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Health Capsules: ‘D’ for depression

This time of year, many people are suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that typically starts in the fall and continues through winter. Recently, researchers reviewed more than 100 articles and found a connection between SAD and low levels of vitamin D.

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Health Capsules: Calorie counts coming soon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 25 finalized new rulings regarding calorie information on menus and vending machines. The FDA has given food establishments that are part of a chain of 20 or more locations one year to “clearly and conspicuously display calorie information for standard items on menus and menu boards, next to the name or price of the item.” Similarly, within two years, operators of 20 or more vending machines must disclose calorie information for food sold from vending machines, with some exceptions.

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Mature Focus: News and Notes

Studies indicate that roughly half of women and as many as one in four men aged 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis, a disease of the bones that can result in bone fractures.

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Health Capsules: Funds to fight cancer

Funds to fight cancer World-renowned musician William Close (pictured), creator of the famed Earth Harp, performed for guests at the recent St. Luke’s Hospital “Imagine” Gala at The Chase Park Plaza. The event raised $208,000 to support St. Luke’s Center for Cancer Care, which provides care in a state-of-the-art facility featuring the latest technology and medical expertise for cancer prevention, ...

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Health Capsules: Good news for runners

Good news for runners Runners are not at increased risk of developing knee osteoarthritis and may even be at a lower risk than the general population, according to research presented this month at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful disease involving progressive damage to joint cartilage. Known risk factors for knee OA, which is ...

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Health Capsules: Walking at work

Walking at work Besides providing the physical benefits one might expect, working at a walking workstation can give mental health a boost, too. Faculty and students in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) recently evaluated 180 people who were working on computers either while seated, standing, cycling or walking. Researchers looked at workers’ levels of boredom, ...

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GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays offered at Bonhomme Presbyterian

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays will be offered from 10 a.m-noon on Nov. 15 at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, 14820 Conway Road in Chesterfield. An encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death, the seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and peers. The program features a free book with daily readings, ...

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Mature Focus: News and Notes

Sleeping in dentures Elderly people who wear their dentures to bed at night are putting themselves at increased risk for coming down with pneumonia, a recent study found. Because poor oral hygiene is a known risk factor for pneumonia in the elderly, researchers in Japan investigated various oral health behaviors and incidences of pneumonia among more than 500 adults aged ...

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Helping kids rock cancer

Sterling Bank, 16100 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield, recently hosted a Business After Hours and concert featuring Brian Owens as part of the bank’s sponsorship of the Kids Rock Cancer Salon Series. Sterling Bank is a long-time supporter of the innovative music therapy program provided at no cost by Maryville University to children with cancer and other blood disorders. Cancer ...

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Helping Wings of Hope to fly

On Saturday, Oct. 11, at its headquarters in Chesterfield, Wings of Hope honored the many supporters, donors and volunteers who help the 52-year-old humanitarian charity make a real difference in the world. The themed celebration was called “On the Road to Wings of Hope,” a tongue-in-cheek reference to the 1940s-era Bob Hope/Bing Crosby “On the Road” comedies. Hope, along with ...

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