High blood pressure. High cholesterol. Chronic fatigue. These symptoms and more can be signs of untreated sleep apnea. “Given that obesity has gone up substantially in this country, a lot of patients are suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea. It’s not necessarily caused by a higher BMI; it could be an anatomical issue as well,” says Dr. Reza Movahed, a surgeon at Oral Facial Surgery Institute & Implant Center. “They’re dealing with all these symptoms—or if they are diagnosed, they have to go through the huge lifestyle change of having a CPAP, which is a device that keeps them breathing at night.”
Dr. Reza Movahed
Dr. Reza Movahed
Sinuses are among those parts of the body that we tend to ignore until something goes wrong. These hollow cavities, lined with a mucous membrane, usually sit quietly behind the nose and forehead. But infection or allergies can cause the membranes to become inflamed and irritated, resulting in pain and pressure.
Sometimes, in our youthful exuberance, we do things we regret. Waking up with a tattoo may be one of those things. Fortunately, tattoos can be removed using powerful new lasers that blast the ink into tiny bits that the body can absorb and flush away.
Communication is the key to any relationship—and your relationship with your doctor is no different. At West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University, the high level of communication is the most-often cited reason that patients are happy with the outcome of their cosmetic procedures, says Dr. Terry Myckatyn. “The reality is, it’s not necessarily the type of breast implant they choose. We get a lot of positive feedback for the communication beforehand. They understand what they’re getting themselves into and have a better sense of what to expect,” he notes. “That matters. If someone is seeking implants and it turns out that’s not really what they want, it’s better to figure that out before the operation.”
Dr. Brock Ridenour
Last January, John Moore got news from his doctor that changed his life. “I just felt miserable—I had no energy, and my blood pressure was through the roof,” he says. “He told me I need to change or I’m going to be that guy who dies in his 40s of a heart attack. It really woke me up.”
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Sometimes work is a real pain in the neck—literally. Creating an ergonomically optimal work space is not always easy or possible, and the result can be pain and tension in the cervical spine, the seven vertebrae in the neck on which our heavy heads balance.
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.
Janice Thompson is back to her daily routine shortly after undergoing major brain surgery. The 71-year-old made history with SLUCare neurosurgeon Dr. Saleem Abdulrauf as the first patient to ever experience a new type of brain surgery without general anesthesia.
Pinnacle Entertainment has appointed WARD SHAW as VP and GM of River City Casino & Hotel. Shaw most recently worked as GM of Tropicana Evansville in Indiana.
Most women of childbearing age have heard the long-touted advice regarding the importance of folic acid (a B vitamin) to a healthy pregnancy and baby. For decades, prenatal vitamins have been standard care for women hoping to become pregnant and those who already are. Yet, this is only a piece of the puzzle when it comes to preventing birth defects.
Moneta Group welcomes communications manager EMILY BARLEAN to its team. Barlean’s work history includes working as senior corporate communications specialist and social media manger at Concordia Publishing House.
Since moving to St. Louis, the Eberleins have equally divided their time when it comes to supporting their passions. From co-chairing events for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to Siteman Cancer Center, the couple stays busy giving back to the city.
With the new year upon us, it’s a good time to resolve to take better care of your skin, according to Dr. Gregory Branham and Dr. John Chi of the Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center.
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.
A younger-looking face may be a matter of seeing the light. Whether you call it photo rejuvenation, a photo facial, photo biomodulation or low-level laser light therapy, delivering various wavelengths of light energy to the skin can result in a more even tone, reduced discoloration, less visible pores and a more youthful glow.
Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. And like many of the most insidious diseases known today, it often goes unnoticed until it’s too late.
Anne LeBlanc and Ryan Nunley
You might say he’s the perfect mate: he’s smart, good-natured and charming. And soon, he’ll find a home that’ll be perfect for him. Trooper, the puppy who made headlines after that horrific dragging incident last year, is ready to meet his forever family. The staffers at the Humane Society of Missouri, who have been with Trooper through thick and thin (seven surgeries, numerous therapies and continuous hours of training), have whittled down the list of prospective adoptive families to six. The hope is to send Trooper home with his new family for the holidays.
The Humane Society of Missouri is busy conducting interviews, in-person meetings and home visits with potential adoptive families for Trooper, the puppy who barely survived after being dragged behind a pickup truck.
By the time most patients come to see Dr. Rames Gheith, they have often been facing pain for months or even years. Gheith, a physician at Interventional Pain Institute, says it’s so common for people dealing with chronic pain to wait before addressing it, that a new diagnosis has developed. “Chronic pain syndrome is a diagnosis that develops on top of the pain, both psychologically and emotionally. There’s severe anxiety that these patients are dealing with, and often they’re taking pain medicine, antidepressants and mood-stabilizing treatments that could have been avoided or minimized if the treatment was timely.”
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.