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Science, Health and Technology
9:17 am
Wed April 18, 2012

E. coli victims consumed raw milk, Mo. Health Dept. says

13 confirmed cases of E. coli have been reported in Mid-Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. 

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Science, Health and Technology
4:43 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Volunteers to help clean up Columbia

Columbia is receiving a cleanup this weekend as hundreds of volunteers pick up trash.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:42 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

MU Health Psychology Department says stress contributes to cognitive decline in breast cancer

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The Health Psychology Department in the Missouri School of Health Professions has released a study saying stress contributes to cognitive decline in women with breast cancer. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:27 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

New judge sought in Missouri Medicaid contract lawsuit

The Missouri Supreme Court has been asked to appoint a new judge to hear a lawsuit challenging a state Medicaid contract.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:23 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirms seven cases of E. Coli

The State Department of Health and Senior Services has now confirmed seven cases of E. coli infection. 

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Science
8:57 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Reasons behind deaths of thousands of fish remain elusive

Thousands of fish were found dead in Columbia's Flat Branch Creek.
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Conservation officials are still trying to determine what killed an estimated 14,000 fish in a central Missouri creek.

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Under the Microscope
8:19 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Tracking an astronomical mystery

The caiman/puma monster-shaped mound is one of two figures from the 4,000 year old preceramic site of El Paraíso, in the Chilca Valley. The other, a condor, is partly visible in the upper left. The arrow shows the mound’s alignment to the Milky Way.
Photo courtesy of Google Earth Pro

For centuries people have lived and worked in a part of coastal Peru spotted with oddly shaped hills.  Most knew that the mounds were man made, but were they significant?  

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Science, Health and Technology
5:34 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Dairy the likely culprit behind E Coli outbreak

Seven cases of E. coli have been reported in central Missouri, according to the State Department of Health and Senior services. Three of these cases are Boone County residents, with one patient requiring hospitalization. Columbia and Boone County Health Department spokesperson  Genalee Alexander said that all three residents had one thing in common:

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Science, Health and Technology
4:51 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Study suggests Army Corps made right call at Birds Point levee

A new study suggests the Army Corps of Engineers made the right decision when it blew up the Birds Point-New Madrid levee last year.
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A new study suggests the Army Corps of Engineers made the right decision when it blew up the Birds Point-New Madrid levee last year.

The study’s authors argue the floodway would have been inundated with or without Corps action.

Ken Olson is a soil sciences professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he co-authored the study.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:50 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Thousands of fish die in Columbia creek

Scientists are still unsure what exactly caused the death of nearly 14,000 fish in Columbia's Flat Branch Creek.
File KBIA

Thousands of fish from several different species were found dead in Flat Branch Creek on Monday.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:30 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Columbia opens household waste facility

April means spring cleaning for many Columbia residents. To the city of Columbia, that means lots of hazardous waste.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:45 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Columbia opening hazardous waste facility

The city of Columbia is opening a Household Hazardous Waste Facility on Saturday.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:42 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Missouri medical school looking to add second campus

The MU School of Medicine announced a partnership today with two hospitals. 

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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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Under the Microscope
5:24 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

The risks of alcohol abuse

Kenn Wilson Flickr

This week, we’ll hear from one MU researcher about the risk factors for alcohol dependence, and hear about cancer prevention. 

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Science, Health and Technology
4:51 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

MU professor discusses symptoms of alcohol abuse

Don Lavange Flickr

April 5 is National Alcohol Screening Day.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:49 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Rising autism rate means more parents getting help

Scott Shade's eight-year-old son is autistic.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

According to the latest estimate from the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 88 children in the United States has autism, almost double the rate ten years ago. In this week's Health & Wealth update, while more children are being diagnosed with the disorder, more parents are getting the help they need to treat it.

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Health & Wealth Report
10:13 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Payday loans: credit option or debt trap?

Rachel English, with Grass Roots Organizing, gathers signatures in Columbia for the 36 percent cap.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri is fertile ground for payday lenders. With some of the loosest regulations in the nation, we are among the states with the most payday lending stores per capita. In this Health & Wealth report, the payday lending industry in Missouri fights for its life, as activists aim for the November ballot to try to rein in these lenders they say trap the working poor in a cycle of debt.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:40 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Bat disease found north of St. Louis

Angell Williams flickr

Three Missouri bats are confirmed to have white nose syndrome, found north of the St. Louis area.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:26 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

MU professor discovers animal-shaped mounds in Peru

An orca-shaped mound, dated to about 5000 years ago.
Google Earth

MU professor emeritus of anthropology Robert Benfer has discovered rare animal-shaped mounds in Peru. The mounds are three to five thousand years old.

MU’s spokesperson Tim Wall says this research is great contribution for the university.

“This is groundbreaking research by an MU anthropologist," said Wall, "who has found not only some of the oldest structures in the western atmosphere but some of the oldest structures on the planet. These are as old as like the pyramids.”

Science, Health and Technology
5:22 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Money raised for Thompson Center during autism awareness month

Beverly & Pack flickr

The “Light it Up Blue” national campaign to raise autism awareness has landed a check for Columbia’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders. 

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Science, Health and Technology
9:16 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Insects deal with unusually warm temperatures

This year's mild winter and early spring has plants flowering and putting out leaves about three weeks sooner than usual. Some insects are out early too, but that may not mean it's time to stock up on extra bug spray.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:32 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Battery acid spill affects Columbia police department

KOMU News flickr

A battery acid spill this morning resulted in fire crews being called to a generator room that provides power to Joint Communications and the Columbia Police Department.

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Under the Microscope
6:12 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Fighting a disease in bats

US Fish and Wildlife Service Flickr

This week, we’ll hear about a devastating disease afflicting bat populations across the country, and learn about the hazards of ignoring the issue. 

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Science, Health and Technology
11:08 am
Thu March 29, 2012

New strategy unveiled for Hinkson Creek cleanup

Clyde Bentley Flickr

A new strategy aimed at cleaning up Hinkson Creek was unveiled at a public meeting on Wednesday. The event was led by representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Boone County, City of Columbia and MU. 

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Science, Health and Technology
1:46 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Possible 'game-changer' in meth battle

Quinn Dobrowski Flickr

 

Some are calling it a "game-changer" in the battle against methamphetamine labs—a new form of pseudoephedrine that apparently can't be used to make the dangerous and addictive drug. 

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Health & Wealth Update
10:09 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Missouri awaits Supreme Court ruling on health reform

Supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act hold competing rallies outside the Supreme Court this week.
David Sachs SEIU

Health care reform is in the cross-hairs at the U.S. Supreme Court this week. In this Health & Wealth update, as the nine justices hear oral arguments on Obama's 2010 health reform, implementation of some aspects of the law are on hold in Missouri.

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Intersection
6:20 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Parenting in the digital age

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

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Environment
5:48 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Conference brings renewable energy experts to Columbia

Kirk Kittell flikr

Renewable energy was the topic of a conference on the MU campus today. About 180 people from around the Midwest gathered to hear from experts on the future of wind, biomass and solar energy in the region.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:51 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Boone County health board considers changes

Boone County officials say its mental health board could be folded into another city or county institution.
File KBIA

A group that oversees mental-health services in Boone County is considering merging into another city or county institution.  The Boone County Mental Health Board has suffered from sporadic meeting attendance and failed attempts to create a community mental-health fund.

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