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All diagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s disease are marked by dementia, but not all dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, there are more than 100 known causes of dementia, defined as “chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning.”
Julie Macklowe, a former Vogue magazine ‘It Girl,’ was a hedge fund manager for 12 years before she broke into the beauty industry. With experience managing more than $500 million in investments, she launched her company with an exclusive partnership at Bergdorf Goodman, but soon learned that she could offer better prices—without changing her products—if she moved to other retailers. The products are now offered at Soft Surroundings, where LN caught up with Macklowe on a recent stopover in St. Louis.
The window to our vision is the cornea. This clear, spherical structure covers the front of the eye, allowing light to pass through. The cornea’s curvature refracts (or bends), light as it travels to the retina, the back part of the eye where light is transformed to nerve signals that the brain then interprets as visual images.
Hearing loss is one of the most common health complaints of older adults. But today’s technologies are making hearing loss easier to live with, and research is holding promise for new treatments in the future.
Clue to Alzheimer’s Found in Brain Samples
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The patient was friends with the mother of Dr. Zannos Grekos, a Bonita Springs cardiologist who performed stem cell therapy on people with debilitating illnesses.
Almost everyone who lives beyond middle age can anticipate developing osteoarthritis at some point. It is one of the most common age-related diseases, caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints due to wear and tear over time.
With the bounty of products promising dramatic results for aging skin, we have narrowed this month's beauty selections to serums--highly concentrated facial elixirs that address everything from lines and wrinkles to hydration and radiance.
Wrinkles come in many forms, settle in many places on the face and are caused by several common aging processes. Just as there’s no single type of wrinkle, there’s no one perfect solution. However, almost as many approaches to minimizing them are available as there are types of wrinkles themselves.
Imagine a day when human organs could be regenerated using one’s own stem cells or those donated from other adults. Scientists are making progress toward that day, and St. Louisans learned how during a recent presentation Dr. James Willerson, president and medical director of Texas Heart Institute and a prominent stem cell researcher.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…and Julie Andrews! The NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CANCER SOCIETY is celebrating its 25th anniversary in a big way: Academy Awardwinning actress and entertainer JULIE ANDREWS will headline the organization’s Chase Park Plaza gala on Sept. 29. The evening’s proceeds will provide direct financial assistance to young cancer patients and their families. For more information, visit children-cancer.org.
On May 17, 10 exemplary St. Louis-area women will be honored at the annual Women of Achievement Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton. With the help of LN fashion editor Katie Yeadon and photographer Wesley Law, the honorees grace our fashion pages in chic, spring-inspired luncheon wear.
Cosmetic breast surgery continues to be a popular choice for many women, and the efficiency, safety and results obtained by these procedures have improved over time. However, not every new cosmetic surgical trend is ready for prime time when it comes to breasts.
Americans spent a staggering $50.84 billion on their pets last year, according to estimates from the American Pet Products Association, and approximately $14.11 billion of that went to veterinary care. “As we all know, people really love their pets and want to take care of them,” says Jeane Jae of Humane Society of Missouri. “You never know when something is going to happen. Just like people, it’s not uncommon for pets to get cancer, have lesions or break a bone. So when you have those costs, if you have pet insurance it’s really nice.”
Spring is here early this year. Soon, the ‘jade lilly’ blossoms of the Yulan magnolias (Magnolia denudata) will be in bloom. In China, it is most often planted in temple gardens where its graceful simplicity contrasts beautifully with the detailed architecture. If you are a Chinese herbalist, you will look beyond the elegant, white butterfly flowers on this mid-sized tree, to see the living treatment of x¯inyíh¯a, where these flower buds are harvested, dried and prepared by extraction or powdered, and then used to treat nasal problems like rhinitis, sinusitis and the colds.
Technology and the economy will make big waves in the national discourse this year, local attorneys say. And if their outlook is any indication, these hotbutton topics will have everyone talking!
Many owners consider their pets just as much a part of the family as their two-legged counterparts, and increasingly, veterinary care is providing answers to help our friends spend more healthy years with us. These new treatments have led to a rise in the number of specialists practicing in town, including an ophthalmologist, surgeons, internal medicine practitioners, oncologists and even a veterinarian dermatologist practicing in St. Louis, says Dr. William Stehnach of My Best Friend Veterinary Center.
The holidays are here, bringing with them the fragrance of mulling, chestnuts roasting, evergreen trees and home-cooked meals shared with loved ones. It’s also the season for gifting...
Dr. Camillo Ricordi is acknowledged by his peers as one of the world’s leading diabetes researchers. He spent 1986 to 1988 working at Washington University where he invented what is now known as the Ricordi Chamber, an internationally used technology that isolates large numbers of insulin-producing cells from the human pancreas for transplantation into diabetic patients. Ricordi now serves as scientific director of the University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute and spoke Sept. 29 at an event sponsored by the Missouri Cures Education Foundation.
When it comes to floral fragrances, I am a junkie for daphnes: I will contort myself in any way necessary to get my nose next to one. Think of the game Twister and you can get an idea. The Missouri Botanical Garden makes it much more civilized, growing them under glass in the Shoenberg Temperate House and placing them higher on rock walls for ease of sniffing.
Organizations, like living organisms, are born to die. There are a few, however, that are able to prolong their life and are successful in defying death. They outlive their peers by using a highly evolved system of vital business organs, possessed of fierce survival instincts and a stem cell-like ability to regenerate critical body parts over and over again. But the reality is that eventually, death comes knocking. Organizations may succumb to a natural death once they have fulfilled their role in a mature marketplace. Others eventually kick the proverbial bucket because they underestimated the ability of an unknown competitor who emerges and takes them out. This is how we must now eulogize Anheuser-Busch.
Here we are in a new year—and for some of us, we want a new look to go with it. We polled some of the top local medical spas to see what they’re excited about for 2011. “The industry is opening up to a larger variety of clients,” says Maria Vera, clinical director for Renew Cosmetic Spa. “We’re getting many more men in for services, such as laser hair removal, and Botox for crow’s feet and frown lines, which they tend to develop earlier than women.”
Time arrest crème deLUXE from renowned celebrity dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt is enriched with grape stem cells, pearl powder and tourmaline crystals to help reverse aging. $200
In the quest to appear as young as possible, women search out the latest in cosmetic procedures. But which ones deliver consistent results? For that, we asked three local cosmetic surgeons about the trends in their practices. Dr. Judith Gurley says in the surgical arena, breast augmentation (enlargement), breast lifts and breast reductions top her practice. For skin treatments, she finds Botox, cosmetic fillers, and laser treatments for firming and banishing sun spots also very popular. She has seen renewed interest in great skin care, topical growth factor and improved makeup formulations.