DAVID BEAVERS has been named director of Logan University’s Viscero-Somatic Center.
Once Upon a Time...Sarah Evens was thinking about volunteering at the St. Louis City's animal control facility on Gasconade Street. "When I pulled up the website, the adoption page came up, and Kona was the first one," she says. She and her then-boyfriend, Pete Williams, started talking about getting a dog, and visited the facility. "When we walked in, he was in the first cage, so honestly we didn't look at another dog—he was the first dog we saw, and it was love at first sight." (Editor's Note: The Gasconade Street facility has since closed, and most of its dogs were given to nonprofit Stray Rescue of St. Louis for care and adoption.)
From a medical point of view, we spoke with Dr. Julie Margenthaler, a Washington University breast health specialist and surgeon, about the topic of removing healthy breast tissue in order to reduce or eradicate breast cancer risk.
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.
Do people ask you if you’re tired even when you feel awake and alert? Or perhaps, as you’ve aged, you’ve noticed less and less skin visible on your eyelids when applying makeup. Hooded or droopy-looking eyelids are one of the most common complaints among patients seeking cosmetic surgery, and a simple surgical procedure can help you look as bright-eyed and alert as you feel.
Award-winning realtors BERKLEY LAND and MATT LITWACK have joined forces with realtor KENDRA DOWNS and certified residential appraiser KAREN POLISHUK to form Land/Litwack & Associates. Last year, the group had a combined $20 million in sales. The team is part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate Network.
Diet and exercise are the basis for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight; but for some people, all the exercise and salads in the world won’t remove that post-pregnancy tummy paunch or those stubborn saddlebags. That’s why ‘body sculpting,’ the ability redistribute, remove or add fat to specific areas, has become increasingly popular.
“Treatment for breast cancer can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars," says Dr. David Caplin, co-founder of Gateway to Hope. "Even if they have some insurance, just the co-pays and deductibles will bankrupt them.”
A young boy disinterested in interacting with his parents and peers. A little girl unable to put her communications into words. These types of children, and others who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, are the focus of Mercy Kids' Autism Center.
Researchers Explore Potential Treatment for Fibrosis
For months, student Cordale Denton endured painful headaches and struggled to see the board in class. The teenager’s vision was suffering after his only pair of glasses had broken. That’s where Lifelong Vision Foundation came in.
Young Erickson from Guatemala learns to tie his shoe. He was born with three arms and underwent surgery at Shriners in St. Louis.
The Harris-Stowe State University board of regents has appointed DWAUN WARMACK as president, effective July 14. He previously worked as Bethune-Cookman University’s vice president, the youngest in the school’s history.
Kids and their families from St. Louis—and around the world—turn to St. Louis Children’s Hospital when they’re sick. And the reasons why are plentiful, says Dr. Brad Warner, the hospital’s surgeon-in-chief and a professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. “We’re the largest pediatric surgery group in the region, and all of our surgeons are board-certified in pediatric surgery,” he says. “We provide some of the world’s most advanced medical technologies here, in a very caring and compassionate environment that puts the patient and their family first. We do a lot of things that are innovative, and I think we also do a great job in the more routine types of things, like hernias or appendicitis, or lumps and bumps.”
For years, human papillomavirus (HPV) has been clearly linked to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine could help decrease cervical cancer cases dramatically if administered to adolescents and young adults prior to infection. And because HPV also causes some cases of head and neck cancer, there’s even more reason to be proactive about prevention, experts say.
Pinnacle Entertainment has named WARD SHAW as VP and GM of Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles, and CHRIS PLANT as VP and GM of River City Casino and Hotel. Shaw most recently served as GM of River City Casino and Hotel, while Plant worked as regional VP of finance and accounting.
After working at the school for 46 years, De Smet Jesuit High School biology and physical education teacher and varsity soccer and baseball coach Greg Vitello announced he will retire at the end of the school year. Throughout his years at the school, Vitello has coached swimming, football, track and field, baseball and soccer. He coached two Major League Baseball players and five United States National Soccer Teams players. He also is a member of several halls of fame, including the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and the St. Benedict College Hall of Fame.
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.”