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Childhood Obesity
4:43 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

CDC Report: Obesity Rates Down Slightly Among Low-Income Preschoolers In Missouri

Rates of change in childhood obesity (ages 2-4) from 2008 to 2011.
Credit U.S. CDC Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System, 2008-2011. *Represents statistically significant annual decrease or increase in obesity.

Updated at 5:30 p.m.  to adjust y-axis units on graph and to add second map.

It's not a big change, but it's at least in the right direction.

According to a new report released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity among low-income preschoolers (ages 2-4) declined by at least one percentage point over the period from 2008 to 20011 in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Health Research
11:34 am
Mon March 25, 2013

How Healthy Is Your County? St. Louis Area Counties Compared

A map of each county in Missouri's health ranking, based on a new study from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The study ranked state counties against each other using factors like tobacco use, access to care and more.
(University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute)

Is St. Charles County healthier than St. Louis City?

New data out from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute says "yes."

The study ranked all US counties, by state, based on different factors including tobacco use, diet and exercise, access to care, environmental quality and more.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:44 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Challenges, Opportunities For Increasing Access To Mental Health Care

(Flickr/neil conway)

Earlier this week, prompted by the mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama announced a series of measures aimed at curbing gun violence.

Among the proposals is increasing access to mental health care.

All too often access to mental health care is scarce.  Sometimes, the only place people can get care is if they are arrested and charged with a crime.

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Mental Health
4:42 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Mental Health Services For North St. Louis Kids Get Grant Boost

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

A federal grant of $4.2 million has been awarded to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, which will spend the money on kids in north St. Louis.

The money will be used for a variety of mental health services, including screenings and assessments for children, as well as home visitations to teach skills to parents.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said north St. Louis was chosen for a reason.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:08 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Suggestions For Living A Lengthy And Healthy Life

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Health issues often become more prominent as people age.  Many of them are avoided or at least postponed; and much of living healthfully has more to do with attitude than it does medicine.

Host Don Marsh talked with geriatrician Dr. John Morley, who is Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Blunt: Preventing Mass Shootings Should Start With Mental Health, Not Stricter Gun Laws

Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Members of Congress from across the country are responding to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Mo.  Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt called the shooting a huge tragedy and said that it put other parts of life in perspective.

But Blunt said stricter gun laws are unlikely to deter similar acts of violence.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:15 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Increasing Our Understanding Of The Brain

Brain Sculpture in Bloomington, IN
(via Flickr / Ali Eminov)

While it may be well established that our brains command our actions, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we can have greater control over the message.

Increasingly, research shows people can take steps to protect the health of their brain and as one aspect of that, may be able to sidetrack compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders.

The Missouri Eating Disorders Association is one agency which provides education, resources and advocacy to bring understanding and support to those treating or affected by the disease.

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Translational Medicine
12:41 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Wash U. Gets $50M To Help Turn Research Findings Into Better Health

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine has received a $50 million federal grant aimed at turning research findings into improvements in human health.

The grant is the renewal of an award from the National Institutes of Health. It will support Wash U's Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS), one of 60 such centers in the U.S.

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Meningitis Outbreak
12:15 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

St. Elizabeth's Hospital To Notify Patients Who Received Drug Linked To Meningitis

(UPI/Jeff Roberson/POOL)

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville says 26 patients received a dose of a drug produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis.

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control have linked cases of fungal meningitis from the use of contaminated steroids by the New England Compounding Company.

The patients received a dose of a cardioplegia solution produced by the pharmacy since May of this year.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:28 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Doctors Strike Mutating Bacteria In Teen Acne Battle

A tiny bacteriophage virus can cripple the bacteria that cause troublesome acne on teens' skin.
Charles Bowman University of Pittsburgh

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 6:59 am

Acne, the scourge of many an adolescent life, is getting harder to treat, but 80 percent of teenagers have some form of it.

Conventional treatment includes topical and oral antibiotics. Studies are now finding the bacteria that cause acne are increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatment. Alternatively, there are effective laser treatments. But these are costly and typically not covered by insurance.

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