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Low ‘good’ cholesterol common in young heart attack patients

A high level of “bad” cholesterol, or LDL-C,  has long been considered a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, because it indicates that arteries may be clogged with dangerous deposits called plaque. However, a recent small study found that men under the age of 45, and women under 50, who suffer heart attacks are far more likely to have abnormally low HDL-C, ...

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Opioids and kids

Use of opioids by young people, both accidental and otherwise, resulted in more than 188,000 calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers from January 2000 through December 2015, averaging one call every 45 minutes, according to a newly published study. Overall, most of the opioid exposures leading to those calls occurred among children younger than five years of age [60 percent] ...

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Mature Focus: free bone density/osteoporosis screenings

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Free bone density/osteoporosis screenings, sponsored by BJC of St. Charles County, are available on Thursday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Middendorf-Kredell Library Branch, 2750 Hwy. K in O’Fallon. This screening test for women will help determine personal risk of developing osteoporosis, and discuss what can be done to decrease that risk. Preregistration is required. Register online at www.bjcstcharlescounty.org ...

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Mature Focus: AARP Smart Driver Course

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An AARP Smart Driver Course is offered on Friday, May 5 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Adult and Community Education Center, 2400 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles. The course covers safe driving strategies, information about the effects of medications on driving, how to prevent driver distractions and proper use of new technologies. The cost is $15 for AARP members ...

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Mature Focus: Exercise and biological age

Exercise helps to keep one young – even at the cellular level, according to new research. A study conducted at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that older women who do little physical activity, sitting for more than 10 hours a day, have cells that are biologically older by eight years compared to women who are more active.

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Sex, drugs and the Internet; parents talk but do teens listen?

Jude Hassan, who is now clean, is the author of “Suburban Junky: From Honor Roll to Heroin Addict;” a substance abuse and drug prevention speaker; and a school and community liaison at Preferred Family Healthcare. Recently, he spoke to a crowd of parents and students at Wentzville’s Frontier Middle about issues facing teens in today’s world.

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