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St. Luke’s Hospital seeks nominations for Healthy Woman Award

It’s no secret that women have a direct impact on the health of their families and our community. The St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award strives to recognize and celebrate women who not only take steps to improve their own health, but also inspire better health in our community. Whether she motivates others through her own actions, empowers others to pursue better health, or devotes herself to making our community a healthier and safer place to live, individuals nominated for the St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award should work toward improving the health of her community. Healthy women can be ...

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Health Capsules: Healthier than a handshake

Healthier than a handshake When it comes to healthy greetings, fist bumps beat high-fives and handshakes hands-down, according to a study published in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. Researchers in the United Kingdom had a greeter immerse a sterile-gloved hand into a container of germs. When the glove dried, the greeter exchanged a handshake, high-five or fist bump with a sterile-gloved recipient for varying lengths of time and at varying intensities of contact. Next, researchers counted the bacteria transferred to the recipient and found that compared to the high-five, handshakes transferred almost twice as many ...

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Mature Focus: ‘Tribute to Mother Nature’

Two residents landed big wins at “A Tribute to Mother Nature,” a floral show that recently took place at Friendship Village Chesterfield (FVC), 15201 Olive Blvd. The best in show popular vote award went to Thelma Kubiak for her “Incredible Edible” entry in the fresh flower class, while Lorene Rowland racked up three first place wins in the table, dried flower and artificial classes. Laverne Brueggman and Billie Grief took first place in the small arrangement class and the wreath class, respectively. Judging and critiquing the entries was Jeanette Helland, of the Chesterfield Garden Guild, who has federated judging qualifications. ...

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Mature Focus: On the Calendar

The Chesterfield Police Department in cooperation with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) offers the AARP Smart Driver Course from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at Chesterfield City Hall, 690 Chesterfield Parkway West. The recently updated, research-based driver improvement class provides tips to adapt and compensate for changes that occur as a result of aging. Defensive driving skills, a rules of the road refresher and safety strategies also are covered. Some auto insurance carriers offer discounts to those who take the course. The class fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Reservations are required. ...

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Health Capsules: Dangerous teen trends

St. Luke’s earns women’s health honors St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield recently received the 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award from Healthgrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization. The award distinguishes the hospital as a top performer in women’s health services, including cardiac care, vascular surgery, stroke care, respiratory services, orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. To determine this year’s Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients, Healthgrades examined hospitalization records from 2010-2012 for female patients at the nation’s nearly 4,500 non-government hospitals that treat Medicare patients. This year is the sixth consecutive year St. Luke’s has been honored with the award.   Beware of ...

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Health Capsules: TLC at Mercy

TLC at Mercy A group of young adults recently orchestrated a Red Carpet Party with performances, bingo and dancing for the residents of Mercy Skilled Nursing in Creve Coeur. Through Teens Learning in the Community (TLC), an innovative summer volunteer program for teens interested in a career in health care, high school and college students learn to work as a team to complete a project to improve Mercy patient care. The fourth annual Red Carpet Party at Mercy Skilled Nursing was one of this year’s projects. The TLC program allows young volunteers to interact with medical professionals, explore non-clinical positions ...

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Mature Focus: News and Notes

Grandparent monikers Just as every new baby needs a name, new grandparents need names that their grandchildren will call them. When parenting website babycenter.com surveyed thousands of parents about their grandparental monikers, they found that more than half of today’s families opt for the traditional names: Grandma and Grandpa. Other top names reported for grandmothers included Nana, Grammy, Granny, Mimi, Gram, Nanny, Oma, Mamaw and Gran. For grandfathers, Papa, Granddad, Gramps, Pop-Pop, Poppy, Papaw, Pop, Opa and Pappy were among the most popular. Roughly one in five families surveyed came up with their own grandparent nicknames, such as Honey or ...

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Softball offers connection, strength for Eureka player diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease

Erin Lofton had been suffering from unexplained stomach pains for several weeks prior to a softball tournament in 2011. The pains were brief leading up to the game, but during Erin’s tournament, the pain wouldn’t go away. Erin’s mother, Laurie, took her to an urgent care center where she was diagnosed with a 102-degree fever, but received no answers. After two weeks of various tests and hospital visits, Erin was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract. “It definitely did change my life,” Erin said. “I went from having to take absolutely no medicine ...

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Health Capsules: Knee replacements on the rise

Knee replacements on the rise The number of total knee replacement surgeries performed in the U.S. more than tripled from 1993-2009, and excess weight appears to have fueled the demand. Observing that hip replacements doubled during the same period in which knee replacement surgeries tripled, researchers set out to find an explanation for the discrepancy. Their study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that obesity accounted for 95 percent of the higher demand for total knee replacements, with younger people most often affected. Upon review of 10 years of national data, researchers found: • Among those ...

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Mature Focus: News and Notes

‘Best Nursing Home’ U.S. News & World Report has named St. Luke’s Surrey Place a “Best Nursing Home.” The skilled nursing facility earned the highest possible rating of five stars in the publication’s ratings, which highlight the best of the nation’s nearly 16,000 nursing homes. St. Luke’s Surrey Place, located at 14701 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, features private and semi-private rooms. There are 120 skilled nursing unit beds and 20 residential rooms for those needing minimal assistance. For the annual ratings, U.S. News & World Report utilizes data from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which assigns a ...

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