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5:24 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Nonprofit group for family-abuse children expanding services to Callaway County

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Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates, otherwise known as CASA, is expanding its services to Callaway County.  A $22,500 grant from the national CASA group made the expansion possible.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:51 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Centralia recovering from water main break

File Photo KBIA

A water main break in Centralia closed schools and some restaurants today. The water service was restored, but department crews have been working on repairs since yesterday.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:46 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Wounded veteran receives smart home

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On this Veteran’s Day, one veteran’s world became a lot more accessible.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:41 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Federal government will step in to create Missouri's health exchange

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The federal government will set up and manage a health exchange in Missouri. An exchange is an online marketplace where individuals and small businesses will soon shop for health plans. The Affordable Care Act, or obamacare, requires that all states have exchanges up and running by 2014. States have until next week to indicate whether they will run one or not.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:22 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Embracing healthy food: First steps

Kansas City, Kan., resident Judith Smith says Juniper Gardens changed her perspective on food.
Credit Elana Gordon / Harvest Public Media

In recent years, there has been a concerted push at the local and national levels to make healthy food more widely available, particularly in low-income areas. This is one focus of Food Day, which food groups and advocates celebrated across the U.S Wednesday. But while programs and systems are gradually putting fresh food front and center, changing eating habits can be even more complicated.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:10 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Columbia electric linemen help restore power after Hurricane Sandy

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Over 200,000 homes are still without power in Rockaway Township, NJ, after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast on October 29.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:51 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Mo. plays role in fracking boom with silica sand

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Missouri doesn't have enough natural gas deposits for the state to get much benefit from the hydraulic fracturing movement that has produced a glut of natural gas nationwide.

But it does have something that's very important to energy producers who engage in fracking — sand.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Missouri has vast quantities of nearly pure silica sand. The sand is in high demand among drillers who use the tiny granules to prop open cracks in shale rock and allow oil and natural gas to escape.

Science, Health and Technology
3:49 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Life of chimp research and 'adventure' for scientific duo

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For more than a decade, Washington University anthropologist Crickette Sanz and Lincoln Park Zoo research conservationist David Morgan have lived and worked in a remote stretch of forest in Africa’s Congo Basin, studying chimpanzees and gorillas.

Together with local Congolese, they founded the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, whose mission is to study and protect great apes and their habitat.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:39 am
Fri November 2, 2012

More 'Baby Giants' Arrive At The Saint Louis Zoo

Jill Utrup/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 7:19 am

The Saint Louis Zoo once again is teeming with baby giant salamanders.

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

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Science, Health and Technology
4:21 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Columbia fire officials investigate two-alarm fire

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Columbia fire officials are still investigating a two-alarm fire that broke out at a Columbia auto parts store on Business Loop 70 Wednesday night.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:45 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Missouri residents volunteer to help with Sandy relief effort

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Two Red Cross volunteers deploy on Thursday to the East Coast today with relief efforts still underway after Hurricane Sandy. The volunteers will be working in New Brunswik and White Plains, New York.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:43 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The cost of connecting doctors with rural patients electronically

Telehealth locations throughout Missouri are pinned and labelled on a map on Sept. 20 at the University Hospital in Columbia.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

A shortage of rural health care professionals throughout the state has health systems connecting with patients in remote areas through telehealth.

At the University Hospital in Columbia, telehealth coordinator Samuel Woodard thumbs a remote which sends a camera at the far end of the room spinning around to face him. His co-workers at the Missouri Telehealth Network offices across town appear on the screen.

“Hey Katie, how’s it going? We’re just going over the equipment, showing him how the telehealth unit works.” Woodard says.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:27 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Boone Hospital Center president steps down

Nitzan Brumer FLICKR

President of Boone Hospital Center Dan Rothery announced this week he will be leaving his position.

Rothery has taken a new leadership position with BJC HealthCare in Saint Louis. One of the company’s Group Presidents Bob Cannon said Rothery will serve as president of home care and community services.

“Another area he will be responsible for are BJC Behavioral Health Services and then there’s BJC Corporate Health Services," Cannon said.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:36 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Ameren rallies support for nuclear plans

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Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 5:27 pm

The St. Louis-based utility company Ameren is continuing to rally support for its plan to build small modular nuclear reactors in Missouri.

Together with its partner in the venture, Westinghouse Electric Company, Ameren held what it called a “supplier summit” today in St. Louis.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:59 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Ameren Missouri and Illinois send crew members to East Coast

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Ameren Missouri and Illinois are sending additional crew members today to the East Coast to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

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Science, Health and Technology
2:17 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Jefferson City announces mobile app contest winner

Jefferson City’s mobile app contest announced its first place winner, Michael Roling last week. City Administrator Nathan Nikolaus proposed the event in April in hopes of encouraging local developers and residents to start thinking about interactive features for the city. The apps list information about nightlife, local businesses, social media and news information.

Michael Roling, developer of the JCMO app said he wanted to do something for his hometown.

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Science, Health and Technology
1:49 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

University Hospital receives Stroke Gold Plus award

University Hospital has received the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association's Stroke Gold Plus award for the second year in a row.

American Heart Association spokesperson Stephen Hall said the Stroke Gold Plus award reflects the hospital’s efforts to give the best stroke care.

