‘Healthy Woman’ honorees
St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield recently presented three area individuals with its 2015 Healthy Woman Award. Now in its 11th year, the award celebrates women who take steps to improve their health and also inspire better health among others in the community.
This year’s Healthy Woman honorees are:
• Debora Grandison, of Ballwin, is an advocate for the prevention and early treatment of heart disease and diabetes. After years with unexplained cardiac symptoms and multiple misdiagnoses, she was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and diabetes and now has a pacemaker. Grandison was accepted to the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinc, a competitive national program that trains and designates women to provide community education, advocacy and support on the issue of women and heart disease. She leads the WomenHeart support group at St. Luke’s and volunteers with the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.
• Lisa Hautly, of Kirkwood, left her family’s cheese business to start a wellness company where as a personal trainer and wellness consultant, she promotes a holistic approach to good health that balances physical and emotional health. She serves on the board of the Mental Health Association of Missouri and on the Citizen Advisory Taskforce for the St. Louis County Age-Friendly Communities, a global initiative designed to make communities healthier and more livable as people age.
• Shelbie Langlois, of Hillsboro, for years battled weight problems and bulimia. After her son was born, she was determined to improve her health, began exercising and learning about nutrition. She also started a blog, “Fat to Sick to Fit,” to hold herself accountable. Personal success inspired Langlois to earn certification as a personal trainer. She has helped more than 100 women improve their fitness and health, and from women she impacted and inspired, she received more than 25 nominations for the Healthy Woman Award.
The Healthy Woman Awards were presented October 8 at the St. Luke’s Hospital Spirit Girls’ Night Out.
Quality is more important than quantity when it comes to sleep, a study reported in the journal Sleep suggests.
At Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, researchers randomly assigned healthy adults to one of three experimental sleep conditions for three consecutive nights in an inpatient setting: sleep interrupted by forced awakenings, delayed bedtimes or uninterrupted sleep. Throughout the study, participants were questioned about their positive and negative emotions, such as cheerfulness or anger.
Following the second night, significant differences were noted, with participants who were forced to awaken reporting about a 30 percent reduction in positive mood and those with later bedimes reporting a 12-percent decline in positive mood.
“When your sleep is disrupted throughout the night, you don’t have the opportunity to progress through the sleep stages to get the amount of slow-wave sleep that is key to the feeling of restoration,” lead study author Patrick Finan said.
According to Finan, the study indicates that the effects of interrupted sleep on mood are cumulative, because differences in mood among the groups became apparent after the second night and continued the day following the third night of the study.
“You can imagine the hard time people with chronic sleep disorders have after repeatedly not reaching deep sleep,” he said.
More med school students
The number of students attending U.S. medical schools has reached an all-time high, surpassing 20,000 students this year, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Darrel Kirch M.D., AAMC president and CEO, attributed this year’s record number of med school applicants and enrollees to innovative education and training programs at the nation’s medical schools.
Breaking down medical school enrollments this year vs. 2014, the AAMC reported:
• The number of Hispanic or Latino students increased by 6.9 percent, reaching nearly 2,000.
• Among African-Americans, enrollment increased 11.6 percent to more than 1,500, with the number of male enrollees increasing 9.2 percent.
• Males accounted for about 52 percent of the 2015 medical school enrollment.
• Among first-time applicants this year, the number of females increased by 6.2 percent, compared with a 3.5-percent increase in first-time male applicants.
According to Kirch, lawmakers will need to “act without delay” or there will not be enough doctors to treat patients in the years ahead.
“This year’s numbers show that medical schools are doing their part to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals,” Kirch said. “To ensure that we have enough physicians to care for our growing, aging population in the face of a real and significant doctor shortage in the coming decade, Congress must also increase federal support for residency training.”
Tummy tuck troubles
Abdominoplasty – commonly know as a “tummy tuck” – was found to pose a higher risk for major complications than other cosmetic plastic surgeries, particularly when performed in combination with other procedures.
At Vanderbilt University, Dr. Julian Winocour led a study assessing the outcomes of nearly 25,000 tummy tucks performed from 2008-2013. Overall, the major complication rate was 4 percent, compared to a 1.4 percent complication rate following other cosmetic surgeries. Among patients who had abdominoplasty alone, the complication rate was 3.1 percent, but among those who had a tummy tuck in combination with another procedure, the complication rate increased considerably, reaching as high as 10.4 percent when done in conjunction with body contouring plus liposuction.
The most common major complication was hematoma (blood collection), followed by infection, blood clots and lung-related problems.
Researchers concluded that while the overall complication risk from a tummy tuck is small, the surgery “can leave a potentially devastating cosmetic outcome and pose a significant financial burden on the patient and surgeon.”
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), abdominoplasty is the sixth most common cosmetic surgery in the U.S., with more than 117,000 performed last year.
On the calendar
“Mindful Eating for the Holidays” is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 at St. Luke’s Hospital Institute for Health Education, 222 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield. The program focuses on mindfulness and its benefits regarding eating, offering several techniques to better understand one’s eating habits and modify them to reach nutrition goals. Stress eating also will be discussed. Admission is free. To register, visit stlukes-stl.com, or call (314) 542-4848.
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“Sitter Skills” is from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, 615 S. New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur. The course prepares novice babysitters for a safe and positive babysitting experience. Participants should be age 10 or older and bring a baby doll or stuffed animal to class to learn how to change diapers. A light snack is provided. The registration fee is $30. To register, call (314) 251-6220, or visit mercy.net.
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“Legal Matters and Goals of Care” is from 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, 12634 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur. An attorney presents information on advance directives, power of attorney and qualifications for assistance. A facilitator leads the group in ways to engage a loved one in conversations about their goals of care. For more information, call (314) 542-9378.
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Family and Friends CPR is from 6:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, 3015 N. Ballas Road in Town & Country. Instruction and hands-on practice in infant, child and adult CPR, first aid for choking and the use of AEDs when appropriate are featured. The class is intended for parents, grandparents and teens who babysit (ages 10-15 if accompanied by an adult) and does not include certification. The fee is $25 per person. To register, call (314) 454-5437.