Health, Science, Environment

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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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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cancer victims
11:53 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Husband, Wife Find Strength From One Another As They Cope With Cancer

Cliff Fields (left), Sherrill Jackson and Sha Fields at a recent Breakfast Club event for cancer survivors
Credit Robert Joiner

The day Sha Fields was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, her fiancé came along to offer moral support, and he has been by her side since then. She says she used to wonder how to repay his years of unconditional support. The chance came last year, when the husband, Cliff, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Siteman Center for Advanced Medicine at Washington University had no data on how unusual it is for a husband and wife to have cancer, but Sha says she is hearing that the experience is becoming more common.

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Seasonal Flu
2:30 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

It's Back! Flu Spreads (Again) In St. Louis

You still have time to get vaccinated against the seasonal flu.
Judy Schmidt, James Gathany, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It’s winter again in St. Louis ― and that means the start of flu season.

Dr. Faisal Khan with the St. Louis County Department of Health says he’s seen a sharp spike in the number of reported flu cases in the past couple of weeks.

He says that quick uptick is normal for this time of year, and it’s too soon to tell whether the current pattern will continue.

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Old North Store
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

High Prices, Limited Selection Shuttered Food Co-op In Old North

Business was brisk when the Old North Grocery Co-op opened.
Credit File Photo | Rachel Heidenry | Beacon

The business district of the Old North neighborhood, near 14th Street and St. Louis Ave., is still a work in progress. New enterprises include a pet shop and a podiatrist’s office, but old ones continue to close. One recent casualty was the Old North Grocery Co-op. After opening with a lively neighborhood celebration in the summer of 2010, the co-op quietly locked its doors in mid-October.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:47 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Keeping Healthy During The Holidays

(via Flickr/swedennewyork)

During the holidays, food tends to be abundant while overeating can be a danger. So how do you stop yourself from getting off track from your diet and exercise goals?

Saint Louis University professors Amy Moore and Chris Sebelski talked with host Don Marsh and gave their expert advice. Moore is assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics, and Sebelski is assistant professor of physical therapy.

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Affordable Care Act
3:28 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

With Health Insurance Deadline Looming, St. Louis Sign-Ups On The Rise

Flickr Creative Commons Users/Compiled By Kelsey Proud, St. Louis Public Radio

UPDATE: 12-27-13

Even if you missed the Christmas Eve deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, you may still be able to have your coverage kick in on Jan. 1.

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Electronic Cigarettes
11:24 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Commentary: Congress, Grunts And Former Smokers Should Embrace The Suck

Nancy Pelosi
Credit Wikipedia

A Words to Live By award goes to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who reportedly advised her fellow Democrats to “embrace the suck” and vote for the budget agreement crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

It seems that liberal colleagues objected to certain provisions of the compromise but Pelosi believed a flawed deal beat no deal at all. Her half-a-loaf-is-better-than-nothing approach was reminiscent of the practicality that once characterized negotiations on Capitol Hill.

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Health & Science
2:04 am
Tue December 17, 2013

To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun

Hands-on science activities like making bubble mitts at the Mission Science Workshop teach students about things like surface tension.
Justin Jach Courtesy of Mission Science Workshop

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:30 pm

Are American kids being adequately prepared in the sciences to compete in a highly competitive, global high-tech workforce? A majority of American parents say no, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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