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.
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.
There's a new destination in the Delmar Loop that offers everything from groceries and a 24-hour diner to green architecture and modern student housing: The Lofts of Washington University.
Once Upon a Time… Dorothea and Mats Bernesjo were looking for a new cat. The couple had been married for about four years, and had recently lost their cat, Claire, to lung cancer. “I had a cat when my husband met me,” Dorothea Bernesjo says. “I told him, I’d like to get another cat, but it’s up to you, because I already had one when you came into this marriage.” Mats agreed, and they started the search for a new pet.
Researchers Explore Potential Treatment for Fibrosis
In the fight against cancer, radiation therapy has long been one of the primary tools used to eradicate tumors. The difficulty lies in sparing healthy tissue near the tumor site. Physicians have been developing increasingly targeted methods for irradiating cancerous cells while avoiding healthy adjacent cells, and Siteman Cancer Center is now using the most advanced method available.
Despite the warnings to eat right, exercise, stop smoking and wear sunscreen, cancer remains one of the most prevalent and dangerous diseases of modern society. In sifting through all the advice, experts say that just adopting one or two preventive strategies is not enough.
Researchers have spent decades trying to unravel cancer’s causes. While the search has yielded as many questions as answers, the role of nutrition is one area that scientists are considering in light of newer data.
When it comes to cancer, many cases are mysteries. It’s very difficult—even impossible—to pinpoint what leads to a malignancy. Yet there are a few cancers that clearly are linked to specific causes. Smoking contributes to lung cancer, sun damage contributes to skin cancer, and—in a stunning 99 percent of cases—human papillomavirus (HPV) is present in cervical cancer cases.
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.
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.
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.
You don’t need to be told once again how dangerous smoking is. Yet, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately one in five (American) adults smokes, and that half of them who continue to smoke will die from smoking-related causes.
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.
Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5k Run/Walk
The sun worshippers are out in force. And every year, no matter how much public awareness is raised, some people still insist on intentionally increasing their cancer risk. Skin cancer is no joke: It can be fatal—and it is largely preventable.
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).
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Given the grim statistics about smoking and the risk of lung cancer and other serious pulmonary diseases, as well as smoking’s role in cardiovascular disease and other illnesses, quitting is one of the most important things a smoker can do for his health. But, as most smokers know all too well, breaking the addiction is hard.
Cancer is often hard to pin on a particular cause. Lung cancer, however, is one of the few that is clearly linked to a specific behavior: smoking.
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.
It was 1944 when Robert Roesler de Villiers died at age 16 of leukemia in New York City. Disenchanted that not a lot had changed in the research and treatment of the disease in the years following their son’s death, Rudolph and Antionette de Villiers established the Robert Roesler de Villiers Foundation in 1949 in a modest space on Wall Street. Years later, to reflect a commitment to curing all blood cancers, the organization’s name was changed to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).