If you spend too much time gazing down at your smartphone or tablet, you could be letting yourself in for a literal pain in the neck. And that’s not all. Our modern technologies are causing a number of musculoskeletal issues, especially as a result of poor posture and repetitive movements.
With two large research universities located in St. Louis, both with medical schools on campus, our city is known for producing and participating in some of the most important medical studies of the past several decades.
With all the attention paid to breast cancer prevention and treatment, women are acutely aware of their risk and most know at least someone who has had the disease. Many men may think this is one modern plague that doesn’t affect them muh from an individual health standpoint. However, breast cancer is diagnosed in about 2,350 men each year, according to the American Cancer Association.
At age 30, Jack Holmes says his blood was “a toxic mixture of fatty sludge.” His doctor recommended he work with a weight-loss coach—specifically, Charles D’Angelo. Since starting in April of last year, Holmes has shed 165 pounds; he is now merely 15 pounds shy of his goal weight.
Brittany Butts believes music soothes the soul: Wise words coming from a 16-year-old living with sickle cell disease. The teen has taken her negative experiences battling the illness and turned them into a positive message through song, with the help of the Kids Rock Cancer program.
Everyone aims to put their best face forward. And for some, that means opting to enhance one of their features. Among patients of Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center, the most common elective procedure is rhinoplasty. “Sometimes, it is necessary due to trauma or other abnormalities; but often, it is performed on patients who just want to change the appearance of the nose and how it fits the rest of their facial features,” explains Dr. Gregory Branham.
How many selfies did you take during the holidays? The habit of sharing photos of ourselves online and wanting to look our best when doing so may be one factor driving some of the latest trends in cosmetic surgery.
In cold weather, everyone’s fingers and toes get cold, and it’s a relief to get into a nice, toasty building or warm our hands by a roaring fire. But people who have a disorder of the arteries, known as Raynaud’s disease (or syndrome or phenomenon), experience searing pain as their cold--often white or bluish--fingers begin to warm up again.
In last month's column, we discussed the evaluation and assessment of a child thought to have attention deficit disorder (ADD), with or without hyperactivity. Now it’s January, and your children are back in school (or soon to be). You just spent two weeks in constant holiday cheer, and many of you may be convinced your child needs an ADD workup!
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