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Drought Affects Deer And Turkey Differently

Oct 28, 2012
Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri’s wild game animals reacted differently to this year’s drought.The deer population is lower, but wild turkeys are thriving.

The drought led to an increase in hemorrhagic disease among Missouri’s deer.

The Missouri Department of Conservation, or MDC, estimates at least 5800 cases through Friday.

The drought also hurt acorn production, a favorite food for deer. And of course, water is more scarce.

All that means there are fewer deer this year.

Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation confirms a mountain lion was photographed by a trail camera in the Current River Conservation Area near Ellington. The camera took the picture on October 10.

In a press release, the MDC stated that "widely scattered mountain lion sightings have been confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue." 

The MDC believes these mountain lions are moving into Missouri from the west.

Study: Toyota’s Manufacturing Efficiency Can Help Improve Stroke Patient Care

Oct 18, 2012
Kcolunga / WikiEducator

A new study out on Thursday from Washington University suggests that Toyota's process for maximizing efficiency in manufacturing cars can also help hospitals improve their care of stroke patients.

By applying Toyota's "lean manufacturing" principles, Barnes-Jewish Hospital was able cut the average time it took evaluate and treat stroke patients from an hour down to 37 minutes.

Flickr[andril94] / KRCU

St. Francis Medical Center will host a coaches clinic today to educate youth coaches about a wide variety of topics, including the dangers of head trauma and drugs.

One of the speakers is Chris Nowinski. He is a former professional wrestler and Harvard graduate who retired from the WWE after repeated concussions. He later wrote a book about head trauma and co-founded the Sports Legacy Institute to advance research into concussions.

Saint Louis University Helping to Develop App To Prevent Asthma Attacks

Oct 18, 2012
Mark Gaynor, Saint Louis University / St. Louis Public Radio

Faculty at Saint Louis University are helping to develop a system to warn asthma sufferers when outdoor conditions could trigger an attack.

Saint Louis University health information technology expert Mark Gaynor says the first step is to build a geographic database. It will include asthma-related emergency room visits, air quality conditions, and even asthma-related Google searches.