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8:51 am
Wed March 13, 2013

A new, possibly simpler way to detect breast cancer, from MU researchers

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University of Missouri researchers are developing a new procedure to detect breast cancer.

The new test looks for signs of breast cancer in fluid, found in breast ducts. Researchers say the test is more accurate and less invasive than current procedures, according to MU professor Thomas Quinn.

“It’d be nice if you could do this and have the confidence that you don’t have to go in and do invasive procedures like needle biopsies,” Quinn said.

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Science, Health and Technology
10:23 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Forum aims to inform public on Medicaid expansion

Missouri Foundation for Health's Ryan Barker presented and took questions from the Columbia community about the state's Medicaid expansion debate on Monday, March 11, 2013. The forum, held at the ARC in Columbia, is the sixth Barker has held this year.
Harum Helmy KBIA News

The St. Louis-based nonprofit, nonpartisan group Missouri Foundation for Health held a community forum in Columbia at the ARC Monday night about the state’s Medicaid expansion debate. The foundation’s director for health policy Ryan Barker presented the pros and cons of the expansion to an audience of about 45 people, before opening up the floor to questions.

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Health & Wealth Blog
1:33 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Rural Reads: On rural definitions and rural doctor shortage

With the Rural Reads series, we’re trying something new. Every Friday, KBIA’s Health and Wealth Desk curates the week’s most interesting (or so we think) articles and reports on rural issues.

What’s in a definition? The eligibility for federal grants

In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report that recommends defining ‘rural’ as areas with 50,000 or fewer residents - a number that's getting some strong reactions. The rural definition determines eligibility for USDA’s rural grants and programs. 

The excellent online news service The Daily Yonder is publishing a series of opinion pieces in response to USDA’s newest recommendation. Last week, Aletta Botts, a legislative staffer who helped draft the 2008 Farm Bill, wrote that the 50,000 size limit is too large and would hurt smaller communities that can’t compete with larger towns to win federal grants.  

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Science, Health and Technology
9:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Healthcare overhaul could change the way farmers access insurance

Marilyn Andersen, who raises angora goats and llamas for wool near Story City, Iowa, is one of many farmers and ranchers entering the individual health insurance marketplace.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

This week, we'll examine the Affordable Care Act's impact on farmers, and hear how one enzyme manufacturer was able to grow its business.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:34 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Why local advocates are rallying to support Missouri's 911 Good Samaritan bill

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A recent study by researchers at Chicago’s Roosevelt University found that between 2007 and 2011, the number of deaths from heroin overdose in the state of Missouri more than tripled. In 2007, fewer than 70 people died from heroin overdose. In 2011, that number ballooned to 244. 

Studies show most accidental overdoses happen in the presence of others. KBIA’s Alexandra Olgin takes us to a rally in Jefferson City on Tuesday supports a bill that could encourage overdose witnesses to be a Good Samaritan and call 911.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:09 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Ireland's former president brings message to Missouri, urging fight against climate injustice

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The former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, is targeting youth specifically to find and act on low-carbon solutions to reverse climate injustice and secure a livable future world. Mary Robinson is also the former United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights.

Robinson spoke last night as part of a Columbia College lecture series titled, “Making Human Rights the Compass for All Ethical Globalization.”

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Science, Health and Technology
5:13 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Plane diverted to St. Louis airport lands safely

Lambert Airport in St. Louis hopes to reopen terminal C in April.
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Eight passengers safely walked off a small aircraft Monday afternoon at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport after the pilot reported landing gear troubles.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:56 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Mo. S&T prepares for 105th St. Pat's celebration

The Missouri University of Science and Technology is continuing a tradition that began in 1908 when a group of Rolla students declared that St. Patrick was the patron saint of engineers.

The St. Patrick's celebration has grown to include more than a week's worth of events. The first is from March 4 through March 7 when students will club plastic snakes with large decorative sticks called shillelaghs. On March 13, a Missouri S&T student portraying St. Pat will arrive in downtown Rolla with his court aboard the traditional manure spreader.

Health & Wealth Blog
6:36 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Sequestration would hit rural hospitals harder than their urban counterparts

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Listen to the report.

