Scientists at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis say inosital, a nutrient found in grains and nuts, may help prevent brain and spinal cord birth defects. Researchers found when female mice couldn't metabolize inositol, about 15% of their embryos had defects like spina bifida, or a split spine.
Lead researcher Monita Wilson says folic acid can prevent about 70% of brain and spinal cord birth defects and inositol may further decrease the chances.
Edwardsville, Ill. – Two homes had to be evacuated Monday and power was shut off near downtown Edwardsville because of heavy rain.
Edwardsville Fire Department Lieutenant Bob Morgan told the Alton Telegraph that storm sewers were overwhelmed, and the residents of the homes had to leave because of problems with the structures’ brick foundations.
Several roads in Edwardsville also had to be shut down because of high water.
YANGON, Myanmar – A top police official said the military government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, was considering releasing pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest this week, but canceled the decision after a Missouri man stayed at her house in violation of the country's security law.
The official said Tuesday that authorities were talking of releasing Suu Kyi Wednesday after nearly six years under house arrest.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The state of Missouri has agreed to pay $500,000 to a former governor's office attorney to settle claims he was wrongfully terminated and defamed by Gov. Matt Blunt after questioning the office's e-mail deletion practices.
The settlement was announced Friday by Attorney General Chris Koster.