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6:03 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Pork checkoff funds research, can't please all producers (rebroadcast)

John Mabry, an animal science professor at Iowa State University, has a grant from the National Pork Board to study nutrition in Berkshire hogs.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we'll hear about a program that funds pork research, and hear about the opening of a new Ronald McDonald house.

Every time a hog is sold, farmers contribute to the National Pork Check-off. The program each year raises tens of millions of dollars that goes to the National Pork Board, which is charged with improving the $20 billion dollar industry. Some of that money funds scientific research. But as Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports, though all producers contribute, they aren't all satisfied with the research.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:06 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Producer recalls chicken and ham products over listeria contamination

Midwest food retailers may be impacted by another recall of chicken and ham products by Garden-Fresh Foods of Milwaukee, Wis. The company announced last week its recall of 103,080 pounds of ready-to-eat food possibly contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. This is the company’s third recall in the last two months.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:26 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

New $15M penguin exhibit opens at Kansas City Zoo

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A new $15 million penguin exhibit is opening its doors at the Kansas City Zoo.

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Under the Microscope
5:45 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Rural residents divided over wind energy lines

In O’Brien County, Iowa, Jay Hofland has agreed to sell part of his land to an energy company for a conver station that would mark the beginning of a high voltage transmission traversing the state.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren for Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we'll hear about efforts to construct wind turbines across the Midwest, and learn why Columbia's "Big Tree" is getting some much needed TLC.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Drug Take Back Program visits Columbia

Photo by Steven Depolo via Flickr.

The Drug Take Back Program is collecting prescription drugs today in Columbia. Ryan Worley, Coordinator of the Youth Community Coalition, is in charge of the program. He said unused prescription drugs can sometimes be accessible to and abused by family members if they are not disposed of properly.

“These are not safe to abuse. They are drugs they are powerful, and they should only be taken the way a doctor prescribes them,” Worley said.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:30 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Rural neighbors split on wind energy lines

In O’Brien County, Iowa, Jay Hofland has agreed to sell part of his land to an energy company for a conver station that would mark the beginning of a high voltage transmission traversing the state.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren for Harvest Public Media

 

The rolling plains of Midwest farm country are being tapped for their natural resources again. This time, though, the bounty would be wind energy, instead of corn, wheat or soybeans.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:58 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Mo. hospital group charts admission improvements

Hospital room
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The Missouri Hospital Association says there has been a decline in the number of hospital admissions for preventable issues.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:20 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

MU receives grant for nuclear reactor research

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The Curators of the University of Missouri received a $1.8 million federal grant that will support research related to the production of small nuclear reactors (SMRs) at Ameren’s Callaway County plant in Fulton.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:43 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Mo. mental health hospital crumbling

Hospital interior
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Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle agree that Missouri's state hospital for the most severely ill and dangerous mental health patients is in dire need of repair, but it remains unclear just how to come up with the more than $200 million needed to replace the crumbling Fulton State Hospital.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:46 am
Mon October 21, 2013

MU researcher links anxiety to pro-social behavior

DNA samples
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A University of Missouri researcher has co-authored a report that found that individuals genetically predisposed to anxiety are less likely to volunteer and exhibit other pro-social behaviors. 

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Science, Health and Technology
8:38 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Will Marshall be the next Mo. city to go smoke free?

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Citizens of Marshall, Mo., are discussing a possible ordinance restricting smoking in businesses and public areas.

At a Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting, Breathe Easy Marshall, an organization of citizens, business owners and healthcare professionals, presented facts about secondhand smoke and findings from Missouri communities with smoke-free ordinances already in effect.  The panel discussed the potential effects of a smoke-free policy on general health and local businesses.

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Health & Wealth Update
12:28 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Federal shutdown pauses rural mortgage service

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A little known part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency is one of the main sources of mortgage credit to low-income families in rural America.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:13 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Executions on hold as Mo. seeks new death drug

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Missouri's decision to not use the anesthetic propofol for capital punishment leaves the state with dwindling options as it seeks to execute two convicted murderers.

Gov. Jay Nixon last week halted what was to have been the first U.S. execution to use propofol following threats from the European Union to limit the drug's export. Nixon ordered the state corrections department to come up with a different lethal injection protocol.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:24 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

University of Mo. opens new pediatric rehab center

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The University of Missouri Health System has opened a new pediatric rehabilitation center.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:26 am
Thu October 10, 2013

SSM Health Care can't confirm or deny layoffs

Hospital room
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The parent company of St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) in Jefferson City, SSM Health Care, said it cannot confirm or deny a St. Louis Post Dispatch report that it will be downsizing jobs in its network of hospitals and clinics.

