Why are fewer heavy Americans trying to lose weight

By Jing Ren “During the past 12 months, have you tried to lose weight?” The majority of overweight Americans will say no to that question, according to a recent study. Across the nation, the obesity rate is rising, but fewer overweight Americans are trying to lose weight, according to a study published in the Journal…

Lead prevention policy: Where we stand

By Catherine Wheeler In the United States today, about half a million children ages 1-5 have high blood lead levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Though the number of children with lead poisoning has gone down in recent years, effective policies to prevent lead poisoning remain minimal. Current policy primarily focuses on what happens…

In the wake of Flint, Columbia Public Schools to test its water for lead

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public School district plans to conduct lead testing of the drinking water in all the district’s buildings over the summer. The school district, which enrolls more than 17,000 K-12 students and 680 preschoolers, is taking action following the discovery of lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, Michigan. “This (testing) is to create a consistent baseline for all our…

Gene editing holds promise as animal disease prevention of the future

  The disease first appeared in Brent Sandidge’s farm in 1992, back when it was still called “mystery swine disease.” Sandidge wasn’t fully aware yet of how this disease would plague him over the next two decades, how he would watch countless pigs succumb, becoming feverish, refusing food and failing to reproduce. He vaccinated his…

Professionals don’t necessarily agree on the best standards to screen for breast cancer

COLUMBIA – About one in eight women will develop some kind of invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Finding those cancers isn’t always easy, especially with the current technology used to screen for them. Conventional mammograms have been plagued for years by concerns of false positives. In regular digital scans, images of…