Story: When last we visited the Armadillo Acres trailer park in Starke, Florida, Donna (“Pickles”) was convinced she was pregnant, even though everyone else thought she was experiencing hysterical pregnancy. Guess what? Pickles was right, much to the surprise of her friends Betty and Linoleum (“Lin”).
We thought we left it behind in adolescence, but it’s back! Acne isn’t just a teenager’s problem.
It’s no secret that oral health has a direct link to overall well-being. And with mounting evidence, dentists are doing all they can to take their patient care a step further. “People usually see their dentist more than their physician, and physicians are already overworked and overloaded,” notes Dr. Srdjan Ilic, owner of Prestige Dental Care. “If we can help them by catching these things that manifest in the mouth early by doing simple screenings to lessen the burden on them, we can help the patients and doctors—everybody wins.”
When Covenant House Missouri hosted its first ‘Sleep Out’ three years ago, the executives and civic leaders who signed up for the fundraiser experienced for the first time what it’s like to be homeless—a reality faced by some 2,000 St. Louis youth every night. “I’ve been a social worker for more than 30 years now,” says Sue Wagener, executive director of the nonprofit that works to get homeless youth off the streets. “I’ve been in some really poor areas, and I’ve seen a lot. But I really was not ready when I slept out the first year. It’s dark and it’s 2 a.m., and there’s silence—you can only hear the night noises. It struck me that I didn’t realize the advantage of cardboard—my feet would drop off the cardboard and start freezing. Then, in the distance, I heard a gunshot.”
Story: Oh, the pressure. As the parents of a 4-year-old, Greg and Alexandra are steeped in stress. That’s because they are New York City yuppies who are convinced that they must spend thousands of dollars to get Jake into one of Manhattan’s prestigious academies for kindergarten students.
Thanks to the efforts of students participating in the Read to the Finish program, several Kirk Day School faculty and staff revved their engines in a race against teachers from other schools. The reading-incentive program rewards young readers with a free ticket to Gateway Motorsports Park, and the opportunity to watch their teachers rev their engines.
Story: Life is fine and dandy for the residents of Armadillo Acres, a tiny trailer park in Stark, Florida, a fur piece from any main drag in the Sunshine State. Of course, they have their problems, which Betty and her pals Lin and Pickles describe with a flair for a receptive audience.
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.
You’re trying to fall asleep and are just starting to doze when it hits: Suddenly, you feel an odd sensation in your leg, and you just have to get up and move around. That’s one manifestation of restless leg syndrome (RLS), a common sleep disorder. In other cases, the syndrome causes people to experience involuntary leg movements that wake them from sleep. In either case, it’s annoying.
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.
When Meredith Fish of St. Louis went into labor six months ago, she knew her delivery was in capable and compassionate hands at Missouri Baptist Medical Center (MoBap). Despite high-risk pregnancy factors, the first-time mom delivered a healthy baby boy.
So, we’re all painfully aware that language is fluid and evolving—we have YOLO to thank for it, after all. Words change and new words crop up all the time. Ginormous is now a word—a real word—not something cute your 3-year-old says. I actually think in this mile-a-millisecond world, language is doing more than evolving, it’s trending—and the word 'trending' is an example. New words are hip, boss, keen, even though those descriptors are not…or are they? Did I mention language also is cyclical? Words are stretched and deconstructed and truncated and manipulated into common usage. Some gather momentum, others peter out (phat). One of the current words in the spotlight is moon, or more accurately, honeymoon.
Among the many concerns pregnant women have, the question of whether it is safe to visit the dentist comes up on a regular basis, says Dr. David Weinstein, chief of obstetric/gynecology at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. “I’m glad you’re covering this, as it’s something that’s been misunderstood, and it’s good to set the record straight,” he says.
There are many choices when it comes to weight loss. Diet plans abound, all promising to help individuals shed pounds and keep them off. Four years and 80 pounds ago, Paige (who asked that her last name not be used) heard about the hCG diet from her primary-care physician and decided to give it a try.
Think back to the last time one of your family members was expecting a baby. Remember all of the beautiful gifts they got at their baby shower? It’s hard to imagine, but there are many moms-to-be in St. Louis who don’t have a support system to help them provide all of the clothing, toys and odds-and-ends that a baby needs in its first months of life.
Story: Kim and Kat both grew up in the small town of Monroe, Wisconsin and were high school sweethearts. Kat went off to college, but an early pregnancy and subsequent, unplanned marriage to Kim put an end to that. Kim was set to inherit his dad’s dairy farm until his older brother came back from Vietnam and decided that he’d like to be a farmer after all, changing his mind after earlier rejecting his father’s offer and leaving Kim odd man out.
When it comes to cancer, many cases are mysteries. It’s very difficult—even impossible—to pinpoint what leads to a malignancy. Yet there are a few cancers that clearly are linked to specific causes. Smoking contributes to lung cancer, sun damage contributes to skin cancer, and—in a stunning 99 percent of cases—human papillomavirus (HPV) is present in cervical cancer cases.
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.
Most women of childbearing age have heard the long-touted advice regarding the importance of folic acid (a B vitamin) to a healthy pregnancy and baby. For decades, prenatal vitamins have been standard care for women hoping to become pregnant and those who already are. Yet, this is only a piece of the puzzle when it comes to preventing birth defects.
From the classrooms of John Burroughs School and Harvard University to the hallways of Glee’s McKinley High, St. Louis native and Hollywood starlet Erinn Westbrook is acing it.
If your New Year’s resolution involves a flat tummy, you may think you can easily check it off the list with one little surgery. But abdominoplasty, popularly known as a ‘tummy tuck,’ is not a little surgery—and it’s not for everyone.
Travel increases during the holidays, coinciding with cold and flu season. Being cooped up in a plane with strangers coughing and sneezing their way through the flight, along with the added stress of travel and its potentially dampening effect on the immune system, can leave you vulnerable to illness.
You may think that people who have Down syndrome (DS) aren’t capable of the same things as you. That may be the biggest misconception out there about the condition, caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21.
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.
Drip, drip, drip...It’s not your leaky faucet. It’s your nose.