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Industrial Pollution
7:18 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

New Health Survey Fails To Dispel Concerns About Industrial Contamination In North St. Louis County

The "plume" of TCE-contaminated groundwater in Elmwood Park is shown in light blue in the top left of this map.
Credit U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

After years of concern, residents of Elmwood Park aren't any closer to knowing if they are being harmed by chemical vapors.

In the late 1980s, the industrial chemical trichloroethylene, or TCE, was first detected in groundwater under the North St. Louis County neighborhood. The contamination came from spills at the nearby Missouri Metals Shaping Company.

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Women's Health
3:19 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Kiener Plaza Fountain Turns Teal For Ovarian Cancer Awareness

St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness president Lisa Sienkiewicz stands next to the Kiener Plaza Fountain in downtown St. Louis. The fountain was dyed teal in honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. SLOCA members handed out flyers and information about ovarian cancer symptoms to passersby.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

To kick off National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, local organizers dyed the water in the Kiener Plaza Fountain in downtown St. Louis teal -- the trademark color of the awareness campaign.

Sometimes called the ‘silent killer,’ ovarian cancer can be difficult to recognize before it’s in an advanced stage.

The rate of survival is low: 20,593 American women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011. 14,346 women died, according to the Center for Disease Control. But treatments are most effective when the cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages.

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Coldwater Creek
8:41 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Survey Shows Numerous Cancers, Other Diseases, Near North St. Louis County Creek

An online survey has collected 1,242 reports of cancer from current and former residents of the neighborhoods around Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis County.
Credit Via Coldwater Creek Facts PowerPoint presentation.

New data are adding to concerns that exposure to radioactive waste in Coldwater Creek could be causing cancers and other health problems.

Nuclear waste generated by the Mallinckrodt Company was dumped in North St. Louis County after World War II, contaminating the creek and surrounding areas.

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Cancer Research
12:02 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Wash U Maps Genomes Of Two Major Cancers, Could Impact Treatment

Lines in this circos plot connect major genes involved in acute myeloid leukemia with patients whose leukemia cells have mutations in those genes.
Credit Benjamin Raphael, Brown University

In separate studies both published today, researchers at Washington University mapped the genomes of two types of cancer: endometrial cancer, and acute myeloid leukemia.

Both studies are part of The Cancer Genome Atlas project, an effort funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the genetic basis of 20 major human cancers.

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Cancer
6:05 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Rates Of Radiation-Related Cancers Not Higher Near Coldwater Creek, Study Says

A map from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services report showing the areas included in the Coldwater Creek cancer study.

Residents of the area around Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County do not have higher rates of cancers caused by exposure to radiation. That's the finding of a study released today by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.

State scientists looked at the incidence of 27 types of cancer in five zip codes near the creek for the period from 1996 to 2004.

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Cancer Research
11:52 am
Tue February 19, 2013

St. Louis To Participate In National Cancer Study

This image shows the 3-D structure of a melanoma (skin cancer) cell.
National Cancer Institute/Sriram Subramaniam

The American Cancer Society is launching a nationwide study to try to better understand the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that contribute to causing cancer.

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Science
8:44 am
Fri December 28, 2012

University Of Missouri Researcher To Receive National Medal of Science

Credit Adam Procter / Flickr

A University of Missouri researcher is one of only a dozen recipients of this year’s National Medal of Science, announced by President Barack Obama Thursday.

Frederick Hawthorne is the director of the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine at MU, and will be receiving the nation’s highest honor for scientists.The University says the Institute “was created largely to facilitate Hawthorne’s research” with the chemical element Boron.  

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Genetics - Cancer
12:00 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

New study suggests the key to treating cancer may lie in its genetics

Histological tissue section from a sample of lung squamous carcinoma.
(National Institutes of Health)

New genetic research on lung cancer may help open the door to more targeted cancer treatments.

A national consortium of scientists has mapped and analyzed genetic mutations in squamous cell carcinoma, a common type of lung cancer.

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Minority Health
5:38 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

New SLU initiative aims to combat cancer in African Americans

A woman performs a breast self-examination (BSE) to check for tumors.
(National Cancer Institute/Bill Branson)

Saint Louis University is launching a new initiative to try to fight cancer in minorities.

The SLU Center for Cancer Prevention, Research and Outreach will work with community organizations to improve cancer outcomes for African Americans living in North St. Louis City and County.

The initiative will initially focus on breast and prostate cancer.

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Genetics - Cancer
6:43 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Unwinding the helix: using genetics to treat childhood cancer

Washington University’s Todd Druley uses a magnet to separate DNA-coated magnetic beads from a liquid reaction buffer, to isolate specific genes from patient DNA for sequencing analysis.
Scott Supplesa

Pediatric leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. There are about 3,000 new cases in the United States every year, typically in children between the ages of four and six.

With treatment, about three-quarters of affected children are able to beat the disease.

But for those with what’s known as “high risk” leukemia, the odds of survival are much worse.

Washington University pediatric oncologist Dr. Todd Druley has been trying to use genetics to understand why some leukemia is so hard to treat. He spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra.

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