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Parkway recognized with wellness award

Parkway was one of 10 organizations across the United States presented with UnitedHealthcare’s “Well Deserved” award for its wellness program that produced a culture of better health in the workplace.

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Health Capsules: Aug. 9

Focus on children’s eye health With most area students returning to school later this month – which coincides with National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month – the American Academy of Ophthalmology [AAO] has issued a reminder to parents to have their children’s eyes professionally examined. Although it is recommended that vision testing begin around age 3 or 4, the AAO estimates that about 80 percent of preschool-aged children have not received this critical exam. According to the AAO, children’s developing vision is susceptible to many common problems, including refractive errors [nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism], amblyopia [lazy eye], strabismus [crossed ...

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Mature Focus: Aug. 9

News & Notes Dangerous dog days of summer With August temperatures typically rising into the triple digits in St. Louis, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses, which can hit older adults and people with chronic medical conditions particularly hard. The National Institute on Aging [NIA], part of the National Institutes of Health, offers information to help seniors recognize and deal with the potential dangers of hot summer weather. Heat illness, also called hyperthermia, is caused by a failure of the body’s heat-regulating mechanisms, and the risk for it increases with high temperatures, underlying general health ...

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Health Capsules: July 26

Researchers advance potential treatment to prevent Zika Although the mosquito-borne Zika virus currently seems to be on the retreat in the U.S. – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently lifted the last remaining travel warning for southern Florida – the virus remains a significant threat to pregnant women and their unborn children. To date, there have been no drugs or vaccines approved for use by pregnant women to protect them or their babies from Zika infection. By studying pregnant mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a common drug used to treat ...

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Health Capsules: July 19

Vaccine against heroin addiction nears human testing The first vaccine with the potential to block the “high” of heroin has passed a preclinical stage of testing in primates. The vaccine, developed at The Scripps Research Institute [TSRI], is the first of its kind against an opioid to successfully reach this phase. Researchers believe that vaccinating recovering heroin addicts against the drug’s often-deadly effects will help prevent them from relapsing back into drug use. In recent years, heroin use has become a worldwide problem, with its epicenter in the U.S. The potential vaccine works by exposing the immune system to a part ...

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Health Capsules: July 5

New BJC hospice house opens in Creve Coeur Evelyn’s House, a new BJC hospice facility located on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, opened on June 19. The 16-bed, 18,000-square-foot facility provides compassionate end-of-life care for adult and pediatric patients throughout the St. Louis area. Evelyn’s House offers an alternative to home care in special circumstances, such as the short-term management of a patient’s pain and symptoms, as well as providing respite for caregivers. The house is named in honor of Evelyn E. Newman, a community leader and philanthropist who passed away in 2015. “Evelyn’s House ...

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Mature Focus: July 5

Early Alzheimer’s indicator Coinciding with National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in June, a new study released last month by University of Southern California [USC] researchers suggests that current estimates of older Americans who are likely to develop the disease may be woefully low. Their analysis, which looked at 10 years of data, found that one in three adults over age 65 has elevated levels of amyloid protein – a brain-clogging plaque and Alzheimer’s precursor – even though their cognitive skills do not yet show any signs of disease. If Alzheimer’s prevalence estimates included this “preclinical” stage before symptoms begin, the number ...

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Health Capsules: June 21

Safe travel on two wheels More bicyclists than ever are pedaling the roadways in pursuit of fun and fitness this summer. But as biking has risen in popularity, the number of related accidents also has gone up nationwide, particularly among male riders, according to a recent study. Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that over the most recent 15-year period for which data is available, hospital admissions due to bike crashes increased by 120 percent in the U.S. Men accounted for three-fourths of those injuries. During the entire 15-year study period from 1997 to 2013, there were 3.8 ...

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