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9-year-old Cenya Davis puffs on her inhaler in this 2018 file photo. The study followed more than 200 African American children in St. Louis, a demographic that is 10 times more likely to visit the hospital for asthma than white children.
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Some kids with mild asthma only need to use their inhalers when they have symptoms, according to research from Washington University.

That’s a major departure from traditional guidelines that recommend patients use their inhalers everyday, regardless of how they’re feeling. 

The study, which focused on African American children in St. Louis, found no difference in symptoms or lung function between kids who used their steroid inhalers everyday and those who used them as needed. Following an “as-needed” treatment strategy may help some patients cut down on the total amount of medicine they need to manage their asthma — and may reduce overall costs for low-income populations.

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire lifts his 10-year-old son, Matt, after hitting his 62nd home run of the 1998 season on Sept. 8, 1998, breaking Roger Maris' record.
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On Sept. 8, 1998, St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire sent a low line drive over Busch Stadium’s left field wall to break Roger Maris’ 37-year-old home run record.

McGwire’s 62nd home run of the season sent the sellout crowd and the city into a frenzy. But for some fans, McGwire’s eventual admission that he used steroids has taken the shine off the record-breaking summer.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 19, 2008 - Like so many others, I have been addicted to the Beijing Olympics, watching every evening for the past 10 days. NBC has been unable to resist flashing the medal count every day, of course. It would be good not to focus on the medals, but for some ignoring medals must be very hard.

I am thinking particularly of Marion Jones. She won five medals in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Seven years later, on Sept. 8, 2007, she returned them to the IOC and six months after that entered Carswell Federal Prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Jan 13, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 13, 2010 - Mark McGwire, past first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, is arguably the greatest home run hitter of all time. In 6,187 at-bats in 16 seasons playing first for Oakland and then for St. Louis, McGwire hit 583 home runs - that's one every 10.6 at-bats, a frequency no other player has even approached. In a four-year stretch batting for the Cardinals in the late 1990s, McGwire bashed 245 home runs, 70 of them in one season in 1998.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 12, 2010 - On Monday, Mark McGwire was here to talk about the past.

The retired slugger, who is returning to the Cardinals this season as a hitting coach, finally 'fessed up to what most fans, sportswriters and members of Congress had long believed was true: that he used steroids -- performance-enhancing drugs, juice, roids, call them what you like -- throughout the 1990s.

A big liar, and a bigger man, face the truth

Aug 10, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 10, 2009 - Two stories broke on Saturday and the men behind them had a chance to tell their side. I believe one guy; I think the other is being less than truthful.

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox announced during a press conference at Yankees Stadium that he has no idea how his name ended up on a list of players that failed a steroid screening test in 2003.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 23, 2008 - They were the faces behind the flashbulbs, the awkward adolescents who begged their dads to use the camera, promising to be careful as they hoped to catch a shot of a deep line drive. They were the teenagers who opted out of a party to drive their Jeep Cherokees downtown to Busch Stadium on a Friday night, praying for the chance to experience baseball history.