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Let’s begin with one of the biggest myths about arthritis: There are two kinds—osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Wrong!
Almost everyone who lives beyond middle age can anticipate developing osteoarthritis at some point. It is one of the most common age-related diseases, caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints due to wear and tear over time.
Keeping fit greatly improves a man’s chances of staying healthy. We asked area trainers and exercise specialists to give us their best tips for men’s fitness at various ages. Greg Brighton of Advance Home Fitness, Craig Marcacci of CM Fitness and Jeremy Koerber of the BJC WellAware Center provided the tips below.
Many owners consider their pets just as much a part of the family as their two-legged counterparts, and increasingly, veterinary care is providing answers to help our friends spend more healthy years with us. These new treatments have led to a rise in the number of specialists practicing in town, including an ophthalmologist, surgeons, internal medicine practitioners, oncologists and even a veterinarian dermatologist practicing in St. Louis, says Dr. William Stehnach of My Best Friend Veterinary Center.
This year, more than 400,000 knee replacements will be done in the U.S. That’s a lot of bionic parts. “A study in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery in 2004 predicted that number to be 3.4 million by 2030,” says Dr. Matthew Collard of Orthopedic Specialists. Among the suspected culprits responsible are the increases in obesity and in sedentary lifestyles. In addition, today’s emphasis on exercise means joints can be overused.
Gayathri Raman, M.D. Family Medicine Physician: Since joining the Clinic physicians six years ago, Raman has focused on women’s health care. My great interest is in treating thyroid and hormonal imbalances, especially with bio-identical hormones she has created for her by a compounding pharmacy that helps women feel good. I also want them to look good, so I offer innovative solutions in skin care. I have a line of physician-grade skin care products and do chemical peels and resurfacing with the new DermaSweep microdermabrasion system. Raman is also featured in regular health segments on Fox 2 News.