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Mature Focus: On the calendar

On the calendar

Legal Matters and Goals of Care, an information session presented by BJC, is on Tuesday, June 13 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, 3015 N. Ballas Road, in Auditorium 1. An attorney will present information on advance directives, powers of attorney and qualifications for assistance, and a facilitator will lead a discussion on ways to engage seniors in conversations about their goals and plans for long-term care. To register, call (314) 996-5433. • • • An AARP Smart Driver Course is offered on Wednesday, June 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital, 222 S. Woods Mill ...

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Going ‘gluten-free’ could raise health risks for some

Among those who do not have celiac disease or any known sensitivity, gluten also seems to have gotten a bad rap in recent years – the number of Americans who follow a gluten-free diet for perceived health reasons has tripled since 2009, according to national nutrition statistics.

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Spotting melanoma

This year the American Academy of Dermatology has launched a SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign, called “Check Your Partner. Check Yourself,” to encourage women to look over both their own and their partner’s skin once every month for signs of skin cancer.

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Asthma update

As the U.S. marks national Asthma Awareness Month in May, efforts to better understand the causes and improve treatments for this chronic, and sometimes fatal, respiratory disease continue. Missouri is particularly hard-hit by asthma, especially the state’s children.

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Area hospitals receive top marks for safety

Four hospitals in West County received “A” safety grades for the spring of 2017 from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit dedicated to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system.

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