Health, Science, Environment

Medical Care Shortage.
11:56 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Is There A Doctor — Or Nurse Practitioner — In The House? Not In Rural Missouri

Missouri's shortage of doctors in rural areas causes physical and financial hardship for thousands of people.
Credit (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Steve Morgan)

Part one of a three part series:

He woke up in the middle of the night late last year, one hand swollen and the rest of his body was shaking all over.

John Redford realized the symptoms were the consequences of several bites and scratches the day before from his struggle to put the family's 40-pound cat into a cage. He managed to calm himself enough that night and drive an old Mustang 50 miles to a hospital emergency room  in Jefferson City. There doctors began weeks of  treatment  and ultimately saved Redford from losing a finger.

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Fracking
11:56 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Health concerns grow as frac sand mines creep into Missouri [INFOGRAPHIC]

A frac sand mine in Wisconsin. There are more than 100 located within the state.

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:21 am

In Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., about 100 residents gathered for a town hall meeting in 2013 to discuss a new frac sand mine in their backyard. Officials from the county, state and mining company attended to answer questions residents might have.

Neighbors peppered the panel with questions: How will the mine’s sand dust be regulated? How will you prevent it from getting into our lungs? How will the traffic and explosions affect my health, my property and the ecosystem? Concerns about breathing in the microscopic sand particles, which could lead to silicosis in the lungs, abounded.

Jane Hardy, who lives about 1000 feet from the mine, said she wasn’t satisfied with the answers.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:35 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Are You Ready? What You Need To Know Before March 31 ACA Enrollment Deadline

Nanette Hegamin

The first open enrollment period for insurance under the Affordable Care Act ends March 31, and individuals who don’t have insurance by that deadline could face penalties.

Joining us to discuss enrollment, the deadline, and those penalties were three guests who are experts on what the Affordable Care Act provisions mean for Missourians:

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St. Louis on the Air
4:57 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Wash U Tobacco Control Recommendations: Raise Prices And Implement Smoke-Free Policies

(via Flickr/Drongowski)

In the 50 years since the Surgeon General first reported on the dangers of smoking tobacco, much has been done to effect change. At the time of the first Surgeon General’s Report, 42 percent of American adults smoked. Today, only 18 percent do.

That’s according to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report released in January.

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Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
9:37 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Health & Science Rundown: When Forgetting Isn't A Temporary Problem

Seth Rogan spoke before .....
Credit (Courtesy C-SPAN)

There is, perhaps, a bit of irony that this week’s Health & Science Rundown begins with a video that has gone viral.

Get it? Viral? Science? Illness is caused by viruses and when they spread….OK.  You get it.

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Health & Science
5:46 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Madison County Officials Detail Strategy To Combat Heroin Use

Michael Shah of the Drug Enforcement Agency speaks at a meeting of the Madison County Heroin Task Force in Edwardsville.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

For Michael Shah of the Drug Enforcement Agency, children should have no expectation of privacy. That’s an especially important attitude for parents worried about their kids using heroin. 

During a speech before the Madison County heroin task force in Edwardsville on Friday, Shah said that parents shouldn’t be shy about looking through their children’s stuff – including their cars or their dirty clothes. Anything, he said, to detect heroin use as early as possible.

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Reproductive Health
2:46 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Study: For Women, Free Birth Control Doesn't Lead To Risky Sex

IUDs and implants are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than short-term birth control options like the pill, patch, or vaginal ring (pictured).
Credit Via Wikimedia Commons/Victor byckttor

New research out of Washington University has found that giving women free birth control does not increase risky sexual behavior.

The analysis included 7,751 St. Louis-area women between the ages of 14 and 45.

It was part of an even larger effort called the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, whose goal is to promote the use of long-term contraceptive methods like intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants.

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Sierra Club Lawsuit
10:30 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Sierra Club Sues Ameren Over The Clean Air Act

The Sierra Club has filed suit over alleged Clean Air Act violations at three Ameren Missouri power plants, including the one near Labadie, Mo.
(Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 12:45 p.m. with additional information, new state from Ameren.

The Sierra Club is following through on its threat to sue Ameren Missouri over emissions from three of the company's coal-fired power plants.

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Bridgeton and West Lake Landfills
7:22 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Congressional Delegation Asks EPA To Let Army Corps Take Over At West Lake

A map of the West Lake Landfill from above.
Environmental Protection Agency report p.8

Members of Missouri's congressional delegation have issued a letter strongly urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to turn over responsibility for the clean-up of radioactive material at the West Lake Landfill to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill as well as Representatives William Lacy Clay and Ann Wagner signed the Feb. 28 letter addressed to EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks.

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Medical Ethics - Genetics
2:17 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Whole Genome Sequencing Is Here To Stay. What Does That Mean For Genetic Privacy?

Adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine (abbreviated ATCG) are the four nucleotide bases that make up DNA.
Credit Jane Ades, NHGRI

Originally published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Updated to include audio from St. Louis on the Air.

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