Durrie Bouscaren

Health and Science Reporter

Durrie Bouscaren covers healthcare and medical research throughout the St. Louis metro area. She comes most recently from Iowa Public Radio’s newsroom in Des Moines, where she reported on floods, a propane shortage, and small-town defense contractors. Since catching the radio bug in college, Bouscaren has freelanced and interned at NPR member stations WRVO, WAER and KQED. Her work has aired on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Harvest Public Media, a regional reporting collaborative. 

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City Hall Protests
7:17 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

City Hall Locks Doors During Planned Protest

Protesters sit on the steps of St. Louis City Hall, as locked metal grilles bar the doors.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

About 50 protesters who marched to St. Louis City Hall Wednesday were greeted with locked metal grilles barring the doors.  For approximately two hours, employees were unable to go in or out, and residents hoping to pick up paperwork were turned away.  

Protesters briefly blocked traffic at the intersection of Tucker Blvd. and Market St., before they were ordered to the sidewalk by police. Then, about 25 laid down in front of City Hall for a ‘die in,’ while others sat nearby.

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
5:17 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

St. Louis No. 1 In Nation For Chlamydia, No. 2 For Gonorrhea

The chlamydia bacteria, stained and viewed at 500 times.
Credit National Cancer Institute | Dr. Lance Liotta Laboratory

Post updated 12/16/14 with response from St. Louis City Health Department.

A new federal report shows that the city of St. Louis had the highest rate of chlamydia and the second-highest rate of gonorrhea infections among major U.S. cities in 2013.  

"We've had persistently high rates for a long time," said Brad Stoner, who directs the St. Louis STD and HIV Prevention Training Center at Washington University. "These rates are difficult to bring down unless we develop a concerted, community-wide effort to reach out, screen and treat populations at risk." 

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St. Louis Research to End
3:14 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

After 14 years, NIH Cancels National Children’s Study

Louise Flick, DrPH, principal investigator for the National Children’s Study Gateway Study Center and professor at SLU School of Public Health, Edwin Trevathan, M.D., MPH, dean of SLU’s School of Public Health (center), & Craig Schmid, St. Louis Alderman
Credit Chad Williams | Saint Louis University Medical Center

Its magnitude was ambitious and unprecedented: The National Children’s Study promised to follow 100,000 American children from before birth to the age of 21. Researchers sought a better understanding of autism, obesity and cancer by tracking links between children’s environments and their health outcomes. Since 2007, Congress has appropriated about $1.3 billion to fund planning and research; millions went to four research centers in the St. Louis region alone.  

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Hospital Economics
9:24 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Decision Nears On St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Move

President and CEO, Maryann Reese, stands in front of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in downtown Belleville, IL. The current building was completed in 1954.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

Update 12/16/14: St. Elizabeth's Hospital has asked the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to delay their planned vote over the hospital's move because not all board members will not be present at their December 16 meeting. The board's next meeting is January 27, 2015.

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Affordable Care Act
9:02 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

With ACA Signups Underway, Five Questions for Health and Human Services Official

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Credit US Department of Health and Human Services

If you’ve been taking your time to peruse the insurance plans on Healthcare.gov, there’s only one week left to enroll for coverage that begins on the first of the year. (The exchanges will remain open until Feb. 15, however.)

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Mental Health
8:10 am
Sun December 7, 2014

After Ferguson, Psychologists To Organize Culturally-Based Therapy Groups

Child therapist Anita Blackwell (right) attends a workshop for Emotional Emancipation Circles on December 6, 2014 at Harris Stowe University. The training was held by the St. Louis Association of Black Psychologists.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

“My soul is grieving. Our collective soul is grieving,” Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills said as she opened her training session for psychologists establishing therapy groups in a post-Ferguson world.  

The groups are called Emotional Emancipation Circles, or EEC’s, and they’re conducted in a specific way: create a safe space for people to talk about the racism they experience. Validate that experience. And give participants emotional tools to go forward.

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Health Insurance
8:09 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Turning a Personal Challenge Into Helping Others With HIV Get Insured

Ryan White, the Indiana teenager who, after contracting AIDS at age 13, advocated for a more considered approach to those facing AIDS-related illnesses. A federal program that pays for medical care for many people living with HIV/AIDS bears his name.
Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/Wildhartlivie)

For people who live with HIV/AIDS, the cost of anti-retroviral medications, doctor’s visits and other medical care can quickly amount to thousands of dollars each month. Health insurance can keep these costs affordable, and the federal Ryan White program pays the cost of insurance for Missourians who meet certain income guidelines. 

But choosing a plan that works for people living with HIV can still be a challenge, and it’s a process Tom Kribben knows well.

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Michael Brown Protests
12:58 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Transgender Group Stages The Largest Of An Array Of Protests Wednesday Night

Ka’milla McMiller (center) links arms with two other protesters to block the intersection of Kingshighway and Manchester Ave on November 26.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

Thumping their chests in unison, about 125 protesters blocking a major intersection in the Grove neighborhood staged a protest that mirrored those of the past few months; but with a slightly different message.

“Trans Lives Matter!” 

After a 4 and a half minute moment of silence, the group then marched up Manchester Avenue, as bar-goers walked outside to take pictures or raise their hands in solidarity.

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Tension Less In Shaw
5:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Violence Diminishes In Ferguson, As Law Enforcement Ramps Up

On South Florissant Road
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

The second day of post-grand jury protest in Ferguson unfolded in a familiar pattern. It began peacefully and ended with broken windows, tear gas and instructions to disperse. Forty-five people were arrested, the majority for misdemeanor offenses.

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Church Leaders Respond
3:09 am
Tue November 25, 2014

After Ferguson Decision, One Church's Grief And A Call To Action

A mother and her son react to the grand jury decision, they watched over livestream, at West Side Missionary Baptist Church in north St. Louis County.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

Audible groans murmured through the West Side Missionary Baptist Church in north St. Louis County when county prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced, via livestream, that no charges would be filed against Officer Darren Wilson.

Church leaders switched off the projector and the Rev. Starsky Wilson stood to give a sermon, calling for dissent.   

“The question is whether our faith will produce anything as an alternative witness to the system that has both broken, busted and disgusted,” Wilson said.

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