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Managing osteoarthritis: What you don’t know is hurting you

Twenty-seven million Americans suffer every day from chronic discomfort and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There have been limited advancements in osteoarthritis therapies, leaving patients with fewer options and worsening symptoms. Because daily activities can be such a struggle,

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Missouri General Election update – Republicans sweep statewides

In Missouri, Republicans had an extremely successful election night as they swept all the statewide races and held onto their supermajorities in both legislative chambers. Many of the statewide races in Missouri were projected to be close, however that was not the case at all as Republicans all the way down the ticket enjoyed a

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MO State Fair saw increased attendance

This past August, 356,153 fairgoers visited the 2016 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, an increase of more than 4,000, “I am extremely pleased with attendance this year,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “We had a great Fair, and I’m proud that so many Missourians continue to see the State Fair as a destination

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Nuclear CSI: Noninvasive procedure could ID criminal nuclear activity

by Molly Peterson Determining if an individual has handled nuclear materials, such as uranium or plutonium, is a challenge national defense agencies currently face. The standard protocol to detect uranium exposure is through a urine sample; however, urine is able to only identify those who have been exposed recently. Now, scientists at the University of

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Cook and freeze now to avoid holiday stress

One way to reduce holiday stress is to prepare some of the food ahead of time and freeze it. From casseroles to cookies, you can have a large portion of your holiday food ready before the actual day arrives. “But some things freeze better than others,” said Tammy Roberts, University of Missouri Extension nutrition and

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Creating confidence: 8 steps to feeling more self-assured

Virtually everyone struggles with a lack of self-confidence at some point in their lives and it’s perfectly normal to feel unsure of yourself in certain situations. However, if you find a lack of confidence is holding you back from fully enjoying your personal life, or achieving your professional goals, it may be time to take

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Want a memory boost? Try a hearing test

Intrigued by all the brain-training products out there to keep your mind sharp and spirits young? You may want to consider something else: A hearing test. That’s right. Mounting evidence links untreated hearing loss to impaired memory and diminished cognitive function. What that means is, if you keep brushing off that suspected hearing loss of

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The key to good caregiving: A healthy caregiver

It is estimated that more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. For the vast majority, the deeply personal responsibility of caring for a loved one with a devastating disease constitutes a “labor of love,” but caregiving can take a severe emotional and physical toll on those providing

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Send your plants on a tropical vacation

The end of the growing season does not have to signal the end of tropical container plants that have brought months of enjoyment. “With a bit of care they can be carried through the winter and put to work the follow spring as outdoor patio plants,” said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. Tropical

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