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MU Health Care is the presenting sponsor at this Friday's Mature Living Festival. Nurse practitioner DAVID FREEZE hopes to use the festival to spread the word about osteoporosis. But it's not all about your health. ROSE VOMUND hopes people will also come for the fun, the education and the entertainment! Also, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. MU Health Care child life specialist CHRISTINA McHENRY tells us how her team makes life as pleasant as possible for children afflicted with cancer. (4:08) September 30, 2019

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. DR. KATIE MURRAY, MU Health Care urologist, wants to make sure men between the ages of 55-70 are screened, because "when we do find prostate cancer, it's very treatable." Also, ELIZABETH STEPHENS, director of community outreach for the Columbia Missourian, is looking to you to uncover the unsung heroes in our community and nominate them for the 3rd annual Progress Awards! (3:35) September 5, 2019

Fresh out of surgery (no, really), MU Health Care cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM stops by to tell us about all the ways we can and should pay more attention to our heart. Far too often, he says we take our heart for granted, which can "get us into trouble." August 29, 2019

If you or someone you know is suffering from Parkinson's Disease, MU Health Care invites you to a patient and caregiver conference this Saturday in Columbia. Guest: DR. JUNAID SIDDIQUI | Also, (Columbia) Missouri National Education Association president KATHY STEINHOFF tells us how the student loan crisis is affecting teachers entering the workforce. She says, "our young teachers, they're putting off having families and buying houses - all the things that stimulate our economy...because they're trying to pay back these loans." August 19, 2019

Midwest Special Needs Trust executive director KATHY BIRKES introduces us to this 30 year-old non-profit that aims to ease the burden of financial planning on those with disabilities. Also, FARHAN SIDDIQ, MD, MU Health Care, tells us about brain aneurysms - the signs, the symptoms and the treatments. (3:32) July 24, 2019

"This event cuts out any financial barriers." -- HANNAH NICHOLS on just one of the many reasons why local high school and middle school students should attend Missouri Orthopaedic Institute's annual Sports Physical Day. Additional guest: ROSAMARIA INGRAM | Also, KATHY LEE invites those willing to battle heat, hills and humidity in this year's 60th annual Heart of America Marathon. This "bucket list" marathon travels throughout Columbia and Boone County. New this year: fun team relays! (4:32) July 8, 2019

It's known as a 'silent killer'. So what, if any, are the warning signs? DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM says "the trouble with blood pressure is, unless we take the effort to measure it, we may not recognize that we have high blood pressure." June 26, 2019

MU Health Care's BETH ORNS tells us about a monthly support group she facilitates for those suffering from postpartum depression. She says it's the "most common complication of pregnancy"..."more common than gestational diabetes." Also, BETH WEINSTING invites everyone to Serenity Valley Winery this Saturday for the 3rd annual Strawberry Festival for Central Missouri Honor Flight. The goal of this fundraiser is to raise enough money to send 25 veterans to Washington, D.C. (5:06) June 3, 2019

Set in the 1920s, director LAUREN DOTSON promises a roaring good time for anyone who comes to see Maplewood Barn Theatre's production/interpretation of 'Romeo and Juliet', opening this Thursday and running for three weekends! Additional guest: JOE BOGUE | Also,  MU Health Care's DR. LAINE YOUNG-WALKER wants to end the stigma associated with talking about one's mental health. She says that it's "as important as physical health." May is Mental Health Awareness Month. (4:08) May 28, 2019

MU Health Care Urgent Care Facilities to Merge, Open at New Location

May 16, 2019
MU Health Care's main campus, near Stadium Blvd. in downtown Columbia.
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Two MU urgent care facilities will merge into one new location to increase the availability of medical care in Columbia, beginning June 1, MU officials said.

Pediatric Urgent Care, currently at the MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital at 404 N. Keene St., and Mizzou Urgent Care, currently at 551 E. Southampton Drive, will merge into a new location.

The new urgent care facility will be located at 3916 S. Providence Road and is scheduled to open June 1, the same day the other facilities close, said MU Health Care spokeswoman Jennifer Horton.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Get details on Ellis Fischel Cancer Center's annual free screening event happening next week in Columbia. Guest: DR. EMILY SMITH | Also, 'Salvation Army Week' is underway! Stop by the Thrift Store for special sales and/or the Harbor House for a special tour. Plus, find out when to mark your calendar for National Donut Day! Guest: JACK HOLLOWAY (4:12) May 13, 2019

May is Stroke Awareness Month. MU Health Care's DR. CAMILO GOMEZ tells us about some of the risk factors and the warning signs, and what to do if you're put in the position of saving someone who's suffering from the onset of a stroke: "time is brain." Also, Columbia Community Band members LINDSEY TYLER and STEVE FAIR invite everyone to their spring concert, A May Medley of Musical Miscellany, this Sunday at Hickman High School! (4:00) April 30, 2019

MU Health Care doctors SHVETHA ZAREK and ALBERT HSU walk us through the steps of in vitro fertilization (IVF), a process that's given life to more than 7 million babies worldwide in its 40-year history. Also, HEATHER LAMB invites everyone to Vox Magazine's 'Farm To Table' event, known as 'Columbia Grown', later this month. For one night only, chefs from all over Missouri will serve you a four-course meal made from locally-grown ingredients! (4:21) April 8, 2019

"By and large, I would say, as a human being and as a society, we need to make the conscious effort to get out there and spend more time exploring nature - for our health, for our body, for our mind." -- DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM, MD, Cardiologist, MU Health Care. March 22, 2019

