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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, diagnosis, treatment and research.   Dangerous prescriptions Teenagers who are prescribed medications to treat anxiety and sleep problems are much more likely to abuse those drugs later, compared to teens who never were prescribed the drugs, University of Michigan researchers ...

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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 common, include age, being overweight, injury or stress to joints and a family history of the disease. Speculating that regular running might contribute to OA but noting also that runners typically have a body mass index (BMI) on the lower ...

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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, task satisfaction, stress, arousal and performance in each workstation scenario and found those working at walking workstations had better satisfaction and arousal and less boredom and stress than those at sitting and standing workstations. Comparatively, those at the cycling workstation ...

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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, insights and ideas on holiday survival. Call (636) 537-3658 for additional information, or visit www.GriefShare.org.  

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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 85 and older. In a three-year period, 48 cases of pneumonia were identified among the study participants, and those who wore their dentures overnight had a little more than double the risk of contracting pneumonia than those who removed their ...

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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 patients who participate in Kids Rock Cancer have the opportunity to work with  a Maryville music therapist and create their own personal song. The child and therapist work together to compose a tune for lyrics that the child writes. The ...

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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 his wife, Delores, were among the first members of Wings of Hope’s honorary council. About 200 guests enjoyed a buffet of global culinary treats prepared by Wings of Hope President Doug Clements and other staff members. The crowd then danced ...

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Health Capsules: Mixing meds

Mixing meds The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a consumer update to remind people of the potential dangers of mixing medications and dietary supplements. According to the update, taking prescription or over-the-counter medications along with vitamins, minerals or other dietary supplements in some cases can pose a health risk because certain supplements can affect the absorption, metabolism or excretion of a medication and alter its potency. “Some dietary supplements may increase the effect of your medication, and other dietary supplements may decrease it,” said Robert Mozersky, FDA medical officer. “You may be getting either too much or ...

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Health Capsules: Mothers’ misperceptions

Mothers’ misperceptions Parents of overweight and obese school-aged children often do not perceive their kids as being at an unhealthy weight, according to a study published in the September issue of Pediatrics. For the study, researchers asked parents – primarily mothers – of children aged 6-11 if they thought their children were underweight, overweight or at just the right weight. Data was gathered in surveys taken from 1988-1994 and from 2005-2010. Compared to mothers surveyed earlier, those who were questioned from 2005-2010 were nearly 30 percent more likely to describe an obese child as being at just the right weight ...

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Mature Focus: News and Notes

Grandparents Day In 1970, Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife and mother of 15, launched a campaign to set aside a special day for grandparents. She wanted to honor the nation’s elderly folks confined to nursing homes and encourage children to realize that older people can offer them wisdom, strength and guidance. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation declaring the first Sunday following Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This year, the holiday falls on Sept. 7. Today, many of the nation’s grandparents are heavily involved in the lives of their grandchildren. According to the U.S. Census ...

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