doctors advised to give heart attack patients guidance on sexual health

Many heart patients can safely resume sexual intercourse after first checking with their doctors, and the answers to many questions depend on each patient's overall health, the guidance says.

Health department to offer free whooping cough vaccine

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department will offer a free vaccine clinic Saturday morning to prevent the spread of whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria.

Online tools for buying health insurance might not be ready right away

Struggling with a deadline crunch, some states are delaying online tools that could make it easier for consumers to find the right plan when the markets go live Oct. 1.

FDA cracks down on illegal diabetes remedies

The FDA sent warning letters to 15 companies, both in the U.S. and abroad, ordering them to stop selling diabetes treatments which violate U.S. drug laws.

Cold caps tested to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy

Near-freezing temperatures are supposed to reduce blood flow in the scalp, making it harder for cancer-fighting drugs to reach and harm hair follicles.

Skipping breakfast may increase heart attack risk

A study of older men found those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of a heart attack than those who ate a morning meal. There's no reason why the results wouldn't apply to other people, too, the researchers said.

Free vaccine clinics target whooping cough

The Health Department will hold two free clinics for the vaccine next week.

'Chloe's Law' to require heart screenings for Missouri babies

As of Jan. 1, it will be mandated for hospitals to use the screening for critical congenital heart disease on every baby born in Missouri. Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill no. 230, also known as "Chloe's law" last week.

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