ST. LOUIS — Laura Klaus doesn’t dwell on the brain aneurysm that ruptured and almost killed her half a year ago.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Medical updates are no longer hushed discussions held behind closed doors. They’re going viral. And they’re increasingly being shared with family, friends and, sometimes, digital strangers.
CHICAGO — Like the other fourth-graders at King Lab, Jennifer Dreller's daughter was discreetly weighed during gym class as part of a routine fitness assessment at the Evanston, Ill., school. But the experience took a toll on the 10-year-old's self-esteem, her mother recently told a panel of health experts.
CHICAGO — Fred Y. Sasaki put on a red tie and his gray suit.
LIMA — Standing inside the YMCA Lima lobby Wednesday morning, Lima Mayor David Berger began complaining of chest pain, nearly doubled over.
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the world’s most glamorous women had an operation that once was terribly disfiguring — removal of both breasts. But new approaches are dramatically changing breast surgeries, whether to treat cancer or to prevent it as Angelina Jolie just chose to do. As Jolie said, “the results can be beautiful.”
LIMA — For Joyce Burton, although she appears healthy, lupus has affected her everyday life.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jared Sieling’s first experiment was on his diet.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — If you can stand straight with your knees together and see a space between your upper thighs, you have what thousands of teen girls are willing to starve themselves for.
RALEIGH, N.C. — A small gesture by a big-time quarterback inspired Maura Horton to start her own business — and to help her husband in the process.
Diana Wieser has listened supportively to melanoma patients who are visibly upset. She has asked about symptoms that could be a sign that the cancer has returned, about family history of cancer.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At one time or another, Jana Begor has tried most of the commercially advertised diets, not to mention the grapefruit diet and the cabbage soup diet. She became a vegan. She tried the raw food diet.
Given how often they’re on the floor, occasionally inside a public restroom, it should come as no surprise that a third of women’s purses crawl with E. coli.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Sitting in a booth at the La Palma Chicken Pie Shop in Anaheim, Calif., takes you back to a time long before Starbucks.
LIMA — In an annual nationwide survey looking at who’s healthiest in Ohio, Putnam and Mercer counties ranked highest in the region, and Allen County had the most improved ranking regionally.
HACKENSACK, N.J. — A 20-year-old diagnosed with HIV or AIDS today can expect to live 50 years, due to groundbreaking advances in treatment since the discovery of the virus 30 years ago.
My husband hasn't seen a doctor in at least five years. His last visit came when I insisted on taking him to the emergency room for help extracting a shard of wood he'd accidentally stepped on. Dave, a former athlete in his early 40s, is a fit, healthy nonsmoker. He's never had an annual physical, and he doesn't see any need to start now.
If co-workers and family members are coming down with infections this winter, you may be tempted to turn to an anti-bacterial soap for protection.
During this season of Lent, many people will follow tradition and make fish a bigger part of their diets.
LIMA — In the spirit of American Heart Month this February, many are likely trying to better their hearts, by doing things like eating low-fat foods and incorporating daily cardio routines. However, another big factor to developing heart problems is hidden in all sorts of foods: it’s salt.
Even if your teeth look white and pearly and have no cavities, symptoms in your mouth could spell trouble for other areas of your health. "If your eyes are a window into your soul, your mouth is a gateway into your health," says Sanda Moldovan, DDS, MS, CNS, a Beverly Hills periodontist.
PALM BEACH, Fla. — Soon after Scott Ebert had his arthritic right hip replaced at 48, he felt so much better he named his new puppy Stryker, after the cool-sounding brand of his hip implant.
LIMA — Tom Schimmoller is one of the luckier people with heart trouble — he took preventative measures in order to have a healthy heart again.
LIMA — While the East Coast deals with hospital overcrowding, quarantines and a flu-like epidemic, Allen County officials say it’s not likely the outbreak will get that serious here.
CHICAGO — Biologist Daniel Smith crouched in an empty patient room at the new University of Chicago hospital and dragged a white cotton swab across the gleaming tile.
A lady walks into a party and has one glass of champagne. She’s what public health experts call a moderate drinker.
LIMA — The facility responsible for the deadly meningitis outbreak in late 2012 was known as a “compounding pharmacy.”
If sugary sodas are as bad for you as nutritionists and, increasingly, officials nationwide insist, it stands to reason a drink containing a sugar substitute might be better for you, right? Not so fast! Studies of diet soda’s health impact are delivering mixed messages.
DALLAS — Dr. Alan Menter has found his passion in a disease that is red and itchy, a disease that gets sufferers kicked out of public swimming pools, a disease that controls wardrobe and intimacy and can lead to a host of other health problems.
LIMA — Over the years many sources have revealed that perhaps people born during the Baby Boom — the eldest of which are now well into “senior” status — are healthier than others in any generation before them. However, as they age are they still as spry as all the predictions, or are there health concerns that could affect their quality of life?
LIMA — Flu season has begun early this year.
The holiday season can be a minefield for those who battle with weight issues.
BLUFFTON — Like many Americans, Carrie Mast wanted to see more out of her health-care provider.
Want to get your family off on a healthier track? It doesn’t have to mean radical change.
LOS ANGELES — When he died in 1974, George Abraham Simmons left a bulky legacy: boxes and boxes of drugstore pills, salves and potions — enough to fill multiple cargo containers.
LIMA — For those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss, the feeling stays with them.
LOS ANGELES — Anthem Blue Cross wants people to eat better. And to help its members make more healthful food choices, the insurance giant is sending out money-saving coupons.
LIMA — Jodi Jarvis is one that doesn’t take life for granted. The Waynesfield resident keeps a sunny disposition, despite the kidney scares she’s had over the past few years.
