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You made it through the blooming spring and the lush summer. You may have sneezed and rubbed your itchy eyes, but allergies are par for the course during the warm weather months. And now it’s fall—and you’re still sneezing. What gives?
Drip, drip, drip...It’s not your leaky faucet. It’s your nose.
Once Upon a Time…the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) took in Tillie, a Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix. Tillie had lived with a family, but they had to give her up because of their child’s allergies. Meanwhile, Teel Ackerman, who had recently lost a dog, was looking for a new pet to keep her active and walking. “When he died, I wasn’t going to get another dog; but then I thought, the dog keeps me going—I walk him everywhere, and it’s good for me.”
Whether it’s an annual check-up, your child’s sports physical or an appointment to discuss a pressing health concern, you need to make the most of your doctor’s appointments. A little preparation and a few simple strategies will help you achieve that.
Dogs and cats can suffer allergic conditions much like we humans do. As fall approaches, pet owners need to be alerted to allergy symptoms and methods to control and treat pet allergies. Humans typically express allergic conditions through their lungs, called their primary ‘shock organ.’ The shock organs in pets are, first and foremost, associated with symptoms involving their skin and external organs like their eyes and ears, as well.
So, last week the Ladue News staff was sitting around the conference room for a typical weekly meeting—you know, sipping Champagne and waiting for the mini-quiche to come out of the oven—when someone offered up a story idea: Why don’t we do a diet-and-nutrition series and extol the virtues of different diets? We could have doctors give their opinions. We could even have staffers try them out. Someone could do Weight Watchers, someone could do low-carb, Debbie could go gluten-free…
Every pet owner wants to provide the best nutrition possible so their furry friends can enjoy a good quality of life. But as you wander the many aisles of food in the pet store, you may start to wonder: How will I know the best food when I see it?
Julie Macklowe, a former Vogue magazine ‘It Girl,’ was a hedge fund manager for 12 years before she broke into the beauty industry. With experience managing more than $500 million in investments, she launched her company with an exclusive partnership at Bergdorf Goodman, but soon learned that she could offer better prices—without changing her products—if she moved to other retailers. The products are now offered at Soft Surroundings, where LN caught up with Macklowe on a recent stopover in St. Louis.
The most successful women also are the most creative, according to Gail McMeekin, a Boston-based psychotherapist, writer and career coach. But how do you leverage creative ideas and passion into a viable business? We talked to McMeekin, author of the best-selling book, The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women, about her definition of success and how to achieve it.
If you’ve ever noticed a bumpy, red rash on your upper arms and thighs, don’t worry—this is not ‘arm acne.’ In fact, the little red bumps are not pimples. They are caused by a common, harmless and easily treatable condition known as keratosis pilaris.
Once upon a time…there was a dog you couldn’t begin to describe with words like ‘active’ or ‘hyper.’ Coal, a lab mix, is the type of dog who will climb up a tree trunk after a squirrel, says owner Linda Palmer. In fact, he’s on a two-year probation after being accused of incessant barking—although Palmer says the charges were exaggerated.
Imagine this: You’re in a room, exhausted and surrounded by people who won’t stop screaming. You can try to hold conversation, but it’s often a futile attempt. When the shrieks subside, it’s time to act as personal chef, chauffeur or nurse before the howling commences again. This chill-inducing scene isn’t straight from a horror blockbuster—it’s a very possible, isolating reality for stay-at-home moms. The International MOMS Club, with its new suburban St. Louis chapter, is here to end the seclusion.
We all make errors. Some we can control, others simply are part of our biology. Such is the case with ‘refractive errors,’ a collection of common eye distortions that affect vision.
Love to report new places opening up: The Sweet Divine's new Soulard location at 1801 S. Ninth St. is now open for business. Likewise, Piccione Pastry at 6197 Delmar Blvd. in the U-City Loop is now up and running.
I am blessed with five grandchildren; and two of them are blessed—or cursed—with allergies. I’ve previously discussed food allergies; and this month, we talk about springtime environmental allergies. Once again, I called on my colleague, Mercy Clinic pediatric allergist Dr. Laura Esswein, to share her expertise.
SweetArt Bake Shop in the Shaw neighborhood is a marriage of food and art. And that works out beautifully for owners Cbabi and Reine Bayoc, who happen to be husband and wife.
When Nicki Myers’ son, Reece, was 18 months old, he itched so much he bled from scratching. Reece suffers from eczema, a non-contagious, inflammatory skin condition that may be caused by an array of triggers. “He had a moderate to severe rash on his lower legs and arms that became so inflamed and irritated he would scratch in his sleep,” says Myers. “He’d wake up with open wounds, and it was quite hard to manage.” The Ladue mom recalls slathering her child’s legs with various prescription and over-the-counter creams and ointments, and then wrapping them with gauze and compression bandages to prevent Reece from continuing to scratch.
When speaking with an allergist, there’s a chance you may briefly forget you’re talking with a doctor and imagine you’re chatting with a botanist. These medical specialists can reel off plant names, expected dates of pollination and various pollen attributes.
About one in seven people experiences a random nosebleed at some point in his or her life, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Children and people older than 50 are the most likely to have a sudden nosebleed, and the trigger can be as minor as blowing one’s nose too hard or as serious as a clotting disorder.