Story: Director Lloyd Dallas is frantically putting his ensemble of six performers through their much-needed dress rehearsal for the Otstar Productions Ltd. presentation of Nothing On, a comedy by noted playwright Robin Housemonger. “Doors and sardines,” Dallas advises his troupe. “It’s all about doors and sardines.”
It’s a grim prognosis. Wolfram syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that strikes the young, presents as severe juvenile diabetes, and gradually causes loss of sight and hearing, often leading to death before the patient’s 30th birthday. Today, there is no cure.
“A 2013 review study tells us that nine out of 12 studies showed an association between a Mediterranean diet and having lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Kathy Mankofsky of Mercy Hospital Dietitian Services.
There’s no doubt that this has been one of the worst summers for Hollywood in recent memory. Correction: Hollywood actually did pretty well. We were the ones who had to suffer. And every time a big-budget movie faltered this summer, it didn't simply disappoint, it went down in flames. You can almost hear Will Smith and Johnny Depp laughing over single malts at Teddy’s:
The Colonial Marketplace in Ladue is almost complete. With only a small handful of vacancies left and stores opening left and right, this shopping strip is becoming a destination—in fact, so much so we thought you might like a guide book.
Hearing loss is one of the most common health complaints of older adults. But today’s technologies are making hearing loss easier to live with, and research is holding promise for new treatments in the future.
Communication is one of the very first skills we learn in order to navigate the world. As infants, we are quick to begin communicating our needs and respond to those around us. However, babies who are born with hearing disorders and children who lose their sense of hearing face a very different communication landscape—one that now involves technology and strategies to help them to communicate with the wider world.
In our noisy society, about 36 million adults have some degree of hearing loss. A third of Americans (ages 65 to 74) and almost half of those 75 and older develop hearing loss, according to the National Institutes of Health.
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.
LN also gathered a group of professional counselors who shared their advice for families undergoing trauma and tragedy in their lives.
The Tibetans celebrate the elements of the earth in colors: white for clouds, blue for sky or space, yellow for soil, red for fire, and green for water. Balancing these elements leads to harmony both in the external environment and the internal sense of well-being. I was puzzled by the choice of green for water before I visited Tibet. In our Western thinking, we use green for plants and blue for water. It wasn’t until I saw the glacial melt streams flowing briskly into rapid rivers in the high elevations of the Himalayas that it became clear. Glacial milk and rock flour are two names for the finely powdered stone churned out by a moving glacier. It gives the melt water a unique opacity and lovely celadon green hue.
Women hear the message that breastfeeding their newborns is the best way to ensure proper nutrition for the baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that new mothers breastfeed for at least a year and that breast milk be the baby’s only food during the first six months of life. However, in a study published in the July 2012 issue of the AAP journal, Pediatrics, researchers report that, although 85 percent of mothers planned to exclusively breastfeed for three months or longer, only 32 percent managed to fulfill their intention.
Jade Klump knew it was coming but couldn’t help herself. She laughed and smiled. It was quite the sight. Sitting across the field, at practice, Visitation soccer coach Dick Westbrook sat on a bench quiet as a church mouse, dressed as the Easter Rabbit.
In a crowded child welfare system, abused and neglected children often get lost in the shuffle. According to Jan Huneke, CEO at Voices for Children, the average child remains in foster care for three years and attends nine schools by age 18. With a mission to advocate and represent these children’s best interests in court and in the community, Voices for Children provides them with a court-appointed special advocate (CASA advocate), which in turn, decreases their time in the system and increases their chances of reuniting with their family or being adopted. And these CASA advocates, who serve children from birth to age 21, are volunteers specially trained to stand up for and to speak for these kids in need.
Age-related hearing loss may seem inevitable, but scientists are learning more about how habits earlier in life may affect hearing as we age.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16
Renowned social justice crusader Sr. Helen Prejean is spending the weekend in St. Louis to attend the premiere of Dead Man Walking, an opera based on her book of the same name. Her Aug. 19 appearance at Union Avenue Opera begins with a dinner where guests will have an opportunity to speak with the nun, and concludes with a post-performance book signing. For more information, call 361-2881 or visit unionavenueopera.org.
In older pets, the most common heart problem encountered in veterinary medicine is an acquired disease of the aging heart valves called Chronic Valvular Disease (CVD). It usually involves the mitral valve, which, in essence, is a poorly functioning valve that comes with age and deterioration of the tautness of that valve. When that valve doesn’t close properly, that allows a quantity of blood to be improperly ejected and go into a different heart chamber. When the heart works to put blood where it should go and it doesn’t go there, it’s inefficient. It means that the heart has to work harder to get the correct quantity to the proper places. Therein lies the problem: The further this lack of proper pumping progresses, more problems can occur.
Organizations, like living organisms, are born to die. There are a few, however, that are able to prolong their life and are successful in defying death. They outlive their peers by using a highly evolved system of vital business organs, possessed of fierce survival instincts and a stem cell-like ability to regenerate critical body parts over and over again. But the reality is that eventually, death comes knocking. Organizations may succumb to a natural death once they have fulfilled their role in a mature marketplace. Others eventually kick the proverbial bucket because they underestimated the ability of an unknown competitor who emerges and takes them out. This is how we must now eulogize Anheuser-Busch.
Depression recognizes no age limits. Studies show even infants who are denied human contact become depressed. Sarah Hanly, a clinical psychologist with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, says “There are risk factors for depression that parents and teachers should be aware of, including family history, a history of stressful events for the child such as abuse or loss of a loved one, constant family discord and problems in school.”
Think back to 1988: It was a leap year that gave us the Winter Olympics in Calgary and the Summer Olympics in Seoul. Rain Man won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Microsoft launched Windows 2.1. Closer to home, the St. Louis Cardinals finished fifth in the NL East and shortstop Ozzie Smith received his ninth Gold Glove. In October of that same year, a group of enterprising 30-somethings—Charlie Deutsch, Bob Leonard and David Smith—opened The Gatesworth and added a fourth person, executive director Martha Kessel, to its management team.
Let’s face it: As we get older, our eyes, ears and bodies don’t work as well as they used to. Luckily, it’s happening to all of us, so medical science has developed ways we can work with our changing senses.
When a small child can’t hear, he doesn’t develop speech normally, and when he can’t see, learning suffers. That’s why early detection in both areas is key to giving children a leg up on later achievement.
Cleft Palate Prevention…Cleft palate and lip occurs in about one in 700 newborns worldwide. This disfiguring congenital defect causes feeding difficulty for infants and later problems with speech, hearing, and dental development. Treatment costs are high and multiple surgical repairs may be needed. Researchers already know that some cases of cleft lip and palate are environmentally linked to exposures in the uterus: maternal smoking, viral infections and certain medications. In other cases, genetic variation plays a larger role. Dr. David Ornitz, professor of developmental biology at Washington University School of Medicine, led a recent study on the complex origination of cleft palate among dozens of genes in a fetus. “A cleft palate is often diagnosed late in pregnancy and treated surgically after birth,” Ornitz says. “If we understood the genetic causes of this common birth defect, we might be able to diagnose it much earlier.”
With so many innovations in facial rejuvenation, how can someone determine which options are best? A patient’s No. 1 asset is a qualified physician, according to Drs. Terry Myckatyn and Marissa Tenenbaum, principal physicians at West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University.