Health, Science, Environment

Flu Deaths
7:25 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Nine Deaths Linked To H1N1 Flu Virus

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Officials at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis say nine people have died from the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu, over the past six weeks. Another 35 patients were sick enough to be treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit, although, many were transported from outside the area.

Infectious Disease Physician Steven Lawrence says those who died ranged in age from their mid-20s to their mid-60s.

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Bridgeton Landfill
7:14 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Missouri Attorney General Demands More Monitoring Of Smoldering Landfill In Bridgeton

An underground fire was first detected at the Bridgeton Landfill in December, 2010.
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio & The Beacon

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants more air monitoring at the Bridgeton Landfill, where an underground fire has been smoldering for more than three years.

Attorney General Koster asked the St. Louis County Circuit Court on Thursday to order the landfill's owner to collect more data on carbon monoxide emissions.

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Health & Science
4:05 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Flu Cases On The Rise - Young People Hard Hit

Credit (via Flickr/Daniel Paquet)

Health officials are urging residents to get the flu vaccination after a steep rise in the number of severe cases reported in both Missouri and Illinois.

This year’s most prevalent flu strain so far is H1N1 Type A. That strain hit the United States hard in 2009 and disproportionately affected young and middle-aged adults.

That seems to be the trend again, according to Dr. Faisal Khan, the director of Communicable Disease Control Services in the St. Louis County Health Department.

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Health - STDs
8:11 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

St. Louis Still Ranks Second In The U.S. For Two Common STDs

Via Flickr/meddygarnet

St. Louis continues to have some of the highest rates of two common sexually transmitted diseases in the country.

According to data released on Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, St. Louis ranked second highest among U.S. cities for per capita rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea.

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Health & Science
4:47 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

'The Doctors' Host, Parkway West HS Grad Dr. Travis Stork On Dieting

Dr. Travis Stork
(Courtesy Photo Provided by the Publisher)

Some people know Travis Stork as the star of season eight of "The Bachelor." Some know him as the host of “The Doctors,” a syndicated talk show now in its sixth season. But in addition to being a TV celebrity, Stork is a working emergency room physician and a graduate of Parkway West High School.

He was scheduled to be in St. Louis today as part of tour for his new book, “The Doctor’s Diet: Dr. Travis Stork’s STAT Program to Help You Lose Weight & Restore Your Health,” but due to the weather, his trip has been postponed. He joined the conversation today via phone.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:55 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

St. Louis Winter Outreach Helps Homeless People Get Inside During Cold Weather

A homeless shelter at the former Dignity Harbor homeless camp in St. Louis, 2010
(via Flickr / lateaserikard)

When the weather turns freezing cold, we’re advised to stay indoors as much as possible. But what happens to those without homes to stay warm in? 

That concern is what led Teka Childress to found St. Louis Winter Outreach nine years ago. On nights when the temperature reaches below twenty degrees, volunteers with the St. Louis Winter Outreach go out in search of the homeless and offer them rides to shelters.

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Historic snowfall
6:42 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Data Check: How Sunday's Snowfall Compares To The Past

It's not often St. Louis sees nearly a foot of snow in a 24-hour period, but it has happened a handful of times since records have been kept. The National Weather Service reported 10.8 inches Sunday at Lambert Airport.

The record — unofficial because of some missing data — is 20.4 inches between March 30 and 31 back in 1890. And just last year, we saw 12.7 inches between March 24 and 25. Here's how the most recent storm compares with the top ten 24-hour snowfalls in St. Louis history:

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Coldest day in decades?
4:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Data Check: Comparing St. Louis Temps To Previous Lows

Credit Flickr/Juliancolton2

Updated January 7, 2014 with century record graphs.

The National Weather Service says the temperature reached 8 degrees below zero Monday,  this cold snap marks first time Lambert Airport has recorded a negative air temperature since 1999.

Here's a visualization of daily minimum temperatures in St. Louis for the past 30 years. Scroll down over the calendar to see later years, and hover over an individual day to see the minimum temperature recorded that day at Lambert Airport.

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Fitness
8:29 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

North St. Louis Students AIM For Fitness

Fifth grade students at Hickey Elementary School with pedometers.
(Hilary Davidson)

It is lunchtime for the early grades at Hickey Elementary School at 3111 Cora Ave. in north St. Louis.

Kindergarteners and first and second graders get their trays of food and sit in rows at long lunch tables. A quick glance reveals a surprising predilection for salad and bananas.

Before this fall, prepackaged food was the norm. Now the school cooks hot lunch items on site.

“This is so much better,” says Hickey Elementary Food Service Director Margarita Hall.  “They can get all they want off the salad bar.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:23 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

An Insider's Look At Forest Park's Great Horned Owls

Great Horned Owl in Forest Park on January 30, 2011.
Mark Glenshaw

Although Great Horned Owls can be found just about everywhere in North America, they’re not the easiest birds to spot, even when you’re looking for them.

Despite knowing there were Great Horned Owls in Forest Park and consistent exploration of the park’s wildlife, it took Mark Glenshaw years before he first saw one.

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