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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 8, 2008 - Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is a leading conservationist and mountain gorilla expert as well as the founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health . A Ugandan nonprofit, CTPH promotes health care for wildlife and for the people in the nearby communities. She will visit the St. Louis Zoo on Tuesday, Dec. 9, and give a lecture entitled “Gorillas in Her Midst.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 3, 2008 - It would seem I am not alone in losing single socks. My Nov. 19 column exploring why my home seems to lose single socks -- not pairs, but single socks -- has generated a lot of phone calls and e-mails, just as it did when I wrote a similar column several years ago - much more comment than my usual weekly column elicits. In deference to the strong interest expressed by my readers in this issue, I thought it would be interesting to review the many alternative opinions my readers express.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 26, 2008 - Aging is the one aspect of life that none of us avoids, but most of us hate being reminded of. A wide variety of theories have been advanced to explain why humans and other animals age. Most of them focus in one way or another on the general idea that cells, the basic building blocks of our bodies, simply wear out over time.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 21, 2008 - For her whole life, Fran Lang has been finding and listening to voices that are rarely heard.

In graduate school at the University of Chicago, Lang started out studying the language and communications of bats. "My goal was to allow the voices of this unknown creature to be heard and understood," she says.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 21, 2008 - A population of Ecuadorian dwarfs has never seen even one case of diabetes or cancer. A story in the news recently, and again this week, directs attention to the possibility that height may be linked to the development of cancer.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 19, 2008 - When St. Louis investors try to determine how Wall Street's woes have infected Main Street companies, they should keep flu shots in mind.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 18, 2008 - This column represents sort of an anniversary -- I have been writing columns for the Beacon for six months this week. By way of celebrating this, I have elected to rerun an old column -- the most popular column from my three year stint as a columnist for the Post Dispatch. Devoted to explaining how scientists evaluate ideas, It engendered a lot of letters from readers who had their own ideas to contribute, and I hope you too will enjoy it.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 18, 2008 - Quantum mechanics, evolution, brain surgery, genetics, economics, extra-terrestrial life -- these weighty topics were just a few of those discussed recently at the St. Louis Science Center's "Evening with Inspiring Scientists."

To showcase the importance of science and encourage a dialogue between scientists and the public, the Science Center assembled a panel of "star" scientists and science communicators, including astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of NOVA scienceNOW on PBS and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 18, 2008 - Safe drinking water, which most Americans take for granted when they turn on the tap, is unknown in many countries and regions of the world.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 18, 2008 - In the world of cancer research, the patient is the unsung hero. Without patients and families willing to take part, much of genetic research into the origins of cancer would not be possible. With this partnership, scientists at Washington University in St. Louis are the first to sequence the complete genome of a tumor and compare it, side-by-side, with the genome of healthy cells from the same person. It is, they hope, a step toward personalized cancer treatment.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 14, 2008 - A recent day-long scientific meeting and forum on floods offered diverse perspectives on why floods and flood damages are increasing, and offered helpful remedies. The Center for Environmental Sciences at St. Louis University brought together experts in hydrology, meteorology, engineering, conservation, biology and environmental law.

Among the major conclusions that are well supported by data and seemed to be accepted by practically all speakers are :

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 14, 2008 - More women are waiting to start their families, delaying pregnancy until their mid- to late-30s, 40s and beyond. While pregnancy in a woman's later years can carry some complications, "the biggest risk of delaying pregnancy is not being able to get pregnant at all," said Dr. Jill Powell, assistant professor of medicine in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. "We see all these celebrities having babies - even twins - in their 40s, and we take it for granted that we will be able to do it too."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 12, 2008 - High tech devices mimic real world medical maladies. Even the vomit smells real.

Pilots learn to avoid airplane crashes using flight simulators. These days, nurses learn to keep patients alive by using robotic human simulators.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 11, 2008 - Last Sunday at the American Heart Association convention in New Orleans, researchers reported that cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins can dramatically lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. In a study involving nearly 18,000 people 50 and older who did not have high cholesterol or a history of heart disease, the risk of heart attack was more than cut in half for people who took statins rather than a placebo.

Sgt. Michael King remembered

Nov 9, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 9, 2008 - (Eulogy of Sgt. Michael King) - For those of you who do not know me, I am Glenn Duncan. I am a police officer with the University City Police Department and I started working here just a few months before Mike. That’s a little over 25 years ago.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 7, 2008 -  It’s unclear where health care reform ranks on President-elect Barack Obama’s to-do list. But the mounting number of uninsured and underinsured Americans --as well as of the increase in Americans suffering from largely preventable diseases-- makes one thing clear: our health care system is in crisis.

Are you ready for WeCar?

Oct 24, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 24, 2008 - Hey there, savvy commuter. You who MetroLinks, bicycles, walks or carpools to work. And you, too, Mr. or Ms. Wannabe. If you haven’t heard of WeCar, this is your read.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 22, 2008 - The National Park Service has selected its preferred plan to improve the grounds of the Gateway Arch -- but there are still questions.

After months of back and forth with the public about ways to improve the Gateway Arch grounds, the National Park Service has selected its preferred plan. It includes, among other things, a design competition to generate even more ideas.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 20, 2008 - Ten years ago, Dora Smart sat down at her kitchen table with a sheet of paper and a pen. She began writing.

At 66, she knew she had more years behind than ahead. She wanted her daughters to find the letter after her death. She wanted to write about what really mattered.

Commentary: Is water a human right?

Oct 14, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 14, 2008 - When Sarah Stuteville asked if anyone had heard of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she was met with 15 blank stares and 30 motionless hands. "Well," she said with a rueful smile, "the United Nations is considering adding water as a basic human right to the declaration."

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