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Lake Saint Louis blood drive to honor Anna Dennis

Anna Dennis is a young cancer survivor who fought leukemia for over two years. During her treatments, she received numerous blood and platelet transfusions. Organizers say Dennis would not have survived without these transfusions.  

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Health Capsules: Nov. 1

Barnes-Jewish kidney transplant program passes 5,000 mark Surgeons on the transplant team at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center recently performed their 5,000th adult kidney transplant. The successful surgery, performed on a male kidney failure patient who received a living donation from his wife, marks a significant milestone for the program, which is one of the oldest and largest in the nation as well as one of the highest-ranked in terms of excellent patient outcomes. “We are honored to have taken care of 5,000 kidney patients over more than 50 years and look forward to having a positive impact on ...

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Health Capsules: Aug. 9

NICU opens at Progress West Hospital Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon recently debuted a Newborn Intensive Care Unit within its Childbirth Center. The unit, staffed with a team of neonatologists, pediatricians and maternal fetal medicine specialists from Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, enables the hospital to provide care for premature babies born as early as 32 weeks’ gestation. It features eight newborn ICU beds and offers state-of-the-art technology, as well as a unique layout that promotes family-centered care. “We are so excited to be able to keep complicated infants and premature infants right here in St. Charles County – ...

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Mature Focus: Aug. 9

Essential oils for menopause Mainstream medicine is only beginning to seriously study the effects of essential oils, which are made from fragrant essences found in certain plants and are rapidly rising in popularity as a non-pharmaceutical treatment for a wide variety of health problems. Although research on their effectiveness is currently limited, some studies suggest that certain essential oils may help reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Supporters of essential oils report that diffusing them in water for aromatherapy is enough to get good results. Essential oil diffusers for that purpose are widely available at stores and online. The oils ...

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Health Capsules: July 19

Safe travel on two wheels More bicyclists than ever are pedaling the roadways in pursuit of fun and fitness this summer. But as biking has risen in popularity, the number of related accidents also has gone up nationwide, particularly among male riders, according to a recent study. Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that over the most recent 15-year period for which data is available, hospital admissions due to bike crashes increased by 120 percent in the U.S. Men accounted for three-fourths of those injuries. During the entire 15-year study period from 1997 to 2013, there were 3.8 ...

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