Health, Science, Environment

Wash. U. / Health / Obesity
10:22 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Website on obesity policy launched by Wash. U., Missouri Foundation for Health

(via Flickr/Dani Lurie)

Washington University's Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research and the Missouri Foundation for Health have launched a "first-of-its-kind" website with information on obesity-related policy for organizations across the state.

The site, named "Policy Lift" has a variety of different functions, as an announcement about the site describes:

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Health - lead paint
11:02 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Washington University cited for lead paint violation

(Image courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency)

The Environmental Protection Agency is fining Washington University for failing to tell tenants about lead paint hazards in some of its married student housing units. The violation will cost the university close to $28,000.

The civil settlement involves three rental apartments northeast of Washington University’s Danforth campus.

The consent agreement says that between 2008 and 2010, the university failed to tell student tenants about previous citations for lead paint violations from the City of St. Louis Health Department.

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MICDS
12:14 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

MICDS gets $21.5 million gift

Olson Hall on the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School campus in Ladue, Mo.
(Courtesy Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School)

A St. Louis County private school has received a $21.5 million donation from the James S. McDonnell family.

Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, or MICDS, will use the money to build a new, 52,000 square-foot science and math facility.

MICDS head of school, Lisa Lyle, says the goal is to involve students in the process of scientific research.

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Missouri Foundation for Health
3:49 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Missouri Foundation for Health names new top executive

Robert Hughes, new president and CEO of the Missouri Foundation for Health.
(Courtesy the Missouri Foundation for Health)

The Missouri Foundation for Health has named a new president and CEO.

Robert Hughes will assume his new post on Nov. 1, taking over from founding president James Kimmey who is retiring at the end of this year.

Hughes is an Illinois native but has spent the past 20 years in New Jersey. There, he worked for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest health philanthropy in the U.S.

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Smoking in Missouri
5:18 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Study: Fewer smokers in the Show-Me state

(via Flickr/shnnn)

Reporting from KCUR's Elana Gordon used in this report.

A decade ago, more than one in four Missourians smoked. Now, only about one in five smoke, and those who do smoke are doing so less often.

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West Nile virus
10:20 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Ill. reports first human cases of West Nile virus

Two men in Illinois are the first people in the state to test positive for West Nile virus. Missouri has no reported human cases.
(via Flickr/James Jordan)

Two men in Illinois are the first human cases of West Nile virus in the state.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says a Cook County man in his 80s got sick earlier this month. A 30-year-old from south-central Illinois became ill in July. In 2010, the first human case was reported on Aug. 31 - 61 people eventually tested positive.

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EPA / Missouri Water Quality Standards
6:15 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

EPA issues decision on Mo. water quality standards

The River Des Peres near St. Louis.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

The EPA today issued its decision on Missouri's water quality standards, approving how the state categorized 244 streams, rivers and lakes.

That decision means water bodies newly designated for high contact uses like swimming will need more protection.

Some sewage treatment plants, municipalities and others will need to start treating their wastewater discharges.

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Flu Vaccine / Children's Medicine
4:40 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

SLU study: shot-spray combination may protect best for children's first flu vaccine

Children can receive their flu vaccinations via injection, as shown, or through a nasal spray.
(via Flickr/Daniel Paquet)

A new study out of Saint Louis University suggests that a child’s first doses of flu vaccine can be given as either two shots or two nasal sprays, but that giving one shot and one nasal spray may be most protective.

Lead researcher Dr. Dan Hoft says the nasal spray – which is a live vaccine – can cause wheezing. But it’s more effective than an inactivated vaccine, which is injected.

Hoft says this initial study suggests giving children one injection and one nasal spray may provide better protection against the flu, without the respiratory side effects.

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Environment / Illinois
12:50 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

New Ill. law creates environmental justice commission

An interior look at the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation creating a commission to ensure minorities and the poor aren't disproportionately affected by environmental pollution.

The Environmental Justice Act was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Chicago Heights and Rep. Will Davis of East Hazel Crest.

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Science
11:49 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

EPA says north St. Louis residents near Carter Carburetor plant are safe from pollutants

The Carter Carburetor plant spans an entire city block and has been vacant since 1984.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Environmental Protection Agency says testing near the old Carter Carburetor plant in north St. Louis shows offsite contamination is too low to cause health problems.

The EPA tested air, soil, and sediments in a one-block radius around the plant for PCBs, dioxins, and other industrial pollutants.

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