From a medical point of view, we spoke with Dr. Julie Margenthaler, a Washington University breast health specialist and surgeon, about the topic of removing healthy breast tissue in order to reduce or eradicate breast cancer risk.
Sara Tenenbein’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. That alone was a red flag for Tenenbein, a writer and blogger. After discovering that she carries an inherited mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is linked to increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers, Tenenbein opted for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in order to reduce her breast cancer risk. She also revamped her lifestyle to support ongoing health and wellness.
Giddy up, city slickers, and prepare to wet your whistle at the hoedown! For the second year in a row, the American Cancer Society is bringing its signature Cattle Baron’s Ball to St. Louis in an effort to raise support and awareness through a distinct and memorable evening—lassos not required.
When 1-year-old Hailey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2011, everything changed quickly for the little girl and her family, recalls her mother, Cass Tracy. "We found a lump on her arm a day before she turned 1, and when she had her 1-year checkup a couple of days later, we showed the doctor," Tracy recalls. "He had us keep an eye on it for a week. When we went back, it hadn't changed; but she had bruising on her back and legs, and also little red dots on her chest and neck."
Fashion Show chair Lisa Nixon and executive director Judy Ciapciak with Keira and Aiden
From walking up the red carpet to strutting down the runway, kids will be in the spotlight at the Friends of Kids with Cancer Fashion Show and Boutique on Nov. 6 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. “It’s like the Academy Awards,” says executive director Judy Ciapciak.
There's a new destination in the Delmar Loop that offers everything from groceries and a 24-hour diner to green architecture and modern student housing: The Lofts of Washington University.
The residents at Garden View Care Centers favor Elvis. Each morning at 9:45, you’ll find residents and staff leaving their other activities to enjoy a burst of dancing. Just a few minutes of music and motion sets the tone for a good day, says Rhonda Uhlenbrock, director of dementia programs.
Once Upon a Time… Dorothea and Mats Bernesjo were looking for a new cat. The couple had been married for about four years, and had recently lost their cat, Claire, to lung cancer. “I had a cat when my husband met me,” Dorothea Bernesjo says. “I told him, I’d like to get another cat, but it’s up to you, because I already had one when you came into this marriage.” Mats agreed, and they started the search for a new pet.
A large-scale Chinese lantern exhibition is making its return to the Missouri Botanical Garden next year. Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined will feature 22 lighted works of art crafted from silk and steel from Zigong, China.
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.
Zach Braff is an interesting filmmaker. It’s clear his subject matter always is intensely personal and this movie is no exception. He raised money to make this film—written with his brother—by using a Kickstarter campaign online and recruiting a few of his friends from his hit show, Scrubs. It certainly was worth the effort.
Imagine a world with no cancer. St. Luke’s Hospital is similarly thinking big with its Imagine Gala, which will take place Sept. 20 at The Chase Park Plaza to benefit the St. Luke’s Center for Cancer Care.
From contemporary art to opera, you could say St. Louis is packed to the rafters—or rather, to the top of the Arch—with art. The organizations behind these creative spaces and spectacles need financial support. Luckily for them, the terms 'Susan Sherman' and 'arts fundraiser' are practically synonymous in St. Louis.
Describing reiki is like trying to explain the smell of a rose, says one reiki master when asked—and that’s true. Although the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines it as a complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person, with the goal of facilitating the person’s own healing response, experts interviewed for this article agree: The best way to understand reiki is to experience it.
We know that exposure to UV rays damages skin, but in our foolish youth, we may have worshipped the sun. Now we’re seeing the consequences: wrinkles, loss of elasticity and those nasty brown spots that are no longer considered cute little freckles.
Supporters of SouthSide Early Childhood Center raised more than $298,000 at the organization’s Gala Dinner Auction, which included dinner, auctions, awards and more. St. Louis Rams player Joe Barksdale threw autographed footballs to guests donating $10,000 and $5,000 dollars during the live auction.
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.
“Treatment for breast cancer can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars," says Dr. David Caplin, co-founder of Gateway to Hope. "Even if they have some insurance, just the co-pays and deductibles will bankrupt them.”
After more than a decade, the internationally renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem is making its return to St. Louis as part of Dance St. Louis’ 2014-2015 season.
Story: Four vignettes all are set in the suite of a London hotel overlooking Hyde Park. In Settling Accounts, successful Welsh novelist Brian is shocked to learn that he is suddenly bankrupt. As he pieces together what happened, he realizes that his financial advisor Billy has drained Brian's bank accounts. Before Billy can skip town, however, he finds himself at the business end of Brian’s revolver, attempting to ‘explain’ what has happened to the money.
U.S. News & World Report recently named St. Luke’s Surrey Place a ‘Best Nursing Home,’ rating it five out of five stars in its sixth annual Best Nursing Homes ratings. The facility competed with almost 16,000 nationwide to receive the recognition. St. Luke’s Surrey Place, located in Chesterfield, has 120 beds in skilled nursing, and 20 residential rooms for residents needing minimal assistance.