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Why are African-American women so much more likely to die of cancer than white women? Former cancer surgeon Dr. Harold P. Freeman took on the issue for the New York Times. He shares his observations.

Last-minute applicants for health insurance jam the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, Calif., on Monday.

Over the next year, many of the more than 1.2 million people who used the Covered California exchange to buy health insurance are expected to switch to job-based plans or Medicaid.

MSU walking path ribbon cutting

For those who have been itching to get outside and take a walk, you're in luck:  Missouri State University's campus has just become the 35thsite of officially recognized walking trails in the Walk Springfield initiative.  A kickoff celebration took place Wednesday as part of National Walking Day. KSMU's Theresa Bettmann attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and has this report.

A top-down view of the connections in the fetal human brain, from an effort to map brain function.

In nine months the human brain grows from a single cell to more than 80 billion. Mapping how genes are activated gives scientists clues to the origins of mental disorders like autism.

Models Sabine Jemelijanova and Rosie OBrien promote The Sun's Check 'em Tuesday campaign, aimed at boosting breast self-exams.

A risque campaign that aims to boost self-exams for breast cancer has reignited a debate about whether they prevent cancer deaths. One doctor says it's time to change how women look for lumps.

Jordan Valley Community Health Center

Students at Missouri State University are providing care for patients who otherwise might not get it.  And they’re learning to work in their chosen field at the same time.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky tells us more about an arrangement with the MSU Physical Therapy program and a local health clinic.

Healthy Hearts / Photo Credit: Caro Wallis via Flikr.com

Food pantry volunteers and the general public are invited to become certified "Food Ambassadors" next week. The Healthy Food Pantry Collaborative as well as many food pantries from around the Ozarks will provide a training focusing on foods that fit specific dietary needs, as KSMU Shannon Bowers explains.

Karl Sutton leaves his mobile greenhouse in Montana. He sells spinach as part of a farmers co-op, and likes that non-profit business model for his health insurance, too.

Karl Sutton belongs to a farmers co-op in Montana where member-owners share costs and revenue. A health insurance co-op appeals to him, too — but can the model grow beyond its niche market?

One Run For Boston

After the bombing at last year’s Boston Marathon, runners and non-runners around the world sought ways to support the victims.  Three friends from England decided to do something big to show their support, not knowing just how large their efforts would grow. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has more on their efforts, which are on display this week in Missouri.