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West Newsmagazine 4-11-18

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

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34 I HEALTH I 314.548.2999 silverliningstl.com April 11, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE Health and Wellness Boutique A unique combination of yoga classes, health practices, shopping and education for healing purposes. Wellness Products • Essential Oils • Supplements • Crystals Boutique • Clothes • Books • Jewelry Teachings • Nutrition Counseling • Spiritual Healing • Mindfullness @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM 13418 Clayton Rd • Town & Country, MO (downstairs behind Straubs) The health hazards of heavy drinking are highlighted during the month of April, designated as Alcohol Awareness Month. health capsules By LISA RUSSELL Spotlighting alcohol-related dangers – to young and old alike Every April for the past three decades, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence [NCADD] has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public focus on the problems related to alcohol and other drug use and dependence in the U.S. This year’s theme, “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage,’” is primarily focused on parents who often see underage drinking as just another part of their children’s transition to adulthood. Instead of looking the other way, parents who have conversations with their kids about the potential dangers of alcohol and drugs can reduce their likelihood of using them by as much as 50 percent, according to the NCADD. “Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people, and parents can make a difference,” said Andrew Pucher, NCADD president and CEO. “The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it. That’s why it is so important to help your child make smart decisions about alcohol and drugs.” • • • One of the alcohol-related decisions all young people face, which recently was investigated in a study conducted by researchers from the National Institutes of Health, is whether to get into a car driven by someone who has been drinking. Alarmingly, about one-third of recent high school graduates in the study said they had ridden with a substance-impaired driver. The study also found that during the first two years after high school graduation, 23 percent of young adults had ridden with a marijuana-impaired driver at least once, while 20 percent had knowingly ridden with an alcohol-impaired driver and 6 percent had ridden with a driver who was under the influence of other drugs. The authors noted that having ridden with an impaired driver in the past was linked to a higher risk of doing so in the future, as well as of driving while impaired themselves. For those in the study who attended a four-year college, living on campus increased their likelihood of riding with an impaired driver. The researchers gathered data from the NEXT Generation Health Study, which took place over seven years and included more than 2,700 U.S. adolescents starting at grade 10, to reach their conclusions. Their results were published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. • • • A second recent study, which focused on people at the other end of the age spectrum, found that alcohol use disorders are the biggest preventable risk factors for all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. Conducted in France, the study included people who had been diagnosed with mental and behavioral disorders or chronic diseases attributable to long-term alcohol use. Of the 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia found in those under age 65, 57 percent were related to chronic heavy drinking. [The World Health Organization defines that as consuming four to five drinks per day on average for men, and three drinks per day for women.] Alcohol use disorders were also linked with other independent risk factors for dementia onset, including smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. The study showed significant gender differences for early-onset dementia. While the overall majority of dementia patients in the study were women, almost two-thirds of all those suffering from early onset of the disease were men. As a result of the strong relationship between heavy drinking and dementia found in this study, its authors suggested that public health efforts including screening and short-term treatment for alcohol use disorders should be considered, to reduce the burden of brain disease caused by alcohol use. “Alcohol-induced brain damage and dementia are preventable, and known-effective preventive and policy measures can make a dent into premature dementia deaths,” said study co-author Dr. Jürgen Rehm. Rehm added that, on average, alcohol use disorders shorten life expectancy by more than 20 years, with dementia being one of the leading causes of death among heavy drinkers. Labor induction may reduce need for cesarean deliveries Inducing labor in healthy first-time mothers during their 39th week of pregnancy may reduce their likelihood of requiring a surgical cesarean delivery, and may also have other health benefits for both mothers and babies, according to a recent National Institutes of Health [NIH] study. Current medical guidelines recommend against inducing labor prior to 41 weeks without a medical reason for women in their first pregnancies. The NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [NICHD] funded this study to determine whether induction at 39 weeks is beneficial or harmful compared to its current policy of “expectant management,” where doctors wait for labor to begin naturally and intervene if problems occur. Mothers whose labor is induced at 39 weeks’ gestation may have a lower risk of cesarean birth, according to the National Institutes of Health. For the study, more than 6,100 first-time mothers in the NICHD network were randomly assigned to either induced labor at the 39-week mark or to an expectant management group. Cesarean delivery was found to be less frequent in the induced labor group [19 percent] compared to the expectant management group [22 percent]. In addition, maternal health problems including preeclampsia and gestational hypertension occurred in 9 percent of the induced group, compared to 14 percent of the expectant management group. Among their newborns, 3 percent of babies in the induced group needed respiratory support during their first three days of life, compared to 4 percent in the expectant management group. See HEALTH, page 36

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM April 11, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I 35 Public Hearing May 7, 2018 A public hearing is scheduled before the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Ballwin on May 7, 2018 at the Donald “Red” Loehr Police and Court Center, 300 Park Dr. Ballwin, MO 63011, at 7:00 P.M. A petition from WAW Inc. requesting a Simple Lot Split Plat Approval of 15225 and 15233 Manchester Road For more information call: The Ballwin Zoning Hot Line at (636) 207-2326 or the Ballwin Government Center at (636) 227-9000 (voice), (636) 527-9200 (TDD), 1-800-735-2966 RELAY MISSOURI. Residents of Ballwin are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in the programs and services of the City of Ballwin regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, familial status, national origin or political affiliation. If one requires an accommodation, please call the above numbers no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third business day preceding the hearing. Offices are open between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Andy Hixson, Director of Development and Assistant City Administrator 14811 Manchester Rd. Ballwin, MO, 63011