"The reason these awards are so significant that it is very important that individuals who exhibit symptoms of stroke are treated appropriately and with guidelines that are based on, you know, rapidly changing science and the most up to date information,” Hall said.


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Under the Microscope
4:31 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Fighting over school lunches

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On this week's show, we'll hear about a fight over school lunches and learn how one New Bloomfield school was able to introduce new technology into the classroom.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:29 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Slimmer school lunches struggle to fit in

Tracy Zeorian, of Manley, Neb., is packing lunch most days for her two daughters in high school after they complained of being hungry after eating the new school lunches.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Lunch is served in a small gymnasium that doubles as the cafeteria at Elmwood-Murdock High School, a small, rural school in eastern Nebraska. After the period bell rings, a line quickly forms at the service window where trays are loaded with fish patties on whole wheat buns and small piles of curly fries.

With the emphasis on small.

Because at Elmwood-Murdock, like at other schools across the country, students this year have been put on a new diet.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:50 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

New Bloomfield school receives funding for classroom technology

Ryan Denning teaches Animal Farm in his high school literature class. Denning plans to use the education grant to make his lessons more interactive.
Credit Evan Townsend / KBIA

Ryan Denning teaches history and English in New Bloomfield, a small town twenty minutes north of Jefferson City. Like all teachers in the New Bloomfield school district, Denning’s salary is under a pay freeze. He’s seen the school suffer large budget cuts, and he recognizes that education funds are low. But thanks to community efforts Denning is one of two teachers receiving a grant for over $4,000, which they’re using to buy clickers for their students.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:45 am
Thu October 25, 2012

QR codes link past with the present in Jefferson City cemetery

Brochures for a self-guided tour at the cemetery contain QR codes such as these.
Samantha Renner, General Manager Riverview Cemetery

The Riverview Cemetery in Jefferson City cemetery is implementing QR codes into its tours.

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Health & Wealth Update
5:31 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Telehealth can connect rural areas with medical care

Missouri Telehealth Network coordinator Samuel Woodard holds up an otoscope, a tool used for examining the inside of an ear canal, which is able to provide a live feed to a television screen on Sept. 20 at the University Hospital in Columbia.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

In September, the state awarded grants to eleven rural Missouri hospitals to improve broadband internet connections speeds. The connection would be used for telehealth, a way rural towns access physicians in bigger cities electronically. KBIA’s Lee Jian Chung brings us the first of a two part series on the expansion of telehealth services in Missouri.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:20 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Jefferson City under a Boil Order Advisory

Residents are advised to boil their water if they live within these boundaries
Missouri American Water

After a broken water line today, a large part of Jefferson City is under a Boil Order Advisory. Anyone in the city using Missouri American Water must boil their water before using it.  

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Science, Health and Technology
11:39 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Mo. reduces number of healthcare acquired infections

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The Missouri Hospital Association said Missouri has reduced healthcare acquired infections for a number of years now.

Missouri Hospital Association Spokesperson Dave Dillon said for more than a decade they have been trying to create programs which lessen the chances for infectious mistakes in healthcare settings.

"When you’re cognizant of what you are doing you can reduce the type of steps that can cause an infection," Dillon said. "So, we’ve continued to see those rates move downward as hospitals have adopted those.”

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Science, Health and Technology
6:07 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

How technology affects our sense of community

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:47 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Study: Toyota's Streamlined Manufacturing Process Can Also Benefit Stroke Patients

Jin-Moo Lee, Washington University

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 5:15 pm

A new study out today from Washington University suggests that Toyota’s process for maximizing efficiency in manufacturing cars can also help hospitals improve their care of stroke patients.

Study lead Washington University stroke neurologist Jin-Moo Lee says with input from doctors, lab technicians, and other hospital staff, Barnes-Jewish Hospital was able to eliminate inefficiencies and cut the average time it took evaluate and treat stroke patients from an hour down to 37 minutes.

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Under the Microscope
5:48 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

On the nature of violence

As part of his research, Robert Walker looked at ethnographic studies of Amazonian tribes and recorded instances of violence.
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This week, we'll hear about an MU researcher's investigation of violence, and learn about population growth in a certain species of armadillo.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:14 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Canadian beef recall wreaks havoc in the U.S.

A piece of beef steak on a fork.
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While Canada grapples with the largest beef recall in its history, meat suppliers and retailers in the U.S. have been dealing with their own share of fallout from the contaminated meat. The recall has consumers and food safety advocates demanding anew that the U.S. Department of Agriculture keep fresh meat border inspections in place so tainted meat can be stopped before it enters the food supply chain.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:53 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

New clinic to treat sickle cell patients

"Welcome, sickle cell patients."
KBIA

University of Missouri Health Care is opening a new clinic to treat patients with sickle cell disease.  The clinic will be open the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.

Sickle cell is a genetic disease where red blood cells are in short supply.  According to Children’s Mercy Hospital, most of the treatment centers are aimed toward children. Elizabeth Gunier, a sickle cell coordinator at Women's and Children's Hospital's blood disorder and cancer unit, says the new clinic is specifically for adults.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:11 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Surreptitious genome sequencing could come from discarded coffee cups

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A federal panel is calling for stronger privacy protections for human genetic data.

In a report out Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues said “whole genome sequencing” — which provides a unique blueprint of each person’s DNA — holds great promise for advancing medical research and clinical care.

But the Commission said genetic data can also be misused and need to be adequately protected.

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