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Women’s Hand and Nail Care

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Taking care of your hands and nails is as important as taking care of the skin on your face. It is often said that your hands reveal your true age, and that’s because the skin on your hands loses its firmness over time, leaving them susceptible to wrinkles, sun spots other signs of aging. Yet your hands often don’t get the attention they deserve. By following a few simple steps every day, you can keep them looking and feeling young and supple.

Washing your hands is a great way to curb the spread of germs. But some soaps can irritate your skin

Dermatologist Amy Derick, MD, of Barrington, Ill., recommends using a moisturizing liquid cleanser to wash hands if you have normal skin. If you prefer bar soap, look for moisturizing soap made with ingredients such as glycerin, petrolatum, sunflower oil, and soybean oil.

Moisturizers and Hand Creams

One of the best things you can do for your hands, especially as you get older, is to moisturize them throughout the day and before you go to bed. Any cream or lotion will do, but creams made for the hands have some advantages. One of the major ones is that they are usually non-greasy and quick absorbing.

Moisturizing creams can, at least temporarily, make your hands look plumper and more youthful by drawing water into the skin. For plumping, look for hand creams containing hyaluronic acid, which gives skin support and body. To moisturize the skin of your hands, look for hand creams with petrolatum, glycerin, shea butter, or safflower seed oil.

Be sure to buy hand cream with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher, to protect your hands from sun damage.

Take Care of Your Cuticles

Just like your hands need to be moisturized, so do your nails. While you have the moisturizer out, rub a little into the base and sides of your nails, including the cuticles, the protective barrier between your nails and the skin underneath. Moisturizing your nails and cuticles keeps those areas more pliable and less at risk for cracking, tearing and hangnails, which can open the door to skin infections. If your cuticles are very dry and prone to tears, you may want to consider applying nightly cuticle oil to offer an extra dose of moisture.

Wear Gloves During Chores

When it comes to taking care of your hands, gloves offer two great benefits. Water, especially hot water, can strip your skin of its own natural oils, leaving your hands and nails dry and chapped. Exposure to the chemicals found in some cleaning products can cause contact dermatitis, which is a skin reaction that results in redness, itching and dryness. Wearing a pair of the cotton-lined rubber gloves while you clean minimizes your contact with both water and chemicals, keeping hands shielded while you work.

Remove Polish

A fresh coat of nail polish adds a pop of color to your hands, but you don’t want to leave it on for too long. In addition to unsightly chips, an old coat of polish (especially if you tend to prefer darker shades) can cause discoloration or yellowing and weakening of your nails. Aim to keep polish on for no longer than a week, and remove it with a cotton pad and non-acetone polish remover, which is gentler on nails than remover with acetone. Soak a cotton pad with remover then hold it on your nail for at least 10 seconds, then swipe upward toward the tip of your nail. This is less irritating to your nails and cuticles than rubbing vigorously in all directions. Once your nails are polish-free, check them for any irregularities, such as white spots, vertical lines or dark streaks. These changes can be caused by a variety of factors, from injury to certain diseases including melanoma, so they should not be ignored.

File Your Nails

When it comes to the best length for your nails, think of yourself like Goldilocks with her porridge: Nails that are too long are more likely to split or tear, as well as harbor bacteria, while nails that are too short may not adequately protect your fingertips. Aim for nails that are “just right,” with tips that extend two to three millimeters beyond your fingertips. File nails in one direction only—using a sawing motion can create microscopic tears that make nails more likely to split.

A Lesson On Life

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Maddie Urhahn is a typical college freshman at Missouri State University – she studies, joined a sorority, is getting involved in campus ministry, exercises and hopes to find a few other extra curriculars as time goes by. But she possesses an a typical college freshman attitude of “don’t take anything for granted,” because of the life-threatening experience she had in high school.

Maddie was a year-round high school athlete at Notre Dame Regional High School in Springfield, MO, having played softball, basketball and soccer from a very young age. Then during soccer season her freshman year, she fainted on the field.

Although she had been seeing doctors about dizzy spells, this fainting episode took things to the next level of testing. “I had to wear a heart monitor and they figured out that my heart would just stop beating sometimes,” she says.

