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You’re tired, overworked, stressed—and just when you go into an important meeting, your eyelid starts to twitch. You’re experiencing a blepharospasm, an uncontrollable contraction of the eyelid muscle, that makes you look just a little crazy and feels more than a little annoying.
Throughout her life, Jenny Tippit never smiled in a single photo. And by early adulthood, her debilitating fear of the dentist not only was affecting her smile, but her personal and professional relationships, as well. “I didn’t want my daughter to know me without a smile,” she explains. That’s where Dr. Humaira Rosinski at Creve Coeur Dental came in.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a scary diagnosis. The autoimmune disease has no cure and often strikes people, particularly women, in the prime of life. The disease is progressive, and can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from mild to disabling.
Picking a toothbrush is no longer a simple choice, as these days, technology offers bristles that vibrate, spin and wiggle—and they all have the potential for a better brushing experience than old-fashioned manual brushes, according to area dentists.
When it comes to good health, we’re reminded over and over again to eat right, exercise and don’t smoke. But an increasing amount of scientific evidence indicates that adequate sleep should be added to that list in order to help ensure optimal health.
It used to be that as we aged, our knees simply wore out, and there wasn’t much we could do but endure the discomfort. But today, more and more spare parts are available to replace our worn-out joints, giving people more mobility and comfort in their later decades.
Tooth decay is bad enough, but when bacteria enters the picture, things really can get ugly. Bacteria infecting the pulp inside a tooth’s root can find its way there through deep cavities, cracks or untreated gum disease, and the resulting infection forms a pocket of pus known as an abscess.
SLU RESEARCHERS SCREEN NEWBORNS FOR RARE GENETIC DISEASES
Whether you’re simply throwing down a blanket in the backyard and enjoying a meal al fresco or tasting exotic fare abroad, food poisoning can turn a good time bad in a hurry. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, approximately one in six Americans (about 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of food-borne diseases.
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There are many approaches to a younger-looking face, from cosmetics to plastic surgery. But one of the most important components of a youthful appearance is a healthy smile. Maintaining the teeth and gums is critical to your overall beauty regimen.
Kim Eberlein (Volunteer Leadership)
Does your pet have a case of bad breath? If so, don’t blame Fluffy or Fido, area vets say. Good oral hygiene is an important part of your pet’s grooming, and this often-overlooked aspect of their care should start early.
When Nicki Myers’ son, Reece, was 18 months old, he itched so much he bled from scratching. Reece suffers from eczema, a non-contagious, inflammatory skin condition that may be caused by an array of triggers. “He had a moderate to severe rash on his lower legs and arms that became so inflamed and irritated he would scratch in his sleep,” says Myers. “He’d wake up with open wounds, and it was quite hard to manage.” The Ladue mom recalls slathering her child’s legs with various prescription and over-the-counter creams and ointments, and then wrapping them with gauze and compression bandages to prevent Reece from continuing to scratch.
The American Sleep Association estimates that about 12 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops for short periods multiple times during the night. Sleep apnea doesn’t only cause excessive daytime sleepiness, its most noticeable effect; it also increases risk for heart attack and stroke, making it a serious medical condition for the millions who don’t know they have it.
Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospital St. Louis
During this time of year, it is an LN tradition to salute local charities and nonprofit organizations that have commemorated milestone anniversaries in 2012. In celebration, we've asked a sampling of them to share some favorite memories, as well as even bigger future plans.
Beth Hudson and her sister, Sue, loved to do things together. But they never expected that they would sit side-by-side as chemotherapy dripped into their veins, both fighting ovarian cancer.
It's understandable for women to worry a lot about breast cancer. With so many messages aimed at us from so many places, breast cancer awareness, prevention and screening is top-of-mind when it comes to health news. But it may be time to rethink our worries.
It begins innocently enough. A white or yellow spot appears under the tip of your toenail. You don’t think much of it until you notice it’s spreading. Soon, your nail begins to thicken, develop a ragged edge and discolor. It’s ugly, and it could be somewhat painful. You have a fungal infection.
When is it wise to remove wisdom teeth? These ‘third molars’ at the very back of the gums might erupt completely in perfect position—but it’s not likely. More often than not, wisdom teeth become stuck, or impacted, only erupting partially or emerging in any number of incorrect positions. When this happens, the wisdom teeth often become difficult to clean properly, causing tooth decay, discomfort and infection.
What do all those technical terms mean when it comes to our bodies and the procedures that can transform them? Although by no means an exhaustive list, the following may help decipher some alien terminology—and help you become more aware of your options.
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world, and more than 22 million Americans have them, according to the National Institutes of Health. Vision decreases as the lens at the front of the eye becomes clouded. But there is good news.
Your teeth are nothing without your gums. Healthy gums support teeth that tend to stay firmly fixed in place. But that’s not the only reason to ensure your gums stay healthy.
Contraception has become a contentious political issue this year, with the debate bringing the topic into the spotlight and onto the lips of politicians and pundits. But physicians prescribe hormonal contraception, most commonly administered as birth control pills, for many reasons other than just pregnancy prevention.