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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.
Jeanne Hosler and Timothy Kaufmann
The Baldwin Report
As the oldest neurosurgery spine division in the country, Washington University Physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is leading the nation in all aspects of back and neck treatment. And the group now offers even more comprehensive care, through the addition of a spine neurosurgeon who completed an orthopedic deformity fellowship.
Washington University Surgical and Wound Care Clinic at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is helping patients heal chronic wounds. The advanced care clinic, located in the hospital’s Center for Outpatient Health, offers a range of treatment options. This summer, those offerings expanded to include hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
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.
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You’re tired, overworked, stressed—and just when you go into an important meeting, your eyelid starts to twitch. You’re experiencing a blepharospasm, an uncontrollable contraction of the eyelid muscle, that makes you look just a little crazy and feels more than a little annoying.
While it may seem counterintuitive, exercise gives you energy, local experts say. And as we age, it’s all the more important to keep moving. Here, some area senior caregivers and fitness trainers offer appropriate exercises to stay active throughout your golden years.
You’ve seen the headlines on popular magazines about celebrities who get back their ‘pre-baby body’ within about a month or so of giving birth. Maybe some of them may just be blessed with exceptionally elastic skin; or they have time to do 500 abdominal crunches per day, as well as the ability to say no to every source of refined sugar—even at 2 a.m. when that doughnut looks awfully good while the little one is nursing.
‘Muffin top’ is a problem for many people, especially as they age. That little tummy bulge that never seems to go away, even with diet and exercise, can be maddening. Fortunately, it can be reduced via a number of cosmetic procedures, and liposuction is among the most popular.
Cosmetic surgery may seem like choosing from an a la carte menu: a little work on the nose here, eyelid lifts there, and maybe a facelift for dessert. Yet some procedures seem to naturally complement each other, just like wine can complement a main course.
“You know when you pull your hair back in a ponytail, and everything just looks a little better? That’s what I was after. Nothing severe, just a slightly younger, more lifted look,” says a 59-year-old Webster Groves woman. Not wanting to undergo surgery, she turned to Dr. Kenneth Rotskoff at the Ultherapy Center of St. Louis.
Story: Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of eight comic vignettes, four in each act, that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society.
Whether it’s an annual check-up, your child’s sports physical or an appointment to discuss a pressing health concern, you need to make the most of your doctor’s appointments. A little preparation and a few simple strategies will help you achieve that.
The Outstanding/Older Women’s League (OWL) has announced its 23rd annual Woman of Worth honorees. This year’s list includes NANCI BOBROW, RONNIE BROCKMAN, RUBY CHRISTIAN, LAURA CANNON, DEBRA HOLLINGSWORTH, PHYLLIS LANGSDORF, SUSAN NALL, GWEN PACKNETT, CHERYL POLK, LINDA SHER and CAROL VOSS. The 2013 Lifetime Achievement awardees are HENRIETTA FREEDMAN and LENORE PEPPER. The honorees, who are being recognized for their longtime service to the community, will be celebrated during an Oct. 24 dinner at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.
No two bodies are alike. That’s why The Face Company offers services to satisfy your specific skin.
While approaches to reducing wrinkles on the hands and décolleté are limited, facial wrinkles can be erased by using a wide range of surgical and nonsurgical techniques. The choice of procedure depends on the nature of the wrinkle.
An old adage says, If you really want to know a woman’s age, don’t look at her face—look at her hands.
It used to be that as we aged, our knees simply wore out, and there wasn’t much we could do but endure the discomfort. But today, more and more spare parts are available to replace our worn-out joints, giving people more mobility and comfort in their later decades.
A hole in the wall is not a good thing, unless it’s a window. But no one wants a window or any other kind of hole in the abdominal wall. When the abdominal wall, the thick layer of musculature across the abdomen, does develop a hole in the layers of muscle tissue, things that should stay in—fat, intestines—may begin to pop out, and that’s known as a hernia.
Cataract surgery is taking another step forward with a new type of lens implant that corrects for distance, intermediate and near vision, as well as for astigmatism—a condition in which vision is blurred due to an elliptical or football-shaped cornea. By correcting both range of focus and astigmatism, patients may be free of glasses or contacts for the first time in decades.
Once upon a time…there was a dog you couldn’t begin to describe with words like ‘active’ or ‘hyper.’ Coal, a lab mix, is the type of dog who will climb up a tree trunk after a squirrel, says owner Linda Palmer. In fact, he’s on a two-year probation after being accused of incessant barking—although Palmer says the charges were exaggerated.
Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis has added a new board member, STEVEN KENNY of Wells Fargo Advisors. The organization provides support services to area cancer patients and their families at no charge.