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By the time most patients come to see Dr. Rames Gheith, they have often been facing pain for months or even years. Gheith, a physician at Interventional Pain Institute, says it’s so common for people dealing with chronic pain to wait before addressing it, that a new diagnosis has developed. “Chronic pain syndrome is a diagnosis that develops on top of the pain, both psychologically and emotionally. There’s severe anxiety that these patients are dealing with, and often they’re taking pain medicine, antidepressants and mood-stabilizing treatments that could have been avoided or minimized if the treatment was timely.”
As the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease has personally touched the lives of many people. As chair of the upcoming 2014 Go Red for Women luncheon, Penny Pennington, a principal at Edward Jones, realized how much it had affected her own family: Her grandmother died at age 55 of a heart attack, along with other family members who have been affected. “As I learned more about heart disease in women, I found out that it is likely that I will have a personal experience with heart disease either myself or through someone close to me. The statistics are much higher for women and heart disease than any other killer, including cancer: About three times more women have heart disease.”
Of the more than 100 types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is among the most potentially debilitating. More common among women, RA is an autoimmune disorder—the body’s own immune system attacks its tissue, especially in the small joints of the wrists and hands, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, deformity and loss of function.
Here, we have the golden years’ version of The Hangover: Four friends head to Vegas for a bachelor party; this time, the groom is 70. So far, so good. No doubt four lifelong buddies heading out to Sin City would provide a seamless vein of comedy to mine, one would think.
Here’s the thing: Is it possible to dislike this movie? Surely, one can loathe slavery, inhumanity and evil, and not particularly like a film about it. This movie tells an unfathomably horrible true story about the abduction and enslavement of a free black man in mid-19th century America. It’s painful to watch—often because of the subject matter and occasionally because of some awkward film-making and direction that doesn't seem to trust the power of the story itself.
As the oldest neurosurgery spine division in the country, Washington University Physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is leading the nation in all aspects of back and neck treatment. And the group now offers even more comprehensive care, through the addition of a spine neurosurgeon who completed an orthopedic deformity fellowship.
The National Institutes of Health estimates that about 12 percent of the American population suffer from migraine headaches, which are marked by throbbing or pulsing pain, often on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and sound, and possible nausea. And if you’re female, you’re two to three times more likely to experience a migraine.
As a a holistic physician practicing in Orlando, Fla., Dr. Eudene Harry noticed a common thread running through many of her patients’ lives: They were stressed out. And that stress seemed to be affecting their physical health in a variety of negative ways. So, Harry decided to make stress and anxiety management a focus of her work, helping educate patients and others about how anxiety affects health and what to do about it.
OK. So it’s no secret that Hollywood is a shining example of environmentalism. I mean, when it comes to reuse and recycle, the film industry is unrivaled. If a movie’s a hit, they make it another hit and then another. Let’s see if we can hit a 10-figure, worldwide box-office gross without burning a single creative calorie. The film industry will squeeze every dollar out of a good movie down to the last action figure. It’s the soul-less version of using all the parts of the buffalo.
Not unlike the actual armed forces, fall’s military trend is an age-old tradition that always gets the job done. With shades of olive, epaulet details, pockets galore and, of course, camouflage prints, this utilitarian look will have you ready to do battle stylishly.
Here’s the thing: This movie has a brilliant screenwriter: Cormac McCarthy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and is, without question, one of the country’s greatest living writers. He may very well be too talented for film. His use of metaphor and symbolism often replace the plot thread and his flowery (and exceptionally beautiful) prose are a challenge for any actor to own. So, sadly, what we have here is an A-list cast, director and screenwriter, and a B- movie.
Most people experience back pain at some point in their life. In fact, back and neck pain are among the most common complaints made to primary-care physicians and orthopedic specialists.
Story: Times are tough for the St. Francis Parish. Ironically, an ‘act of God’ has put the church in the Catholic archdiocese in dire financial straits. So, the ladies of the St. Francis Knitting Ministry decide that the best way to raise funds is to hold a trivia night while they rob a local credit union.
She had just one fork in her kitchen. In her early days as St. Louis’ top prosecutor, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce was so consumed by crime and punishment that just one fork was all she needed.
Story: Eva Duarte was born in 1919 in Los Toldos, Argentina, one of four children of Juana Ibaguren and Juan Duarte, who never married because Duarte had another family. Poor but ambitious, Eva moved at age 15 to Buenos Aires to become an actress. When she met Juan Peron in 1945, she was 26 and decades younger than Peron, a colonel in the military and a government official.
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.
‘Muffin top’ is a problem for many people, especially as they age. That little tummy bulge that never seems to go away, even with diet and exercise, can be maddening. Fortunately, it can be reduced via a number of cosmetic procedures, and liposuction is among the most popular.
For more than 20 years, fitness trainer Charlie Foxman has inspired seniors at The Gatesworth to stay active. But the 71-year-old exercise expert will be the first to tell you that they have inspired him.
“You know when you pull your hair back in a ponytail, and everything just looks a little better? That’s what I was after. Nothing severe, just a slightly younger, more lifted look,” says a 59-year-old Webster Groves woman. Not wanting to undergo surgery, she turned to Dr. Kenneth Rotskoff at the Ultherapy Center of St. Louis.
Story: Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of eight comic vignettes, four in each act, that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society.
First and foremost, there’s the elephant in the room: This film represents the final work of the late actor James Gandolfini. It obviously has sentimental value; and while this film is not going to be winning any awards, it is—much like Gandolfini himself—a sweet, likeable, flawed movie.
Story: Booth and Lincoln are brothers. They were given their names by their father as jokes, but their lives have been anything but funny. Abandoned first by their mother and a few years later by their father when Booth was 13 and Lincoln was 16, they’ve had to fight for their survival ever since.
Grown-ups might hurt a bit after strenuous physical activity. That’s not unheard of—in fact, it happens as we age. “But kids shouldn’t hurt all the time,” says Dr. Heidi Prather, an orthopedic surgeon with Washington University Physicians.
Good news: The kids are in bed at a decent hour. Bad news: It’s getting darker earlier. Good news: There’s a refreshing crispness in the air. Bad news: The rainy chill of autumn has arrived. Good news: Vin Diesel and Channing Tatum have been locked up until next summer. Bad news: George Clooney and Michael Fassbender haven’t been let out yet. Good news: There are some outstanding films to watch at home. Bad news: There are some that are so appalling, you will wonder why no one warned you. Well, consider yourself warned...
When you ‘reach a certain age,’ health recommendations begin to change. Certain screenings and immunizations become more important. But one thing that doesn’t change as we age is the recommended amount of exercise.