The monitor revealed that Maddie’s abnormality involved some kind of electrical problem in Maddie’s heart and it would stop beating for as long as nine seconds with no apparent explanation. She was told she would need surgery to implant a pacemaker – at 14. “It was a shock,” she says. ‘It freaked me out, mainly because I didn’t know if I would be able to keep playing sports. That was my main concern.”

But true to her competitor’s nature, she continued to play summer softball on a traveling team in the months leading up to her surgery, even participating in a game the day prior to the operation at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Her doctors would not confirm whether she’d be released to play sports again until after the surgery, but things went well enough and she was released with no restrictions to play again when her sophomore year commenced.

“Those weeks when I was sitting out, waiting to hear if I’d get to play again, I realized that I shouldn’t ever take anything for granted,” Maddie says. “I decided to always give my absolute best to everything.”

Maddie had a great sophomore year in all three sports and was ready to be a starter her junior year when a blood clot in her shoulder sidelined her again.
Blood thinners to break up the clot meant she had to sit the bench – a position for which she was unaccustomed.

“Having that happen to me again, watching my team play without me – the only thing that kept me going was that I had told myself I wouldn’t take anything for granted, that I would remember how lucky I was to be here.”

The blood thinners dissolved the clot, but it returned, so her doctors decided to leave it place and her body created pathways around it. Leaving it meant Maddie would have be very aware of any signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, but it was a risk she was willing to take to remain a competitor. Once again, her doctors gave their blessing and she returned to sports.

When Maddie graduated from Notre Dame in 2016, she had played all three sports all four years of high school.

“I guess when all that started, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to say that, so looking back, I’m grateful,” she says. “My teammates and coaches were really supportive and it turned out to be a really good life lesson.”

Today, Maddie continues to have annual checkups with her heart doctor and bi-annual checkups with the technician to make sure her pacemaker is still working properly. She is an athletic training major at Missouri State with plans to attend graduate school for a degree in physical therapy.

“I want to help people and I certainly know what it’s like to be the patient and I think I’ll be able to be an encouragement to patients because of that,” she says.

30-Day Plank Challenge

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Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

If you’ve never done a plank, it might look easy. In fact, you might think it’s too easy to enjoy improved muscle tone and stronger abdominal muscles. But looks are deceiving. Holding a plank position requires strength, stability and endurance in your core muscles.

If you perform this simple yet effective exercise daily, you may experience changes to your abs, back and glutes you didn’t expect. When you incorporate a few variations to the position, you’ll discover muscles in your back and abdominals you’d forgotten were there.

Activating and strengthening your core muscles gives you an added advantage as you age. The exercise has gained increasing popularity with fitness trainers for good reason. It just works.

6 Benefits to the Plank Position

The plank is more efficient that doing crunches. During crunches you are working just the abdominal muscles responsible for flexion and not the oblique muscles or those controlling your back. There are six specific benefits to using the plank position and the variations described below.

  1. Tight Abs

Planks lay the groundwork for tight abdominal muscles so you look better in your clothes and your bathing suit. To get those ripped six-pack abs you also need to shed the layer of fat over the muscle. However, you don’t need to shed the fat to enjoy the rest of these benefits.

  1. Strong Core

Strong muscles more easily defend your abdominal organs and help you to breathe easier. Your diaphragm is located just under your rib cage. You pull the diaphragm down with your abdominal muscles, which creates negative pressure in your lungs and draws air in.

Breath control is one method of reducing your stress level and decreasing the stress hormones your body may secrete.  The benefits of stress reduction range from better heart health to improved work performance and better-quality sleep.

  1. Back Support

Strengthening your back muscles reduces the likelihood of a back strain or back injury.  Between 60 percent to 80 percent of people living in the U.S. will suffer from low back pain  at some point in their life.

It is the second most common reason people go to the doctor.  Developing a strong core may protect your back from injury and pain.

  1. Balance and Posture

Good balance and posture are important to your overall health and wellness. Balance helps you control and maintain your body position when you’re sitting, standing and moving. Good posture reduces upper back pain and overstretched muscles from rounded shoulders and slumping forward.

  1. Improved Performance

A strong core will improve your athletic performance and your ability to do your daily tasks. When you do planks regularly, you’ll likely find it’s easier to move through your day without stress or pain.

