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.
Among the illnesses that spread through elementary classrooms like wildfire, conjunctivitis— commonly known as pinkeye—is one of the most common. That’s because this usually viral infection is highly contagious, and it’s hard to prevent children from rubbing an irritated eye and then spreading the virus to another child via direct contact or shared items.
Growing up, Dr. Julia Young witnessed firsthand the juggling act her father, Dr. Paul H. Young, a well-known neurosurgeon, performed as both a doctor and a parent. It showed her how balance could be found. “He was always so busy, but he found time to do the normal ‘dad things,’ too,” she says. “He’s a great example of how you can have both a professional and very healthy personal life.”
Ear piercing may seem to be among the most innocuous of body alterations, and in most cases it is a simple procedure without complications. However, there are some risks and basic precautions to be aware of.
Contrary to popular opinion, ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract are not caused by stress or spicy foods. Instead, a bacterial infection or popping too many over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs may result in the burning stomach pain typical of peptic ulcers.
Just thinking about it makes you itchy: Head lice—the scourge of school nurses near and far. Bristol Elementary School in the Webster Groves School District, like other schools across the country, provides parents with a three-page information packet about the symptoms, transmission, diagnosis and treatment of head lice. Information included notes that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that no healthy child be excluded from or allowed to miss school because of head lice and that ‘no nit’ policies for return to school are to be discouraged. Nits are the eggs that can be found on the hair shaft near the scalp. They hatch into nymphs, the immature lice that feed on human blood but cannot yet reproduce. Within 12 days, nymphs develop into adult lice, which can survive for up to a month on the scalp. They are about the size of a sesame seed, and are tan to grayish-white in color.