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SoutheastHEALTH To Open Convenient Care Clinic In Jackson

Nov 17, 2012

SoutheastHEALTH announced plans on Friday that it will open a new convenient care clinic on East Main Street in Jackson.

The clinic will provide services 12 hours per day, seven days a week. It should open by April 2013.

SoutheastHEALTH Executive Vice President Jim Limbaugh said there will be a full contingent of healthcare providers at the clinic.

Premature Birth Rates Declining For Missouri

Nov 14, 2012
March of Dimes / National Center for Health Statistics

  The March of Dimes has released its annual state rankings of premature birth rates, giving Missouri a grade of "C" for the second year in a row.

The state's preterm birth rate has been gradually improving over the past five years, falling from 12.8% in 2006 to 11.6% in 2011. That puts Missouri right about at the national average, and just slightly better than neighboring Illinois.

The Director of Newborn Medicine at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Dr. F. Sessions Cole, calls preterm birth a major problem for the St.Louis region.

Study: EMTs And The Flu Vaccine

Nov 12, 2012
USACE / Flickr

  A study out of Saint Louis University suggests that about a quarter of St. Louis-area emergency medical personnel are not getting vaccinated against the flu.

Saint Louis University nurse researcher and study lead Terri Rebmann says many study participants had misconceptions about the flu vaccine.

"Almost 40 percent of the EMTs indicated that they do not trust public health authorities when they say that the vaccine is safe,” Rebmann said.

Hellbenders Breed Again

Nov 4, 2012
Stan Trauth, Arkansas State University / National Park Services

The Saint Louis Zoo is teeming with baby giant salamanders.

For the second year in a row, the zoo has successfully bred Ozark Hellbenders in captivity.

The Saint Louis Zoo first bred them successfully last year, using custom-made nest boxes in artificial streams.

Zoo herpetologist Jeff Ettling says this year, eight females laid more than 2,800 eggs. The paternity side is a little less clear.

1000 Genomes Project Studies Genetic Basis Of Human Diseases

Nov 1, 2012
Plociam / WikiMedia Commons

An international consortium of researchers has sequenced the genomes of more than 1000 people, providing a roadmap for studying the genetic basis of human disease.