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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.
Washington University Surgical and Wound Care Clinic at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is helping patients heal chronic wounds. The advanced care clinic, located in the hospital’s Center for Outpatient Health, offers a range of treatment options. This summer, those offerings expanded to include hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
Franklin Roosevelt once said, The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. After 30 years of practice, I can tell you that, in addition to fear itself, parents fear fever! What is fever, when is it a concern, when and how should it be treated, and why should we care about it?
Sun safety is important for everyone, especially during the summer months of intense sunlight and frequent sun exposure, but children’s skin is more sensitive than adults’, making careful protection of kids’ skin particularly necessary.
With its top-ranked hospitals and renowned medical schools, St. Louisans are fortunate enough to be surrounded by leaders in health care close to home, should the need arise. Since health can be viewed as a total self-wellness package, there are healing systems outside the standard hospital room. If you or a loved one are in the ring against the Big Bad C, keep swinging with comfort, thanks to these area programs aimed at those affected by cancer.
The sun worshippers are out in force. And every year, no matter how much public awareness is raised, some people still insist on intentionally increasing their cancer risk. Skin cancer is no joke: It can be fatal—and it is largely preventable.
Dr. Rajiv Patel is an enthusiast. Yet, though he enjoys a nice glass of red wine, Patel is careful to emphasize that any advice he has to offer is based solely on the data.
Perhaps Sitting Bull said it best: “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.”
At the age of 26, Ellie Hock has done a lot of things—she’s earned a master’s in speech therapy, she’s done the show-dog circuit, and she’s started her own business: Urban Nectar was the result of a journey Hock took after the death of her mother in the fall of 2011 from brain cancer. We talked to her about how it all got started.
Kim Eberlein (Volunteer Leadership)
In the world of professional gardening, winter brings on different tasks. Hopefully, most of these jobs will be indoors when the weather is at its worst, as snow-shoveling and ice-chipping rank near the very bottom of our favorite jobs list. About the only things lower on that list are cleaning up the bird messes under the seed feeders, mucking out the pond on a cold spring day or spreading ripe manure in the heat of the summer. Gardeners usually use the winter season to plan future plantings, research new materials, order specialty items and peruse plant catalogs.
It’s a new year; and if you’re wanting a new look, consider the new concept in facial rejuvenation: pan-facial volume augmentation.
Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospital St. Louis
Clue to Alzheimer’s Found in Brain Samples
The cold winter winds are coming! And while we always pull out our coats and scarves to protect our bodies, sometimes we forget to protect our skin, as well. We caught up with Kate Somerville, skin care expert to the stars, to talk about caring for your skin during the holidays and beyond.
When it comes to wrinkles, it’s easier to prevent than erase these early signs of aging. Procedures ranging from laser resurfacing to Botox to dermal fillers are available weapons in the war on wrinkles, but no one can ignore the importance of a good skin care regimen and top-notch products to help postpone the need for more invasive tactics.
What do all those technical terms mean when it comes to our bodies and the procedures that can transform them? Although by no means an exhaustive list, the following may help decipher some alien terminology—and help you become more aware of your options.
In early 2004, Patricia Schellhardt Malone had a mole on her leg that was changing in appearance. Unfortunately, she chose not to have it checked right away. By the time she had it removed later that year, she was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma. After fighting the disease for 2 1/2 years, she lost her battle on June 21, 2007.
Women tend to be health-aware. Between annual mammograms and gynecological care, most women have a primary-care physician and recognize the importance of regular health screenings. Now it’s men’s turn.
Nine local organizations—which help St. Louisans facing disease, homelessness, hunger and other life challenges—have been recognized as finalists for our 2012 Charity Awards. The three winners will be announced in our June 15 issue.
Memorial Day marked the unofficial start to summer. Most swimming pools are now open, which means kids are going to be spending more time outside. This is the time of year that we need to reiterate the importance of sun protection. It only takes one episode of blistering sunburn to increase a child’s risk of future skin cancer. More than half of a person’s lifetime ultraviolet (UV) exposure typically occurs during childhood and adolescence.
May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. In Missouri, the topic even gained the attention of state legislators who considered a law (HB 1475) that would require in-person parental consent before anyone younger than 17 could use a tanning bed.
Summer is a time for fun: vacations, swimming, ball games, picnics and trips to the emergency room. WAIT! Let’s work on avoiding the latter. This summer, almost 3 million children will visit the ER for treatment of trauma and almost 2,000 of them will die from their injuries. Simple preventive measures and close supervision can reduce this number. Think safety whenever you and your children are around water, riding in the car, playing sports, out in the sun or around fires.