Health, Science, Environment

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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St. Louis on the Air
5:30 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The St. Louis Heroin Epidemic: Who Is Addicted And Where Is It Coming From?

A man shooting heroin. Now that heroin is available in powder form, injecting heroin is less common.
Credit WBEZ/Luis Perea

St. Louis has a heroin problem. And the problem is growing, especially among suburban youth.

As previously reported by St. Louis Public Radio, the number of deaths in Missouri caused by heroin has doubled in recent years, with 90 percent of those deaths occurring in St. Louis.

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Bridgeton and West Lake Landfills
8:24 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Confused About The Bridgeton And West Lake Landfills? Here's What You Should Know

This radiation warning sign is posted on the perimeter fence of the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Mo.
Credit Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio

On Friday morning, NPR reported that 13 employees at the only dedicated nuclear waste dump in the U.S. had inhaled radioactive material after a major accident earlier this month.

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Jewish Hospital
9:35 am
Sun March 2, 2014

An Update On the 'Bittersweet Progress' At The Site Of The Old Jewish Hospital

A view of the demolition from the 16th floor of a nearby building on Feb. 28, 2014. The white sheeting limits the amount of noise and dust that reach the working hospital next door.
Rachel Lippmann I St. Louis Public Radio

Back in May, hundreds of former employees of the old Jewish Hospital gathered at the complex  along Kingshighway to say goodbye. Three of the four  buildings - some of which were built in the early 1900s - were schedule to come down as part of a multi-million dollar project to upgrade the Barnes-Jewish medical facilities.

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Obituary
11:11 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Frank O. Richards, M.D.: A Man Of Firsts

Dr. Frank O. Richards
Wiley Price

Dr. Frank Richards, who built a reputation as one of the most proficient surgeons ever to don a mask because of his ability to operate with one hand while holding instruments in the other, died Thursday.

“No one could do that but Frank,” said Will Ross, M.D., associate dean for diversity and associate professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. “When he was assistant director of Homer G. Phillips Hospital, he really had to move patients in and out; it was a high-volume operation.”

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Biomedical Engineering
10:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Wash U, U of I Scientists Use 3-D Printer To Help Create Prototype Next-Gen Pacemaker

This photo shows the new cardiac device ― a thin, elastic membrane ― fitted over a rabbit's heart. The membrane is imprinted with a network of electrodes that can monitor cardiac function and deliver an electrical impulse to correct an erratic heartbeat.
Credit University of Illinois and Washington University

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis have developed a new device that may one day help prevent heart attacks.

Unlike existing pacemakers and implantable defibrillators that are one-size-fits-all, the new device is a thin, elastic membrane designed to stretch over the heart like a custom-made glove.

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Health & Science
10:37 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Science & Health Rundown: The Air We Breathe

YES student Aleah Brooks at the Saint Louis Science Center Ozone Garden, 2013
(Courtesy of St. Louis University)

It’s a stretch to think about summer now. 

But close your eyes and imagine.

The sun is shining; bees are buzzing; your arms move through warm air; you even have to mop a thin veil of perspiration from your brow. And on the news in the morning, Geri Mitchell intones the familiar admonition: “It’s a red air quality day. Sensitive groups should avoid exercising outdoors.”

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Health & Science
10:52 am
Fri February 21, 2014

New Bridgeton Landfill Data Suggest Underground Fire Still Far From Radioactive Waste

Map shows concentrations of carbon monoxide collected from gas extraction wells at the Bridgeton Landfill on January 24. Readings above 1,000 ppm indicate an underground fire. Radioactive waste is located north of the wells shown in purple.
Credit Republic Services

Updated on 2/23/14 to correct the date of the 2013 CO measurements, and on 2/21/14 to add a data table from MDNR and more characterization of the recent CO measurements.

New monitoring data from the Bridgeton Landfill suggest that an underground fire has not spread toward radioactive waste to the north.

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Therapy Rabbits
10:58 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

St. Louis Rabbits Live A Therapy Dog’s Life With A Mardi Gras Flair

Support rabbits are gentle visitors to residents of Tower Grove Manor.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

Some St. Louis rabbits are working like dogs as service and therapy animals. On Sunday, one will also don another hat – more of a crown, really for the Mardi Gras Pet Parade.

It’s not uncommon to see service dogs assisting vision- or hearing-impaired individuals. But a St. Louis woman named Nisha Full Moon uses a Flemish Giant rabbit as a service animal.

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