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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Health Capsules: July 5

Summertime safety behind the wheel For drivers in the St. Louis area and nationwide, particularly new teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 17, the summer travel season – often called the “100 deadliest days,” when teens are out of school – is the most hazardous time of year. Statistics from the American Automobile Association [AAA] Foundation for Traffic ...

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Mature Focus: July 5

More fatty acids, please While previous research has linked seniors’ dietary intake of certain polyunsaturated fats to better brain health, two new studies suggest that a wider range of fatty acids in the blood may also help to promote healthy aging and enhance cognitive abilities. The two studies, conducted at the University of Illinois, provide evidence that consuming both omega-3 ...

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Health Capsules: June 21

For men only Past research has shown that men are 25 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor over the past year, and almost 40 percent more likely to skip recommended age-appropriate health screenings. During National Men’s Health Month in June, men of all ages are encouraged to make their health a priority. The U.S. Centers for ...

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Health Capsules: June 7

Nearly 25 million American adults and children currently are living with asthma – and its incidence has been increasing in recent years, resulting in millions of emergency room visits and missed days of work and school.

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Mature Focus: June 7

Brain boost Blueberries are a known “superfood,” delivering significant amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. Recently, another item was added to the list of blueberries’ potential health benefits by researchers at the University of Exeter in England, where a small study connected drinking concentrated blueberry juice with improvements in brain function for older people. In the study, 26 ...

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