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So something funny happened last week. It’s not earth-shattering or anything, but it did kind of creep up on me. Birthdays don’t exactly appear out of nowhere. On some level, we know when our kids’ birthdays are coming up. Punch’s big day shouldn’t have been a shock. We’ve been celebrating it for years, after all. I remember the first one vividly as it was the night of the infamous Bush-Gore presidential election, dimpled chads and all. Nevertheless, when he burst through the bedroom door that morning and announced, I’m a teenager! It hit me like a safe falling from a roof: I have three teenagers.
The National Institutes of Health estimates that about 12 percent of the American population suffer from migraine headaches, which are marked by throbbing or pulsing pain, often on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and sound, and possible nausea. And if you’re female, you’re two to three times more likely to experience a migraine.
Most people experience back pain at some point in their life. In fact, back and neck pain are among the most common complaints made to primary-care physicians and orthopedic specialists.
Story: Elizabeth, a professional actress, is struggling to understand and accept a personal tragedy that has left her life tattered and torn. During a long flight layover, she renews her friendship with a photographer who shows her pictures of his recent travels. Among the photos is one of Thao, a 25-year-old Vietnamese woman who was born severely deformed as a result of Agent Orange.
A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that people who eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day live longer than those who don‘t. Dr. John Morley, a SLUCare geriatrician, is not surprised, and says the study only adds to the increasing amount of data supporting the value of fresh, whole foods as the basis of a healthy diet.
When you ‘reach a certain age,’ health recommendations begin to change. Certain screenings and immunizations become more important. But one thing that doesn’t change as we age is the recommended amount of exercise.
You’ve spent a warm and sunny day relaxing at the pool. The cool water is refreshing—while you’re swimming. But when you get out, your hair is sticky and you reek of chlorine.
Story: Wotan, ruler of the gods, conceives a plan to restore his power following the loss of the Ring of the Nibelung to the dwarf Alberich. Through his relationship with the goddess Erda he has fathered several warrior daughters known as the Walkures (Valkyries), who collect slain soldiers from battlefields to guard Valhalla, the home of the gods.
Fish oil capsules are among the most popular supplements sold, but recent studies have questioned the benefits and even proposed possible risks related to fish oil supplementation.
Aging is inevitable, but how people age varies widely. No longer is old age assumed to be a time of inactivity and inability to enjoy life. With a few simple lifestyle choices and attitude adjustments, we can improve the odds of aging with health and vitality.
In the often-complicated realm of child custody issues, technology has been able to offer some solace to both parents and youngsters through the telephone. As the world becomes increasingly digital, it’s no surprise this process would follow suit: Virtual visitations are one of the latest ways parents and their children are staying connected after divorce through video chat programs like FaceTime and Skype.
The Alkaline Diet. The Baby Food Diet. The Blood Type Diet. The Paleo Diet. The HCG Diet. The list goes on and on...
We put our hair through a lot trying to get the latest look—but sometimes, all of that effort turns against us as we damage our locks with blow dryers, curling irons, straighteners and the elements. To help return your hair to its natural beauty, we spoke with industry veteran Jerry Dial, who recently opened up shop at Cheveux in Brentwood.
Arthritis is generally considered a disease of the older population, but about 294,000 children younger than 18 have some type of arthritis, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
Story: Writer Charles Bukowski (1920-94) lived most of his life in Los Angeles, and derived inspiration for many of his works from the City of Angels. He wrote during the same period as many of the Beat Generation writers, including poet Allen Ginsberg and novelists Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
Story: A poet enters the theater and ascends to the stage. He walks over and introduces himself to a musician seated off stage left. He returns to center stage, turns around and views a triptych of sorts that has an ancient look to it. There’s also a chalkboard that the poet uses to drive home certain points, a simple table and chair, a briefcase and a trunk that contains the tools of his trade.
Story: Shlemiel is a simple beadle (minor official) in the town of Chelm, a “village of fools” located between Everywhere and Elsewhere “a long, long time ago.” Shlemiel is exasperating to his wife, who has tolerated his imperfections for 20 years as he goes about his humdrum existence, and she needs to supplement his income in order to have food for their two surviving children.
People make an effort to hide their tears, while some offer to wipe others’ tears away. But for our eyes, a constant supply of tears is needed to see clearly and comfortably.
For such a little gland, it can cause some big problems. The thyroid is a small gland in the neck that secretes hormones needed to regulate metabolism. Everything from body temperature to weight to energy are metabolically modulated, so an imbalance in thyroid function can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms.
What do Mikhail Gorbachev, Madeleine Albright, Frank McCourt and Walter Cronkite all have in common? They’re among the many famed past speakers at the St. Louis Speakers Series, presented by Maryville University. We spoke with Bill Conrow, the originator of the series, about how it emerged, some memorable moments, and a sneak peek at the 2013-2014 season.
A house cannot stand without a firm foundation. Similarly, we cannot stand—at least not straight and tall—without a strong musculoskeletal system. Our bones are the infrastructure that supports our body, and it’s important to keep that infrastructure strong.
When a local woman’s battle with cancer left her exhausted from chemotherapy treatments and unable to afford nutritious meals, Food Outreach was there. “Without Food Outreach, I would not have been able to maintain a healthy diet, which is critical to my recovery,” she says.
Most babies are born healthy, yet the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) estimates that one in 33 infants enters the world with some sort of birth defect. January is Birth Defects Prevention Month, and women are urged to take proactive steps to help ensure a healthy baby.
On April 7, 2013, 100 years will have passed since St. Louis County Court granted Clayton a city charter. In those 100 years, the city has grown and flourished as the county seat where homes are in demand and businesses find success. As Clayton nears its centennial year, LN spoke with Mayor Linda Goldstein about the upcoming celebrations, the city’s reputation and plan for the next century.
I have no proof or reasonable explanation about some things veterinary—things that were never learned in school; rather, just acquired on the job. One of those things is that every five years or so, all animals in St. Louis shed at an even more alarming rate that usual: 2012 has been one of those years. In the summer, people told tales of living room tumbleweeds, even for cats that live indoors! Shedding is one of the peeves of all pet owners, especially for the head vacuumer in the household. Let us discuss what we can do about it: