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New Cancer Study To Follow 300,000 People For 20 Years

Feb 25, 2013
St.Louis Public Radio/National Cancer Institute / Sriram Subramaniam

A new study by the American Cancer Society aims to better understand the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that contribute to causing cancer.

In St. Louis, the Siteman Cancer Center, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and a number of private companies will work with the ACS to enroll participants.

Washington University radiation oncologist Dr. Jeff Michalski says the study will track about 300,000 people from across the country for at least 20 years.

Mo. Senate Hears Four Reproductive Health Bills

Feb 19, 2013
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Four bills dealing with the ongoing cultural battle surrounding women’s reproductive health were heard Monday night before a Missouri Senate committee.

They include a measure that would require a doctor to be physically present whenever abortion-inducing drugs are administered to a woman. It’s sponsored by freshman GOP Senator Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau.

He says women who take RU-486 or other abortion-inducing drugs at home run a severe risk of complications.

Climate Scientist: Expect Another Dry Summer

Feb 18, 2013
This year, Missouri has reported a 28% decrease in corn crop yields due to the devastating summer drought.
Samantha Powers / KRCU

Climate scientists at the University of Missouri are predicting that the coming summer will be dry, but not as bad as last year.

Anthony Lupo is a Professor of Atmospheric Science.  His model is based on historical patterns and statistics, not on week-to-week forecasts.

"At this point we're projecting that things will be on the warm side of normal for this summer, not anywhere near like last year, but still a little warmer than normal and a little drier than normal,” Lupo said.

Missouri’s Health Exchange: A Story Of Unrequited Love

Feb 14, 2013
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For more than a year, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and others at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have been courting states to take part in setting up and running a health insurance exchange. But Missouri, home of an enthusiastic governor and opposing legislature, keeps sending mixed messages. Now, with Friday’s deadline looming for states to commit to joining the feds in setting up an exchange, it appears as though HHS will be flying solo in the Show-Me state.

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Great American Shakeout Teaches Earthquake Safety

Feb 6, 2013

The third annual Great American Shakeout is to be held this week, with the goal of raising awareness about earthquakes and earthquake safety.

There are hundreds of small earthquakes in this region every year, most of which are too slight to be noticed by the general populace. However, there is a distinct possibility of a larger quake that could cause large amounts of damage.

Brian Blake is the program coordinator for the Central US Earthquake Consortium. He says that such an earthquake would affect millions of people, so everyone should be aware of the danger.