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Fall Prevention Day is Coming

Fall Prevention Day is Coming

The fifth annual Fall Prevention Day, a free fall prevention community event, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sept. 23, behind the information desk on the third floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine. The event is part of Fall Awareness Day, which was declared by Gov. Jay Nixon and takes participants through

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Scoliosis patient breathes easier

Scoliosis patient breathes easier

For many elementary students, annual school health screenings are part of the normal routine: hearing, vision, lice, and checking for spine problems. For some, the results of the school screenings would expose nothing out of the ordinary; for others, it would reveal hidden problems or warning signs.
One year, Angela Winkler’s screening revealed her scoliosis,

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Lactose Intolerance Has Milk Alternatives Hitting Grocery Store Shelves

Lactose Intolerance Has Milk Alternatives Hitting Grocery Store Shelves

Over the past 5 years, a sizable collection of non-dairy milk alternatives have cropped up on grocery store shelves to compete with cow’s milk. As a result, it’s even easier for vegans and the lactose-intolerant to have milk with their cereal in the morning.
If you’re shopping for a milk substitute, it helps to understand the differences

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Four ways to support a breastfeeding mom

Four ways to support a breastfeeding mom

Breastfeeding may seem like it only involves mom and baby, but moms who succeed at breastfeeding agree: Everyone’s support is important! Breastfeeding has proven health benefits for moms and babies, and breast milk is the most complete source of nutrition for baby’s first year and beyond.
During World Breastfeeding Week, Barnes-Jewish Hospital would like

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Scoliosis patient from California receives spine surgery in St. Louis

Scoliosis patient from California receives spine surgery in St. Louis

Judy Saavedra from Redondo Beach, California, found herself venturing from the warmth of the West Coast to the frigid weather of Missouri to seek help to correct her lifelong spinal issues.
Saavedra’s problems began when she was a child; doctors discovered neuroblastomas, malignant (cancerous) tumors, developing on her temples and throughout her body. The biggest

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Spine Tumor Removal Helps Man Walk Again

Spine Tumor Removal Helps Man Walk Again

Professional banker and grandfather, Dennis Hesker, 62, loved spending time with his family but found he was slowing down due to the emergence of some mysterious pain in his back and shoulders in early 2012. The pain was making it difficult to do the things he loved, including playing with his grandchildren and working on

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Leave the fireworks to the experts, says eye specialist

Leave the fireworks to the experts, says eye specialist

The 4th of July is tomorrow and for many that means family, food and fireworks. But a moment of fun can quickly turn to a lifetime of dealing with a painful injury.
Each year, more than 9,000 fireworks injuries happen on average in the U.S., with roughly 1 in 8 fireworks injuries harming the eyes,

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Protect your skin from the sun’s rays

Protect your skin from the sun’s rays

With the official start of summer behind us, it’s important to remember sun safety for the entire family. Martha Laurin Council, MD, a Washington University dermatologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, has some tips for these hot and sunny summer days.
What are the dangers of sun exposure?
UVA and UVB are ultraviolet radiation types that the

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Run smart: Tips to avoid common overuse injuries

Run smart: Tips to avoid common overuse injuries

If you enjoy running, but put it off during what was a very long and cold winter, you’re not alone. As warmer temperatures have arrived to our area, it’s important to resume physical activity gradually, to avoid common foot and ankle overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis or stress fractures.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the

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Former heart transplant patient helps others

Former heart transplant patient helps others

Yesterday, Gene Ridolfi, MHA, RN, executive director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, was invited to speak at the dedication of a new apartment in St. Louis dedicated to transplant patients. A heart transplant recipient at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Larry Bonds created a foundation to fund community initiatives such as apartments for patients who

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