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St. Louis heat wave part of rising trend in U.S. heat deaths 

St. Louis heat wave part of rising trend in U.S. heat deaths 

From 2021 to 2023, heat-related deaths in the U.S. increased by 44%. Only 19% of St. Louis adults surveyed heard about the increase in the last week. Of 542 adults surveyed in five states, those ages 50 and older were more likely than those under 50 (39% vs. 24%) to hear that heat-related deaths are increasing, […]
U.S. Syphilis cases rising; awareness in St. Louis is low

U.S. Syphilis cases rising; awareness in St. Louis is low

According to CDC, syphilis cases in the US have surged 80% higher since 2018. Congenital syphilis, which is passed from mother to fetus, is up 31% since 2018, with rates 10 times higher than they were in 2012. Only 17% of St. Louis adults surveyed reported hearing about it in the last week.  A top priority in […]
SUN Bucks launches but public awareness is low

SUN Bucks launches but public awareness is low

Missouri and 34 other states will be launching SUN Bucks, a summer nutrition program to help feed kids. Only 12% of St. Louis adults surveyed (and 11% of those with children under 18 in their home) had heard about SUN Bucks in the last week.  What is SUN Bucks?  When approved in Missouri, SUN Bucks, also […]
Wastewater testing has strong public support despite limited knowledge

Wastewater testing has strong public support despite limited knowledge

A survey of 565 adults from five states found that most (58%) were aware that public health officials tested sewer water, but less that 10% said they knew a lot about it. In contrast, 61% said they knew little or nothing about it. What is wastewater monitoring? Wastewater monitoring helps communities detect and respond promptly […]
What do St. Louisans know about their blood pressure?

What do St. Louisans know about their blood pressure?

For World Hypertension Day, we surveyed adult residents of St. Louis and four other states (CO, MD, NE, and TX) to see what they know about blood pressure. Do Americans monitor their blood pressure? Of 587 respondents, two-thirds (68%) reported having their blood pressure checked by a health professional in the last 12 months. Older […]
Tetanus shots are essential for storm cleanup

Tetanus shots are essential for storm cleanup

Cleaning up after wind damage or flooding from spring storms can increase a person’s risk of exposure to tetanus. Moving storm debris like trees, wood or carpeting can result in scrapes, cuts and puncture wounds. If dust, dirt, soil or flood water comes in contact with broken skin, tetanus spores and other contaminants can enter […]
Climate scientists: tick and mosquito diseases likely to rise

Climate scientists: tick and mosquito diseases likely to rise

Tick and mosquito season is upon us, and scientists predict that changes in climate could make future seasons worse. Many adults reported hearing about it last week.   Who is hearing about tick and mosquito diseases?  Of 515 adults surveyed in MO, NE, CO, MD, and TX, 31% reported hearing in the last 7 days that tick- and mosquito-borne diseases were […]
Consumer confidence after bird flu fragments found in milk

Consumer confidence after bird flu fragments found in milk

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that fragments of inactive bird flu virus were found in some pasteurized milk sold in grocery stores. Less than 5 days later, 37% of adults surveyed in CO, MD, MO and NE had heard the news.   In the sample of 506 adults, 64% reported that they […]
FDA finds traces of bird flu virus in cow’s milk: Should you be concerned?

FDA finds traces of bird flu virus in cow’s milk: Should you be concerned?

What happened? On April 23, the FDA and multiple news organizations reported that particles of the H5N1 bird flu virus have been detected in some cow’s milk samples taken from U.S. grocery stores. Is the U.S. milk supply safe? FDA and CDC say yes, based on what is known today. When the milk samples were […]