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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.

Memory decline may be earliest sign of dementia

Small, common memory slips are no cause for worry, although more pervasive memory loss, in which information doesn't come back to you later, could be an early sign of Alzheimer's or or dementia.

Later retirement may help prevent dementia, study finds

Working tends to keep people physically active, socially connected and mentally challenged — all things known to help prevent mental decline.

Motion sensors tested for seniors who want to remain at home

The unobtrusive monitors are being tested at the TigerPlace retirement community in Columbia.

Columbia experts warn against sparklers for kids

Nurse, doctor at University Hospital advocate safe use to prevent injuries.

Jim Sinek chosen as new president of Boone Hospital Center

His appointment will begin Aug. 12. Sinek is taking over the position from Dan Rothery, who was president of the center for six years.

Series of focus groups to address health issues in Boone County

The focus groups are part of an update to the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.

Gov. Nixon signs bill allowing pharmacies not to carry specific drugs

Although the bill makes no mention of specific drugs, state Sen. David Sater has said his bill was prompted by efforts elsewhere to require pharmacists to stock emergency contraception.

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