St. Louis, MO – New research out of Saint Louis University finds that a fruit extract can kill breast cancer cells in the lab. The fruit, called bitter melon, is a popular ingredient in Indian and Chinese cooking, and is also used in traditional medicine to treat diabetes.
SLU pathologist Ratna Ray led the study. She wanted to see whether bitter melon has any anti-tumor activity. To do that, she tested it on breast cancer cells and on normal, non-cancerous controls.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers conducted a hearing Monday evening on legislation that would bar the State Gaming Commission from revoking the license of a casino for underperforming financially.
The bill was filed in reaction to the Gaming Commission's decision to revoke the license of the President Casino in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis – A wet October and a snowy winter could mean serious flooding in the St. Louis region.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service in St. Louis say there is a high probability that the Mississippi and Missouri rivers will flood this spring. Ground saturated by record rainfall in October did not have time to dry out before the winter, said service hydrologist Mark Fuchs, and there's a heavy snowpack in states at the head of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.