Managing cancer pain

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How is cancer pain different than other pain?  This Wednesday, December 7 at 6:30p.m., Cancer Support Community brings interventional pain medicine doctor Gregory Smith, DO, for a free program discussing the cause of pain, treatment options, and addiction and pain management. To RSVP and for more information, call Cancer Support Community at 314-238-2000 or sign up online. […]

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World AIDS Day

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Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day.  This year, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, the Missouri History Museum, and the Ethical Society of St. Louis are partnering to reflect, remember, and celebrate the lives of those affected by the disease. Schedule of the day's events at the Missouri History Museum: 11am - 5pm -- Exhibits, Names […]

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Annual Display of Rare Anatomical Texts at the Becker Library

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On December 1st, 2016 the Bernard Becker Medical Library’s Archives and Rare Books department will host its annual display of rare anatomical atlases from 2:00pm–5:00pm in the King Center.  This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see a selection of spectacular medical works dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century up close. Some of […]

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Gratitude

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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. -Cicero Thanksgiving is a good time to remember to be grateful.  Being grateful is different from being happy: it's a decision we can choose to make, and making space for appreciation brings positive energy into our lives.  It is easier to […]

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Brainbow

Eating fresh, whole, nutrient-dense foods that span all the colors of the rainbow is good for both physical health and mental health.  Pick up a book about nutrition, or visit some of the websites below, to learn more. This page from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has links to lots of great information including this fun site. […]

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Electronic resources

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Not all of the Library's holdings are on the shelf!  You may have already discovered the neat downloadable and streaming entertainment options like Hoopla, Zinio, and Freegal, but the Library also provides access to some excellent reference sources as well as online classes.  There are three great Health & Wellness resources, as well as a source […]

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Zika vaccine in the works

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With the spread of the Zika virus, researchers are working hard to create a vaccine.  The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is supporting work on multiple potential vaccines.  The results from testing on monkeys is favorable on several possibilities, and trials on human volunteers has started on one potential vaccine.  The […]

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Reading nutrition labels

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health have put together helpful information about reading nutrition labels.  Knowing what nutrients are in a food is important for choosing healthful eating options and making smart food choices.  Visiting the links above can help you figure out the labels on your food.

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Welcome home!

Welcome to the new home for St. Louis Public Library's consumer health blog. The old site and its posts will still be available, but all new posts will be made here. One thing that's not changing is our commitment to providing helpful, engaging, and timely information for the betterment of individual and community health.

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Open enrollment begins again

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Open enrollment in the federal healthcare marketplace at healthcare.gov starts tomorrow, November 1.  You can get help from Certified Application Counselors from Affinia Healthcare in the Locust Street Atrium of the Central Library on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to noon on November 15, 22, and 29. Certified Application Counselors from Affinia will be visiting Central Library in December […]

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