Robert Joiner http://news.stlpublicradio.org en House Proposal Could Put Spotlight On Asthma Care In Rural Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/house-proposal-could-put-spotlight-asthma-care-rural-missouri <p>Missouri is on the verge of breaking new ground in asthma care by extending more services to needy children in rural parts of the state.&nbsp;</p><p>The additional services would include specialists to inspect more homes to pinpoint asthma triggers. They would also supply educators to show families and health providers how to identify and reduce the triggers, and to help asthmatic children manage their condition.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 04:43:03 +0000 Robert Joiner 35643 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org House Proposal Could Put Spotlight On Asthma Care In Rural Missouri To Offset Loss Of Grocery Stores, City Tries Alternate Tactics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/offset-loss-grocery-stores-city-tries-alternate-tactics <p><iframe height="400px" overflow="hidden" src="http://stlpublicradio.github.io/stl-groceries/index.html" width="100%"></iframe><em>Last week, Schnucks&nbsp;announced it was closing its store on Grand Boulevard in north St. Louis. The closure adds to the "food desert" in that part of the city. However, there are several programs in St. Louis that are attempting to make it easier for people to have access to fresh, healthy food. The map above shows some</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the full-service grocery stores in St. Louis. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:54:40 +0000 Robert Joiner 35404 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org To Offset Loss Of Grocery Stores, City Tries Alternate Tactics Health Departments Still Mastering The Art Of Tweeting http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/health-departments-still-mastering-art-tweeting <p>Public health departments are trying to reach their audiences through social media, but most have yet to learn how to "tweet" beyond the choir.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s the basic finding of a study out of Washington University in St. Louis that looked at how effectively local health agencies reach audiences through Twitter. Based on the study’s findings, health department tweets are more likely to connect with other health experts, educators and non-profit groups rather than ordinary consumers in need of reliable health information.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:45:38 +0000 Robert Joiner 35119 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Health Departments Still Mastering The Art Of Tweeting A New Hypothesis For Asthma in Blacks: Are Medications Part Of The Problem? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-hypothesis-asthma-blacks-are-medications-part-problem <p>Medical researchers have been trying for years to figure out why asthma is much more prevalent among African Americans than whites.&nbsp; The easy answers include numerous environmental factors, such as allergens associated with pollution, cockroaches, dust mites and mold. These can be found in any household, but are thought to be more common in substandard dwellings in poor neighborhoods where asthma is more widespread.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:56:48 +0000 Robert Joiner 34777 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A New Hypothesis For Asthma in Blacks: Are Medications Part Of The Problem? Building A Pipeline Of Doctors To Help The Shortage In Missouri's Rural Communities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/building-pipeline-doctors-help-shortage-missouris-rural-communities <p><em>Part three of three</em></p><p>For someone who was clueless about what he wanted to do after finishing high school, Luke Stephens has done quite well in life.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He’s now </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr.</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Luke Stephens, with a degree in cell and molecular biology from Missouri State University in 2004, and a&nbsp;medical degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:13:10 +0000 Robert Joiner 34498 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Building A Pipeline Of Doctors To Help The Shortage In Missouri's Rural Communities The Doctor Shortage In Rural Missouri: Are Advanced Practice Nurses A Solution? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/doctor-shortage-rural-missouri-are-advanced-practice-nurses-solution <p><i>Part two of a three-part series.</i></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lisa Schofield regards her business as an example of the future of health care in rural Missouri.</span></p><p>She owns the Theodosia Family Medical Clinic in south central Missouri, a region with a big demand for medical care and too few doctors to meet it. Theodosia is situated in Ozark County near the Arkansas border. The clinic serves about 900 patients, all of whom are treated by a nurse practitioner, or an N.P.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:24:44 +0000 Robert Joiner 34383 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Doctor Shortage In Rural Missouri: Are Advanced Practice Nurses A Solution? Is There A Doctor — Or Nurse Practitioner — In The House? Not In Rural Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/there-doctor-or-nurse-practitioner-house-not-rural-missouri <p><em>Part one of a three part series:</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He woke up in the middle of the night late last year, one hand swollen and the rest of his body was shaking all over.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 04:56:56 +0000 Robert Joiner 34331 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Is There A Doctor — Or Nurse Practitioner — In The House? Not In Rural Missouri Gathering Of Aging Activists Recalls A Protest And A Federal Law That Changed St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gathering-aging-activists-recalls-protest-and-federal-law-changed-st-louis <p>St. Louis attorney Frankie Muse Freeman helped to set the tone Wednesday when she summed up what it meant to be a young civil rights activist during the '60s.</p><p>“We were all branded troublemakers,” she said, “and I’m proud of that.”</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:55:06 +0000 Robert Joiner 34209 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gathering Of Aging Activists Recalls A Protest And A Federal Law That Changed St. Louis Public Comment Encouraged On 'For The Sake Of All' Research http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/public-comment-encouraged-sake-all-research <p>Scholars involved in a five-part study that examines the well-being of African Americans in the St. Louis region will seek public feedback on their research during a forum on March 3 at the Forest Park Visitor Center. The session, from 2 to 5 p.m., is free, but participants must sign up through the <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/for-the-sake-of-all-community-feedback-forum-registration-10316814871" target="_blank">event registration page</a>.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:04:58 +0000 Robert Joiner 33769 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Public Comment Encouraged On 'For The Sake Of All' Research Actor's Apparent Heroin Overdose Points To Widespread Trend http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/actors-apparent-heroin-overdose-points-widespread-trend <p>Experts who study drug trends say the presumed fatal heroin overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman shines the spotlight anew on the need for society to come to grips with widespread heroin abuse across the nation and in St. Louis.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among those who have studied the issue is Theodore “Ted” Cicero, a &nbsp;professor in </span>neuropharmacology<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in psychiatry at Washington University Medical School. He has tracked patient trends in 150 drug treatment facilities nationwide for more than seven years.</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:45:14 +0000 Robert Joiner 33484 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Actor's Apparent Heroin Overdose Points To Widespread Trend