public health http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Smoke From Distant Wildfires Poses Health Risk To Illinois And Missouri Residents http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/smoke-distant-wildfires-poses-health-risk-illinois-and-missouri-residents <p>A new <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/health/impacts-of-wildfire-smoke/files/wildfire-smoke-IB.pdf">report </a>released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council warns that smoke from wildfires poses health risks to people living far from the actual blaze.</p><p>The study used data from 2011, an especially bad year for wildfires in the US, to rank states with the greatest number of residents affected by wildfire smoke for longer than a week.</p><p>Illinois and Missouri were ranked second and fourth respectively, despite having no wildfires of their own.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:47:13 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 30913 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Smoke From Distant Wildfires Poses Health Risk To Illinois And Missouri Residents St. Louis County Officials Call For Stricter Regulation Of Ameren's Meramec Power Plant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-officials-call-stricter-regulation-amerens-meramec-power-plant <p><strong><em>Updated at 3:45 p.m. on August 14, 2013 and at 11:10 a.m. on August 15, 2013 (to add comment from Ameren).</em></strong></p><p>Another St. Louis County official is calling for tighter pollution controls at Ameren's Meramec power plant.</p><p>St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley today released <a href="http://action.sierraclub.org/site/DocServer/Karl_Brooks_EPA_Ameren_CAD_Letter_August_2013.pdf?docID=14021">a letter</a> he sent to the Environmental Protection Agency, urging the agency to pursue sulfur dioxide controls at the Meramec plant.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:39:58 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin & Véronique LaCapra 28865 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Officials Call For Stricter Regulation Of Ameren's Meramec Power Plant Illinois' First Case Of West Nile In Birds Found In Monroe County http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-first-case-west-nile-birds-found-monroe-county <p>Illinois' first case this year of West Nile virus in a bird has been confirmed. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) the infected starling was collected by the Monroe County Health Department on June 27 in Waterloo, Ill.</p><p>This pattern of detection is part of an annual trend seen by health officials in which the West Nile virus is first detected in mosquitoes, followed by birds, and then, people. No cases have been reported so far this year in humans. However, according to health officials, it is only a matter of time before a person is infected.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:39:21 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 28113 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois' First Case Of West Nile In Birds Found In Monroe County Wash U Center Aims To Increase Collaboration On Global Health http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-center-aims-increase-collaboration-global-health <p></p><p>Researchers from all over the world are gathering today at Washington University for <a href="http://cghid.wustl.edu/?page_id=59">a conference on global health</a>.</p><p>The event is the first to be organized by the university’s recently-created <a href="http://cghid.wustl.edu/?page_id=2">Center for Global Health and Infectious Disease</a>. St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra spoke with the Center’s director Bill Powderly about its mission.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 25311 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wash U Center Aims To Increase Collaboration On Global Health