Health, Science, Environment

St. Louis Public Radio on NPR
3:45 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Cheers! Fruit flies drink to their health, literally

Fruit flies will drink alcohol from fermenting fruit to kill off wasp parasites that can grow inside of them.
Jan Polabinski iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 1:54 pm

As humans, we sometimes pay a price for drinking alcohol — in hangovers, or worse. But if you happen to be a young fruit fly, it turns out that alcohol can be just what the doctor ordered.

The pesky little fruit flies often show up when apples or bananas are left sitting around for too long on the kitchen counter. Most folks find them annoying, but Todd Schlenke can't get enough of them.

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Science / Earthquakes
3:09 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

A second earthquake of the day occurs in southeastern Missouri

A map highlighting the two separate earthquakes that occurred today in southeast Missouri. The two incidences are represented by the two blue squares on the map.
(USGS website)

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that, in addition to the 4.0 magnitude earthquake centered near East Prairie, Mo. early this morning, a second, smaller earthquake originated today near the same location in the New Madrid Seismic Zone

The second earthquake happened around 11:05 a.m.

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MOSIRA
11:37 am
Tue February 21, 2012

New science incentives fund declared unconstitutional by judge

(via Flickr/breahn)

A Missouri trial judge has struck down a state fund designed to offer state incentives to science or technology companies.

During a special legislative session last fall, lawmakers approved the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, also often referred to as MOSIRA. The measure contained a clause that the law would not take effect without the passage of a separate measure, which was not approved.

Those challenging the science fund included the Missouri Roundtable for Life and Missouri Right to Life.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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