  1. Improved Mental Strength and Mood

Maintaining a plank position for two to three minutes requires both physical and mental strength. However, you don’t start by holding the plank for three minutes! As you work your way through the 30-day plank challenge, you’ll overcome mental and physical challenges to maintain the position, but at a rate you can handle.

With each small hurdle you overcome, you may develop greater mental strength and can use the knowledge of your victories to overcome other challenges in your day. Exercise and strength training also elevate your mood and help you to experience more joy each day.                       

 Your Basic Plank Position:

All About the Rules of Posture

The plank exercise is done in a push-up, or modified push-up, position. The essential piece of the puzzle is how you maintain the position of your back and lower body in straight alignment. The rules of posture during a plank are:

Shoulder, buttocks and legs in a straight line Buttocks not higher or lower than your back Head in neutral position looking approximately 8 to 12 inches in front of you
Abdominal and gluteal muscles tight Shoulder blades pulled down Lower back in neutral position without excess or reduced lower back curvature

Planks are done on the floor, on your forearms, with your elbows shoulder-width apart. You are on your toes, with your back straight, your abdominal and buttock muscles tight. You will look like you’re doing a push-up, but on your forearms instead of your hands.

Variation Beginner Intermediate Advanced
Basic plank Stand approximately 3 feet from a wall. Press your hands into the wall, elbows straight, weight on your toes and hold for 30 seconds. You may also do this on the floor with your hands flat to the floor and knees bent. Done on the floor with either your hands flat to the floor or bearing weight on your forearms in the standard plank position. Hold this position for two minutes. Done on the floor, bearing weight on your hands or over your forearms. Place your feet on a chair or a bench so your body is in a decline position.
Up/Down Plank Start on the floor on your knees in straight-arm position.


Next move to your forearms, hold for two to three seconds and move back to a straight arm position. Up and down is one repetition.

Done on the floor in the basic plank position.

Move from straight arms to your forearms bearing your weight.


Hold for two to three seconds and then go back up to a straight arm position. Up and down once is one repetition.

With your hands on the floor in a straight arm position, put your feet on a bench or chair so your body is in a decline position.


Move to your forearms, hold for two to three seconds and then back to a straight arm position. This is one repetition.

Planks With Leg Raises Start on the floor with your knees bent and in the straight-arm position.


Pull one leg up toward the ceiling as if a string is pulling your leg from behind the knee.


Hold for one or two seconds and bring it back down. Repeat with the other leg. This is one repetition


The same movement as the beginner exercise, except you are starting from the standard plank position on your forearms. The same movement as the intermediate exercise, except your hold your leg up for 30 to 60 seconds and repeat with your other leg.
Plank Knee Crunch Place your hands flat on a chair or bench, placing your body in the plank position, bearing your weight on your toes.


Bring your right knee to your right elbow and return to the start position. Repeat with your left leg. This is one repetition.

Start on the floor in the straight-arm position, on your toes.


Bring your right knee to your right elbow and return to the starting position. Repeat with your left leg. This is one repetition.

Start on the floor straight-arm position.


Bring your right knee to your right elbow and return, quickly repeat with your left leg.

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Take Your 30-Day Plank Challenge

Planks are deceptively difficult but produce consistent and valuable results for your health. If you don’t exercise regularly and try to start with intermediate planks, you may find them too difficult and stop the process. Instead, try this 30-day plank challenge to reach your goal of holding a plank for three minutes.

This calendar was created by celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser, founder of AKT InMotion studio in New York City. Quoted in Yahoo Beauty, Kaiser says, “The hardest part about planking is

committing — holding still until the end.”This program starts with incline planks against the wall. If the first day is too easy move to the floor and use the beginner plank position on your knees. Standard plank position is bearing weight on your toes with your knees straight.

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Work it Baby! Workin’ it out without the gym

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You’re a woman on the go and finding the time to work out and stay healthy is a challenge. The good news is that waking up at the crack of dawn and stumbling off to a gym is not your only option. At-home alternatives for getting in the daily dose of activity may suit your lifestyle best. Forget the restrictions of a workout class or intimidating exercise machines. Instead, set your own schedule and your own terms for staying healthy and feeling great.