Despite the long list of at-risk factors to consider, DR. ERIK GROSSMANN, MD, MU Health Care, says that most people who get colon cancer have none of them, which is why it's important for everyone to get screened. Also, MARILYN McLEOD invites everyone to two events at the Columbia Public Library. The first is a 'Lunch and Learn' with keynote speaker Brianna Lennon, and the other is a candidate forum with Columbia's mayoral candidates and candidates for school board. (3:40) March 15, 2019

February is American Heart Month, and DR. BRIAN BOSTICK, MU Health Care, says if your family has a history of heart disease, it's important that you get screened - and even if your family is in the clear, it's important that you be aware of the risks so that history doesn't begin with you. Also, (3:34) local photographer ANASTASIA POTTINGER takes us beyond the pages of her new book, '100: What Time Creates', which features intimate photos of centenarians. What's the secret to making it to such an advanced age? Anastasia says she learned it's "staying plump." February 26, 2019

"They have 90 seconds to say whatever they want, do whatever they want..." -- TODD DAVISON on the early audition process of some 800 actors and technicians ahead of the summer season. And speaking of the summer season, Maples Rep Theatre kicks theirs off with 'The Full Monty' June 12th. Also, DR. STEPHEN COLBERT, MU Health Care, talks about the symptoms of and the treatments for carpal tunnel. [4:24] February 12, 2019

MU Health Care's DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM says intermittent fasting could be the answer to ridding ourselves of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and neurodegenerative diseases. January 25, 2019

MU Health Care's LAURIE SAX, RD says the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve is when we "have the most unintended weight gain." She shows us how snacking alone can add up to more than 3,000 calories. Also, SCOTT BRADLEY tells us about a specific type of carpet tile made from eco-friendly material. He says it's "very dense and it handles traffic really well, and it's super-easy to clean." (3:44) December 28, 2018

DR. BEN HANSEN, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, says the best way to continue living a healthy and productive life with arthritis is to "keep moving." Also, HANNAH REEVES invites everyone to stop by Sager | Braudis Gallery beginning December 7th to see the annual Masters Exhibit. The theme this year is "mid-century abstraction." (5:09) November 26, 2018

DASI SCHLUP talks about the highs and lows of being a social worker at MU Health Care's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Also, MARK PALMER and TERI WALDEN tell us why EnCircle Technologies and Woodhaven decided to join forces to better serve the needs of those already taking part in programs at both organizations. "It was a natural fit from the beginning." (5:01) November 12, 2018

Guest LAINIE VANSANT says MU Theatre Department's production of 'Fever/Dream' is an adaptation of 'Life as a Dream', only set in the corporate world. (The "king" in the original is the "president" in this version.) A comedy, "Fever/Dream" opens this Wednesday and runs for just one weekend in the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. Additional guest: ASHER ALT | Also, MU Health Care cardiologist DR. HEMANT GODARA tells us about the warning signs and symptoms of AFib, or atrial fibrillation. He says he sees people who have been in AFib for years that have "no clue." (4:19) October 29, 2018

Everyone is 'willkommen' in Shikles Auditorium, home to Capital City Productions' 'Cabaret' beginning this Thursday in Jefferson City! Meet the actress playing 'Sally Bowles', MARGARET GRAHAM, as well as director ROB CROUSE. Also, CHASE HARPER, MU Health Care, tells us about this Friday's Mature Living Festival at the Parkade Center in Columbia. Flu shots, health screenings and assisted living resources are just a few of the offerings for adults and senior citizens alike! (5:00) October 8, 2018

Curators Hear MU Health Care Success, Translational Precision Med Plans

Sep 20, 2018

MU Health Care celebrated a solid year, and the Translational Precision Medicine Complex received support from the UM System Board of Curators on Thursday.

MU Health Care broke the $1 billion mark in net patient revenue for the first time in fiscal year 2018, MU Health Care CEO Jonathan Curtright said in his annual update during the board's meeting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. That's a $200 million annual increase. 

Extra weight may affect the heart's normal operation, but DR. ANAND CHOCKLINGAM, MU Health Care, says that shedding those unwanted pounds by simply dieting isn't the answer. August 28, 2018

After a surprise announcement, Talking Horse Productions Artistic Director ED HANSON talks about their latest show, "Ripcord," opening this Friday and running for two weekends! | Also, KARLA WASHINGTON invites anyone "caring for an aging loved one" to MU Health Care's 2nd annual Family Caregiver Conference on August 16th in Columbia. (3:58) August 8, 2018

MU Health Care to Discuss Opioid Program

Jul 26, 2018

MU Health Care representatives will get together with 4th District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler on Monday afternoon to talk about the status of a medication-assisted opioid recovery program.

Leslie Porth, senior vice president of strategic quality initiatives for the Missouri Hospital Association, and emergency room physician Jonathan Heidt will meet with Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, and other stakeholders in the Opioid State Targeted Response program, according to a news release from the association.

Stay safe this Fourth of July! Even sparklers can reach temperatures of about 2k-3k degrees. MU Health Care's DR. JONATHAN HEIDT says about half of those injuries from sparklers involve children age 5 and under. Also, director MATT SALTZBERG says MU Theatre Department's production of "Dance on Bones" is more than just a play, it's an experience. Don't miss this "theatre jazz odyssey" during its short run starting tonight! (4:27) June 27, 2018

If you've got a "stable heart," MU Health Care cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM encourages you to try turning your ordinary exercise routine into combination of maximum intensity for four minutes, followed by moderate intensity for four minutes. And don't forget to smile. June 8, 2018