Shahla Farzan

Shahla Farzan is a general assignment reporter and weekend newscaster at St. Louis Public Radio. She comes most recently from KBBI Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, where she covered issues ranging from permafrost thaw to disputes over prayer in public meetings. A science nerd to the core, Shahla spent six years studying native bees, eventually earning her PhD in ecology from the University of California-Davis. She has also worked as an intern at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and a podcaster for BirdNote. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, combing flea markets for tchotchkes, and curling up with a good book. 

After isolating at home for months, some Missouri residents are contemplating escape.

Public health experts are urging people to stay home during the pandemic, particularly as COVID-19 cases spike in cities nationwide. Still, millions of Americans are expected to travel this summer, mostly by car

No trip is truly risk-free — but if you do decide to travel in the coming months, how can you reduce your chances of catching and spreading the coronavirus?

Washington University and St. Louis University will soon begin a series of clinical trials to test potential vaccines in humans. 

The universities plan to recruit thousands of people in the St. Louis region to test whether these vaccines provide protection against the coronavirus.

Dozens of inmates at a women’s prison in northern Missouri have fallen ill after contracting the coronavirus.

At least 189 inmates and nine employees at Chillicothe Correctional Center are now infected — in what has become the worst coronavirus outbreak at any prison statewide. The facility has isolated the infected inmates, but some criminal justice reform advocates say the outbreak is endangering prisoners and the surrounding community.

Stroke patients in rural hospitals fare far worse than urban patients, according to new research from Washington University.

Based on the records of nearly 800,000 stroke patients in the U.S. collected over six years, rural residents were less likely to receive advanced, lifesaving treatments than urban patients — and more likely to die at the hospital.

Children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. can have a very different chance of survival based on the type of health insurance they have, according to new research from the Brown School at Washington University.

The study, which analyzed the records of tens of thousands of young cancer patients, finds those on Medicaid had a higher risk of death and shorter overall survival compared to privately insured patients. But researchers caution that these results likely reflect the complex socioeconomic challenges facing families on Medicaid, rather than the quality of the insurance itself.