The fourth trimester

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommend ongoing care for the new mom during the first three months after delivery. This special postpartum time is called the fourth trimester.

A is for ankle arthritis

Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are a number of surgical and nonsurgical treatment options available to slow the progression of the disease and relieve the pain and symptoms it causes.

The right plan of attack

You made the right decision when you went to the emergency room with classic heart attack symptoms. However, chest pain plus trip to emergency room can sometimes equal over-testing.

C. Diff – When good bacteria goes AWOL

C. diff – a diagnosis no one wants to hear. The symptoms range from mild to severe, and can sometimes last for months. They include frequent watery diarrhea, cramps, abdominal distention, dehydration, nausea and fever.

Take heart for a healthy pregnancy

Congratulations, you are having a baby! But you also have a heart condition – what do you do next? If you are pregnant and have heart disease, special care is needed during and after your pregnancy.

Healthy living speaker series

Washington University Physicians and Delmar Gardens invite you to attend free lectures on a range of medical topics that pertain to the health of people over the age of 60. The lectures are open to all ages – you might learn something that will help you, your partner or your parent.

“Mommy, Daddy, my head hurts”

For adults, an occasional headache is just a minor inconvenience. But when a child has a headache, parents often jump to conclusions and think about the worst possible diagnosis.

Field of dreams for sports rehab

St. Louis Children’s Hospital has opened the Young Athlete Center – a new interactive physical therapy center to bridge the gap between traditional rehab clinics and the real playing field.

All in the family

Washington University male infertility specialist, Dane Johnson, MD, is uniquely trained to perform vasectomy reversals in order to give couples a chance at expanding their family.

Decoding cancer cells and changing the future for treating patients

GPS is Genomics and Pathology Services at Washington University in St. Louis, a clinical molecular diagnostic laboratory in the Department of Pathology & Immunology that uses advanced DNA sequencing technology commonly known as ‘next generation sequencing (NGS).’

New mother, new baby, new sadness — Who knew?

What is the most common complication of pregnancy? If you guessed gestational diabetes or hypertension, you would be wrong. The correct answer is perinatal (postpartum) depression.

Electronic cigarettes – The new smoking

Electronic cigarettes are considered a tobacco product by the US Food and Drug Administration. The American Lung Association remains concerned about their impact on the public health, given the dramatic increase in use among youth.

Navigating through the sea of health insurance terms

Health insurance terms can be confusing. Copay, coinsurance, deductible, out-of-pocket maximum – what do they all mean? Here is a quick and easy guide to help you understand the language of health care insurance.

After Hours Pediatric Care — Now open in South County

It never seems to fail – your child is sick, the pediatrician’s office is closed and you don’t think you can wait until morning – you want a medical professional to see your child as soon as possible.

Shingles — Chickenpox all grown up?

You had chickenpox as a child and heard that it can come back as shingles when you are an adult. Has this childhood disease returned in the form of the painful rash and blisters you now have?

Opening the (bedroom) door to talk about ED

For a man with erectile dysfunction (ED), it can be difficult to admit there is a problem. Despite the popularity of effective medications, less than one in five men with ED will ask their medical professional for treatment.

The new high in blood pressure

You might have heard – there is a new “high” in blood pressure. The new guidelines were recently announced at an American Heart Association meeting. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is now defined as a reading of 130 over 80 – down from 140 over 90.

If you have the will, there is a weigh

Is losing weight your New Year’s resolution? If so, you are not alone. While everyone knows that eating less and exercising more are the healthiest ways to a slimmer you – it is not easy. However, there is a new non-surgical treatment designed to help you reach your weight-loss goal – and it begins with swallowing a balloon.

Marijuana — Not as harmless as you think

If you are a frequent pot smoker, or you know someone who is, this article is for you. There is a condition called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) — its symptoms are similar to someone who has Crohn’s disease or disease of the gallbladder or pancreas.

That not-so-healthy glow

Your teenage daughter is headed to the beach for a mid-winter break and she wants to get a start on her tan at the neighborhood tanning salon. For the sake of her health, just say no!

Best Doctors in America 2017

Congratulations to the Washington University physicians that have been placed on the Best Doctors List in America for 2017. Of the 1,287 physicians on the list, one out of every three Best Doctors in St. Louis is a Washington University Physician.

Pregnancy myth busters

Congratulations – you are expecting a baby! There will be no shortage of advice from well-meaning friends, relatives and yes, strangers. To help you wade through the information overload, Eric Strand, MD, chief of Washington University’s Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, busts some of the top pregnancy myths.

Not in vain — Treatment options for varicose and spider veins

Even the best looking legs want to run and hide when unsightly spider and varicose veins start to make themselves at home. Cosmetic appearances aside, some veins can be painful and even cause other complications. Fortunately, there are excellent treatments available to give you the confidence to show your legs again.

Clearing the clouds of cataracts — A patient’s success story

What if the world you could see was only as far as how many fingers were being held in front of your face? What if you couldn’t see any letters on the eye chart – at all? What if you could not recognize your wife? This describes, Michael Scatizzi, a 53-year-old man who recently came to see Linda Tsai, MD, Washington University ophthalmologist and specialist in cataract surgery.

Overtime win — Two orthopedic injury clinics are better than one!

Injuries are never convenient and most don’t happen during regular doctors’ office hours. That is why Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital have added a second location to the popular walk-in orthopedic injury clinic – now open in South County!

Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Abdominal pain, cramping and diarrhea – was it something you ate or maybe a nasty virus? You’d feel better for a while, but when the symptoms returned again and again, you knew something else was going on. After your doctor ruled out other possible causes, diagnostic testing confirmed you had inflammatory bowel disease or IBD.

Tired of Mono

It was the beginning of the school semester, and your son just couldn’t shake his fatigue and sore throat. He was never one to complain about being sick, so you knew it was time to see the doctor. The diagnosis was mononucleosis, or as most people call it, mono.

Breath of fresh air

“Life-changing.” Those are the words a 63-year old female patient recently used to describe the results she experienced after facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Gregory Branham, MD, corrected her deviated septum.

The sun’s amazing disappearing act

Unless you’ve been marooned on a deserted island or living in a cave for the past several weeks, it is impossible not to have heard about one of the biggest astronomical events of the decade. The “Great American Eclipse”, or total solar eclipse, will take place on August 21, 2017.

Talking about low testosterone

Low testosterone was once an embarrassing topic for men to discuss with their physicians. However, many men now seem to be more open about talking about their symptoms of low testosterone – including erectile dysfunction.