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Among the controllable risk factors for heart disease, cholesterol is a primary indicator of cardiovascular health. For many adults, elevated LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is one of the first wake-up calls that lifestyle modification and/or medication is needed to help keep cardiovascular risk in check.
Nothing about the discussion of obesity is simple, according to Katie Thompson, a primary therapist with Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders. And the American Medical Association’s (AMA) recent decision to recognize obesity as a disease—not just a condition that causes disease—complicates matters even more.
First we were urged to give up our Coke, with its 39 grams of sugar per can. Fair enough in the age of increasing obesity and resulting health problems. But now we’re supposed to give up our Diet Coke, too?
SLU RESEARCHERS SCREEN NEWBORNS FOR RARE GENETIC DISEASES
The world-class luxury and glamour of international entertainment epicenter Macau, the Monte Carlo of the Orient, will take center stage at Peabody Opera House on April 6. Amid soft lighting, red velvet curtains and exquisite carvings, guests of the A Night at Macau: Betting for a Cure Gala will indulge in fine dining on the venue’s stage and enjoy entertainment in an upscale casino atmosphere reminiscent of the James Bond thriller, Skyfall.
Eight days after giving birth to her son, Cameron, in April 2011, Rachel D'Souza-Siebert’s heart was aglow with love. It also was about to break.
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases of modern society. An increasing number of people are developing this complex metabolic disease, in which high blood sugar occurs because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or because the cells in the body do not respond to the insulin being produced.
It's understandable for women to worry a lot about breast cancer. With so many messages aimed at us from so many places, breast cancer awareness, prevention and screening is top-of-mind when it comes to health news. But it may be time to rethink our worries.
September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and physicians agree that understanding what cholesterol really is and why we should pay attention it to are important steps toward a heart-healthy life.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease every day. Through their new cardiology practice with Premier Medical Specialists on Des Peres Hospital’s campus, Drs. Michael Twyman and Jeffrey Brown are determined to do their part to reduce that number. “Our focus is on preventing people from developing coronary disease in the first place,” Twyman says. “But if they do develop the disease, we want to offer a less invasive approach to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment.”
Have you been getting enough sleep? If not, the week of March 5 is a good time to catch up. It’s National Sleep Awareness Week, which highlights the importance of adequate sleep for improved wellness and a higher quality of life. The week ends with the annual shift to Daylight Saving Time, robbing us of an hour of night-time.
When it comes to hearth health, a lot of attention is focused on heart attack symptoms and prevention. However, the American Heart Association reports that almost 300,000 people each year suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) outside of hospitals. SCA is a dangerous condition in which electrical signals to the heart malfunction, causing the heart to beat in an atypical rhythm.
When it comes to health, action is key. But maintaining health and wellness isn’t just about reacting when things go wrong. People need to take concrete steps every day to build the foundation for a healthy life.
Tom and Karen Baranski have fun at Chasing the Cure, Kentucky Derby Gala to benefit the American Diabetes Association.
It’s no easy task for a nonprofit to make it 10 years, let alone 100! We salute these local organizations, and all those that have stood the test of time with the goal of making our region a better place to live.
Look in the self-help section of any bookstore, and you’ll find them: a whole slew of books dedicated to the power of the mind to create all kinds of wonderful changes. Yet the science behind the philosophy that thought can create physical change remains a topic of debate and exploration.
For people who have diabetes, blood sugar control is key to managing the disease. Glucose is a form of dietary sugar that is transferred from the blood to the cells via insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. People with diabetes do not have enough insulin to adequately transport the glucose out of the bloodstream. Over time, too much blood glucose negatively affects a wide array of body systems.
Have you ever thought that there could be a vaccine against Type 1 diabetes? Or an artificial pancreas that could help regulate blood sugar?
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When…Dance St. Louis opened its 45th season by bringing the Houston Ballet to the Touhill Performing Arts Center? The three-part classical program included George Balanchine’s Art Deco masterpiece, Apollo, as well as Falling by artistic director Stanton Welch and Hush by associate choreographer Christopher Bruce. Pictured: Kelly Myernick
Let’s face it: As we get older, our eyes, ears and bodies don’t work as well as they used to. Luckily, it’s happening to all of us, so medical science has developed ways we can work with our changing senses.