A spokesperson for a St. Louis subsidiary of SSM Health Care told the Post-Dispatch the company would make announcements to employees later this week, but did not state the number of jobs that might be cut or which areas the layoffs would affect.

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Health & Wealth Update
2:32 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

How the Obamacare insurance marketplace can help rural residents

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The Affordable Care Act’s online insurance marketplace has its problems, but the service also has potential to help improve rural health. Jon M. Bailey, the director of rural research and analysis at the Center for Rural Affairs, went as far as putting it this way:

“The new health insurance marketplaces were practically created for rural people.”

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Science, Health and Technology
8:12 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Missouri seeks to tighten food stamp eligibility

A sign declares that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits are accepted at this store.
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Missouri is considering tightening food-stamp eligibility for thousands of adults.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:51 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Mo. initiative promotes breastfeeding in hospitals

A hospital's interior
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St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City is one of several Missouri hospitals making procedural changes with newborn care to encourage new moms to breastfeed after they deliver. 

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Intersection
9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Navigators: your guide to the Affordable Care Act

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Navigators are federally funded counselors who are trained to help people understand their options under the Affordable Care Act.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:53 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

WIC remains open despite government shutdown

Photo by Martin Cathrae via Flickr.

The Missouri Women, Infants and Children Program, or WIC, remains open despite government shutdown.

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Science, Health and Technology
2:52 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Healthcare clinic to close in Belle

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The Agape Clinic in Belle is closing Tuesday and will leave hundreds of Missourians without healthcare.

Executive director Margie Lange said the clinic is closing because the legal physician she was working with sold his practice to a local hospital.

The hospital’s legal liability carrier decided to discontinue the legal collaborative practice agreement between Agape and the hospital. Lange said most of the patients Agape served are unsure what they will do for healthcare.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:18 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Mo. anesthesiology group raises execution concerns

A syringe of propofol
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A group representing Missouri anesthesiologists is urging the state to drop plans to use propofol in an upcoming execution, saying the fallout could jeopardize the availability of the anesthetic for thousands of U.S. hospitals and clinics that rely on it.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:46 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Boone County offers free flu shots for children

A flu shot is administered
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Children in Boone County can get free flu shots starting Tuesday, Oct. 1. 

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Science, Health and Technology
7:50 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Missouri health exchange opens for business

Signing the Affordable Care Act
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The wait is over for Missourians hoping to find out whether the Affordable Care Act lives up to its name when it comes to shopping for government-backed health insurance.

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Intersection
5:45 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Navigating the new online health insurance marketplace

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

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Science, Health and Technology
7:56 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Confused about the new online health insurance marketplace? We have answers

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Starting on October 1, Missourians will be able to shop for health insurance through a new online marketplace. It’s one of the biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

But there’s still a lot of confusion about how the exchanges will work.

St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra spoke with the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Ryan Barker to try to get some answers. Here's an excerpt from their conversation.

How will Missourians access the new health insurance options?

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Science, Health and Technology
4:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Missouri's hunger rates on the rise, atlas provides comprehensive data on the problem

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The 2013 edition of the Missouri Hunger Atlas is a 145-page-strong document and, according to one of its main creators, has more than you'd ever want to know about the extent of food insecurity in the Show-Me State. Missouri is in the top ten of states with highest number of food-insecure residents in the nation.

Before the atlas, no one really kept a centralized collection of the different aspects of Missouri’s food insecurity problem. 

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Science, Health and Technology
11:58 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Check out the 'How much is Obamacare going to cost me?' calculator

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Starting Oct. 1, anyone looking to purchase health insurance plans can enroll in the new online marketplace. A key component of the Affordable Care Act, the marketplace has been touted as a totally new way to buy insurance. You, the consumer, can go to the marketplace website and do a side-by-side comparison of the benefits, premiums and coverage of different insurance plans.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:43 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

St. Joseph plant uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria

Missouri River photo by US Army Corps. of Engineers via Flickr.

A new $18 million project at a St. Joseph plant uses ultraviolet lights to remove E. coli from wastewater before it goes into the Missouri River.

Officials cut the ribbon Wednesday at the UV and Effluent Pump Station Facility.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports the plant contains 972 ultraviolet lights, which kill DNA found in E. coli so it can't reproduce.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:27 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Nixon urges corps to put Mo. River project on hold

The Missouri River project's goal is to help the pallid sturgeon.
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Gov. Jay Nixon is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop work on a Missouri River project designed to help an endangered fish.

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