Health, Science, Environment

St. Louis On The Air
1:42 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

How Long Do We Remember A President's Legacy?

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, seen from the viewing plaza on June 4, 2003.
Credit deanfranklin / via Flickr

Quick: How many presidents can you name?

From the start, there was George Washington. Then John Adams. Thomas Jefferson. Then ... 

Two Washington University researchers have found that most presidents are forgotten 50 to 100 years after leaving office, “unless something really, really important happened in their regime, or they’re one of the early presidents,” said Henry “Roddy” Roediger, a Washington University psychology professor.

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St. Louisan helps NASA
9:10 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

From Missouri To The Stars: Paul Friz Works On Rosetta Project

Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. The image is a two-image mosaic.
Credit ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

There is a St. Louis-area connection to the mission that recently landed a spacecraft on a comet for the first time.

Paul Friz is wrapping up an internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

His interest in space started as a teenager looking at the stars at his family’s home in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

When he was 14, Friz saved money from a summer of mowing lawns to buy his first telescope.

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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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St. Louis on the Air
1:12 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Health Law Professor Answers Questions About Affordable Care Act

Credit Adrian Clark / Flickr

Less than a month into the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period, there are some questions, but nowhere near the problems that were seen a year ago at this time.

“Compared to last year, it is going much smoother. The first day, about 500,000 people logged on and 100,000 people actually signed up for coverage, compared to last year when it took us over a month to get the website working,” said Sidney Watson, a Saint Louis University Health Law Policy Center professor.

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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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Obituary
6:48 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Jan Crandall Polizzi: Former State Representative Was Proud To Be Called Nurse

Jan Polizzi
Credit Provided by the family

For 12 years, Jan Polizzi was a nurse in pediatric intensive care units. That was as long as she could take it.

''I still recall the first child that I ever lost,'' she said in a 1988 St. Louis Post-Dispatch story. ''I dressed and bathed him and got him his favorite toys. I learned to love that kid and his family.''

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Climate Change
5:12 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Time's Up! Comment Period Closes On EPA's Proposal to Limit Power Plant Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Missouri currently gets more than 80 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power plants like Ameren's Labadie power plant, pictured here.
Credit Véronique LaCapra | St. Louis Public Radio

Time has run out for the public to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

The issue has been highly contentious.

By late November, the EPA had already received more than 1.6 million comments on its proposed rule. [Update: The final tally on comments? 1,913,566.]

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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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Local Innovation
11:20 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Local Interest In 3D Printing Grows

Griffin 3D is a local start-up that makes original design 3D printers. Here, the Griffin Pro Mini prints an octopus at the Science Center's First Friday event in November.
Credit Rebecca Smith/St. Louis Public Radio

Most people have heard of 3D printing, but few have ever seen these printers up close and in action.

Scott Rocca, co-owner of Griffin 3D, a St. Louis start-up, is trying to change this by showcasing his company’s printers at numerous events, such as the Science Center’s First Fridays. People can come and watch the printers. Soon they will be able to buy their own. 

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