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You may think that people who have Down syndrome (DS) aren’t capable of the same things as you. That may be the biggest misconception out there about the condition, caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21.
During October, expect plenty of news stories and public events dedicated to sharing information about symptoms, diagnosis and medical treatment of breast cancer. But one important aspect of care is often left out: The supportive services available to help women who are diagnosed cope and manage the day-to-day reality of the disease.
Polsinelli senior partner DOREEN DODSON has been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. The commission directs the association’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees in the United States.
10th annual BENEFIT FOR KIDS DINNER AUCTION at The Ritz-Carlton to benefit Mercy Health Foundation, 251-1800 or mercy.net/benefitforthekids.
Anyone can be overwhelmed when they go into the hospital for treatment, but for children, the unfamiliar sights and sounds can be even more intimidating. “We had a young child, who was admitted to the hospital after being physically abused,” recalls Dr. John Mantovani, chairman of pediatrics at Mercy Children’s Hospital. “She had some injury to her abdomen and was very fearful and quiet. Although she was a very verbal preschooler, she wasn’t really talking.”
Chris Carpenter with Mason, 12; Trenton, 15; Margo, 2; and Clayton, 6
Let’s begin with one of the biggest myths about arthritis: There are two kinds—osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Wrong!
When speaking with an allergist, there’s a chance you may briefly forget you’re talking with a doctor and imagine you’re chatting with a botanist. These medical specialists can reel off plant names, expected dates of pollination and various pollen attributes.
When a contaminated batch of injectable steroids was linked to 541 cases of fungal infections this fall, causing 36 deaths, officials immediately looked for the source. Although no cases were reported in Missouri, people across the country wondered about the safety of the drug supply. Yet the contaminated steroids were not made by one of the major pharmaceutical companies. Instead, they were manufactured by the New England Compounding Center, a company that produced ‘compounded pharmaceuticals.’
Clue to Alzheimer’s Found in Brain Samples
RANDALL BATEMAN was recognized as the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Distinguished Professor in Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine.
Asthma is one of the most common childhood ailments. Children who suffer from this pulmonary condition may find themselves wheezing, coughing and struggling for breath while their friends play and participate in sports.
The Children’s Heart Foundation-Missouri Chapter welcomes JAIME SEITRICH (1) and LAURA BOHON to its Founding Board of Directors.
Kidneys may not get as much attention as some other major organs, yet these filters that clean the blood, removing waste that would otherwise become toxic, are crucial to our health. Fortunately, increased awareness campaigns have highlighted the importance of healthy kidneys and the prevention of chronic kidney disease.
During their stays at the Park Avenue Ronald McDonald House, Alexis Henson and Dawson Cutler often would text each other from their rooms and make plans to walk together to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center for treatment. Although they both were facing difficult paths in their fights against cancer, their fast friendship made a huge difference. “Alexis was a blessing to Dawson,” says Rachael Cutler Jones, Dawson’s mother. “She helped him open up and want to fight.”
From expanding pediatric transport capabilities to distraction tools for children during long stays for treatment, Mercy Health Foundation’s Benefit for the Kids is essential to optimizing the capabilities of Mercy Children’s Hospital. “This event allows us to provide better care, enhance the patient experience and reach out to the community in ways that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to,” says Mercy Children’s Hospital president Dr. Joseph Kahn.
Mardi Gras Masquerade. Feb 18, 2012. Photographer: Lyubov Strauss Mercy Health Foundation St. Louis presented its annual Mardi Gras Masquerade on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at the Chase Park Plaza. The Boeing Company gave a gift of one million dollars to Mercy Health Foundation St. Louis. Proceeds from this event will provide care and service to the nearly two million residents of St. Louis County and the 12 surrounding counties who rely on Mercy for superior care, regardless of their ability to pay. Through programs like the JFK Clinic, Mercy Neighborhood Ministry and Integrative Therapies, thousands of patients will have access to vital health services that they need but cannot afford. Last year alone, Mercy Hospital St. Louis provided more than $36 million in charity care benefits to the St. Louis Community. 580 guests enjoyed the evening full of entertainment, music and dancing. Le Ombré silhouette dance and shadow performance was based on an Alice in Wonderland theme, which was breathtaking with unique dancing, music and acrobats.
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When it comes to health, action is key. But maintaining health and wellness isn’t just about reacting when things go wrong. People need to take concrete steps every day to build the foundation for a healthy life.
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There’s a new ‘mang’ in town: A new largerthan- life bronze statue of Cardinals superstar ALBERT PUJOLS has been unveiled. The 10-foot, 1,100-pound likeness, created by acclaimed sculptor HARRY WEBER, hovers above Westport Plaza, where a dedication took place earlier this week. In attendance were Pujols, his wife, DEIDRE, Weber and TODD PERRY of the Pujols Family Foundation. The statue was commissioned by an anonymous donor who wanted to recognize the All-Star first baseman for his dedication to the game, as well as his philanthropy to the St. Louis community.
Mercy Children's Hospital held a Kids Carnival to honor the patients, families and caregivers who will benefit from the annual Mercy Health Foundation golf tournament and dinner auction? Hundreds of people participated in the carnival, which featured games such as ring toss, syringe painting, bean bag toss and plush pig races. Workers from the emergency department at Mercy Children's Hospital provided bike helmet fittings and free helmets to visitors. Pictured: Carson Peters