Daily Archives: April 19, 2014

Dear Readers

April of every year marks Earth Month. This coming Tuesday, April 22, marks Earth Day. Washington University in St. Louis talks a lot about the environment, about sustainability, about going green, saving energy, and protecting the earth. But it does not always talk about the people on the earth burdened by environmental issues. Perhaps you…

What is a D.O.?

“Are you sure you want to be an MD? Your interest in holistic medicine makes me think a D.O. might be a good fit for you,” said a Career Center advisor, as we discussed my passion for nutrition and hopes for attending medical school. I wasn’t sure of how to respond except that I had…

Zoonoses: The War between Domestication and Disease

A recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has killed 101 people out of 158 suspected cases, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report released April 10. There are no known treatments or vaccines for this disease, and the fatality rate differs widely, from 25 to 90 percent. According to WHO, Ebola transmission among humans occurs…

Labadie Power Plant and Coal Ash Landfill

About four years ago, news that Ameren, the company that provides power to 1.2 million customers across Missouri, purchased 1,200 acres of land in the Missouri floodplains caught the attention of a local women’s book club in Labadie, Missouri, a small community located in the Missouri River floodplain. The purpose of this transaction was to…

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