In the past, mammograms always were very stressful for Jamie Jones of O’Fallon. Now 46, the mother of three girls is classified as having ‘dense’ breast tissue, and as a result, every year, she would get a call afterward that there might be a problem, and she needed to come in for more tests.
This year, if people were thinking about it, people were googling it. These are the top 10 topics people were searching for in 2014.
With so many deserving organizations, it can be hard to decipher where and what to give this holiday season. For your consideration, LN has compiled a list of just a handful of the area’s most worthy causes, and what’s topping their wish lists.
We thought we left it behind in adolescence, but it’s back! Acne isn’t just a teenager’s problem.
Nonprofits across St. Louis are celebrating a milestone in years of service to the community. Here, we highlight their past contributions and future philanthropic plans. Join LN in wishing them a happy anniversary—and many more! Cheers!
Chest pain is nothing to fool around with; and physicians remind everyone to play it safe and call 911 if you think you could be having a heart attack. “We really don’t use our emergency medical system enough,” says SLUCare cardiologist Dr. Michael Lim. “Time is of the essence when a heart attack happens, and the EMT responders can assess the situation and start treatment right away.”
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.
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.”
Next year marks 60 years for the Women of Achievement Award, the longest-running program in St. Louis whose sole mission is to honor and recognize volunteer service and leadership by local women. Nominations are now being accepted.
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.
Points of Light, the country’s largest volunteer management and civic organization, recently awarded St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) with the Point of Light Award. St. Louis HELP loans home medical equipment to those in need at no cost. Last year, the organization loaned more than 4,000 medical items.
To keep residents looking and feeling their best, The Gatesworth offers a wide variety of wellness services—ranging from health to beauty—to those who reside on the campus of the luxury retirement community.
DAVID BEAVERS has been named director of Logan University’s Viscero-Somatic Center.
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.