You can always tell when Oscar season has arrived. Films grow maudlin and tackle subjects like racism, genocide and human dysfunction. The Judge is early out of the gate for Academy consideration and packs a cast of lauded actors, a couple of whom have already made the trip to the dais. The film isn't perfect, but if you want to see some spectacular acting, this is your movie.
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.
To keep residents looking and feeling their best, The Gatesworth offers a wide variety of wellness services—ranging from health to beauty—to those who reside on the campus of the luxury retirement community.
More than half of all Americans have been infected by the herpes simplex type 1 virus, and that means that lots of people can get cold sores—the unsightly and potentially painful blisters that break out on the lips or surrounding skin. There is no way to eradicate the virus from your system once you’ve been infected, but there are strategies for preventing these viral out-breaks.
When you think of the hybrid genre of family dramedy, a lot of poignant, funny movies come to mind like Terms of Endearment (poignant) and The Royal Tennenbaums (funny); but either way, it's clear the awkward family reunion is rife with potential. Here, sadly, most of that potential remains untapped.
Now, I don't know how I missed this, but apparently kids get hit in football. Was there a meeting I skipped where they told you your child is going to get beaten to a pulp in-between Gatorade breaks? I don't want to come across as one of those hysterical mothers, but seriously, I'm not prepared to have Punch finish middle school missing D through H of the alphabet.
The simplest fountains include only a waterproof container and pump. Add water and power for instant effect. Go one step farther by adding a float valve, a device that tops up the water automatically by operating a valve on a garden hose. Last month’s column provided simple instructions for a small self-contained water feature.
Sara Tenenbein’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. That alone was a red flag for Tenenbein, a writer and blogger. After discovering that she carries an inherited mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is linked to increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers, Tenenbein opted for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in order to reduce her breast cancer risk. She also revamped her lifestyle to support ongoing health and wellness.
Have you ever wondered if Pilates is for you? Karen Prechtl, owner of The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis, admits Pilates has developed a somewhat elitist reputation in some circles, but she emphasizes that anyone of any ability can benefit from it. “In fact, Pilates can be very rehabilitative for people who have orthopedic problems or arthritis,” she says.
The ‘ballet barre’ used to be just for dancers. And it was no coincidence that those dancers had amazing bodies. Now, an increasing number of women and men are discovering ‘barre workouts,’ which bring the principles of dance movement to an exercise-class environment. Yet experts emphasize that barre workouts are not just for people with dance experience.
A harpoon, a handlebar and a couple of soup cans—this is how Dr. J. Tracy Watson, a SLUCare orthopedic surgeon at Saint Louis University Hospital, describes the new device he uses to help ‘jack up’ a short leg and restore symmetry to those who’ve either been born with a severe leg-length discrepancy or had an accident, such as a compound fracture, that caused one leg to become shorter in the healing process.
On a cold January night in 1997, Ellie Zografakis did not watch her favorite TV show—and that’s when the story of the Nutriformance began. That night away from the tube would lead Ellie to Dale Huff, her future husband and business partner. "I decided to not watch Melrose Place on a Thursday night because I needed to get my career going, “ Ellie recalls. “(Dale) was the head of a sports nutrition networking group, and I knew I needed to become part of this group. We started meeting, and I found out Dale and I had some of the same goals.”
So, I was robbed. Well, more accurately, I was burgled. You see, to rob someone is to approach an individual and take something that belongs to them--remove it from their person. To commit burglary--or 'to burgle' (although I can't say burgle without slipping into a British accent much to the annoyance of the police)--is to enter a structure in the absence of permission...and, well, in this case, take stuff.
For hundreds of years, acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of ills, including pain, anxiety, phobias and addictions. Using similar principles based on identifying and targeting ‘energy meridians’ in the body, practitioners of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) teach individuals to address the same types of issues through an easy do-it-yourself process.
The residents at Garden View Care Centers favor Elvis. Each morning at 9:45, you’ll find residents and staff leaving their other activities to enjoy a burst of dancing. Just a few minutes of music and motion sets the tone for a good day, says Rhonda Uhlenbrock, director of dementia programs.
Pumping iron may be considered a younger person’s activity, but in fact, maintaining muscle mass as we age is crucial to health and continued independence. That’s why strength-training is an important part of an exercise routine for older adults.
Summer picnics are lovely with their delicious spreads of fruits, breads and salads. But beware the potato salad that’s been sitting in the sun! Salmonella poisoning (also called ‘salmonellosis’) is a terrible way to end a nice day out.
This is not cold-and-flu season—unless you have a ‘summer cold.’
It’s the time of year when many parents are preparing to send kids off to college; and among all the preparations, it’s important to remember one that can be a literal lifesaver: the meningococcal vaccine. In fact, as of Aug. 28, college students will be required by state law to show proof of vaccination against this potentially deadly disease.
If you think having chickenpox as a child is the end of the line for the varicella zoster virus in your body, think again. The virus that causes chickenpox settles in and bides its time, hid-ing in nerve cells, until something—its not clear what—causes it to rage back decades after the initial infection. Only this time, you’ve got shingles.
Describing reiki is like trying to explain the smell of a rose, says one reiki master when asked—and that’s true. Although the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines it as a complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person, with the goal of facilitating the person’s own healing response, experts interviewed for this article agree: The best way to understand reiki is to experience it.
Diet and exercise are the basis for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight; but for some people, all the exercise and salads in the world won’t remove that post-pregnancy tummy paunch or those stubborn saddlebags. That’s why ‘body sculpting,’ the ability redistribute, remove or add fat to specific areas, has become increasingly popular.
In the weeks following my Webster Groves Recreation Complex Beginning Spinning course, I have been trying to find a way to say this in a professional manner, appropriate for publication, only to come to the conclusion that there's no nice way around it. The problem with Spinning, plain and simple, is the seat.
If all is going well, we are totally unaware of the pancreas. Doing what it should, it secretes digestive juices into the small intestine, and releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. However, the digestive enzymes from the pancreas occasionally start digesting the pancreas itself, causing a painful inflammatory condition known as pancreatitis. When this happens, you know something’s wrong.
The world of kids is loud: TVs and computer games are bad enough, not to mention the music blasting millimeters from the eardrums of many tweens and teens through their ever-present earbuds. So just how loud is too loud?