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Study: EMTs And The Flu Vaccine

Nov 12, 2012
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  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
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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
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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.