Normal Aging vs. Alzheimer’s

Normal Aging vs. Alzheimer’s

You notice your mom’s memory has worsened with age. You ask yourself, “Is this normal or is there something deeper going on?” Identifying symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease compared to regular aging can be tricky, but knowing the difference is important for early intervention. Normal aging and Alzheimer’s are very different; however, both involve changes in […]
Pediatric Drowning and Prevention

Pediatric Drowning and Prevention

If you are a parent, you might feel a stab of fear when thinking about the dangers posed when your child is around water. No one wants to be afraid to take their child swimming, which is why it is better to be prepared than to be scared. Jamie L. Kondis, MD, Washington University pediatric […]
Beating the clock on ticks and tick-borne illnesses

Beating the clock on ticks and tick-borne illnesses

Weather conditions this summer are resulting in a very active tick season, especially in the Midwest. And where there are ticks, the diseases they carry are not far behind – ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, Heartland virus, and Bourbon virus. Washington University physician and infectious disease clinic medical director Thomas Bailey, MD, explains, “While […]
True or False LASIK Quiz

True or False LASIK Quiz

Vision correction can be life-changing for many. LASIK, which stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is a modern method of vision correction. Did you know that Washington University has a designated LASIK Surgery Center? Take the quiz below to test your knowledge about LASIK. For more information or to make an appointment with Washington University […]
Benefits of MyChart

Benefits of MyChart

MyChart is a convenient, secure way to manage your health information online. Wherever you are, you can take comfort knowing that you have access to your records, appointments and more. Below are some of the great features that MyChart has to offer: 1. Provider Communication You can avoid having to make repeated phone calls to […]
The Basics of Joint Replacement

The Basics of Joint Replacement

The arthritis pain in your right knee won’t go away. You’ve tried everything – pain relievers, cortisone shots, physical therapy and even stem cell therapy. Your doctor says that your best option to regain function is a replacement arthroplasty, commonly referred to as a joint replacement. If you or someone you know is considering a […]
Seven Days of Heart Self-Care

Seven Days of Heart Self-Care

In honor of American Heart Month this February, we challenge you to give some love to your heart. Here is a seven day self-care plan that is sure to get you on the road to improving your heart health: 1. Healthy Eating for Your Heart Everyone has heard that they need to eat healthier, but […]

Don’t ignore that pregnancy itch

You expected some discomfort in your last trimester, but the itching of your hands and feet was more than you could stand. You felt silly calling the doctor, but after she listened to your symptoms, she wanted to see you right away. You had cholestasis of pregnancy.
Hernias large or small … can happen to anyone

Hernias large or small … can happen to anyone

The bulge in your stomach started small, so you ignored it and hoped it would go away. Unfortunately, over time it became larger and more painful. You have all the classic signs of a hernia — it is time to see a doctor. What is a hernia? A hernia is caused by a weakening or […]
Oh, baby!

Oh, baby!

Congratulations, you are having a baby! So many things to do to get ready for the newest addition to your family. Outfitting the nursery, stocking up on diapers, selecting that perfect stroller and car seat … and everything in between. But THE most important choice is your pediatrician. Marie Batty, MD, a Washington University pediatrician […]