February 29th 2020 - Dr. Fred Buckhold, Dr. Alexander Garza, & Julie Weber

Health Matters
Friday, February 28th
Dr. FRED BUCKHOLD, SLU Care general internist with SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.  The FDA has approved a non-statin drug to treat high cholesterol.  It's called Nexletol.  Who needs to take it?  How does it work?  What does it help prevent?  Dr. Buckhold says Nexletol works by inhibiting cholesterol production.  Dr. Buckhold also comments on a new study that finds electrolytes don't help as much as marathon runners may think to keep essential salt levels in balance during long runs.  Dr. Buckhold says simple water works best for re-hydration -- combined with something like potato chips.

Dr. ALEXANDER GARZA, Chief Medical Officer for SSM Health.  This has been a week of coronavirus-mania.  Dr. Garza answers our basic questions about this novel virus.  Dr. Garza previously served as the Chief Medical Officer for Homeland Security.  What is the Coronavirus?  What are the symptoms?  How is it spread?  How do you know when to see the doctor if you think you have Coronavirus?  How do we protect ourselves?  What is social distancing?

Dr. ALEXANDER GARZA, Chief Medical Officer for SSM Health.  More questions for Dr. Garza about coronavirus.  How should we prepare for coronavirus?  What should we be stocking up on?  How worried are you about our medicine supply if most of it comes from China?  Is the media over-hyping the story?  Should we wear a mask?  Does the flu shot help protect us?  What is the fatality rate?  How will our lives be disrupted if there is an outbreak here?

JULIE WEBER, director of the Missouri Poison Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.  A new study shows adults are unintentionally making it easy for young children to eat and swallow dangerous pills.  Weber  tells us how that is happening. She says parents and grandparents are taking their medications out of their bottles that have child-resistant caps.  She says pill organizers are also to blame.  Weber's tips include keeping medication in the original child-resistant packaging.  Put the container up and away and out of a child's reach.  Don't leave your medicine in your purse.