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Former mayor of Quincy, Illinois, advocates for organ donation after lifesaving transplantation

Former mayor of Quincy, Illinois, advocates for organ donation after lifesaving transplantation

Charles “Chuck” Scholz, 62, of Quincy, Illinois, has always been an active member of his community and served as the town’s mayor for three terms, from 1993 to 2005. After receiving a liver transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in early 2015, his community involvement has focused on a specific cause: spreading the word about the lifesaving

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September Is Aneurysm Awareness Month

September Is Aneurysm Awareness Month

Receiving a diagnosis of a brain aneurysm can be frightening. Although ruptured aneurysms are relatively uncommon, they can cause very serious illness or result in loss of life.
A brain aneurysm is a weak, bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery that is very much like a weak spot on an inner tube

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Sports Medicine Leader in NFL Medical Innovation

Sports Medicine Leader in NFL Medical Innovation

In recent years, the National Football League (NFL) has invested millions of dollars into improving player safety. The effort is in response to research that uncovered the debilitating long-term effects repeated injuries could have on a player’s health.
As part of this initiative, a team led by Matthew Matava, MD, a Washington University orthopedic surgeon

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TAVR procedure saves mail carrier’s life

TAVR procedure saves mail carrier’s life

Dyke Foster, 55, a longtime mail carrier from Assumption, Illinois, has had a problematic heart his entire life. Afflicted with a congenital heart condition, he had his first surgery at age six. In 2000, at age 41, a failing heart valve was replaced with a harvested human one. By 2014, this replacement valve was failing,

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Trauma families find comfort through new program

Trauma families find comfort through new program

Few expect to find themselves in the waiting room at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Trauma Center. None of them want to be there. Yet once they arrive, often they stay. Sometimes they stay for hours. Sometimes they stay for weeks.
For Cindi Silvey, it was exactly 12 days. For those 12 days in September

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May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke has become the 5th leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year. A stroke occurs when there is a blockage of vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Fast, accurate treatment for stroke victims is critical for preserving

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Barnes-Jewish Nurses Honored by St. Louis Magazine

Barnes-Jewish Nurses Honored by St. Louis Magazine

Six Barnes-Jewish Hospital nurses have been selected as winners within their respective disciplines in St. Louis Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing program. The honored nurses are:
Emily Dodd, cardiovascular
Corri Payton, community care/ambulatory care
Tracey Mouser, emergency department
Jane Puszkar, neurology/psychology/behavioral health
Sarah Kozak, orthopedics
Donelle Sherman, orthopedics
You can learn more about the nurses in the May

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Transplant Nurses Day 2015: A tribute to transplant nurse coordinators

Transplant Nurses Day 2015: A tribute to transplant nurse coordinators

As you might imagine, the process of organ transplantation is complex. Fortunately, patients in need of a new heart or kidney or new bone marrow don’t have to go through it alone. In addition to offering patients surgical expertise and post-transplant care with exceptional outcomes, the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center offers specialized help

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Smart tips for avoiding an energy crash

Smart tips for avoiding an energy crash

You’ve felt that drain of energy that often comes mid-day: Your eyelids feel weighted, your body listless, and a cat nap seems to be the best solution. Though sitting at a desk for hours on end can certainly zap energy, the likely cause of the crash is what you ate earlier in the day—or even

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Heart transplant success: collaboration saves a life

Heart transplant success: collaboration saves a life

If you ask anyone who was part of Rick Bales’ care team, they’ll all agree his story is rather remarkable. In January, Bales underwent a heart transplant procedure. The surgery only lasted a few hours, but his journey to a new heart began more than two years ago, after he survived a massive heart attack.

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