health http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Wash U Clinic Seeks Treatments For An Often Undiagnosed Syndrome That Wreaks Havoc On Women http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-clinic-seeks-treatments-often-undiagnosed-syndrome-wreaks-havoc-women <p>Randa Herman of Marion, Ill., always knew something was wrong. Her menstrual period came late and wasn’t regular. She had extra hair growth where there wasn’t supposed to be any, and acne after adolescence.</p><p>Eventually, Herman discovered her troubles were caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome&nbsp;and found her way to Dr. Valerie Ratts' office at Washington University’s School of Medicine.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:14:59 +0000 Amanda Honigfort 37485 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wash U Clinic Seeks Treatments For An Often Undiagnosed Syndrome That Wreaks Havoc On Women Report: Racial Health Disparities Affect Everyone In St. Louis, Not Just African Americans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-racial-health-disparities-affect-everyone-st-louis-not-just-african-americans <p>If your skin isn’t black, why should you care about the health and well-being of African Americans in the St. Louis region?</p><p>That’s just one of the questions Washington University public health researcher Jason Purnell and his team set out to answer in a project called <em><a href="http://forthesakeofall.org/" target="_blank">For the Sake of All</a>.</em></p><p>Purnell, along with colleagues from Washington University and St. Louis University, assessed racial health disparities&nbsp;in the region and their larger impact over the course of 14 months.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 36580 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: Racial Health Disparities Affect Everyone In St. Louis, Not Just African Americans Cardiologist Speaks On Snow, Sugar And Other Dangers To The Heart http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cardiologist-speaks-snow-sugar-and-other-dangers-heart <p>With this winter’s prolific snowfalls, slippery streets and biting cold aren’t the only dangers to be concerned about. According to cardiologist Andrew Kates, people should also think twice about shoveling snow if they aren’t accustomed to exercise. That’s because shoveling snow can cause heart attacks.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:12:31 +0000 Camille Phillips 33494 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cardiologist Speaks On Snow, Sugar And Other Dangers To The Heart The Past Decade Shows Progress In The Battle Against Chronic Diseases, St. Louis Researchers Say http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/past-decade-shows-progress-battle-against-chronic-diseases-st-louis-researchers-say <p><em>Fifth Brief: For the Sake of All</em></p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:31:20 +0000 Camille Phillips 32973 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Past Decade Shows Progress In The Battle Against Chronic Diseases, St. Louis Researchers Say Report: Racial Divide Leads To Health Disparity In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-racial-divide-leads-health-disparity-st-louis <p><em>Fourth Brief: For the Sake of All</em></p><p></p><p>In the fourth policy brief from <a href="http://forthesakeofall.org/" target="_blank">For the Sake of All</a>, a collaborative, inter-disciplinary study on the health of African Americans in St. Louis and St. Louis County, researchers focused on the role segregation plays on health in the area. It is titled <a href="http://forthesakeofall.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/policy-brief-4.pdf" target="_blank">"Segregation: Divided Cities Lead to Differences in Health."</a></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:28:49 +0000 Camille Phillips 32085 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: Racial Divide Leads To Health Disparity In St. Louis March Of Dimes Turns Research Focus To Preventing Premature Birth http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/march-dimes-turns-research-focus-preventing-premature-birth <p>When Reggie Rideout's daughter Maya was born seven years ago, she weighed just 1 lb. 15 oz.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:31:01 +0000 Camille Phillips 31540 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org March Of Dimes Turns Research Focus To Preventing Premature Birth St. Louis Researchers Connect African-American Health Problems To Poverty, Lack Of Education http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-researchers-connect-african-american-health-problems-poverty-lack-education <p><em>First Brief: For the Sake of All</em></p><p>A disproportionate number of African Americans in St. Louis live in poverty and lack a high school education. African-American St. Louisans also have a higher death rate than white St. Louisans. According to a <a href="http://forthesakeofall.org/" target="_blank">multi-disciplinary study currently under way in St. Louis</a>, there is a connection between the two trends.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:57:31 +0000 Camille Phillips 29757 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Researchers Connect African-American Health Problems To Poverty, Lack Of Education CDC Report: Obesity Rates Down Slightly Among Low-Income Preschoolers In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cdc-report-obesity-rates-down-slightly-among-low-income-preschoolers-missouri <p></p><p><em><strong>Updated at 5:30 p.m.&nbsp; to adjust y-axis units on graph and to add second map.</strong></em></p><p>It's not a big change, but it's at least in the right direction.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm62e0806a1.htm?s_cid=mm62e0806a1_w#Tab2">a new report</a> released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity among low-income preschoolers (ages 2-4) declined by at least one percentage point over the period from 2008 to 20011 in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:43:45 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 28906 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org CDC Report: Obesity Rates Down Slightly Among Low-Income Preschoolers In Missouri How Healthy Is Your County? St. Louis Area Counties Compared http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-healthy-your-county-st-louis-area-counties-compared <p>Is St. Charles County healthier than St. Louis City?<br><br>New <a href="http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/missouri/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall/by-rank">data</a> out from the&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute says "yes."</span></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:34:26 +0000 Kelsey Proud 24799 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How Healthy Is Your County? St. Louis Area Counties Compared Challenges, Opportunities For Increasing Access To Mental Health Care http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/challenges-opportunities-increasing-access-mental-health-care <p>Earlier this week, prompted by the mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama announced a series of measures aimed at curbing gun violence.</p><p>Among the proposals is increasing access to mental health care.</p><p>All too often access to mental health care is scarce.&nbsp; Sometimes, the only place people can get care is if they are arrested and charged with a crime.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:44:00 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 8459 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Challenges, Opportunities For Increasing Access To Mental Health Care