Walk it off

Walking is one of the most effective movements for burning fat. It is low impact, perfect for all skill levels, and the best part is that it can be done anywhere; all you need is a pair of shoes! Walking offers something for everyone, so turn your workout into time to spend with someone special.

  • Go on a walk in the morning with your spouse before you have to dive into your daily schedules and just enjoy each other’s company.
  • Do as the Europeans do and take a walk with the entire family after dinner. Spend some quality time catching up.
  • Take your dog for a walk and use it as an opportunity to explore a new park or neighborhood you’ve been dying to see.
  • Find a walking buddy or just a group of girlfriends you haven’t seen in a while and get in your girl time in the morning or as an after-work activity to unwind and vent to your friend after a long day.

Take it up a notch

So you’ve mastered walking, how about taking it to the next level with jogging! You’ll love the intensity boost, and it can also be done just about anywhere.

  • Take a jog around your neighborhood; meet some other families and socialize while you get a great workout.
  • Race yourself and try to beat your previous time or distance each time–you’ll be amazed at your progress.
  • Set a big goal like being able to run a 5K or 10K. You can find training plans online that take out all the guess work by telling you exactly how far to run and when! You can find a plan for you at websites like

Tone it up

It’s time to say goodbye to those flabby arms! Keeping a set of small weights at home is the key to your success. They are inexpensive, require minimal space, and are easy to use. Since most women want to tone rather than build bulk, small 5-10 pound weights are perfect.

  • You can get a great strength workout right in your living room—do squats, lunges, curls or abs while you watch the news or just spend time with the kids.
  • We all hate watching commercials, but instead of clicking the DVR fast forward, use the commercial break as a chance to get in a few extra reps.
  • Focusing on high repetition and low weights will allow you to tone muscle without adding bulk to your body so you look healthy, lean and feminine.

Have fun with it

Working out should never be boring. Have a little fun with it by playing sports with the family, trying something new, or challenging a friend. Time and workouts fly by when you are having a blast!

  • Playing basketball or touch football with the family is a great way to get the whole family together and to stay active.
  • Take the pedometer challenge! Pedometers measure the number of steps you take each day; they are very inexpensive and easy to use. Have some fun and challenge your family or friends to see who gets in the most steps. A little healthy competition adds fun and accountability. Get in some extra steps by parking farther from your office, taking the stairs, or walking to the coffee shop.
  • Shake that booty! Whether it is on the dance floor at the club, in a class, or just in your living room, dancing is a creative way to get a fun cardio workout and to strengthen your core.
  • Jumping rope is an excellent cardio workout for any age and a nice throwback to those recess days when you were in grade school! Take the opportunity to double-dutch with your kids and then amp up your own solo routine for some more intense cardio.
  • Opt for pushing the lawn mower rather than hiring a service or riding a mower. You can do it yourself—you will save money, check another thing off your to-do list, burn fat, get some sun, and enjoy the day while you do it!

Molly Deimeke

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Hair stylist Molly Deimeke was ecstatic in February 2015 when she passed a certified educator test for John Paul Mitchell Systems. Although she has aced the yearly certification exam many times, the 2015 test marked a milestone because it was her first test after a traumatic brain injury in May 2014.

“I lost my ability to read,” Deimeke said. “I had to start over, at the kindergarten level. The test was harder for me than it’s ever been. Before the accident, I would cram a week before. This time, I studied every day, beginning in December and all the way through January.”

Kristel Kronk, MS, CCC-SLP, speech language pathologist at Mizzou Therapy Services, helped Deimeke, 32, of Martinsburg, Missouri, regain her ability to read and speak coherently. It took a team of experts in speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy to help Deimeke recover motor skills and cognitive function that she took for granted before her accident. Deimeke attended appointments twice weekly for four months before her physician cleared her to drive again. She then returned to styling hair and teaching other hair stylists.

“Speech therapy was the hardest for me,” Deimeke said. “Physical therapy was the easiest for me because I enjoyed it but balance was the hard part.”

