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.
Honoring Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, hundreds of St. Louisans participated in The Longest Day, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. For 16 hours, teams participated in a range of activities, including running, cooking, knitting, singing and playing card games, fueling the care, support and research efforts of the organization.
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.
The United Way of Greater St. Louis recently announced several chairs for the upcoming 2014 campaign. For the second year, MARILYN BUSH will chair the Women’s Leadership Society, and NINOSKA and PATRICK CLARKIN will co-chair of the Multicultural Leadership Society. JOHN STUPP will chair the de Tocqueville Society. JOE AMBROSE and RAY FARRIS will co-chair the Men’s Leadership Society. SARAH ROULAND will chair the Young Leadership Society, and REUBEN and D’ANNE SHELTON will co-chair the African American Leadership Society.
The ‘ballet barre’ used to be just for dancers. And it was no coincidence that those dancers had amazing bodies. Now, an increasing number of women and men are discovering ‘barre workouts,’ which bring the principles of dance movement to an exercise-class environment. Yet experts emphasize that barre workouts are not just for people with dance experience.
You’re trying to fall asleep and are just starting to doze when it hits: Suddenly, you feel an odd sensation in your leg, and you just have to get up and move around. That’s one manifestation of restless leg syndrome (RLS), a common sleep disorder. In other cases, the syndrome causes people to experience involuntary leg movements that wake them from sleep. In either case, it’s annoying.
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.
If you want to look a bit younger and fresher, a relaxing facial may be all you need to help restore smooth skin and a healthy, radiant glow.
The residents at Garden View Care Centers favor Elvis. Each morning at 9:45, you’ll find residents and staff leaving their other activities to enjoy a burst of dancing. Just a few minutes of music and motion sets the tone for a good day, says Rhonda Uhlenbrock, director of dementia programs.
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.”
As the population ages and women statistically outlive men, a number of age-related diseases will become more prevalent in women. Among the most disabling, age-related eye conditions that can steal sight.
“Treatment for breast cancer can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars," says Dr. David Caplin, co-founder of Gateway to Hope. "Even if they have some insurance, just the co-pays and deductibles will bankrupt them.”
U.S. News & World Report recently named St. Luke’s Surrey Place a ‘Best Nursing Home,’ rating it five out of five stars in its sixth annual Best Nursing Homes ratings. The facility competed with almost 16,000 nationwide to receive the recognition. St. Luke’s Surrey Place, located in Chesterfield, has 120 beds in skilled nursing, and 20 residential rooms for residents needing minimal assistance.
If you’re like every bride, you’ll want to look your absolute best on your wedding day.
On June 20, 16 women will be welcomed into an exclusive club that includes the likes of nationally known singer-songwriter Chaka Kahn, civil rights attorney and former Urban League board chair Frankie Freeman, local philanthropist Thelma Steward, and Fox Theater co-owner Mary Strauss, among other illustrious company.
TOM VOSS has been appointed to Grand Center’s board of directors. Voss is retiring from his position as executive chairman at Ameren Corporation on July 1.
When Keita arrived at Almost Home, she was homeless, depressed, and she had just had a baby. As she holds her now-5-month-old son, she describes what she’s gained in the last several months. “I’ve become a better person.”
Among the many concerns pregnant women have, the question of whether it is safe to visit the dentist comes up on a regular basis, says Dr. David Weinstein, chief of obstetric/gynecology at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. “I’m glad you’re covering this, as it’s something that’s been misunderstood, and it’s good to set the record straight,” he says.
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.
The Harris-Stowe State University board of regents has appointed DWAUN WARMACK as president, effective July 14. He previously worked as Bethune-Cookman University’s vice president, the youngest in the school’s history.
Celebrate National Train Day at the ultimate destination: St. Louis Union Station. This Saturday, May 10, Amtrak, stl250 and the Terminal Railroad Association are hosting a family-friendly day of train exploration and more.
Prudential Alliance Realtors is pleased to welcome MARGO BEGLEY to its newly created position of creative director. Begley joined the company seven years ago as a realtor.
For years, human papillomavirus (HPV) has been clearly linked to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine could help decrease cervical cancer cases dramatically if administered to adolescents and young adults prior to infection. And because HPV also causes some cases of head and neck cancer, there’s even more reason to be proactive about prevention, experts say.