Illinois' first case this year of West Nile virus in a bird has been confirmed. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) the infected starling was collected by the Monroe County Health Department on June 27 in Waterloo, Ill.
This pattern of detection is part of an annual trend seen by health officials in which the West Nile virus is first detected in mosquitoes, followed by birds, and then, people. No cases have been reported so far this year in humans. However, according to health officials, it is only a matter of time before a person is infected.
Modern medical science has brought us closer than ever to the so-called Fountain of Youth. Advances in our understanding of what it takes to live a lengthier and happier life have allowed us to do just that.
Host Don Marsh talked with Dr. John Morley, Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University.
Among other things, they discussed work Morley recently authored about everyone older than seventy getting screened for frailty, a problem that affects between 5 and 10 percent of those in that age group.
The Saint Louis Science Center’s current exhibition Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science has sparked an interest in the afterlife in ancient Egyptian culture. Earlier this month, Michele Loyet, Adjunct Professor on Near Eastern and Egyptian Archaeology at Webster University, spoke at the Science Center on the topic of mummification in Egypt. She was Don Marsh’s guest on St. Louis on the Air to talk about the afterlife tradition in ancient Egypt.
The new research facility will be positioned along McKinley Avenue, west of Taylor Avenue in St. Louis' Central West End neighborhood. The building design is by Goody Clancy, in association with Christner Inc.
Credit (Rendering courtesy of Washington University)
Ever heard of the World Food Prize? It's sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for food and agriculture," but it has struggled to get people's attention. Prize winners tend to be agricultural insiders, and many are scientists. Last year's laureate, for instance, was Daniel Hillel, a pioneer of water-saving "micro-irrigation."