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!
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.
Kids and their families from St. Louis—and around the world—turn to St. Louis Children’s Hospital when they’re sick. And the reasons why are plentiful, says Dr. Brad Warner, the hospital’s surgeon-in-chief and a professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. “We’re the largest pediatric surgery group in the region, and all of our surgeons are board-certified in pediatric surgery,” he says. “We provide some of the world’s most advanced medical technologies here, in a very caring and compassionate environment that puts the patient and their family first. We do a lot of things that are innovative, and I think we also do a great job in the more routine types of things, like hernias or appendicitis, or lumps and bumps.”
We tend to think of cardiovascular health as an adult issue. But experts say that parents should guide their children in heart-healthy lifestyles from the start.
Read the stories of civic duty and dedication behind this year's Women of Achievement honorees: Virginia Braxs, Ida Early, Dr. Eva Frazer, Teri Griege, Phyllis Langsdorf, Diane Levine, DiAnne Mueller, JoAnn Shaw, Linda Sher and Pat Whitaker.
Dental health is as critical for pets as it is for us! Tartar and plaque enveloping the gums and tooth base in our pets can shed bacteria throughout the pet body. Aside from the obvious ‘doggie bad breath,’ conditions like kidney failure, facial/skin infections, nasal infections, heart disease and more all can be associated with an infected mouth. The bad breath (or halitosis) is due to bacterial infections of the gums (gingiva) and supporting tissues (periodontal tissues), which support the tooth in its socket.
“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.
Janice Thompson is back to her daily routine shortly after undergoing major brain surgery. The 71-year-old made history with SLUCare neurosurgeon Dr. Saleem Abdulrauf as the first patient to ever experience a new type of brain surgery without general anesthesia.
When you think of preventive health, you may think of smoking cessation, screening tests and annual physicals. But one of the most important preventive health practices available involves nothing more than lacing up your sneakers and getting active.
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.
You may assume that feeling tired, depressed, mentally foggy, constipated and heavy are just due to your overstretched schedule, stress and sedentary lifestyle. But if these symptoms make it hard to accomplish daily tasks or persist even with improved nutrition, hydration and regular exercise, talk to your doctor—one possible answer may involve your thyroid.
Moneta Group welcomes communications manager EMILY BARLEAN to its team. Barlean’s work history includes working as senior corporate communications specialist and social media manger at Concordia Publishing House.
If your New Year’s resolution involves a flat tummy, you may think you can easily check it off the list with one little surgery. But abdominoplasty, popularly known as a ‘tummy tuck,’ is not a little surgery—and it’s not for everyone.
As blood flows into and out of the heart’s chambers, it passes through tiny biological doorways that ensure everything flows in the proper direction at appropriate intervals. These doorways are heart valves—tissue flaps that open to let blood in and then close to prevent it from flowing backwards. The system works great unless the valve becomes too narrow or doesn’t seal properly.
Travel increases during the holidays, coinciding with cold and flu season. Being cooped up in a plane with strangers coughing and sneezing their way through the flight, along with the added stress of travel and its potentially dampening effect on the immune system, can leave you vulnerable to illness.
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.
If you live with or are close to someone who smokes, you probably want that person to quit for their own sake. It’s true that there are many immediate and long-term health benefits to smoking cessation. But by encouraging your loved one to quit, you also may be protecting your own health and well-being.
Exercise is not just about losing weight, and it’s not just about looking good. For women, exercise is a key ingredient of strong bones, flexible joints, resilient muscles, improved mood, stress relief and reduced risk of many major diseases.
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.
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.
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.
While it may seem counterintuitive, exercise gives you energy, local experts say. And as we age, it’s all the more important to keep moving. Here, some area senior caregivers and fitness trainers offer appropriate exercises to stay active throughout your golden years.
For more than 20 years, fitness trainer Charlie Foxman has inspired seniors at The Gatesworth to stay active. But the 71-year-old exercise expert will be the first to tell you that they have inspired him.