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.
Most people who’ve had kidney stones can tell you how painful they are. These solid masses—predominantly composed of calcium—form in the kidney and can be excruciating as they pass out of the urinary tract.
Researchers have spent decades trying to unravel cancer’s causes. While the search has yielded as many questions as answers, the role of nutrition is one area that scientists are considering in light of newer data.
Dental health is as critical for pets as it is for us! Tartar and plaque enveloping the gums and tooth base in our pets can shed bacteria throughout the pet body. Aside from the obvious ‘doggie bad breath,’ conditions like kidney failure, facial/skin infections, nasal infections, heart disease and more all can be associated with an infected mouth. The bad breath (or halitosis) is due to bacterial infections of the gums (gingiva) and supporting tissues (periodontal tissues), which support the tooth in its socket.
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.
Although our skin is still covered by sweaters and scarves, before long, we’ll be baring our faces, necks and arms to the sun. We all know that sunscreen is crucial to protecting ourselves from premature aging, pigmentation and—most important—skin cancer. Yet another aspect of prevention is early detection of potential problems, so now is the time to take a close look at your skin.
You may assume that feeling tired, depressed, mentally foggy, constipated and heavy are just due to your overstretched schedule, stress and sedentary lifestyle. But if these symptoms make it hard to accomplish daily tasks or persist even with improved nutrition, hydration and regular exercise, talk to your doctor—one possible answer may involve your thyroid.
No matter how much we fight it, aging changes the skin. We no longer produce copious amounts of natural oils to keep things smooth; and decades of sun damage, from those tans that looked so good when we were in our 20s and 30s, takes its toll as brown spots and wrinkles become more prominent.
What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2014? Perhaps you’d like to up your design game by experimenting with a new color palette for a fresher and more youthful look. If your answer is yes, check out these furnishings and interiors with strategically placed touches of happy, vibrant pink set against a background of white. For those who prefer a more sophisticated look, try pairing saturated pink with soft gray. And don’t overlook the importance of variations in texture; velvet, unshorn lamb’s wool, and shag rugs all add interest to rooms done up in these simple color schemes.
We all look forward to the New Year and the practice of making promises to ourselves to hopefully better our lives in one or more ways. Those are noble goals, indeed! But even more noble and gracious would be to honor our beloved pets by committing to those New Year’s resolutions that will help to guarantee their health and well-being, as well. Let’s look at some of the ways we can do so:
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.
During the summer, when we are all complaining about the hot, humid Midwestern weather, we yearn for cooler, drier air. Well, welcome to winter! Now the air is so dry it crackles, and our skin responds in kind.
This time of year, our homes are adorned with holiday lighting, poinsettia plants and mistletoe, as well as lots of goodies like brownies and cookies, and perhaps a Christmas tree that umbrellas a score of presents of all sizes and shapes. So, what’s to worry about?
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.
We can’t control our age or genetics, but women can do plenty to control their risk of cardiovascular disease, and that’s important considering that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women alike. A heart-healthy diet is among the most influential factors in reducing risk.
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).
You made it through the blooming spring and the lush summer. You may have sneezed and rubbed your itchy eyes, but allergies are par for the course during the warm weather months. And now it’s fall—and you’re still sneezing. What gives?
St. Louis Bank welcomes STEPHEN CALLOW as senior VP of commercial lending. Callow has 28 years of commercial banking experience in the St. Louis area, including senior-level management.
You’ve seen the headlines on popular magazines about celebrities who get back their ‘pre-baby body’ within about a month or so of giving birth. Maybe some of them may just be blessed with exceptionally elastic skin; or they have time to do 500 abdominal crunches per day, as well as the ability to say no to every source of refined sugar—even at 2 a.m. when that doughnut looks awfully good while the little one is nursing.
Dr. Joseph Muccini performs a Pearl Fractional Laser procedure on a patient.
Our face: its expressions help us communicate with the world. But as we age, wrinkles can get in the way, affecting our self-confidence, personal relationships and professional lives, says Dr. Joseph Muccini of Mid-America Skin Health & Vitality Center. “We equate our wrinkles with what makes us look old to other people.”
Every pet owner wants to provide the best nutrition possible so their furry friends can enjoy a good quality of life. But as you wander the many aisles of food in the pet store, you may start to wonder: How will I know the best food when I see it?
A hole in the wall is not a good thing, unless it’s a window. But no one wants a window or any other kind of hole in the abdominal wall. When the abdominal wall, the thick layer of musculature across the abdomen, does develop a hole in the layers of muscle tissue, things that should stay in—fat, intestines—may begin to pop out, and that’s known as a hernia.
If you’ve ever noticed a bumpy, red rash on your upper arms and thighs, don’t worry—this is not ‘arm acne.’ In fact, the little red bumps are not pimples. They are caused by a common, harmless and easily treatable condition known as keratosis pilaris.
Dr. Joseph Muccini of MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center