Science and Technology

MU receives grant for nuclear reactor research

Oct 23, 2013
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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.

Mo. mental health hospital crumbling

Oct 22, 2013
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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.

MU researcher links anxiety to pro-social behavior

Oct 21, 2013
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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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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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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.

Executions on hold as Mo. seeks new death drug

Oct 15, 2013
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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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The University of Missouri Health System has opened a new pediatric rehabilitation center.

SSM Health Care can't confirm or deny layoffs

Oct 10, 2013
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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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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.”

Missouri seeks to tighten food stamp eligibility

Oct 9, 2013
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Missouri is considering tightening food-stamp eligibility for thousands of adults.

Mo. initiative promotes breastfeeding in hospitals

Oct 8, 2013
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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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Navigators are federally funded counselors who are trained to help people understand their options under the Affordable Care Act.

WIC remains open despite government shutdown

Oct 3, 2013

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

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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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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.

Boone County offers free flu shots for children

Oct 1, 2013
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Children in Boone County can get free flu shots starting Tuesday, Oct. 1. 

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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.

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

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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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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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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.

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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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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A Springfield utility is planning to partner with two companies to build what would be the largest solar farm in Missouri.

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This year, University of Missouri Hospital was one of many hospitals in the state penalized for not meeting Medicare’s readmission rate goals, which are used to judge the quality of patient care in a hospital. 

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in St. Louis on Thursday to talk about the Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius met with city and county officials and representatives of the local healthcare community in a closed-door session at St. Louis City Hall.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Sebelius said as of October 1, Missourians will be able to purchase health insurance through a new online marketplace.

Sebelius said many of Missouri's 800,000 uninsured will be able to get coverage.

Prototype app to monitor depression

Sep 19, 2013

Researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs pitched innovative ideas ranging from depression, diabetes, and cleaner energy from cow manure. The researchers met at the Mansanto Auditorium at the University of Missouri for the 4th annual 2013 Tech Expo. The products that could derive from the Expo include smart phone apps and micro-chip fiber processors. Keynote speaker Han Chen is the Managing Director of Kapyon Ventures LLC.

“The only thing that can change fundamentally how we as a country survive and progress is technology,” Chen said.

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A report from the University of Missouri’s Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security shows more than one in five Missouri households with children are food insecure, meaning that they worry about not having enough food.

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On this week's episode, we'll hear why some rural residents are reluctant to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

MU receives funding for rare biomedical research

Sep 18, 2013

The University of Missouri held an awards ceremony to announce a partnership between MU and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

The official announcement occurred this morning and pertained to an approximate $600,000 grant. The grant will fuel six biomedical research projects through both the MU College of Engineering and MU School of Medicine.

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