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Best Doctors in America 2019

Publish Date: 9/4/2019

group of doctorsCongratulations to the Washington University Physicians that have been recognized on the 2019-2020 Best Doctors List. Washington University Physicians has more Best Doctors than any other physician group in St. Louis.

What to expect when you are expecting ... and addicted to opioids

Publish Date: 9/4/2019

Pregnant woman looking into distanceAddicted to opioids? Addicted to opioids and pregnant?  At a time when healthcare is needed most in your life, where can you turn for help?

The answer it the CARE clinic in the Women and Infants Center where you will have access to Washington University physicians in the area’s top-rated hospitals (Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital).

No time to waste when treating necrotizing fasciitis

Publish Date: 9/4/2019

wall of colorful clocksIt was just another day working in your garden, until you scraped your leg. In just a few hours it was red and swollen, and you had a fever. You knew this was no ordinary reaction to a cut and it was time to get to the emergency room. Fortunately the doctor who examined you was quick to suspect necrotizing fasciitis, a rare bacterial infection sometimes referred to as “flesh-eating bacteria.”

Don't ignore that mouth sore

Publish Date: 9/4/2019

It felt like a canker sore on the inside of your cheek that just wouldn’t heal, but you really weren’t worried. Fortunately, during a routine dental visit, your dentist suspected something more serious and recommended you see a head and neck oncologist to rule out or confirm oral cancer.

General Health
Otolaryngology

Helping your baby's head take shape

Publish Date: 9/4/2019

baby on tummyYour beautiful baby boy just turned two months old and you noticed his head was becoming slightly misshapen. The pediatrician confirmed this and diagnosed him with deformational plagiocephaly – which means asymmetrical head shape. This condition is a result of repeated pressure to the same area of the head – it may be flat across the back or one side. What caused this and what do you do now?

Child Health
Pediatrics

Seeing the light for bladder cancer detection

Publish Date: 9/4/2019

blue light imagesBlood in your urine? Should you be worried? While the first and most common symptom of bladder cancer is often blood in your urine, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer. However, it does warrant evaluation by a urologist.

Zachary Smith
General Health
Bladder Cancer

I'm too young to have a heart attack, aren't I?

Publish Date: 9/4/2019

young woman clutching chestHeart attacks are for older men who smoke and have high cholesterol, right? The answer is, no. In fact, the face of the typical heart attack patient has drastically changed in recent years.

General Health
Cardiology
Spencer J. Melby

Robotic assistance takes most of the pain out of removing rare tumor

Publish Date: 6/13/2019

Sometimes your day just doesn’t go as planned, just ask Neil Schoenherr.

 Neil was at Barnes-Jewish Hospital being prepared for an outpatient medical procedure. He recalls, “I had already been given the relaxation medication and was literally on my way into the operating room. The doctor came out and told me there was a mass on my CT scan, he didn’t know exactly what it was yet, but they couldn’t go through with the scheduled procedure today.”

Benjamin Kozower
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From End-Stage Heart Failure to LVAD to Heart Transplant to Volunteer ... a Patient's Story to Wellness

Publish Date: 4/4/2019

Dr. Itoh and James Brooks, one week after heart transplantJames Brooks lives his life to its fullest. No one would ever guess that his family history of heart disease that took the life of his father and younger brother – came close to taking him.

The three R's ... Renew, refresh and reverse sun damage

Publish Date: 2/18/2019

pretty woman in winterSummer was fun while it lasted, but unfortunately you are now noticing the subtle aging effects the sun can have on your skin. Even with the use of sunscreens, it is hard to avoid UV exposure during the summer months. Winter is the perfect time to refresh your look with the many treatment choices designed to reverse the effects of sun damage.