HEALTH: Best 2020 diet, Lyme Disease, and vaccines during pregnancy

Here's the top health stories for the past week.

Fred Bodimer
January 15, 2020 - 1:56 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - What are the best diet programs for the new year?  U.S. News and World Report just released it's annual list.  Registered dietician Jessica Stafford at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - Lake St. Louis has all the details.

Lots of talk about Lyme Disease this week -- as singer Justin Bieber reveals he's been battling it for years.  Dr. Fred Buckhold, a SLU Care general internist at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, tells us about signs and symptoms of the tick-borne illness.

Is it safe for a pregnant woman to get a flu shot?  SSM Health Medical Group OB/GYN Dr. Sonali Jain tells us what vaccines are safe for moms-to-be and which ones are not.

And we find out about a new way to deliver dialysis medication.  Dr. Thomas Bocchini is an interventional radiologist at SSM Health DePaul Hospital -- which is the only hospital in the nation using this new balloon approach. 

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Here is the complete rundown for this week's show:

Health Matters Presented by SSM Health -- January 11, 2020 -- 4pm KMOX

1. Dr. FRED BUCKHOLD, SLU Care general internist with SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.  A new study shows a big drop in the number of cancer deaths in the United States -- down 2.2% from 2016 to 2017.  Most of the decrease was seen in lung cancer deaths. Why?  Dr. Buckhold says it is due to a decrease in smoking, an increase in screening and advances in treatments -- including immunotherapy.  Dr. Buckhold says we need to take advantage of the HPV Vaccine, and we need to get colonoscopy and mammogram at the appropriate time.  Singer Justin Bieber says he has Lyme Disease.  What is Lyme Disease?  What are the symptoms?  What is the treatment?  Where are deer ticks found?  What about chronic Lyme Disease?  And -- what does Dr. Buckhold see as a trend in healthcare for 2020?  He says advances in cancer treatment and discussion about health care insurance during the 2020 Presidential election.

2.  JESSICA STAFFORD, registered dietician with SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - Lake St. Louis.  U.S. News and World Report is out with its annual ranking of the best diets for 2020.  For the third year in a row, The Mediterranean Diet remains as the Best Diet Overall.  What is the Mediterranean Diet?  The DASH Diet tied with The Flexitarian Diet for second Best Overall Diet.  What are those two diets?  The Best Commercial Diet is WW -- Weight Watchers.  What is WW all about?  Jenny Craig and the Nutritarian Diet are the second and third Best Commercial Diets.  The Ornish Diet is the Best Heart Healthy Diet.  What is the Volumetrics Diet?  What is the Vegan Diet?  How does that differ from a Vegetarian Diet?  What is the HMR diet? How does she feel about the Keto Diet? What factors should we consider when choosing a diet?

3.  Dr. SONALI JAIN, OB/GYN with SSM Health Medical Group. We are in the midst of the flu season.  Is a flu shot safe for pregnant women?  What vaccines are safe for pregnant women?  The flu shot and the Tdap vaccine -- to protect against whooping cough, tetanus and diptheria.  What if you already had the Tdap vaccine -- can you get it again?  Are they safe for the fetus?  What vaccinations are recommended during pregnancy -- and which ones are not?  What's the difference between vaccines that contain live viruses versus killed viruses?  How important is it for a pregnant woman to get a flu shot?  Vaccines to avoid during pregnancy include chickenpox, measles-mumps-rubella and the shingles vaccine.  Not too late to get the flu vaccine this year.  No link between autism and vaccines.

4.  Dr. THOMAS BOCCHINI, interventional radiologist with Surgical Arts at SSM Health DePaul Hospital.  SSM Health DePaul Hospital has introduced a drug-coated balloon to help ensure patients receive critical dialysis treatments without interruption. Dr. Bocchini is the first doctor in the United States to use this new approach to hemodialysis.  What is this drug-coated balloon approach?   How does it work?  How does it benefit the patient?  How common is kidney disease? What are the signs and symptoms?  How is it detected?  What are the causes?  How is it diagnosed?  What is dialysis?  What is hemodialysis?  

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