If all is going well, we are totally unaware of the pancreas. Doing what it should, it secretes digestive juices into the small intestine, and releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. However, the digestive enzymes from the pancreas occasionally start digesting the pancreas itself, causing a painful inflammatory condition known as pancreatitis. When this happens, you know something’s wrong.
James Beethe could buy his HIV medication—or food. The cost of caring for the illness became increasingly difficult, eventually leaving him unable to pay rent. That’s when he stepped across the threshold of Doorways.
Deep within our digestive tract, a huge colony of microscopic organisms thrives. This ecosystem allows us to digest and absorb nutrients. Now, researchers think the specific types of bacteria that populate the gut may relate to obesity.
For hundreds of years, acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of ills, including pain, anxiety, phobias and addictions. Using similar principles based on identifying and targeting ‘energy meridians’ in the body, practitioners of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) teach individuals to address the same types of issues through an easy do-it-yourself process.
There are many choices when it comes to weight loss. Diet plans abound, all promising to help individuals shed pounds and keep them off. Four years and 80 pounds ago, Paige (who asked that her last name not be used) heard about the hCG diet from her primary-care physician and decided to give it a try.
Spring is the perfect time to get back on the workout wagon.
Researchers have spent decades trying to unravel cancer’s causes. While the search has yielded as many questions as answers, the role of nutrition is one area that scientists are considering in light of newer data.
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.”
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
We all carry some degree of risk for heart attack or stroke. Understanding one’s risk factors and using them to calculate individual cardiovascular risk is an important part of preventive health care. Until you know, you can’t act.
You may assume that feeling tired, depressed, mentally foggy, constipated and heavy are just due to your overstretched schedule, stress and sedentary lifestyle. But if these symptoms make it hard to accomplish daily tasks or persist even with improved nutrition, hydration and regular exercise, talk to your doctor—one possible answer may involve your thyroid.
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.
It’s that time of year when everyone is trying to make a fresh start. To help us with our beauty resolutions, we turned to Kelly Wilcockson, a licensed esthetician at Synergi MedSpa, for some expert advice.
What a difference a year makes. Since December 2012, Debbie Ross has lost 135 pounds with the help of weight-loss coach Charles D’Angelo.
Welcome to 2014! Like so many others, this may be the year you resolve—once and for all—to become a healthier you, and the key to success involves small steps.
As blood flows into and out of the heart’s chambers, it passes through tiny biological doorways that ensure everything flows in the proper direction at appropriate intervals. These doorways are heart valves—tissue flaps that open to let blood in and then close to prevent it from flowing backwards. The system works great unless the valve becomes too narrow or doesn’t seal properly.
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.
We can’t control our age or genetics, but women can do plenty to control their risk of cardiovascular disease, and that’s important considering that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women alike. A heart-healthy diet is among the most influential factors in reducing risk.
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.
Nothing about the discussion of obesity is simple, according to Katie Thompson, a primary therapist with Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders. And the American Medical Association’s (AMA) recent decision to recognize obesity as a disease—not just a condition that causes disease—complicates matters even more.
First we were urged to give up our Coke, with its 39 grams of sugar per can. Fair enough in the age of increasing obesity and resulting health problems. But now we’re supposed to give up our Diet Coke, too?
When you ‘reach a certain age,’ health recommendations begin to change. Certain screenings and immunizations become more important. But one thing that doesn’t change as we age is the recommended amount of exercise.