As highlighted in a recent issue of Missouri Medicine, researchers in the Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development are working on a variety of vaccines to treat everything from influenza to ebola.
Innovative research at Washington University' Genome Institute has gotten a big boost with a $25 million endowment from longtime philanthropists Elizabeth and James McDonnell.
It’s no secret that oral health has a direct link to overall well-being. And with mounting evidence, dentists are doing all they can to take their patient care a step further. “People usually see their dentist more than their physician, and physicians are already overworked and overloaded,” notes Dr. Srdjan Ilic, owner of Prestige Dental Care. “If we can help them by catching these things that manifest in the mouth early by doing simple screenings to lessen the burden on them, we can help the patients and doctors—everybody wins.”
The pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621 wouldn't recognize the slew of sugar- and fat-laden dishes that appear at most of today’s feasts. Historians at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, suggest the first Thanksgiving featured wild fowl and venison; corn, probably cooked into a porridge or mash; possibly a stuffing heavy on forest nuts and berries; stewed squash; and root vegetables. There was no butter and white flour for pie crust, no marshmallows to top sweet potatoes, not even a gigantic factory-farmed turkey. (Think duck, goose and pigeon instead, without gravy.)
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.
If you haven’t been to a gym recently, you might be surprised at how things have changed in the last few years. Technology has entered the workout world, and some gyms now integrate high-tech instruction and feedback into the fitness experience.
Dr. Dan Sindelar has a busy local dental practice, yet he still finds time to lecture, write and consult on his passion: the mouth as the gateway to health. Sindelar is co-founder and past-president of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, an organization that promotes the link between oral health and whole-body health.’ He also wrote the 2011 book, Refresh Life: Oral Health Is the Missing Piece, Adding Years to Your Life, and Improving Your Overall Well-Being. Ladue News recently spoke with him.
Last spring, life changed in an instant for the Duncan family of southern Illinois. At 23-weeks-pregnant, Jessica Duncan suffered injuries from a car collision that led to the need for an emergency C-section. Her son, Aiden, was born weighing just 1 pound, 3 ounces.
Displaying the company’s dedication to community service, a team of Moneta Group employees recently volunteered at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, sorting and packaging more than 16,000 pounds of food. The food will provide 13,000 meals for hungry St. Louisans. The company also presented the organization with a $5,000 check.
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Pumping iron may be considered a younger person’s activity, but in fact, maintaining muscle mass as we age is crucial to health and continued independence. That’s why strength-training is an important part of an exercise routine for older adults.
What a busy month of golf! Let's tee it up and start by giving a tip of the cap to two of the top amateur golfers in the history of St. Louis: Jim Holtgrieve and Don Bliss.
From the time Dr. Denise Hooks-Anderson was a little girl, becoming a physician was all she ever wanted to do. “I was a doctor for all of my dolls, and I would watch different doctor shows like Marcus Welby, M. D.,” she recalls. “I always kept that dream and desire, and just went full speed ahead after it.” The Arkansas native, who came to St. Louis in 2000, also was inspired by her childhood doctor. “He was truly the old-fashioned type, and I wanted to emulate him. I didn’t have any female physician role models, but it didn’t matter to me. That’s just what I wanted to do.”
About 2.5 million years ago, the earliest humans were chipping away at stones to make rudimentary tools (hence, the ‘Stone Age’), running away from mastodons and other prehistoric beasts, and eating whatever they could hunt and gather. And they must have been a healthy bunch!
When Meredith Fish of St. Louis went into labor six months ago, she knew her delivery was in capable and compassionate hands at Missouri Baptist Medical Center (MoBap). Despite high-risk pregnancy factors, the first-time mom delivered a healthy baby boy.
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.
Sometimes—on very rare occasions—when something sounds too good to be true, it actually isn’t. Some 51,000 people found that out in the first quarter of this year alone, through the efforts of RxOutreach, Inc.
For months, student Cordale Denton endured painful headaches and struggled to see the board in class. The teenager’s vision was suffering after his only pair of glasses had broken. That’s where Lifelong Vision Foundation came in.
Recent headlines trumpeted the good news: Obesity rates among 3- to 5-year-olds appear to be decreasing. Yet the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still report that as of 2012, more than a third of American children were either overweight or obese, and parents need to guide their kids toward healthy choices.
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