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As the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease has personally touched the lives of many people. As chair of the upcoming 2014 Go Red for Women luncheon, Penny Pennington, a principal at Edward Jones, realized how much it had affected her own family: Her grandmother died at age 55 of a heart attack, along with other family members who have been affected. “As I learned more about heart disease in women, I found out that it is likely that I will have a personal experience with heart disease either myself or through someone close to me. The statistics are much higher for women and heart disease than any other killer, including cancer: About three times more women have heart disease.”
Saint Louis University is participating in a multi-center study that will test a combination of two medications for children with early-stage hepatitis B.
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.
Are visions of sugarplums dancing in your head? Are they dancing into your mouth? Before you throw up your hands and land face-down in a pile of mashed potatoes, take control of your holiday diet with some healthy alternatives and strategies.
We can’t control our age or genetics, but women can do plenty to control their risk of cardiovascular disease, and that’s important considering that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women alike. A heart-healthy diet is among the most influential factors in reducing risk.
Fish oil capsules are among the most popular supplements sold, but recent studies have questioned the benefits and even proposed possible risks related to fish oil supplementation.
Aging is inevitable, but how people age varies widely. No longer is old age assumed to be a time of inactivity and inability to enjoy life. With a few simple lifestyle choices and attitude adjustments, we can improve the odds of aging with health and vitality.
Dr. Rajiv Patel is an enthusiast. Yet, though he enjoys a nice glass of red wine, Patel is careful to emphasize that any advice he has to offer is based solely on the data.
Maybe your mother can no longer drive to the grocery store, your dad doesn’t feel that hungry anymore, or grandma says foods just don’t taste the same these days. As people age, many roadblocks to healthy eating can arise.
Any time blood flow to the brain is interrupted, you have a serious problem. In many cases, this is known as a stroke, and it can have life-threatening and long-term consequences. In some cases, the body’s natural anti-clotting properties are able to break up the clot that is blocking blood flow. This is known as a ‘transient ischemic attack’ or TIA.
Physical inactivity literally is killing America. Data indicates that 11 percent of children ages 6 to 11, and 14 percent of those ages 11 to 16, are obese. In addition, more than one-half of adults don’t meet recommended levels of activity, and half of them have no regular physical activity. Sedentary lifestyles lead to increased health risks and higher health care costs. Since this habit of inactivity begins early in life, the promotion of physical activity among children is imperative for their health and for the future of our nation.
Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of American women. To educate the community about this health risk, SSM Heart Institute will host its fourth annual 'Her Heart: Every Beat Counts' education and screening day.
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.
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.
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.
A strong core does far more than make you look good. The core, or abdominal, muscles are crucial for supporting the back and spine, especially as we age.
Almost one in three adult Missourians is obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As one of the fattest states in the nation, it’s no surprise that obesity is becoming an increasing problem for our children, too.
Sometimes it’s fun to fly by the seat of your pants. But when it comes to your health, it’s best to create a plan in consultation with an expert. For most, the best place to start is with your primary- care physician. “It’s important to meet with your doctor to discuss your health and fitness goals. What can you realistically accomplish and how can you get there in a practical way?” says Dr. David Katzman, a specialist in internal medicine with Katzman & DeLaney Personal Physicians. Katzman’s practice is limited to only about 600 patients who pay an annual fee to be part of his personalized medical practice.
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.
Avocados always have been associated with good health. A doctor once told me that if I ate half the avocado and used the other half as a facial, I would improve my skin both from the outside, as well as the inside.
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.”
RESEARCHERS TO STUDY TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR HIGH-RISK LUNG CANCER PATIENTS
Iron Barley has garnered its share of accolades since opening in the early 2000s, including being featured on shows like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and Man Vs. Food. The eatery has been on our list to try for quite some time, but somehow we never stopped by for a visit. So recently, we headed down to the South Side to rectify this oversight.
I have an idea for a board game, working title: Diet Tribe. In it, players would move a tiny grocery cart around a board that represents a grocery store. The goal is to be the first to check out with a full cart of food that will encourage weight loss, speed metabolism, lower cholesterol, manage blood sugar, prevent heart disease, slow aging and promote good digestion. Your cart must contain food from every department (no floral or pharmacy).