It’s cold and flu season. Are you sick yet? If you’re lucky enough to have avoided sniffling, sneezing and congestion so far, local doctors have some tips to help make sure you stay healthy.
More than half of all Americans have been infected by the herpes simplex type 1 virus, and that means that lots of people can get cold sores—the unsightly and potentially painful blisters that break out on the lips or surrounding skin. There is no way to eradicate the virus from your system once you’ve been infected, but there are strategies for preventing these viral out-breaks.
If you don’t like to eat your vegetables, maybe you’d prefer to drink them. Juicing is a popular option for consuming fruits and vegetables, and there are many benefits.
Sara Tenenbein’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. That alone was a red flag for Tenenbein, a writer and blogger. After discovering that she carries an inherited mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is linked to increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers, Tenenbein opted for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in order to reduce her breast cancer risk. She also revamped her lifestyle to support ongoing health and wellness.
There’s lots of beauty advice out there, from magazines and advertisements to recommendations from friends. But what do the experts really do? Surely, those with the know-how have top-notch beauty and skin-care regimens. We asked two local aestheticians to share their personal beauty routines.
A harpoon, a handlebar and a couple of soup cans—this is how Dr. J. Tracy Watson, a SLUCare orthopedic surgeon at Saint Louis University Hospital, describes the new device he uses to help ‘jack up’ a short leg and restore symmetry to those who’ve either been born with a severe leg-length discrepancy or had an accident, such as a compound fracture, that caused one leg to become shorter in the healing process.
If you want to look a bit younger and fresher, a relaxing facial may be all you need to help restore smooth skin and a healthy, radiant glow.
We know that exposure to UV rays damages skin, but in our foolish youth, we may have worshipped the sun. Now we’re seeing the consequences: wrinkles, loss of elasticity and those nasty brown spots that are no longer considered cute little freckles.
You know what toy she loves, or which ear he prefers to be scratched—but how can you know what food your four-legged friend's digestive system would prefer? We asked local animal experts to weigh in on all-natural pet food.
According to the late naturalist John Muir, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” And that’s good, as long as you only receive inspiration—not tick bites.
If you’re like every bride, you’ll want to look your absolute best on your wedding day.
As you relax by the pool, you don’t want to worry about the damage you may be causing your skin. Exposure to UV rays results in wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and, potentially, skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to understand your options for summer skin protection.
You look at your array of skin-care products spread out around the sink. There are bottles and tubs of various creams and potions, all promising to do amazing things for your skin. But you may not need them all; but if you do, you should use them in the proper order, according to local experts.
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.