Barring a congressional miracle,  Medicare payments to health care providers throughout the country will see a 2 percent reduction come Friday. That amount might not sound like much, but rural hospitals and their surrounding communities are the ones that would feel most of the pinch.

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Science, Health and Technology
1:33 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

"Computer Chess" to show at 2013 True/False Film Festival

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Andrew Bujalski is a longtime filmmaker. This year, the True False Film Festival includes Bujalski’s latest film – Computer Chess. It’s a fictional movie set 30 years ago. It focuses on Chess Software Programmers competing in a weeknd tournament.

Bujalski is best known for creating the “mumblecore” genre with his 2002 film “Funny Ha Ha.”

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Health & Wealth Update
11:30 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. Medicaid expansion still lacks rural legislative support

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Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update, with a shorter version of KSMU's Jennifer Davidson's story.

This week -- we’re hearing about the Medicaid expansion debate down in West Plains -- the seat of rural Howell County. A study by the Missouri Budget Project shows that Medicaid expansion would have its most dramatic impact in the state’s rural areas.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:48 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Meals on Wheels deals with winter weather

The charity Meals on Wheels delivers roughly 100 meals a day to the elderly and the disabled throughout Columbia. Inclement weather, like last week’s snowstorm, forces the charity to reorganize its efforts.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:11 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mo. House panel to consider Medicaid expansion

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Proponents of a Medicaid expansion will get their say at the Missouri Capitol — even if they don't get their way.

A House committee is scheduled to hear testimony Monday on a Democratic proposal to expand eligibility for the Medicaid health care program to an estimated 260,000 additional lower-income adults. The plan has the support of Gov. Jay Nixon and is called for by President Barack Obama's health care law.

But the Republican-led Legislature has generally opposed the Medicaid expansion.

Under the Microscope
6:58 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

The science behind genetically modified seeds

Researchers at DuPont Pioneer’s facility near Des Moines, Iowa, test these varieties of corn.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

This week, we’ll hear from Harvest Public Media’s Science of the Seed Series.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:47 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

UPDATE: MU healthcare system officals activate system's command center

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Update Feb. 22 11:16 a.m.: 

The following Boone Health centers will remain closed today: Boone Convenient Care, Moberly, Boone Family Practice, Boone Infectious Disease, Boone Primary Care, Boone Pulmonary Clinic, Moberly Specialty Clinic and the Wound Clinic. Staying open for Boone Health is Boone Convenient Care Columbia, Boone Internal Medicine Associates, Centralia Family Health Clinic, Southern Boone County Family Care Clinic and Boone Hospital Home Care & Hospice.

Feb. 22 9:40 a.m.:

MU Health Care clinics are closed until Monday, Feb. 25. MU Health Care hospitals and emergency rooms remain open.

Original post:

In response to the winter storm, MU healthcare system officials activated the system’s command center to mobilize staff at 11:45 a.m. this morning.

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Health & Wealth Update
4:13 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Is high-speed internet access the key to small towns' survival?

MU Professor Brian Dabson stands in a tattered workshop of the defunct Joe Gilliam Mining Company, which used to mine clay, in Goss, Mo. The town now has zero residents.

Listen to a conversation between KBIA's Lukas Udstuen and MU Professor Brian Dabson about why Dabson believes the Internet is crucial to the future of small towns.

Is high-speed Internet the way to attract more people to live in rural Missouri? One MU professor seems to think so. First – let’s dial back a little bit. In a story that KBIA aired on Feb. 13, our reporter Lukas Udstuen investigated the story of Goss, a rural town in Monroe County, Missouri. Its population? Zero.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:34 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Blunt addresses sequestration during MU science visit

Demonstrators gather outside the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine to protest a series of budget cuts known as sequestration.
Olga Khrustaleva KBIA

Senator Roy Blunt spoke about the importance of research and his views on sequestration during a visit to the MU campus on Tuesday.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:41 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters in Jefferson City looking for mentors

55 children are currently waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister in Jefferson City.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:28 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Boone hospital to build new cancer center

The Boone Hospital Center will begin construction on its new cancer center this year.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:05 am
Mon February 18, 2013

MU disaster center to boost mental health training

The donation to MU from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation amounts to $5.5 million.
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The University of Missouri has started a research center on disaster and terrorism in hopes of boosting training for mental health workers.

