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CrossFit controversy reveals complexity of overexercise

The fitness program has gotten a bad name as a major cause of a severe muscle disorder called rhabdomyolysis. But the problem of overexercise is not unique to CrossFit, nor does it start and end in the gym.

Federal government shutdown not affecting local flu shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a flu vaccine supplier, closed when the federal government shut down on Oct. 1.

Missouri sees sharp rise in certain tick-borne illnesses

Doctors do not always order laboratory tests to diagnose patients with tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme disease, before treating them with antibiotics. So there's no way to determine how many cases there actually are. One thing is certain: Some tick-borne illnesses increased this year in Missouri.

Ethical issues arise as scientists peek into baby genes

This is the newest frontier in the genetic revolution: how early to peek into someone's DNA and how to make use of this health forecast without causing needless worry.

Free flu shots available soon for MU students

The MU Student Health Center is still waiting for its flu shots to be delivered, but when they come in, there will be stations set up on campus to provide them to students.

Pills made from poop cure serious gut infections

For the half a million Americans who contract Clostridium difficile each year, a pill made from the healthy bacteria of donor feces could cure what pricey antibiotics might not.

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.

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