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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).
The only fright you should experience this Halloween is from the little ghosts and goblins who shout, Trick or treat! when you open the front door. A safe Halloween is a fun Halloween, and two local experts offered some tips for making sure yours isn’t truly scary.
Sarah Murphey grew up in-and-out of foster care, without a stable home, always facing an uncertain future. But when she was 13, Megan Murphey and Michael Lettau came into her life. “They adopted Sarah a year later, and she is now a confident, young teenager attending a Ladue high school and looking at opportunities for college,” says Lisa Schaffer, Missouri director of development at The Adoption Exchange.
St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness recently hosted a fund & awareness raising event, Painting with a Purpose’ at the Creve Coeur location of Painting with a Twist. The event welcomed a capacity crowd for wine and hors d’oeuvres while they created a still-life painting of Four Vases.
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.
With its top-ranked hospitals and renowned medical schools, St. Louisans are fortunate enough to be surrounded by leaders in health care close to home, should the need arise. Since health can be viewed as a total self-wellness package, there are healing systems outside the standard hospital room. If you or a loved one are in the ring against the Big Bad C, keep swinging with comfort, thanks to these area programs aimed at those affected by cancer.
Keller Williams Realty St. Louis in Kirkwood recently celebrated its annual RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) with plenty of flowers and sunshine. RED Day was created for agents and their families as a nationwide Keller Williams commitment to give back to the communities they serve. The Kirkwood team planted flowers for the City of Kirkwood to beautify the downtown area. Pictured from left to right are agents Dan Delpha, Andrew Hannigan and Denise Sanford.
An unusually warm summer night in Seattle in 2009 would forever change the lives of countless St. Louisans. A man trespassed through an open window of the residence St. Louis native Teresa Butz shared with her fiancée, Jennifer Hopper. The intruder sexually assaulted and stabbed the women, eventually killing Butz.
This is a film that falls into a very difficult category of movies I call ‘jackpot films.’ They are movies with a cat and a mouse, a criminal and a cop. You may be rooting for the criminals or you may want them to get caught, but either way, you know there is—or better be—a spectacular payoff in the end. So the inherent problem lies in the formula itself: Audiences are so eager to have their questions answered—the final ta-da revealed—that they have no patience for the stage-setting interaction and necessary plot that precedes it. The trick is to have characters and a story compelling enough to keep the audience in the moment, and this heist movie about four bank-robbing magicians, it would seem, has pulled off the ultimate trick.
The window to our vision is the cornea. This clear, spherical structure covers the front of the eye, allowing light to pass through. The cornea’s curvature refracts (or bends), light as it travels to the retina, the back part of the eye where light is transformed to nerve signals that the brain then interprets as visual images.
We all make errors. Some we can control, others simply are part of our biology. Such is the case with ‘refractive errors,’ a collection of common eye distortions that affect vision.
Communication is one of the very first skills we learn in order to navigate the world. As infants, we are quick to begin communicating our needs and respond to those around us. However, babies who are born with hearing disorders and children who lose their sense of hearing face a very different communication landscape—one that now involves technology and strategies to help them to communicate with the wider world.
Blood clots pose a medical dichotomy: They save lives when they form on cuts or wounds, protecting underlying tissue and enabling healing; yet they threaten lives when they form in blood vessels, blocking necessary blood flow to vital organs. So while we rely on our blood to clot in circumstances of traumatic injury, we want to guard against the propensity for internal arterial or venous blood clots.
About one in seven people experiences a random nosebleed at some point in his or her life, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Children and people older than 50 are the most likely to have a sudden nosebleed, and the trigger can be as minor as blowing one’s nose too hard or as serious as a clotting disorder.
With a background as a flight attendant, Terri Tatum’s current career as an esthetician might not have been the obvious choice, but it’s one she’s glad she made. “I’ve always loved helping people feel better about themselves,” she says. And as a consultant in the Renewal Room at Soft Surroundings, she does that every day. We asked her for insights on how to look and feel your best.
LN also gathered a group of professional counselors who shared their advice for families undergoing trauma and tragedy in their lives.
Some diseases are obvious. Others are much harder to discern. Consider this: during the past month, about three in every 100 Americans experienced ‘serious psychological distress,’ according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Statistics. More than 58 million people per year seek outpatient medical care for mental disorders. And yet almost 37,000, about 12 in every 100,000 people, take their own lives.
Story: The Great Depression has millions of Americans out of work. Even most of those who are employed live hard lives, including the denizens of Zion, Indiana, where farmer Basil Bennett relies on the ability of neighbor Buddy Layman to find much-needed water for his crops with the aid of a ‘divining’ stick. Despite the skepticism of Basil’s wife Luella, the young man does indeed have a penchant for locating moisture in the ground.
The summer golf season is filled with tournaments, championships and qualifiers. Here are the latest achievements and news coming out of our local golf scene.
Glaucoma has been called ‘the silent thief of sight’—an apt moniker, says Dr. J. Daniel Friederich of Vision Care Consultants. The routine puff of air on the eyeball—a common eye pressure screening test—can indicate when pressure is elevated, but not all cases of glaucoma are related to increased eye pressure, and the disease has no symptoms until permanent damage has been done.
What do all those technical terms mean when it comes to our bodies and the procedures that can transform them? Although by no means an exhaustive list, the following may help decipher some alien terminology—and help you become more aware of your options.
Not only are these doctors saving lives here in St. Louis, but they are investing time, money and effort into helping people around the world.
I am not sure why all of our maladies have such long names that are difficult to pronounce. Some diseases and disease processes I learned about when famed veterinarian/writer James Herriot and I went to school have changed names three to five times over the years. But there may be one dog malady that has more names than any other: Wobbler’s syndrome (layman’s term) or cervical spondylomyel opathy (professional term) are among the terms for cervical vertebral (neck spine) instability.
At the base of your hand, there is a narrow passage of ligament and bone where the median nerve finds its way from your arm to the palm of your hand. The passage is your carpal tunnel, and when the nerve runs through it without difficulty, you don’t even think about it. But if the tunnel narrows due to inflammation or trauma, the nerve can be compressed, and the numbness, tingling and pain in your wrist, hand or fingers will let you know there’s a problem: carpal tunnel syndrome.