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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 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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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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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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