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Kamryn

Kamryn

On June 28, 2019, the life of Kamryn Dehn was about to change for the better. That morning, John Clohisy, MD, a Washington University physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, performed extensive surgery on Kamryn’s right hip, putting an end to more than 10 years of pain and suffering due to developmental dysplasia.

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ROBOTIC SURGERY BENEFITS LIVING KIDNEY DONORS AND RECIPIENTS

ROBOTIC SURGERY BENEFITS LIVING KIDNEY DONORS AND RECIPIENTS

BY PAM MCGRATH
IMAGE COURTESY OF BARNES_JEWISH HOSPITAL

When used to perform living-donor nephrectomy—the removal of a kidney from a living donor for transplantation into a recipient—a robotic surgery system offers a number of benefits. For example, the donor’s stay in the hospital may be shortened and recovery may happen more quickly.

Though many such donation surgeries already are being done using a minimally invasive procedure that offers living donors similar benefits, the robotic procedure allows for additional improvements.

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THE RHYTHM OF LIFE: CHRONOTHERAPY AND CANCER CARE

THE RHYTHM OF LIFE: CHRONOTHERAPY AND CANCER CARE

BY ANDREA MONGLER

Wake, sleep, repeat. Day in, day out. It’s a pattern we’re so familiar with that most of us give it little, if any, thought. The sleep-wake cycle is simply one of life’s daily rhythms. In fact, it’s one of our circadian rhythms. Put simply, circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that our bodies experience over a 24-hour cycle. They affect our sleep, our body temperature, our appetite, our hormones and more. And it turns out these daily rhythms may play a key role in cancer treatment.

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ANTI-DEPRESSANT MAY HELP TREAT COVID-19

ANTI-DEPRESSANT MAY HELP TREAT COVID-19

BY JIM DRYDEN

In a preliminary study of COVID-19 patients with mild-to-moderate disease who were attempting to recover in their homes, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have found that the anti-depressant drug fluvoxamine seems to prevent some of the most serious complications of the illness, and makes hospitalization and the need for supplemental oxygen less likely.

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PROTECTING OUR MOMS & NEWBORNS

PROTECTING OUR MOMS & NEWBORNS

BY JEN MILLER

The state of Missouri is ranked 44th in the United States for maternal mortality, according to America’s Health Rankings 2019. Missouri’s maternal mortality rate for black women is nearly three times higher than that for white women. And, according to the Missouri Foundation for Health, approximately 600 infants die every year in Missouri; 33% of those deaths occur in St. Louis and in the Bootheel, in the southeasternmost part of the state.

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