As highlighted in a recent issue of Missouri Medicine, researchers in the Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development are working on a variety of vaccines to treat everything from influenza to ebola.
When December becomes icy and dark, the garden may go to sleep for the winter, but my kitchen window showcases the flurry of activity around our row of bird feeders.
We thought we left it behind in adolescence, but it’s back! Acne isn’t just a teenager’s problem.
The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled its first-ever temporary exhibit: Stan Musial: 'The Man' Off the Field. Displays include artifacts from the Cardinals, as well as items on loan from the Musial family.
A couple of weeks ago, LN editor Trish Muyco-Tobin emailed me a thought-provoking question: In today’s society, what does it mean to be tough? And, in particular, what does this mean for our children? As the father of two boys, these questions hit home. I want my children to be resilient, but I also don’t want them to be arrogant.
This month, instead of offering advice, I’m going to ask for your input. But first, a little background: began my first practice more than 34 years ago in a small southeast Missouri town. When my patients needed me outside of office hours, they called me at home; my number was in the book. On rare occasions, they just dropped by my house, as my address was listed, too. I had an answering machine to direct callers when I was not 'on call,' and when I was on call, my wife was my answering service. I attended every complicated delivery, met my patients in the emergency department, and made rounds twice daily on the many patients I admitted to the local hospital. There were no 'hospitalists.' There were no urgent-care centers or walk-in clinics. (And Al Gore had not yet invented the Internet.)
Depression is known to affect about one in 10 American adults; and for many, depression takes hold well before adulthood. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. In fact, very young children can show signs of depression, notes one area expert.
The 2014 Ladue News Show House at 34 Briarcliff will help give a voice to young patients across the region. Proceeds from the fourth annual home tour will benefit Autism Speaks and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Here, learn more about the impact of these worthy organizations.
Next year marks 60 years for the Women of Achievement Award, the longest-running program in St. Louis whose sole mission is to honor and recognize volunteer service and leadership by local women. Nominations are now being accepted.
Points of Light, the country’s largest volunteer management and civic organization, recently awarded St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) with the Point of Light Award. St. Louis HELP loans home medical equipment to those in need at no cost. Last year, the organization loaned more than 4,000 medical items.
The flu season soon will be here. Unlike the stomach 'flu,' or stomach virus, influenza is a respiratory illness characterized by sudden onset of fever, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, headache and runny nose. Many people say they feel like they've been hit by a truck. If you've had the flu, you might never again refer to a stomach bug as the flu. While children sometimes have a stomach ache and vomiting with the flu, adults generally don't. Complications such as ear infections and bacterial pneumonia can follow the flu.
Grown-ups can be kids again at St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s inaugural nontraditional gala, Play Date. Guests are invited to forgo the usual cocktail attire and don colorful, creative and comfortable wear for the interactive evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at St. Louis Union Station. “It’s an adult night out inspired by kids,” explains Annie Geile, event chair and board member of Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “It ties back to the whole goal of Children’s—which is to let kids be kids.”
Sodium (salt) is an essential nutrient that everyone needs for normal muscle and nerve function. But too much sodium can contribute to serious health problems, and modern diets that include processed foods often are sodium-heavy.
From walking up the red carpet to strutting down the runway, kids will be in the spotlight at the Friends of Kids with Cancer Fashion Show and Boutique on Nov. 6 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. “It’s like the Academy Awards,” says executive director Judy Ciapciak.
The residents at Garden View Care Centers favor Elvis. Each morning at 9:45, you’ll find residents and staff leaving their other activities to enjoy a burst of dancing. Just a few minutes of music and motion sets the tone for a good day, says Rhonda Uhlenbrock, director of dementia programs.
Pumping iron may be considered a younger person’s activity, but in fact, maintaining muscle mass as we age is crucial to health and continued independence. That’s why strength-training is an important part of an exercise routine for older adults.
There’s more to health than just the physical, a reality that the staff at Friendship Village sees every day. “We have a widow here who was very sick and lonely, and her daughter was thinking, I’m going to lose Mom,” recalls Friendship Village spokeswoman Joanna Jones-Raymond. “She moved her mom here from the Northeast; and now you’ll see her sitting on the couch talking with eight friends, and walking around the lake every day—she’s a different person. It’s not just physical. It’s the intellectual and spiritual fulfillment, all of it. You can see the difference.”
This is not cold-and-flu season—unless you have a ‘summer cold.’
Every parent expects their child to receive routine childhood vaccinations during well-baby check-ups. An equally important component of these visits is the monitoring of your child’s growth and development. Your pediatrician or family physician will measure your child’s growth parameters: height (length), weight and head circumference. She will plot them on standard growth charts to determine how your child’s growth compares to other children and, more important, whether he or she is following a consistent and healthy pattern of growth over time.
If you think having chickenpox as a child is the end of the line for the varicella zoster virus in your body, think again. The virus that causes chickenpox settles in and bides its time, hid-ing in nerve cells, until something—its not clear what—causes it to rage back decades after the initial infection. Only this time, you’ve got shingles.
Just call Richard and Kathie Winter an all-star team. Through the years, the pair has utilized their complementary talents for organizing signature events to bring in big dollars for a multitude of nonprofits.