Becky Edwards, MPT, MHA, clinical supervisor and Rock Steady Boxing Coach of Mizzou Therapy Services-Business Loop, said difficulty with balance is a common problem for those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury or have been diagnosed with a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis.


“When you hit your head, it can cause damage to the inner ear and affect your balance, known as vestibular dysfunction,” Edwards said.

A self-described risk taker who loves to travel, Deimeke was overseas in Laos when she fell off a double-decker truck serving as a taxi. She fell approximately 10 feet onto the street and then rolled 20 feet down a hill, witnesses later told her. Deimeke injured the left temporal lobe, which controls language and memory.


Deimeke doesn’t remember her injury or much of her early treatment, which included surgery in Thailand to stop her brain bleed and a long hospital stay in St. Louis before returning to her family home in Martinsburg, Missouri. Deimeke does recall, however, all of her experiences in Columbia at Mizzou Therapy Services and the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic with her physician, Peter Hwang, MD.


“If I wouldn’t have done the therapy, I would have stayed in a weird childhood place,” she said. “I didn’t know at that time I had to go through all of these steps to heal me but they guided me through the steps I needed to take here.”

Deimeke joined a support group for brain injury survivors and said it helped her move forward. At a support group meeting, she became fast friends with the group’s facilitator, Dina McPherson, a fellow brain injury survivor. They chat like old high school friends about their lingering TBI effects, such as losing their sense of smell and tricks to spice up foods since their sense of taste is diminished.

Molly Deimke, of Laddonia, Missouri recovered from a traumatic brain injury with the help of Mizzou Therapy Services.

Molly Deimke, of Laddonia, Missouri recovered from a traumatic brain injury with the help of Mizzou Therapy Services.

“You never heal 100 percent from a brain injury,” McPherson said. “People learn to adjust as best they can, but both the brain and the person will never be exactly as they were before the injury.”

Deimeke said she is grateful to be alive and is thankful for her outstanding rehabilitation care and ongoing support through the brain injury support group.

“Hearing someone else has struggled with something that you are struggling with really helps you to see that you are not alone and gives you hope,” Deimeke said. “Now I want to teach other people by telling my story.”

It’s been two years since the accident, which led to brain surgery, six weeks of in-patient hospital care, four months of outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy and two years of natural brain healing, but Deimeke’s dedication and hard work never wavered.

She is a now a national color educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems and a traveling hair and make-up artist. Deimeke is taking her talents and creativity mobile — giving her the opportunity to do the work she loves all while sharing her story and educating others about traumatic brain injuries.

Influential Voice – Emily Edgington Andrews unites mid-Missourians of all ages around choral music

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Plenty of factors keep people at odds, but music is among the few that brings them together. That observation has led Emily Edgington Andrews to unite men and women of all ages and backgrounds, some of whom have never sung a single note, around choral music for the past 12 years.

“It is about the people, not the performance” says Andrews, 35, a Columbia resident whose work as artistic director of Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri has grown the organization to include more than 350 singers and 10 choral ensembles. “I use music as a vehicle to bring people together.”

Ever since graduating with two music-oriented master’s degrees—one from Truman State, the other from the University of Missouri—Andrews has made a mark on budding vocal talent in mid-Missouri. She teaches at Columbia Independent School and MU. She also conducts the Columbia Chorale; leads Columbia Youth Choirs (CYC), a youth choir program for students in grades 2 through 12; has served as conductor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for the past decade; and directs the professional ensemble Prometheus: An American Vocal Concert as assistant conductor.

Andrews faces a demanding schedule of rehearsals, study sessions, classes and outreach on any given week. It might be daunting to some, but Andrews finds it exhilarating. The mother of two—Braydon, 21 months, and Brynn, 3 months—says her husband, Bryan, has provided an abundance of support to pursue her dreams and goals as a musician.

Turning Point. Andrews never expected to begin her career teaching students in middle school and early high school, but the opportunity proved transformative. In her first syllabus, she articulated for students the values she expected them to embrace as musicians.

“Kindness, respect and professionalism are the three keys to success I wrote,” Andrews recalls. She knew middle school could be tough developmentally and emotionally for kids, so she made an effort to model those principles.

She realized she had made a difference when students wrote letters to her at the end of that first school year expressing their appreciation for her class and for music. One letter from a ninth-grade boy stood out.

