The 2014 Ladue News Show House at 34 Briarcliff will help give a voice to young patients across the region. Proceeds from the fourth annual home tour will benefit Autism Speaks and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Here, learn more about the impact of these worthy organizations.
Donna Heckler interviewed for a fantastic job and felt great about her prospects. Later that day, the St. Louis woman learned she had breast cancer. “The question became, Do I stay home and focus on fighting the cancer? Or do I go out, work at a job with considerable travel, and live my life? I chose to work. I chose to live my life. I tried to live like a lady every step of the way,” she writes in the introduction to her book, Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer.
It’s cold and flu season. Are you sick yet? If you’re lucky enough to have avoided sniffling, sneezing and congestion so far, local doctors have some tips to help make sure you stay healthy.
One in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. And less than 10 percent of breast cancer is hereditary—rather, it is sporadic cancer or related to an individual risk, notes St. Luke’s breast surgeon Dr. Patricia Limpert. “Unfortunately, the public has a skewed opinion about whether they are at high-risk for breast cancer. Because you don’t have a family history of breast cancer does not mean you have no risk.”
Dr. Patricia Limpert
Now in its ninth year, the St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award honors local women who not only embody a healthy lifestyle, but also inspire others in the community to follow their lead. This year’s four honorees, who were feted at the recent St. Luke’s Hospital Spirit Girls’ Night Out, include: Mary Pat Henehan of Olivette, Jan Paul of Webster Groves, Susan Richmond of Eureka, and Jennifer Riegel of O’Fallon, Missouri.
Lisa Marie Watson & Michael Theodore de los Reyes
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness and, until recently, there have been few treatment options available. Local citizens who have dry AMD now may help pave the way for a treatment breakthrough as subjects in an international study.
Having a child with a learning disability of any kind is a struggle. Between diagnosis, doctors appointments and treatments, school work can get lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, several area schools cater specifically to students with learning disabilities, which means youngsters can focus on their education and stay on track to success.
After 33 years as a veterinary practitioner, I've come to realize just how difficult it is for pet owners to determine whether they have a true pet emergency.
The flu season soon will be here. Unlike the stomach 'flu,' or stomach virus, influenza is a respiratory illness characterized by sudden onset of fever, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, headache and runny nose. Many people say they feel like they've been hit by a truck. If you've had the flu, you might never again refer to a stomach bug as the flu. While children sometimes have a stomach ache and vomiting with the flu, adults generally don't. Complications such as ear infections and bacterial pneumonia can follow the flu.
The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) in St. Louis believes every child with cancer deserves every chance to live. Founded in 1987 by president and CEO Mark Stolze to help children in need of bone marrow transplants, the nonprofit has expanded its services through the years to provide financial, emotional and educational resources for families facing cancer. Since its inception, the organization has provided almost $60 million in direct financial assistance to more than 35,000 kids nationwide.
More than half of all Americans have been infected by the herpes simplex type 1 virus, and that means that lots of people can get cold sores—the unsightly and potentially painful blisters that break out on the lips or surrounding skin. There is no way to eradicate the virus from your system once you’ve been infected, but there are strategies for preventing these viral out-breaks.
Meghan Christina Blase and Charles Brian Flynn
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.
Parenthood is a mix of joy and concern—joy at the gift of your precious child, and concern that he is growing and developing normally. It’s normal to wonder about your child’s progress and compare him to other children. Most babies reach their developmental milestones at or around the expected time, but identifying a potential problem is important.
When 1-year-old Hailey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2011, everything changed quickly for the little girl and her family, recalls her mother, Cass Tracy. "We found a lump on her arm a day before she turned 1, and when she had her 1-year checkup a couple of days later, we showed the doctor," Tracy recalls. "He had us keep an eye on it for a week. When we went back, it hadn't changed; but she had bruising on her back and legs, and also little red dots on her chest and neck."
If you lie awake at night, unable to drift off to sleep or frustratingly waking periodically, know you are not alone—especially if you’re a woman.
Katherine Marie Bear and Adam Joseph Brown
Here's a typical conversation that occurs in some homes whenever a wedding invitation is received in the mail:
It’s always hard seeing films with posthumous performances. I don’t mean watching a Jimmy Stewart classic or a Marilyn Monroe comedy. I mean watching Heath Ledger’s Joker or James Gandolfini in Enough Said. Here, we have Philip Seymour Hoffman (who died in February) in one of his final roles. Sadly, even his brilliant, charismatic performance isn’t enough to help this film.
Pumping iron may be considered a younger person’s activity, but in fact, maintaining muscle mass as we age is crucial to health and continued independence. That’s why strength-training is an important part of an exercise routine for older adults.
Story: At the Charenton asylum in France in 1807, the most notorious inmate is Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, an aristocrat better known as the Marquis de Sade. He was born in 1740 and spent 32 years in various prisons before dying in 1814 at Charenton, where he was sent in 1801.
Story: Blanche DuBois travels from her native Mississippi to the Elysian Fields area of New Orleans and the home of her married sister, Stella Kowalski. Stella is surprised at Blanche’s arrival but makes her feel at home. Quickly, though, Stella learns that Blanche has lost the beloved family estate, Belle Reve, and has packed all of her worldly possessions into her suitcases.
I recently called around to a few local golf courses, and opened up the conversation by asking, “I’m looking to do a story on the oldest golfer in the area, do you have anybody who might qualify?” The responses were usually that they used to have a really old guy, but he passed away or just stopped playing because of his health. Then, at Westwood Country Club, the head professional, Daryl Hartig told me without hesitation, “Oh, do I have the right guy for you!”