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St. Louis On The Air
5:14 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Wash U Clinic Seeks Treatments For An Often Undiagnosed Syndrome That Wreaks Havoc On Women

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Randa Herman of Marion, Ill., always knew something was wrong. Her menstrual period came late and wasn’t regular. She had extra hair growth where there wasn’t supposed to be any, and acne after adolescence.

Eventually, Herman discovered her troubles were caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and found her way to Dr. Valerie Ratts' office at Washington University’s School of Medicine.

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For the Sake of All
5:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Report: Racial Health Disparities Affect Everyone In St. Louis, Not Just African Americans

For the Sake of All was a multidisciplinary study on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis City and County.
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If your skin isn’t black, why should you care about the health and well-being of African Americans in the St. Louis region?

That’s just one of the questions Washington University public health researcher Jason Purnell and his team set out to answer in a project called For the Sake of All.

Purnell, along with colleagues from Washington University and St. Louis University, assessed racial health disparities in the region and their larger impact over the course of 14 months.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:12 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Cardiologist Speaks On Snow, Sugar And Other Dangers To The Heart

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With this winter’s prolific snowfalls, slippery streets and biting cold aren’t the only dangers to be concerned about. According to cardiologist Andrew Kates, people should also think twice about shoveling snow if they aren’t accustomed to exercise. That’s because shoveling snow can cause heart attacks.

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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

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Fifth Brief: For the Sake of All

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St. Louis on the Air
5:28 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Report: Racial Divide Leads To Health Disparity In St. Louis

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Fourth Brief: For the Sake of All

In the fourth policy brief from For the Sake of All, a collaborative, inter-disciplinary study on the health of African Americans in St. Louis and St. Louis County, researchers focused on the role segregation plays on health in the area. It is titled "Segregation: Divided Cities Lead to Differences in Health."

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St. Louis on the Air
4:31 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

March Of Dimes Turns Research Focus To Preventing Premature Birth

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When Reggie Rideout's daughter Maya was born seven years ago, she weighed just 1 lb. 15 oz.

"I was aiming for a St. Patrick's baby and ended up with a Christmas baby," said Rideout. Her daughter was born at 27 weeks. “I was just so unprepared. And I’m a planner....All of a sudden, not only are you not pregnant anymore, but your baby is very sick.”

Despite Maya's tough start, she is doing well now. "She's a first-grader. She's healthy and intelligent. You would never look at her and know she was born actually a little over three months early," said Rideout.

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Health, Science, Environment
4:57 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

St. Louis Researchers Connect African-American Health Problems To Poverty, Lack Of Education

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First Brief: For the Sake of All

A disproportionate number of African Americans in St. Louis live in poverty and lack a high school education. African-American St. Louisans also have a higher death rate than white St. Louisans. According to a multi-disciplinary study currently under way in St. Louis, there is a connection between the two trends.

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Childhood Obesity
4:43 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

CDC Report: Obesity Rates Down Slightly Among Low-Income Preschoolers In Missouri

Rates of change in childhood obesity (ages 2-4) from 2008 to 2011.
Credit U.S. CDC Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System, 2008-2011. *Represents statistically significant annual decrease or increase in obesity.

Updated at 5:30 p.m.  to adjust y-axis units on graph and to add second map.

It's not a big change, but it's at least in the right direction.

According to a new report released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity among low-income preschoolers (ages 2-4) declined by at least one percentage point over the period from 2008 to 20011 in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Health Research
11:34 am
Mon March 25, 2013

How Healthy Is Your County? St. Louis Area Counties Compared

A map of each county in Missouri's health ranking, based on a new study from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The study ranked state counties against each other using factors like tobacco use, access to care and more.
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Is St. Charles County healthier than St. Louis City?

New data out from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute says "yes."

The study ranked all US counties, by state, based on different factors including tobacco use, diet and exercise, access to care, environmental quality and more.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:44 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Challenges, Opportunities For Increasing Access To Mental Health Care

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Earlier this week, prompted by the mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama announced a series of measures aimed at curbing gun violence.

Among the proposals is increasing access to mental health care.

All too often access to mental health care is scarce.  Sometimes, the only place people can get care is if they are arrested and charged with a crime.

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