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Health Capsules: Windows in the workplace

Windows in the workplace Working in an office illuminated by natural daylight is associated with a healthier lifestyle, recent research revealed. A study at Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that compared to those whose workplaces lacked exposure to natural light, people with windows in their workplaces slept an average of 46 more minutes per night, tended to be more physically active and scored better on quality of life measures related to physical problems and vitality. “There is increasing evidence that exposure to light during the day, particularly in the morning, is beneficial to your health ...

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Health Capsules: The new ‘gluten-free’

The new ‘gluten-free’ The term “gluten-free” holds more weight than it did a month ago, thanks to the implementation of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirement. In August of 2013, the FDA issued a rule defining the characteristics required for foods labeled as “gluten-free,” “without gluten,” “free of gluten” and “no gluten” and gave food manufacturers one year to bring their labeling into compliance with the rule. The ruling is important for the approximately 3 million people in the U.S. living with celiac disease, which has no cure and only can be managed by not eating gluten, a ...

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Health Capsules: Hypertension-related dementia

Hypertension-related dementia Upon review of years of data on thousands of Americans, researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine concluded that having untreated high blood pressure in mid-life appears to increase the risk of cognitive decline in old age. A study designed to track risk factors for atherosclerosis followed more than 15,000 adults for 25 years and included assessments of participants’ cognitive skills. Johns Hopkins researchers tapped into the study data, first gathered when participants were 48-67 years old, and found that compared to those with normal blood pressure readings, people with high blood pressure during midlife had a 6.25 ...

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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 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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