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Brain Surgery Before Student’s 20th Birthday

Brain Surgery Before Student’s 20th Birthday

Mike Buehler just celebrated his 20th birthday. He considers health to be one of his best birthday presents: an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) was removed from his brain a couple of months ago and it will not be coming back.
An AVM is a variation of the blood vessels, usually present at birth, that can occur

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Organ donation: 10 common myths

Organ donation: 10 common myths

April is Donate Life Month, which is a good reminder of how important organ and tissue donation is to our community and around the world. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, more than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ, and a new person joins the list every 10 minutes.

Myth 1: I

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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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Advanced technology, transplant help young mother breathe on her own again

Advanced technology, transplant help young mother breathe on her own again

As an operating room nurse in her hometown of Salem, Ill., Nicole Jenkins knows what it’s like to be there to help others in a time of need. However, she wasn’t prepared to become a patient, fighting for her life. Her journey started with a 104-degree fever in September 2013. It ended with her walking

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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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