With two large research universities located in St. Louis, both with medical schools on campus, our city is known for producing and participating in some of the most important medical studies of the past several decades.
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.
Chest pain is nothing to fool around with; and physicians remind everyone to play it safe and call 911 if you think you could be having a heart attack. “We really don’t use our emergency medical system enough,” says SLUCare cardiologist Dr. Michael Lim. “Time is of the essence when a heart attack happens, and the EMT responders can assess the situation and start treatment right away.”
When flavors need some extra zing, MSG can do the trick. Monosodium glutamate commonly is used to enhance the flavors of meat, poultry, soups and stews; and is a common additive in Japanese and Chinese cuisine and many processed foods. However, some people find that MSG causes a range of uncomfortable reactions.
Did you know that diet and exercise contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system? Of course, you did! We’ve been told over and over again that these lifestyle lynchpins are critical to heart health. But do you understand why?
A few days ago, I was on the receiving end of well-wishing and treats from my editorial staff. The reason? Boss' Day. I must admit, I was a bit embarrassed by the attention. Up until that point, the cynic in me always believed that Oct. 16, the designated day to celebrate your workplace superiors, was just another one of those manufactured card-company holidays. (Sweetest Day, anyone?)
Thanks to busy plant breeders, black has arrived as the new 'in' color for landscape design. The range of horticultural offerings has grown so significantly in recent years that it now needs to be added to our garden wish lists.
Now in its ninth year, the St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award honors local women who not only embody a healthy lifestyle, but also inspire others in the community to follow their lead. This year’s four honorees, who were feted at the recent St. Luke’s Hospital Spirit Girls’ Night Out, include: Mary Pat Henehan of Olivette, Jan Paul of Webster Groves, Susan Richmond of Eureka, and Jennifer Riegel of O’Fallon, Missouri.
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.
I drive a lemon. Let me clarify: According to Webster’s Dictionary, a lemon, in the vehicular sense, is a car that 'does not work the way it should.' So, in that sense, my car is a lemon. According to the state of Missouri, however, it is not. Not that I disagree with that. The 'lemon law' exists, and is effective because it deals with cars that have more immediate and obvious defects. In other words, the lemon law deals more with car heart attacks—my car has cancer.
Last January, John Moore got news from his doctor that changed his life. “I just felt miserable—I had no energy, and my blood pressure was through the roof,” he says. “He told me I need to change or I’m going to be that guy who dies in his 40s of a heart attack. It really woke me up.”
Sometimes work is a real pain in the neck—literally. Creating an ergonomically optimal work space is not always easy or possible, and the result can be pain and tension in the cervical spine, the seven vertebrae in the neck on which our heavy heads balance.
We all carry some degree of risk for heart attack or stroke. Understanding one’s risk factors and using them to calculate individual cardiovascular risk is an important part of preventive health care. Until you know, you can’t act.
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.
Story: John, a professor, is riding high these days. He’s been nominated for tenure at the university where he teaches. Confident that he’ll gain that security, he and his wife have found a new home and are in the process of closing on it.
Is it warm in here? If you’re menopausal, it sure can feel that way. Hot flashes and night sweats are among the most troublesome effects of the major hormonal shifts that occur during menopause, and women for generations have tried to rid themselves of these annoying episodes.
As a a holistic physician practicing in Orlando, Fla., Dr. Eudene Harry noticed a common thread running through many of her patients’ lives: They were stressed out. And that stress seemed to be affecting their physical health in a variety of negative ways. So, Harry decided to make stress and anxiety management a focus of her work, helping educate patients and others about how anxiety affects health and what to do about it.
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.
Autoimmune disorders are insidious. The body’s own protective mechanism, the immune system, turns on itself, attacking healthy tissue and organs by mistake. Lupus is one autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans, according to the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA).
A wedding is one of the happiest days in people’s lives. But at a recent reception, tragedy struck. That's when Dr. Pedro Suarez sprang into action after a fellow guest’s pacemaker failed, causing her heart to stop beating. The local health professional’s medical skills and rapid response saved her life.
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.
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.
Most women juggle busy schedules filled with demanding careers, motherhood and managing a household, often leaving their own health issues on the back burner. Amid these hectic lifestyles, doctors say the lesser-known symptoms of a heart attack can go untreated. “We commonly have women come to the emergency room who are stunned to learn they are having a heart attack,” says Dr. Linda Stronach, an interventional cardiologist at Missouri Baptist Medical Center (MoBap).