Your Health

Possible measles case in the Kansas City, Missouri area

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is working with the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department to investigate a possible case of measles in the Kansas City, Missouri area. The individual presented to a hospital in Kansas after developing a rash on March 21, 2018. The illness began following international travel. The initial

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Tools could aid research in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

A team of University of Missouri neuroscientists are inching closer to developing the tools needed to decipher the brain. In 2015, the team received a National Science Foundation Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) award to investigate a newly discovered class of proteins that are turned on by heat. Now, the team has published

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Could a Water Fast Help You Fight the Flu?

Research suggests a short-term water fast can regenerate the immune system, recruit stem cells, and may help protect you against one of the most severe flu seasons in a decade. This year’s Type A influenza, H3N2, has been associated with more complications, hospitalizations, and deaths than any flu since the swine flu epidemic of 2009.

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Therapeutic riding programs help veterans cope with PTSD, MU study finds

In the United States, military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often are prescribed therapeutic horseback riding (THR) as a complementary therapy, but little is known about how these programs affect PTSD in military veterans. Now, a University of Missouri study has determined that veterans had a significant decrease in PTSD scores just weeks

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For Older Adults, Volunteering Could Improve Brain Function

MU researcher finds association between volunteering and improved cognitive functioning, especially among women and those with lower levels of education Story Contact: Sheena Rice, ricesm@missouri.edu, 573-882-8353 By Megan Liz Smith Older adults worried about losing their cognitive functions could consider volunteering as a potential boost, according to a University of Missouri researcher. While volunteering and

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Are couples who choose to ‘live apart’ tested when partners require caregiving?

Previous research has shown that unmarried adults are choosing long-distance or cross-residential relationships as a way to have companionship and independence later in life. Jacquelyn Benson, an expert of older adult relationships from the University of Missouri, has found that such couples safeguard personal autonomy to maintain partnerships and relationship satisfaction. While autonomy is paramount

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How to Avoid Mosquitos

Missouri State Parks has increased its awareness and prevention campaign regarding mosquitoes after the Jefferson County Health Department identified a mosquito carrying the West Nile virus in Mastodon State Historic Site near Imperial. Staff at the site will increase efforts to advise and educate all visitors on ways to minimize being bitten by mosquitoes. Information

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