Health, Science, Environment

Carter Carburetor Cleanup
5:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

EPA to hold community meeting to discuss Carter Carburetor cleanup

The former Carter Carburetor plant on N. Grand Ave. in St. Louis.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold another community meeting on Tuesday evening, to talk about the cleanup of the former Carter Carburetor plant in north St. Louis.

This is the third community meeting the EPA has held to discuss the cleanup.

Read more
Autism Research
3:57 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Brain differences found in infants who develop autism

A composite image of white matter pathways in the brains of infants at risk for autism.
(Photo: Jason Wolff/UNC)

New research shows that differences in the brain development of autistic children are already visible in infants as young as 6 months old.

Researchers at four study sites nationwide used a type of MRI scan to look at brain development in the younger siblings of autistic children, who are known to be at higher risk for autism themselves.

Ninety-two children were scanned at 6, 12, and 24 months of age, while the children were sleeping.

Read more
Climate Change - Extreme Weather
10:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Weather disasters hitting Missouri hard, says new report

A new report by Environment Missouri discusses recent weather disasters, climate change, and regulation of carbon dioxide emissions.
(Environment Missouri)

A new report from Environment Missouri presents data on U.S. federally-declared weather disasters from 2006 to 2011, and says climate change will make extreme weather events like droughts and storms more common – and more severe.

State advocate for Environment Missouri, Ted Mathys, says 2011 was a particularly bad year for extreme weather in Missouri and across the country.

Read more
Health - Antibiotics
4:32 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

New study: for most sinus infections, antibiotics don't help

(Image courtesy of NIAID)

There is growing evidence that taking antibiotics does not help cure most sinus infections.

A new study out of Washington University compared sinus patients who were given the antibiotic amoxicillin to others who were given a placebo.

Read more
Eye health
10:20 am
Thu February 9, 2012

St. Louis-based Mobius wins FDA approval to start production of eye surgery drug

(via Flickr/orangeacid)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given St. Louis-based Mobius Therapeutics LLC the go-ahead to start production of a drug for use in eye surgery.

Mobius plans to have other St. Louis-area companies make and distribute the new drug, called Mitosol, which is FDA-approved for use in surgeries to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States.

Read more
Emergency Preparedness - Earthquakes
5:51 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Central U.S. marks 200th anniversary of New Madrid quakes with earthquake drill

A U.S. Geological Survey map of the United States showing zones of seismic hazard.
(USGS)

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is an annual event intended to raise awareness about what to do in the event of a major earthquake.

Steve Besemer of the Missouri Emergency Management Agency says in Missouri and Illinois, more than 900,000 people, most of them students, participated in today's drill.

He says if an earthquake hits, there are three simple steps people should follow.

Read more
National Forest Management
2:03 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

National plan will affect management of Missouri's Mark Twain Forest

The U.S. Forest Service has released a final environmental impact statement for its new management plan for the nation's public forests.

The new Forest Planning Rule will guide the management of America's 193-million acres of national forest lands, and provide the framework for local forest managers to develop their own forest-specific management plans.

Read more
Water Pollution
4:01 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

EPA releases new online tool for mapping water pollution

Eads Bridge connecting St. Louis and East St. Louis over the Mississippi River. A new tool from the Environmental Protection Agency allows the public to access information about pollutants released into local waterways.
(via flickr/benclark)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a new tool that allows the public to access information about pollutants that are released into local waterways.

The Discharge Monitoring Report Pollutant Loading Tool brings together millions of records and lets users search for and map water pollution.

Read more
Agriculture - Genetics
12:54 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Local researcher awarded $1.3 million to study corn genetics

(via Flickr/Alternative Heat)

The National Science Foundation has awarded a local researcher $1.3 million to study the genetics of how corn plants take up nutrients.

The ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of fertilizer needed to grow the ubiquitous crop.

Ivan Baxter, a U.S. Department of Agriculture research scientist and assistant member at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, will lead the research.

Read more
Health, Science, Environment
11:00 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Doughnut hole discounts help seniors; health exchanges on hold in Missouri

Last year's fight between Walgreens and Express Scripts over prescription drug prices overshadowed the much bigger issue of whether health reforms have eased drug costs for many seniors, as well as whether state lawmakers should set up a health insurance exchange.

Read more

Pages