More women than men suffer strokes each year, according to the National Stroke Association. Part of the reason is that women tend to live longer than men, and stroke risk increases with age. However, other risk factors can be modified.
Sneezing. Nasal congestion. Facial pressure. These are just a few of the sinus and allergy issues that can dampen the mood during the fall and winter months. That’s where the Washington University Physicians’ sinus group comes in.
Did you know that diet and exercise contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system? Of course, you did! We’ve been told over and over again that these lifestyle lynchpins are critical to heart health. But do you understand why?
When it comes to exercise, women have many choices. A whole slew of gym classes: yoga, jogging, cycling, karate and more offer something for everyone. Yet while any exercise is better than no exercise, one workout stands out when it comes to benefits for women’s bodies: strength-training.
Sometimes you have to do a little damage in order to create positive results. Such is the case with non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, particularly those that aim various forms of energy beneath the surface of the skin.
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.
Last winter, Joshua Kazdan, now a junior at John Burroughs School, heard about a trip being offered by the Japan America Society of St. Louis to create ambassadorship between the two countries. Interested in Japanese culture, Joshua applied and was selected as part of a group of students for the all-expense-paid trip, thanks to sponsorship by Toyota and Hitachi.
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.
When Annie Seal’s oldest daughter was in high school, she was diagnosed with an eating disorder. Although the teen wasn’t showing signs of extreme weight loss that are typically associated with such disorders, Seal had noticed unexplainable extreme mood swings. “For a long time, I thought my daughter was just a teenager,” Seal says. “She was just not herself. My sweet girl was gone, and in her place was someone I didn’t recognize who was emotional, moody and always unhappy. It was beyond the normal adolescent; but she was my oldest, so I thought maybe this is really how adolescents behave.”
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.
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.
There’s more to health than just the physical, a reality that the staff at Friendship Village sees every day. “We have a widow here who was very sick and lonely, and her daughter was thinking, I’m going to lose Mom,” recalls Friendship Village spokeswoman Joanna Jones-Raymond. “She moved her mom here from the Northeast; and now you’ll see her sitting on the couch talking with eight friends, and walking around the lake every day—she’s a different person. It’s not just physical. It’s the intellectual and spiritual fulfillment, all of it. You can see the difference.”
Julie Palmer-Schuyler was thinking about teaching when she heard the chants, Webster, Webster! from the crowd. The Webster University associate professor was racing in her 17th IRONMAN competition—this time, on the global stage.
From the time Dr. Denise Hooks-Anderson was a little girl, becoming a physician was all she ever wanted to do. “I was a doctor for all of my dolls, and I would watch different doctor shows like Marcus Welby, M. D.,” she recalls. “I always kept that dream and desire, and just went full speed ahead after it.” The Arkansas native, who came to St. Louis in 2000, also was inspired by her childhood doctor. “He was truly the old-fashioned type, and I wanted to emulate him. I didn’t have any female physician role models, but it didn’t matter to me. That’s just what I wanted to do.”
Despite the warnings to eat right, exercise, stop smoking and wear sunscreen, cancer remains one of the most prevalent and dangerous diseases of modern society. In sifting through all the advice, experts say that just adopting one or two preventive strategies is not enough.
Think back to the last time one of your family members was expecting a baby. Remember all of the beautiful gifts they got at their baby shower? It’s hard to imagine, but there are many moms-to-be in St. Louis who don’t have a support system to help them provide all of the clothing, toys and odds-and-ends that a baby needs in its first months of life.
Read the stories of civic duty and dedication behind this year's Women of Achievement honorees: Virginia Braxs, Ida Early, Dr. Eva Frazer, Teri Griege, Phyllis Langsdorf, Diane Levine, DiAnne Mueller, JoAnn Shaw, Linda Sher and Pat Whitaker.
After this brutally frigid winter, with sub-zero temperatures for days on end and weeks filled with ice and snow, our treasured, tender gardens have taken a really hard beating.
When it comes to cancer, many cases are mysteries. It’s very difficult—even impossible—to pinpoint what leads to a malignancy. Yet there are a few cancers that clearly are linked to specific causes. Smoking contributes to lung cancer, sun damage contributes to skin cancer, and—in a stunning 99 percent of cases—human papillomavirus (HPV) is present in cervical cancer cases.
Although our skin is still covered by sweaters and scarves, before long, we’ll be baring our faces, necks and arms to the sun. We all know that sunscreen is crucial to protecting ourselves from premature aging, pigmentation and—most important—skin cancer. Yet another aspect of prevention is early detection of potential problems, so now is the time to take a close look at your skin.
One of the mainstays of preventive health for women is the ‘well-woman exam,’ the annual check-up that includes a pelvic and breast exam. However, since the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revised screening guidelines for pap smears, calling for them as long as five years apart under certain circumstances, some women are under the impression that they have no reason to see the doctor for their annual exam. Not so.
In late September 2001, I found myself in New York City just days after 9/11. I was there on assignment, documenting the story of a Bronx woman who lost her brother in the attacks, as well as visiting with a Manhattan chaplain who knew all too well the pain that tens of thousands of families were going through following the sudden, horrific loss of their loved ones.
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.