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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.

Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation will schedule either three or four deer population counts within Cape Girardeau city limits after the conclusion of the firearms deer hunting season.

The firearms season ends on November 20. There will be about one month between each survey.

Russell Duckworth, the MDC’s Protection District Supervisor, says the deer counts will be conducted at night.

SoutheastHEALTH Acquires Missouri Southern Healthcare

Oct 30, 2012

SoutheastHEALTH picked up the lease for Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on Monday for $9.8 million.

The Cape Girardeau-based health care provider acquired the lease for the 50 bed acute-care hospital from Atlanta-based Sun Link. The lease will transfer to SoutheastHEALTH at the end of the year, but Sun Link will continue to manage the facility until the end of June next year.

SoutheastHEALTH executive vice president Jim Limbaugh says his organization will continue to provide health care as well as take care of the facilities.

Resveratrol Study Shows No Signs Of Benefits On Healthy Older Women

Oct 29, 2012
Robert Boston / Washington University

  A popular supplement made from a component of red wine may not be beneficial after all, at least if you’re healthy to start with.

That’s according to a new study out of Washington University, the first to test the potential benefits of resveratrol in healthy older women. It didn’t find any.

Resveratrol has been shown to improve blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of heart disease in animal studies, but limited human trials have had mixed results.