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Truman Veterans' Hospital staff cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM makes his case for intermittent fasting as a way to combat our nation's ever-growing obesity problem by suggesting (those healthy enough try) a meditative process he calls 'hunger-based gratitude experience', or HUGE. July 30, 2020

Sunday Drive-In Testing Ending At MU, Boone Hospitals

Apr 17, 2020
Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

Both MU Health Care and Boone Hospital Center are ending drive-thru testing on Sundays beginning this weekend.

MU Health Care said in a news release that it will provide alternative sites for anyone needing emergency testing on Sundays: either the emergency room at the University Hospital or at the Women's and Children's Hospital. Patients will need to call ahead before coming in for testing, the release notes.

Starting Monday, MU Health Care is changing its weekday hours for drive-thru testing to 8 a.

MU Health Care To Participate In COVID-19 Plasma Trial

Apr 17, 2020
Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

  MU Health Care and more than 100 other hospitals nationwide will join a clinical trial to determine whether plasma from those previously infected with COVID-19 can benefit those currently fighting the virus.

In partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Red Cross, the Mayo Clinic trial is to test the belief that “convalescent plasma” from recovered donors can be infused into current patients to fight the virus, according to a news release from MU Health Care.

Take it easy! Women age 50-80 are nine times more likely (than a man) to experience what they think is a heart attack but is actually stress cardiomyopathy. MU Health Care cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM explains. March 20, 2020

One takeaway from our conversation with MU Health Care nephrology specialist DR. SMRITA DORAIRAJAN: our kidneys are very sensitive. Dr. Dorairajan touches on common issues like hydration and over-the-counter medication. On medication (such as aspirin), she says: "People know that it can cause gastritis and acidity, but not many people know that it can get your kidneys." February 11, 2020

Why is DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM, MU Health Care cardiologist, seeing more and more people under the age of 40 with high blood pressure? For starters, he says the number of hours of sleep is going down and the food being consumed is not healthy. But why? "Probably because life pace has many more things people are doing." January 24, 2020

"Everyone's on an assignment to watch 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'." -- JILL WOMACK on how TRYPS is getting their actors up to speed on this oft-forgotten Dick Van Dyke classic. (Did you know that the movie was based on a novel by Ian Fleming?) Audition workshop is January 4! Also, DR. ARPIT AGGARWAL, MU Health Care, has advice on how to carry on through the remaining days of the holiday season if you're feeling a bit down. He says, "it's okay to have a good cry, but it's also important to ask for help." (3:36) December 30, 2019

DR. MAGGIE CARDONELL, MU Health Care, tells us about the grand opening of an eye clinic with an emphasis on pediatric ophthalmology. Also, author ELISHA WELLS STROUPE never expected to be a 'desperate farmwife', but since she is, she might as well write a book about it! (3:30) December 9, 2019

Did you know that Missouri ranks among the top 10 states in terms of lung cancer cases diagnosed each year? Why? DR. JUSSUF KAIFI, MU Health Care, says because of Missouri's high smoking rate (we're ranked there, too). Early screening is key to survival! Also, ROB CROUSE invites everyone to see 'Plaid Tidings' at Capital City Productions in Jefferson City. "Family fun for everybody!" (4:51) November 26, 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. DR. NICOLE NELSON, Columbia Surgical Associates, tells us about some of the warning signs in both women and men, and what happens if an abnormality is discovered. The good news? Breast cancer (that's diagnosed early) isn't the death sentence it used to be. Dr. Nelson says the five-year survival rate among all-comers is actually 90%. October 17, 2019

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.
Nathan Lawrence / KBIA

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