Parents on the sidelines cringe whenever a young athlete takes a blow to the head. Most schools are proactive in informing parents and athletes of the potential dangers associated with concussions, a common type of traumatic brain injury in which symptoms, including dizziness, confusion and memory loss, may not be apparent for days—or even weeks—after the initial injury.
RONALD NORWOOD and BRIDGET HOY have been appointed as chairman and vice chair, respectively, of Lewis Rice Fingersh’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Mercy Hospital continues to stand by its commitment to provide compassionate service to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. To bolster this effort, the hospital will hold its 10th annual Mardi Gras Masquerade on March 1 at The Chase Park Plaza.
Like the foundation beams of a bridge, Ranken Jordan helps support kids and families with safe passage from the hospital to home. “The magnitude of the bridge is dependent on the needs of the family,” says president and CEO Lauri Tanner. “For some patients, it could be over a creek; and for others, it’s like the Golden Gate Bridge. But it is about moving, and it is about transition—with the end result being home for our children.”
Nanci Bobrow is the ultimate juggler. As a mother, grandmother, psychologist and community leader, she has mastered the art of balancing family, work and volunteer life—with a little social time thrown in here and there.
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.”
Saint Louis University is participating in a multi-center study that will test a combination of two medications for children with early-stage hepatitis B.
As the holidays approach, many of us are thinking of gifts for our children and family. Some may be considering the gift of a pet. The purchase of a pet is much different than buying a toy or clothes because there are many things to consider.
Join Ladue News this holiday season in bringing hope and joy to others. LN’s Holiday Wish List Drive will collect items for Food Outreach, which provides nutritious meals and nutrition counseling to St. Louisans living with HIV/AIDS or cancer.
The only fright you should experience this Halloween is from the little ghosts and goblins who shout, Trick or treat! when you open the front door. A safe Halloween is a fun Halloween, and two local experts offered some tips for making sure yours isn’t truly scary.
Whether it’s an annual check-up, your child’s sports physical or an appointment to discuss a pressing health concern, you need to make the most of your doctor’s appointments. A little preparation and a few simple strategies will help you achieve that.
Margaret Jordan and Christopher Chastain
With school starting soon, ensuring your child is properly immunized not only is a good idea for health reasons—it’s required. In Missouri, children entering school must be current on a number of immunizations, although religious and medical exemptions are allowed with proper documentation.
A simple bark, sniff or tail wag might seem trivial to the everyday pet owner, but veterinary behaviorist Dr. Debra Horwitz sees animals a little differently. More than a traditional veterinarian, Horwitz works to understand why companion animals do what they do—and for her work is being lauded by colleagues across the country.
Jaundice is often the first medical diagnosis of a person’s life. In fact, “all babies develop jaundice to some degree after birth—it’s a matter of severity,” says Dr. Jay Epstein, a Washington University pediatrician.
SLU RESEARCHERS SCREEN NEWBORNS FOR RARE GENETIC DISEASES
If you are of a certain age, you probably remember the jealousy induced when another young classmate announced he or she was having his tonsils removed. From the vantage point of an elementary-school student, this meant a few days off and lots of post-surgical ice cream. And several decades ago, tonsillectomy seemed a routine part of childhood.
If you’ve ever been through it, you have true sympathy for others. Trying to soothe a colicky baby is one of the greatest initial trials of parenthood. One day your baby starts to cry—and he keeps on crying. For weeks. And then...it stops as mysteriously as it began.
Following graduation from college, I spent four years in medical school, then three years in a pediatric residency. This was long before medical student and resident work hours were restricted, so I spent up to 100 hours each week for many years learning medicine – specifically pediatric medicine. I’ve spent the rest of my life practicing to get it right. After all the time, effort and expense, what have I spent most of my professional time doing? Talking about poop: too much, not enough, too hard, too loose—you name it, some mom, dad or grandma has worried about it, and I’ve discussed it.
DR. COLIN DERDEYN, professor of radiology, neurological surgery and neurology at Washington University School of Medicine, has been appointed vice-chair and chair-elect of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
We’ve all been on antibiotics at some point in our lives, and most parents have given their children antibiotics by the time they go to school. However, physicians are warning that we can no longer afford to be so cavalier about the drugs we once thought were all but harmless bacteria killers. That’s because more and more bacteria are adapting to evade the effects of antibiotics.
About one in seven people experiences a random nosebleed at some point in his or her life, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Children and people older than 50 are the most likely to have a sudden nosebleed, and the trigger can be as minor as blowing one’s nose too hard or as serious as a clotting disorder.
Mornings can be madness. With children getting ready for school and grown-ups heading off to work, a sit-down breakfast may not be on the morning agenda. But eating breakfast is known to help improve concentration, creativity and problem-solving in children; and can help adults enhance productivity and control weight.
Dr. SHARI COHEN opened her new practice at 555 N. New Ballas Road, in Creve Coeur. The practice shares office space with medical psychotherapist BRUCE SCHMIDT.