• Medical Marijuana vs. Opioids: A Look at the Pros and Cons

    Missouri is the 32nd state to legalize marijuana, often referred to as cannabis, for medical use. Proponents of medical marijuana say, among many things, the drug could provide less dependence on opioids to manage pain. This article looks at both drugs and weighs the pros and cons.

    Marijua....

  • Climate Change: An Unmitigated Fact or Pronounced Lie?

    Denial is a psychological process. According to neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), denial is the method by which the human brain protects the ego. In the words of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, it is “a defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal ....

  • McCorkendale Farms: It's a Family Affair

    Brett Goligoski knew she wanted to pursue a career in the agriculture industry, but reconsidered because agriculture is highly male dominated. Despite the importance of women in ag, stereotypes make it hard to be seen as viable partners. Goligoski says there’s a common belief that women aren’....

  • Fort Osage School District's Farm to Fort Program Brings New Opportunities

    Children at the Fort Osage School District are eating local, fresh produce as a part of the Farm to Fort Program. Fort Osage introduced the Farm to Fort program to parents and community members at Elm Grove Elementary on Oct. 1, 2018. Students, teachers and faculty all took a bite at the same time for....

  • The Pet Effect

    The American Pet Owners Survey finds that 68 percent of households in the United States have pets as part of their families. Furthermore, the Scientific American states that the relationship between humans and animals began 2.6 million years ago. However, it wasn’t until just several thousand years....

  • Lyme Disease: The Mysterious U.S. Endemic

    Each year, more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by state health departments and the District of Columbia. However, studies suggest the actual number of individuals diagnosed with the disease is closer to 300,000.

    Even w....

  • Fighting the Good Fight

    B. Smith, a former 1970s groundbreaking supermodel, leveraged her celebrity to author a popular cookbook. She became a successful restauranteur and lifestyle expert. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013, she and her husband, Dan Gasby, broke new ground in their battle against the disease with the 201....

  • Protecting Our Girls: Trafficking on the Interstate

    It’s something you think happens in other countries. But every day, on the internet, in massage parlors, strip clubs and even truck stops, children, teens and adult women are sold into slavery. “Controllers” (another name for pimps) use them as sex slaves, and bus them from city to city....

  • Its Okay to Not be Okay

    Back in 1854, poet Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Unfortunately, modern statistics indicate his long-ago observation still rings true today.

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.nami.org) notes that in any given year, one i....

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Missouri Medicaid Expansion: Let's Shift Power to the People

Health care in the U.S. has a unique history. This retrospective offers a look at the past and how elected officials have shaped health care. It also offers a glimpse into 2020, when Missouri voters may have an opportunity to snatch the gavel and ....

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