Assistant communications professor J. Brian Houston recently received a $2.4 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He wants to study the long-term emotional turmoil faced by disaster and terror victims.

The center will employ a university social worker to train school teachers and counselors in Joplin, Kansas City, St. Louis and New Orleans in crisis intervention.

Health & Wealth Update
12:59 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Does Missouri need a state dental director?

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Listen to this week's Health and Wealth Update to learn about Missouri's first oral health caucus and why it's pushing for the state to have a dental director.

The Missouri General Assembly now has an oral health caucus. Co-chaired by Reps. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Jackson) and Jeanne Kirkton (D-Webster Groves), the caucus held its first meeting Monday, Feb. 11. A big item on the caucus' agenda? Reinstating the position of dental director in the state's health department. 

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Science, Health and Technology
8:52 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Exposure to some plastics could affect libido

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A human’s prenatal exposure to certain plastics might affect later reproductive behaviors. University of Missouri Associate Professor Cheryl Rosenfeld said her experiments on monogamous mice find that exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) hinders their likelihood to reproduce. Rosenfeld said she believes these alterations may take place in humans as well and preventative action is necessary.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:42 am
Mon February 11, 2013

MU biofuel researcher wins Innovation Award

The National Biodiesel Board honored MU Professor Leon Schumacher for his research on using plant materials as replacement for conventional fuel. Schumacher received the Innovation Award at the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo in Las Vegas.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:28 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Officials seek upgrades at mental health facility

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Missouri mental health officials are hoping a possible state bonding package could permit construction of a new facility at the Fulton State Hospital.

The hospital is Missouri's only maximum- and intermediate-security psychiatric hospital and is the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River. The Department of Mental Health is proposing a new 300-bed, high-security facility that would cost about $211 million.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:16 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Officials urge caution around Missouri skunks

Missouri conservation officials are urging people to be cautious around skunks that soon will be emerging from winter shelters.

Skunks are one of the two primary carriers of the rabies virus in Missouri. Encounters increase during skunks' mating season, which starts in late February and continues through March. Males can travel five miles in one night.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:20 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Earthquake drill shakes things up

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Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 4:51 pm

This morning, residents of Missouri, Illinois, and seven other Central U.S. states participated in an earthquake preparedness drill.

The annual event is known as the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. This year, close to three million people registered to participate.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:15 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

HIV/AIDS testing offered on MU's campus

Rachel Gleason KBIA

Free HIV/AIDS testing was offered Thursday at MU’s Student Center, as a consortium of campus organizations came together to raise awareness of the epidemic to black communities. The MU Black Men’s Initiative, also known as MBMI, sponsored the 3rd annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday. MBMI Coordinator Marcus Mayes says it’s important to address the stigma that comes with being tested.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:20 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

While students checked email, computers at CMSU were breaking mathematical records

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While students at Central Missouri University browsed the internet and checked their email, their computers were slowly working toward a world record.  

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Health & Wealth Update
12:28 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Why pregnant rural women have high stress levels

MU assistant nursing professor Tina Bloom studies rural women. She's currently recruiting pregnant women who live in rural communities to help test a new online safety planning to help women in abusive relationships protect themselves. She can be reached at 660-537-4213 or bloomt@missouri.edu.
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In this week's Health & Wealth Update, listen to a conversation with Tina Bloom about her latest study.

  MU nursing professor Tina Bloom interviewed 24 pregnant rural Missouri women to learn about what makes them stress. She said what she found challenges her idyllic vision of rural life.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:06 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program?

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Efforts to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri are making a comeback this year. But there’s a twist: the main opponent of establishing such a program is now sponsoring legislation.

“I think it’s a severe intrusion of our liberty to have the government create a database that is accessible by thousands of people, if not tens of thousands of people, who would then have access to sensitive private information,” said Republican Senator Rob Schaaf, a physician in St. Joseph, Mo.

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