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As the oldest neurosurgery spine division in the country, Washington University Physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is leading the nation in all aspects of back and neck treatment. And the group now offers even more comprehensive care, through the addition of a spine neurosurgeon who completed an orthopedic deformity fellowship.
In today’s technology-driven society, a virtually endless amount of medical information is constantly at our fingertips. And yet, many women lack knowledge about their everyday and long-term health needs, explains Dr. Amy Loden, an internal medicine physician with Washington University Physicians. “For example, women have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than any other female cancers combined.”
JULIE PIATCHEK has joined Arcturis, an architectural design firm, as controller and senior accountant. Piatchek earned a B.S. in accounting from Missouri State University.
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Dr. Steven Couch is opening up a whole new world to patients. The Washington University oculofacial plastic surgeon at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital performs upper and lower eyelid surgeries, correcting droopiness to expand patients’ field of vision and improve the appearance of the eyes.
The American Sleep Association estimates that about 12 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops for short periods multiple times during the night. Sleep apnea doesn’t only cause excessive daytime sleepiness, its most noticeable effect; it also increases risk for heart attack and stroke, making it a serious medical condition for the millions who don’t know they have it.
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A recent study by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Missouri as the 12th most obese state in the country. It predicted that by 2030, 62 percent of Missourians will be obese. It is a shocking statistic, and an outcome that Dr. Jennifer Wessels is trying to help avoid through her efforts as a family practitioner at Barnes West Primary Care, part of the BJC Medical Group. “I get to take care of people from all walks of life, of all ages, and I work not only to overcome their current health problems, but also prevent them from occurring in the future,” she says.
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.
Longtime Frontenac residents Drs. Madhavi Kandula and Mitch Platin moved just one block over to Huntleigh almost eight years ago when they fell in love with the neighborhood. Kandula, a well-known dermatologist, and Platin, an anesthesiologist with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, have two boys: Max, 17, and Jacob, 13.
Having the occasional restless night and feeling the effects the following day is par for the course. However, it’s not normal or healthy to feel sleepy all the time. In many cases, the phenomenon of excessive daytime sleepiness is related to a common sleep disorder that sufferers may not even be aware of.
It may be one of the most dreaded cancer screening tests, but most people don’t even remember it when it’s all over. Colonoscopy can not only diagnose but prevent colon cancer, making it one of the best cancer-fighting tools available.
THOMAS CLEMENS of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, the Hempstead Financial Group has been named the 2009 Notre Dame Alumnus of the Year by the St. Louis Notre Dame Alumni Club.
When you want to sleep, but it feels like your legs want to dance, there’s a problem. And the problem has a name: restless leg syndrome (RLS).
Groceries with a view…the toney TOWN & COUNTRY CROSSING has opened, and tenants include WHOLE FOODS MARKET, TARGET, GO! SPA, NATIONAL CITY BANK and NAPOLI 2UE, the sister location of the popular Clayton eatery, Cafe Napoli. The stores front a 3-acre lake, the largest water feature of any St. Louis retail development.
Kristin Marie Clickett and Brad Alen Bushong were married July 7 by Rev. Sherry Habben at Salem in Ladue United Methodist Church, with a reception at the Chesterfield Doubletree Hotel, where the couple recreated the Garden of Eden with more than 80 of their own trees and plants.
Congratulations to WILLIAM and EVELYN METZGER, who are celebrating an amazing 65 years of marriage this year. They met when William was 11 and Evelyn was 13, and 10 years later they were married. Six children, 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren later, the Chesterfield couple is still very much in love.
Total ankle replacement is a burgeoning technology with long-term results that compare favorably to knee and hip replacements for longevity of the prosthesis, Schmidt notes. Before we had this technology, our only option for patients with post-traumatic ankle arthritis was ankle fusion, which contributes to arthritis in surrounding joints because of the restriction on mobility. He says the new technology allows replacement of the ankle with a prosthesis that maintains motion and gets rid of pain without the late complications of fusion.
Springtime brings its fabulously bright, crisp flora to the area, making up for winter’s dearth of color. But for people suffering from cataracts, the foliage isn’t so much sunny as it is blurry. What can be done to restore or prevent the loss of vision resulting from cataracts? We asked local experts about the latest advances in cataract treatment.