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Clearing the Clouds of Cataracts -- A Patient's Success Story

Publish Date: 10/12/2017

Dr. Tsai and patentWhat if the world you could see was only as far as how many fingers were being held in front of your face? What if you couldn’t see any letters on the eye chart – at all? What if you could not recognize your wife? This describes Michael Scatizzi, a 53-year-old man who recently came to see Linda Tsai, MD, Washington University ophthalmologist and specialist in cataract surgery.

General Health

Not in Vain -- Treatment Options for Varicose and Spider Veins

Publish Date: 10/12/2017

assortment of women's legsEven the best looking legs want to run and hide when unsightly spider and varicose veins start to make themselves at home. Cosmetic appearances aside, some veins can be painful and even cause other complications. Fortunately, there are excellent treatments available to give you the confidence to show your legs again.

General Health
Varicose Veins

Battling Sickle Cell with World Class Care in Two Locations

Publish Date: 10/12/2017

young African American womanIf you or someone you know suffers from sickle cell, an inherited form of anemia, Washington University physicians want you to know that expert care and support are now more convenient than ever. The Washington University Sickle Cell care team provides exceptional medical care and support -- now in two locations.

General Health

Pregnancy Myth Busters

Publish Date: 10/12/2017

Pregnant woman eating yogurtCongratulations – you are expecting a baby! There will be no shortage of advice from well-meaning friends, relatives and yes, strangers.  To help you wade through the information overload, Eric Strand, MD, Director of Washington University’s Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, busts some of the top pregnancy myths.

Best Doctors in America 2017

Publish Date: 10/12/2017

collage of doctorsCongratulations to the Washington University physicians that have been placed on the Best Doctors List in America for 2017. Of the 1,287 physicians on the list, one out of every three Best Doctors in St. Louis is a Washington University Physician. 

The Sun's Amazing Disappearing Act

Publish Date: 8/14/2017

solar eclipseUnless you’ve been marooned on a deserted island or living in a cave for the past several weeks, it is impossible not to have heard about one of the biggest astronomical events of the decade.  The “Great American Eclipse”, or total solar eclipse, will take place on August 21, 2017.

General Health
Ophthalmology, Retina
P. Kumar Rao

A Stimulating Approach to Relieve Back Pain without Opioids

Publish Date: 6/14/2017

poppy flowerAs many as one in three Americans suffer from low back pain. Its economic impact is greater than that of heart disease and cancer combined. Doctors who treat patients suffering from back pain are exploring new approaches that help some patients avoid opioid drugs

General Health
Pain Management
Michael Bottros

Talking about Low Testosterone

Publish Date: 6/14/2017

good looking older manLow testosterone was once an embarrassing topic for men to discuss with their physicians. However, many men now seem to be more open about talking about their symptoms of low testosterone – including erectile dysfunction.

Men's Health
Nicole Ducharme

Taking the Next Step to Recovery from a Torn Meniscus

Publish Date: 6/14/2017

woman walkingYou weren’t sure when the injury happened -- your knee was stiff and swollen, you had difficulty straightening it, and walking without pain was impossible.  Rest, ice and over-the-counter pain relief did not help. Your doctor suspected a torn meniscus, and the MRI confirmed her diagnosis. What happens next?


General Health
Orthopedic Surgery

Don't Ignore that Pregnancy Itch

Publish Date: 6/14/2017

pregnant woman and doctorYou 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.

Ebony Carter
Women's Health