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Posted Mar 31, 2015 at 7:37 AM

April 1 is Whole Grain Sampling Day, so why not include a variety of whole grain foods in your daily meals and snacks? Whole grains include wheat, corn, oats, rice, quinoa, farro, rye and others. Even popcorn, an easy high-fiber snack, is a whole grain.Whole grains contain phytochemicals, antioxidants, B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber and iron. Research shows eating whole grains may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity and diabetes. At least three servings a day...

Posted Mar 31, 2015 at 7:35 AM

In the time it takes you to read this article, another person will be added to a waiting list, hoping to receive a life-saving organ from a complete stranger – someone who believes in passing along the gift of life. Organ transplantation...

Updated Mar 30, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Since having weight-loss surgery, I set many personal goals.My first and most important goal was to get off my prescribed medications for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Mission accomplished.

Updated Mar 30, 2015 at 9:06 AM

A group of squirrels were dashing around in my yard last fall. They looked worried. Rushing back and forth and up the trees, they were not finding a lot of nuts to save for the winter. I could see their furrowed brows as they chattered squirrel talk...

Updated Mar 24, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Two Eastern Jackson County hospitals announced they received their Missouri Time Critical Diagnosis Designations for strokes on Monday.Centerpoint Medical Center of Independence and St. Mary’s Medical Center of Blue Springs are...

Posted Mar 24, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Probably the biggest news in nutrition isn't what experts say about what should be on your meal plates, but rather, what you might want to consider keeping off your plate.Last month, a nutrition advisory panel that influences our...

Posted Mar 24, 2015 at 6:47 AM

Every person plays an important role in improving the health of the nation because good personal health is connected to good public health. Each year, the first full week of April is recognized as National Public Health Week. This is a time to...

Updated Mar 24, 2015 at 12:32 AM

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri lawmakers have tried and failed for more than a decade to join the rest of the country in creating a prescription drug monitoring program. All the while, state Rep. Holly Rehder watched her daughter's addiction to...

Posted Mar 21, 2015 at 12:42 PM

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, affectionately called Obamacare by conservatives and others, is an 877-page law. I bet you that very few members of Congress have actually read and studied the law. I don’t know how anyone...

Posted Mar 20, 2015 at 1:01 AM

TIP OF THE WEEKSpring is upon us, and if you have seasonal allergies, you may be less excited about that than most. After all, what fun is finally freeing your face from that scarf if youre just going to bury it in a tissue?

Updated Mar 19, 2015 at 9:55 PM

JEFFERSON CITY – Hundreds of people rallied at the Missouri Capitol on Thursday to call on lawmakers to expand Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults, despite resistance from Republican leaders who have called the issue a...

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