May 25th 2019 - Dr. Jennifer Wessels, Dr. Andrea Behr, Kathy Bonser, Erin Powell, & Dr. Michael Lim

Health Matters
Thursday, May 23rd
In this week's edition of Health Matters, Dr. Jennifer Wessels, SSM Health VP of Medical Affairs and a family medicine physician, comments on new WHO guidelines to prevent dementia, the benefit of brain games, high cholesterol in kids, risk of daily use of low dose aspirin, dangers of drinking soda, and the FDA approves a new smoking cessation device called IQOS. Dr. Andrea Behr, breast surgeon for SSM Health Medical Group practicing at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake Saint Louis, tells us about new mammography guidelines just released by the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She also shares her thoughts on genetic testing for breast cancer. Kathy Bonser, Regional VP of Nursing for SSM Health St. Louis, talks about the current nursing shortage now being seen not just in the St. Louis area but nationwide as well. Bonser also reflects on the nursing profession in general and the skills needed to be a good nurse. Erin Powell, System Director of Retail Health for SSM Health, discusses the innovative virtual visit program launched by SSM Health. Plus -- our health tip of the week from SLU Care Cardiologist Dr. Michael Lim focuses on the cardiac risk of being an avid sports fan.