The fine print and the jargon and the tiny language changes — it’s all stuff that makes choosing the right Medicare plan maddening. But a beefed-up federal five-star rating system for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans may make the choice a whole lot easier this year.
Flu season is officially here, and the “Flu shots today”
AKRON — Cherry Dudley is a human guinea pig. She does it for the betterment of humanity, socialization, a few bucks and a periodic chuckle.
SAN FRANCISCO — It’s not yet a perfect match, but the relationship between Internet users and online health information appears to be growing serious.
LIMA — A study released this week shows adult obesity rates in America could approach or top 60 percent in the coming decades. A local group, however, is working on finding ways to make sure that doesn’t happen locally.
C HICAGO — Harlan Didrickson was a model of middle-class stability.
LIMA — Harold Wollenhaupt gets a lot of attention when he attends the Lima YMCA’s Parkinson’s exercise class.
When Jim Gubbins finally got the job he’d been working toward for 12 years, he was a very happy man.
To really get a patient’s attention, say doctors, you must start from where they are.
N EWPORT NEWS, Va. — “She has changed the way we think about pain.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Thinking back to the summer his shoulder shut down, Scott Elsass now can easily understand why. The Eden Prairie, Minn., tennis player chuckled as he explained how he hit balls several hours, every day, for six straight weeks. Worn out, at age 16. The repetitive motion of hitting serves over and over during his sophomore summer led to a shoulder injury that required nearly a year of healing. A nationally ranked player at age 14, he limped through the remainder of his high school career this spring and battled back to the state tournament finals in June.
NEW YORK — In 1976, as a 24-year-old grad student, Samira Beckwith was diagnosed with the thing people still whispered about: cancer.
Check out the 2012 West Central Ohio Medical Directory Spring/Summer Edition.
See the schedule of events for Lima's Community Wellness Day.
Print a race registration form for the Community Wellness Day.
(CUTLINES)Photos by H. LORREN AU JR / Freedom News ServiceJonas Dalidd had a hard time finding resources about additives and preservatives, so he created his own — BeFoodSmart.com — with his sister, Dina Clapinski.BeFoodSmart.com looks at commonly consumed foods' ingredients, like the sweeteners often found in ice cream.As a young boy, Jonas Dalidd learned to read food labels in the grocery store when his mother told him he could pick any cereal he wanted — as long as it didn't contain sugar.But as a health-conscious adult, Dalidd struggled to decipher the ingredients commonly found in processed foods. So he came up with a website that would define and rate food ingredients in simple language.“I would read ingredients that I couldn't understand and I could never find a good resource on the web,” said Dalidd, who lives in Aliso Viejo, Calif.. “Instead of just searching Google for each individual ingredient, I wanted one website. I wanted a permanent solution for my queries.”In September, Dalidd, 32, an engineer at a software company, launched BeFoodSmart.com with his sister, Dina Clapinski, a stay-at-home mom in Santa Barbara, Calif.The free site allows users to search for some of the most commonly used additives and preservatives for a quick look at potential health risks, countries that have banned the ingredient or require warning labels, and a list of references.The site explains how ingredients are most commonly used. For instance, polysorbate 80 is a thickener found in cake mix and salad dressing, and butylated hydroxyanisole is a preservative found in instant mashed potatoes and cereal. Dalidd also designed the search function to find the inevitable misspellings that come from such names.In a recent month, Be Food Smart had 14,000 page views from 6,000 visitors. Most users are American, but they also come from Canada, Australia and the U.K. The siblings have made a small amount of money from advertising.While Dalidd handles the technical side, Clapinski, 34, does most of the research and writing.She assigns a letter grade to each ingredient based on health effects. In the category of sweeteners, honey gets an A. Stevia, made from the leaves of a South American plant, earns a B, while sugar is a C. Splenda and high-fructose corn syrup both get Ds.In general, the cheapest processed foods contain the worst ingredients.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans spend 5.7 percent of total income on food, while in Europe, the percentage ranges from 9 to 17. In 1970, Americans spent nearly 14 percent of their income on food.Clapinski said American food manufacturers use different ingredients for the overseas market in response to public demand or regulation. For instance, food makers selling in the European Union have stopped using certain food colorings rather than include warning labels that they have been linked to hyperactivity in children.“I've tried to rewire my brain to just spend more money on food,” Dalidd said.Clapinski recently inquired at the Starbucks counter about what type of sweetener is used in a lime refresher drink. When the barista didn't know, Clapinski eyeballed the label herself to see sugar and stevia before placing her order.Gerri French, a registered dietitian in Santa Barbara, volunteered to serve as an adviser after seeing the site. She said she really likes the content and neutral tone and wanted to help lend some professional credibility to the effort.“I think it's pretty smart and simple,” she said. “I think it's an important message.”French said she recommends that users check the ingredients for the foods they eat most often. She said consumers need to continually stay abreast of new information. For instance, she said high maltose corn syrup is a synthetic sugar that sounds less harmful than high fructose corn syrup, even though it's not any healthier.“The food industry keeps wanting to change things because they know people are getting savvy to it,” she said. “We need to be educated consumers.”Website users say they appreciate having the resource.Amanda Marie, a vocalist living in Seal Beach, Calif., likes to browse the Be Food Smart website, which she bookmarked a couple of months ago. Marie, 30, searches ingredients in her pantry as well as chemicals in beauty products.“Now I really know what's in a food,” Marie said.“It's user-friendly, it's easy to navigate. One thing I love is the possible health effects. It's crazy to see what we don't know as consumers.”