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Science and Technology
7:54 am
Thu July 17, 2014

St. Louis officials will launch investigation into Coldwater Creek cancer claims

An online survey has collected 1,242 reports of cancer from current and former residents of the neighborhoods around Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis County.
Credit Credit Via Coldwater Creek Facts PowerPoint presentation.

St. Louis County health officials say they will hire researchers to study illness rates among residents near a creek that was contaminated decades ago by nuclear waste.

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Politics
8:10 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Missouri governor to sign oral chemotherapy bill

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Missouri cancer patients soon could find it more affordable to take chemotherapy pills.

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Politics
7:58 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Mo. cancer patients seek coverage of chemo pills

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Some cancer patients want Missouri legislators to make chemotherapy pills more affordable.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:28 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Survey Shows Numerous Cancers, Other Diseases, Near North St. Louis County Creek

An online survey has collected 1,242 reports of cancer from current and former residents of the neighborhoods around Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis County.

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 11:05 pm

New data are adding to concerns that exposure to radioactive waste in Coldwater Creek could be causing cancers and other health problems.

Nuclear waste generated by the Mallinckrodt Company was dumped in North St. Louis County after World War II, contaminating the creek and surrounding areas.

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Faith/Religion
11:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Facing death: Couple develops strategy while coping with cancer

David Oliver, a retired MU medical professor, shares his personal exit strategy for coping with death.
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Death. It's often a taboo topic of conversation, despite its inevitability.

But that's not the case for everyone. David Oliver, retired medical professor at MU, and his wife, Debbie, gave a presentation yesterday evening (Dec. 3) titled, "Our Exit Strategy: Depriving Death of Its Strangeness."

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Science, Health and Technology
8:27 am
Wed July 10, 2013

“Sahara’s Law” creates income-tax checkbox for pediatric cancer research

Sahara Aldridge
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A new Missouri law creates a checkbox on Missouri income tax forms that allows taxpayers to contribute a minimum of $1 of their tax return to fund pediatric cancer research.

“Sahara’s Law” was introduced by Cape Girardeau Republican Senator Wayne Wallingford, and it’s named after Sahara Aldridge. 

“She was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and she fought that battle for 17 months, going through chemotherapy and radiation and even some alternate treatments,” Wallingford said. “But sadly she passed away when she was 13.”

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Science, Health and Technology
5:16 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Washington University researchers analyze genomes of two major cancers

Brookings Hall, Washington University St. Louis
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In separate studies both published on Wednesday, researchers at Washington University helped lead the genomic analysis of two types of cancer.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:49 am
Mon September 10, 2012

The key to treating cancer may lie in understanding its genes

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A national consortium of scientists has sequenced the genome of a common type of lung cancer. The work suggests that the key to treating cancer may lie in understanding its genes.

Washington University helped lead the study, which mapped and analyzed genetic mutations in squamous cell carcinoma of the lung.

The director of Wash U’s Genome Center, Richard Wilson, says the study identified mutations in lung tumors that are also found in other types of cancer.

He says the work suggests the genetics of cancer are more important than where it first appears in the body.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:39 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

On cancer

An image of cervical cancer cells.
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On today’s show, we’ll have a look at cancer.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:47 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Unwinding the helix: using genetics to treat childhood cancer

Washington University’s Todd Druley uses a magnet to separate DNA-coated magnetic beads from a liquid reaction buffer, to isolate specific genes from patient DNA for sequencing analysis.
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Pediatric leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. There are about 3,000 new cases in the United States every year, typically in children between the ages of four and six.

With treatment, about three-quarters of affected children are able to beat the disease.

But for those with what’s known as “high risk” leukemia, the odds of survival are much worse.

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PM Newscasts
6:43 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Newscast for June 8, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia officials meet for two-day retreat
  • Commission accepting applications for Mo. Supreme Court
  • Rally against president's contraceptive mandate held at Mo. Capitol
  • WiFi coming to state parks
  • Phone line could play role in cancer prevention
Science, Health and Technology
8:30 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Phone line could play role in cancer prevention

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 5:27 pm

A new study out of Washington University has found that the 2-1-1 phone information system could be an effective tool to fight cancer in low-income and minority communities.

Across the U.S., people can call 2-1-1 to get help with housing, food, and other social service needs.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Petitions submitted for Missouri tobacco tax increase

Supporters of a ballot initiative to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax turned in signatures today.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:39 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Preventing cancer: a conversation with Siteman Cancer Center's Graham Colditz

An x-ray image of a chest. Both sides of the lungs are visible with a growth on the left side of the lung, which could possibly be lung cancer.
National Cancer Institute

More than half of cancer cases in the United States could be prevented.

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