Recent media reports of children being hospitalized with serious respiratory problems due to enterovirus D68 are alarming. However, one local expert notes that thousands of children are infected by this and other similar viral strains every year. “The enterovirus we’re talking about shows up in the majority of kids as a cold; and we don’t typically test to see what virus is causing a kid’s cold because the vast majority of the time, it’s going to get better on its own,” says Dr. Ken Haller, a SLUCare pediatrician on staff at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
ONCE UPON A TIME...The Humane Society of Missouri rescued 39 small-breed dogs from Carter County. The owner surrendered the dogs after telling animal cruelty investigators that she had planned to load them into a truck and dump them on the side of the highway. Many of the dogs were in poor shape, and the Humane Society’s rescue team brought them to its Macklind Avenue headquarters for care.
Sneezing. Nasal congestion. Facial pressure. These are just a few of the sinus and allergy issues that can dampen the mood during the fall and winter months. That’s where the Washington University Physicians’ sinus group comes in.
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.
Summer picnics are lovely with their delicious spreads of fruits, breads and salads. But beware the potato salad that’s been sitting in the sun! Salmonella poisoning (also called ‘salmonellosis’) is a terrible way to end a nice day out.
If all is going well, we are totally unaware of the pancreas. Doing what it should, it secretes digestive juices into the small intestine, and releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. However, the digestive enzymes from the pancreas occasionally start digesting the pancreas itself, causing a painful inflammatory condition known as pancreatitis. When this happens, you know something’s wrong.
It’s spring, and the sneezing has begun. But you don’t have to suffer: A number of home remedies and complementary therapies can help relieve mild seasonal allergy symptoms.
Sinuses are among those parts of the body that we tend to ignore until something goes wrong. These hollow cavities, lined with a mucous membrane, usually sit quietly behind the nose and forehead. But infection or allergies can cause the membranes to become inflamed and irritated, resulting in pain and pressure.
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The trend in new burger joints around town continues unabated. One of the latest to recently open its doors is The Dam. Located on Morganford Road, The Dam serves up plenty of quality burgers, and then some.
A year to recover
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.
The folks who own the local Potbelly Sandwich Shop franchise have announced they'll be opening a second location at 12 S. Bemiston Ave. in Clayton in late October. The space previously housed the long-running The Fatted Calf, which closed earlier this year.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are largely considered a ‘female problem,’ but men also develop UTIs and the unpleasant symptoms that accompany them.
After years of eating only hybrid tomatoes, my first taste of an heirloom tomato eight years ago forever convinced me that hybrids no longer had a place on my plate. I was enlightened, to say the least. And so now with pork, according to Taste Network’s Brady Lowe, the founder of the Cochon 555 event (in St. Louis Aug. 25), it’s time to realize there is more to the pig, as well.
Tooth decay is bad enough, but when bacteria enters the picture, things really can get ugly. Bacteria infecting the pulp inside a tooth’s root can find its way there through deep cavities, cracks or untreated gum disease, and the resulting infection forms a pocket of pus known as an abscess.
Whether you’re simply throwing down a blanket in the backyard and enjoying a meal al fresco or tasting exotic fare abroad, food poisoning can turn a good time bad in a hurry. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, approximately one in six Americans (about 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of food-borne diseases.
If you are of a certain age, you probably remember the jealousy induced when another young classmate announced he or she was having his tonsils removed. From the vantage point of an elementary-school student, this meant a few days off and lots of post-surgical ice cream. And several decades ago, tonsillectomy seemed a routine part of childhood.
We’ve all been on antibiotics at some point in our lives, and most parents have given their children antibiotics by the time they go to school. However, physicians are warning that we can no longer afford to be so cavalier about the drugs we once thought were all but harmless bacteria killers. That’s because more and more bacteria are adapting to evade the effects of antibiotics.
People make an effort to hide their tears, while some offer to wipe others’ tears away. But for our eyes, a constant supply of tears is needed to see clearly and comfortably.
Parents have plenty to worry about when their kids go to school or away at camp, and illness is a major concern. Colds, flu, ear infections and strep throat are among the many potential illnesses shared by youngsters in close proximity. However, these infections are rarely life-threatening. Meningitis, on the other hand, is a potentially dangerous communicable disease that can spread through classrooms or dormitories.
Sniffling, sneezing, coughing, wheezing—it’s cold and flu season in St. Louis. It’s called the ‘common cold’ because it is, indeed, perhaps the most common illness experienced by both adults and children each year.
When seasonal sniffles and coughs arrive, it’s tempting to call the doctor and ask for a prescription of good, old-fashioned antibiotics to make it all better. But antibiotics are the wrong treatment for colds, flu, bronchitis, most ear infections and other common viral ailments. In fact, taking antibiotics for anything other than a bacterial infection can cause serious harm.
About 50 miles southeast of St. Louis rests a small Illinois village with a deep-rooted German heritage—dating back to 1834—called St. Libory. Almost 100 years later, John Wenneman purchased a small meat shop in 1927, which became the Wenneman Meat Co.—completely unaware of the legacy he had created, not only for his family and St. Libory proper, but for the region as a whole.
No parent likes to see his or her child feeling miserable. And in children, the common cold can mean a week or two of runny-nosed, cough-induced, scratchy-throated misery. But even though we long to do something to make everything OK again, curing kids’ colds primarily requires time and a little TLC.