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Endometriosis: one woman’s painful journey to pregnancy

Endometriosis: one woman’s painful journey to pregnancy

Like most women training for a marathon, Keli Lawson didn’t want to let her period stop her from running. But endometriosis forced Lawson to stop hitting the pavement, and working altogether, due to the intense pain caused by the disease.
Lawson was diagnosed with endometriosis when she started getting her periods at age 13. Endometriosis

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Barnes-Jewish celebrates with 188 new doctors on Match Day

Barnes-Jewish celebrates with 188 new doctors on Match Day

As medical students approach graduation, the day on everyone’s minds is Match Day – the day the results of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) are announced. This is the day the graduating students learn where they will continue their medical training as resident physicians for the next three to seven years.
The process leading

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Become a living donor on World Kidney Day

Become a living donor on World Kidney Day

March 13 is World Kidney Day, a time for raising awareness of kidney disease prevention and early detection. Kidneys play an integral role in your health by removing waste products and excess fluid from the body. Kidney disease is often undetected and the reason kidneys fail may not be known in every case.
Doctors do

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Foods that ward off sickness

Foods that ward off sickness

Cold and flu season lasts through April most years, which means the sounds of sniffles, sneezes, and coughs will continue a bit longer. The foods you choose can help fight germs, along with consistent hand-washing. Vitamins, minerals and the way you flavor your food can all help boost your immune system naturally.
Zinc can help

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Brain tumor symptoms and when to seek help

Brain tumor symptoms and when to seek help

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 23,000 people were diagnosed with malignant primary brain tumors (cancerous tumors that originate in the brain) in 2013. Unfortunately, detecting the presence of a brain tumor is not always straightforward. Depending on the type, size and location of the tumor, symptoms can appear in many different ways and at

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Trauma services encourages teens to buckle up

Trauma services encourages teens to buckle up

For three years, Heather Heil has helped a Missouri Department of Transportation committee teach Missouri high school students the importance of seatbelt safety. Seatbelt usage for Missouri teenagers is 66 percent, which is quite low says Heil, injury prevention outreach coordinator for trauma services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Heil says she’s concerned because, in some cases,

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High heels and your health

High heels and your health

The beginning of each year marks the height of the TV, movie and music award show season, which means “skyscraper” high-heeled shoes hit the red carpet in force. While they remain a popular dressy shoe choice of celebrities and regular women alike, are they worth the pain?
Heidi Prather, DO, Washington University chief of physical

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Marfan Awareness Month

Marfan Awareness Month

In addition to being American Heart Month, February is Marfan Awareness Month. It’s estimated that more than 200,000 people in the U.S. have the condition, which is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue that affects many organ systems, including the skeleton, lungs, eyes, heart and blood vessels.
The disorder can be difficult to diagnose,

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Brain aneurysm strikes young athlete

Brain aneurysm strikes young athlete

Evan Phelps had a wonderful Thanksgiving with his family, filled with fun and lots of food. Like the good athlete he is, he stuck to his exercise routine and went right back to the gym the Friday after to work off the turkey and pie.
What he did not expect was to have a subarachnoid

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Not If, But When: Disaster Preparedness

Not If, But When: Disaster Preparedness

In recent years, devastating tornadoes, hurricanes and fires; explosions at manufacturing plants; and mass-casualty shootings and bombings have brought home the fact that every town and city needs to prepare an effective and efficient response to a variety of community emergencies.
“St. Louis is vulnerable to tornadoes and flooding, and according to geologists, it’s pretty

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