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Finding your way to fitness

Joining a gym, signing up for an exercise class, hiring a personal trainer or committing to an at-home fitness regimen all are great ways to kick-start a healthy new year, but will you still be sticking with it by the time spring break rolls around?

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Health Capsules: Infant and child safety warnings

The rate of toy-related injuries to children rose nearly 40 percent from 1990 through 2011, a study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found. Much of that increase occurred after a new type of foot-powered scooter became popular in 2000, researchers said.

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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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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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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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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 ...

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