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West Newsmagazine 3-7-18

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.


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TuckerAllen LLC is a subsidiary of Lewis Rice LLC. © 2018 TuckerAllen LLC MATURE FOCUS, from page 39 period, who had not had a hysterectomy or any ovarian removal. The study determined cardiovascular and metabolic conditions that existed prior to surgery, and looked only for new onset of disease after hysterectomy. The study showed that women who had a hysterectomy without ovary removal had a 14-percent increased risk of lipid abnormalities, a 13-percent increased risk of high blood pressure, an 18-percent increased risk of obesity and a 33-percent increased risk of coronary artery disease compared to women in the control group. Additionally, women who had surgery prior to age 35 had nearly a five times greater long-term risk of congestive heart failure and a 2.5 times greater risk of coronary artery disease. “Most [hysterectomies] are done for benign reasons, because most physicians believe that this surgery has minimal long-term risks,” said Laughlin-Tommaso. “With the results of this study, we encourage people to consider nonsurgical alternative therapies for fibroids, endometriosis and prolapse, which are leading causes of hysterectomy.” In order to mitigate any type of risks associated with the surgery, Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, also suggested in a statement that “hormone therapy should be considered for added protection, because ovarian function appears to be impaired by the surgery,” in addition to identifying alternatives to hysterectomy for benign conditions. On the calendar Missouri Baptist Medical Center offers a free monthly program, Supporting the Caregiver, from 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 in Auditorium 1 on the hospital’s campus, 3015 N. Ballas Road. Learn about coping techniques for caregivers as well as how to recognize signs and risks of caregiver burnout, and get connected with resources to provide help along with caregiving journey. To register, visit or call (314) 996-5433. • • • From Failure to Success: Strengthening Your Heart’s Function, a program for those affected by a diagnosis of heart failure, is from 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at St. Luke’s Hospital’s Desloge Outpatient Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive in Chesterfield, in Building A. A multidisciplinary team of heart professionals teach proven strategies to help participants take control of their health and minimize complications of this condition. Attendance is free. Register online at • • • Join an orthopedic physician for Knee Replacement: Is It Right for Me?, a discussion about minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and other treatment options for arthritic knees. The free session is from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 at St. Luke’s Hospital, 232 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield, in the third floor conference room on the main level. Register online at • • • A Today’s Grandparents class is offered from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, 3023 N. Ballas Road, in Suite 400 of Building D. This two-hour class serves as an update for grandparents-to-be, and focuses on current trends in infant care as well as tips on local and distant grandparenting. Discussion time and a tour of the hospital’s OB division are included. Cost is $20 per person; registration is required for each grandparent attending. Register online at, or call (314) 996-5433. • • • St. Luke’s Hospital sponsors a Pelvic Health Basics: Total Control Intro Class from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31 at the Desloge Outpatient Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive in Chesterfield, in Building A [first floor, room 1]. Learn about risk factors, symptoms and treatment options for bladder control issues at this free education program. Register online at; to speak to a Pelvic Health Nurse Navigator, call (314) 205-6654. CASEfest to return in April The Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement festival [CASEfest] will return to the St. Louis area April 19-29 with its third annual lineup of arts happenings focused on older adults. The 10-day festival is presented by Maturity and its Muse, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of seniors through the arts. CASEfest events and shows, ranging from music and dance to painting, photography, film, lectures and more, will take place in dozens of venues across the St. Louis region, including many in West County. The majority of events will be free of charge. More information about CASEfest 2018 is available at Artists and potential venue operators interested in participating can contact Maturity and its Muse founder Lynn Friedman Hamilton via email at

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