disease

St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

The Past Decade Shows Progress In The Battle Against Chronic Diseases, St. Louis Researchers Say

(Courtesy National Cancer Institute via Wikimedia Commons)

Fifth Brief: For the Sake of All

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St. Louis on the Air
4:30 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Despite Funding Challenges, St. Louis Researchers Find Ways To Study Rare Diseases

A peripheral blood smear of sickle cell anemia.
(via Flikr/Ed Uthman)

Just as with most things in life, when it comes to researching diseases, there is strength in numbers. Most funding goes to researching well-known and wide-spread diseases such as cancer and heart disease. 

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Antibiotic Resistance
4:59 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Soil may be a source of antibiotic resistance

Scanning electron micrograph of the Pseudomonas bacteria.
(Courtesy of the Research Center for Auditory and Vestibular Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, supported by National Institutes of Health NIDCD Grant no. P30DC04665)

Soil bacteria may be helping to make disease-causing bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

That’s according to a new study out of Washington University.

Lead researcher, microbiologist Gautam Dantas, says he and his colleagues found seven genes in farmland soil bacteria that are identical to genes in human pathogens – and that provide resistance to a wide range of antibiotics.

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Morning Round-up
7:44 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, April 20, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Washington University officials on the lookout for bacterial meningitis 

Officials at Washington University are on the lookout for possible cases of bacterial meningitis after a female undergraduate student was diagnosed with the bacteria that can cause the illness.

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Bats - White-Nose Syndrome
12:16 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Bat disease confirmed in Missouri, likely to spread

A little brown bat showing symptoms of white-nose syndrome in Greeley Mine, Vermont (April, 2009).
(Marvin Moriarity/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Updated at 3:00 p.m. to clarify and expand description of white-nose syndrome.

A disease that has killed millions of bats across the eastern U.S. has been confirmed in Missouri for the first time.

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Disaster Preparedness
10:47 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Illinois' score on disaster preparedness? 6 out of 10.

North Dakota National Guardsmen work together with volunteers in sandbag lines to to hold back the rising Red River March 16, 2010 in Fargo, N.D. Illinois scored a 6 out of 10 criteria in a report on preparedness for disasters, such as floods.
(Flickr Creative Commons User The National Guard)

Asking "what if?" is usually pretty benign, but when a new report asks the same question, the answers are about preparedness for disasters, diseases and bioterrorism.

Illinois scores a 6 out of 10 on the Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report.  The score is unchanged from last year's study.

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