WSIU News Afternoon Update for June 7, 2024 in Carbondale, IL

    enJune 07, 2024

    Podcast Summary

    • Healthcare Technology, Sepsis PredictionOSF Health Care Saint Francis Medical Center and Chicago startup Pronosis are collaborating to develop an immunoscore that identifies blood biomarkers and symptoms to predict sepsis risk, saving lives from the 350,000 annual deaths in the US

      While the weather brings clouds and potential storms, and tragic events like the murder of Autumn Cole continue to impact our community, advancements in healthcare technology offer hope for addressing critical health issues like sepsis. The collaboration between OSF Health Care Saint Francis Medical Center and Chicago startup company, Pronosis, is leading to the development of an immunoscore that can identify blood biomarkers and symptoms to predict sepsis risk. This is crucial as sepsis affects an estimated 1.7 million American adults each year, resulting in 350,000 deaths. Transit changes are also on the horizon, with Saluki Express and night safety transit operating on summer hours and a new provider taking over on August 10th. Meanwhile, the dual emergence of periodical cicada broods in Illinois is a once-in-a-lifetime event, but young trees may need protection to avoid serious damage.

    • Cicada emergence trackingPublic encouraged to help track cicadas using ecology apps, while organizations advocate for better working conditions and stricter regulations in mineral mining industries

      The emergence of two different broods of cicadas will occur every 221 years, with the next coinciding emergence expected in 22/45. Researchers are encouraging the public to help track and record these insects using ecology apps like iNaturalist or Cicada Safari. Meanwhile, environmental and civil society organizations are advocating for better working conditions in countries where critical minerals for US manufacturing are mined. Mining practices for minerals such as nickel, cobalt, lithium, and others have been criticized for not meeting US standards, with reports of child labor and devastating environmental impacts. Groups like the Trade Justice Education Fund are urging stricter requirements to address these issues.

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