“He felt so safe in the classroom,” Andrews says. “It was OK for him to express the way he was feeling if he was having a bad day. He didn’t have to have this façade, this wall up. For me, it was really eye-opening the powerful effect music can have on an individual.”

Unity In Diversity. An overarching focus on bringing people together to break down barriers and promote social justice has guided Andrews in her career. It’s one of the reasons she is drawn to vocal performance.

“Choral music is accessible.” Andrews says, “Anyone can participate. It’s not something you have to buy, like an instrument. It brings many different people together.”

She is moved by music that teaches a lesson, such as music written about the Holocaust because of its capacity to teach tolerance against the backdrop of a tragic history of genocide. She once raised money to host a Truman State special performance by Robert Convery. The New York composer’s nine-part “Songs of Children” guides the listener through a boy’s experience in the Terezin concentration camp using poems written by real children who experienced it.

Pieces such as that one underscore the ability of music to cut through the noise of everyday life and create a lasting effect.

In January this year, Andrews had the opportunity to bring almost 1,000 people together through a unity concert she organized starting in 2014. The purpose of the concert was to work toward bridging the gap between two cultures, she says. Thematically, she showed this by creating a community gospel choir that sang African American gospel music. She involved Columbia Chorale, which sings music primarily from the Western European choral tradition, used some of the youth from CYC and brought the various groups together. It just so happened the university experienced tension this fall, she says, making the concert even timelier.

A Place Of Change. Andrews plans to continue her career working alongside other musicians and community members to transform Columbia and the surrounding area into a place where people of all ages and experience levels can come together to sing.

“I have a vision that we can continue making a positive impact on our community by creating a culture of choral music that rivals that of any metropolitan area,” she says. “By working side-by-side with both arts and non-arts groups in the community, there is potential for reaching countless individuals. To me, being a part of this is exciting and humbling.”

Dr. Rodriguez and H.O.P.E. Bring Patients New Option in Joint Replacement

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Dr. Rudy Rodriguez became a welcome addition to the medical community at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in 2013, bringing his orthopedic expertise and years of training and education in New York, Connecticut and Minnesota to the patients of Southeast Missouri. Now, he also offers his patients the benefit of  joint replacement surgery with a state-of-the-art robotic-arm assisted system.

This surgeon-controlled robotic technology, called the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System, is more precise in the placement of joint components, which can increase the life of the replacement joint, according to Dr. Rodriguez. And, the incision necessary to complete the replacement surgery is smaller, which reduces recovery time.

“This robotic-arm system allows us to be more precise than ever before,” Dr. Rodriquez says. “Instead of using an anatomical landmark to place the component, we use a three-dimensional image from a CT and the robotic system shows us where the cuts need to be made and where the component should be placed.”

Dr. Rodriguez says that when he compares a pre-operative image created by the Mako Robotic-Arm System and a post-operative image of the patient’s new joint, the two are almost an exact match. “It’s that accurate,” he says.

Currently, the system can be used for hip replacements and for partial knee replacements, giving patients needing these procedures hope for shortened recovery time and improved joint longevity. That hope is what inspired a group of elementary school students to name the robot.

The hospital recently held a contest seeking names for the “robot” and the students at St. Francis Xavier School won with their suggestion of  “HOPE” (Helping other People Electronically). Dr. Rodriguez says he wasn’t part of the selection committee, but he thinks the name is appropriate.

“This system helps the surgeon put the component in the best possible anatomical place, with the least invasiveness, and that’s why I think this technology will be adopted by more and more hospitals and be developed for more and more procedures,” Dr. Rodriguez says. “It’s more advantageous for the success of surgery.”


Dr. Rodriquez received his bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University. While a student there, he worked on a research project that involved studying osteoarthritis, which led to his interest in medicine and orthopedics. From that research experience, he published an article in the Osteoarthritis and Cartilage journal in 2004.

He attended medical school at University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he was a member of the Scientific Research Society and was recognized for his presentation on “Reducing the Burden of Osteoporosis.”

He completed an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Minnesota and then an upper extremity and hand fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Rodriquez said that he chose to move from New York to Sikeston, MO, because he wanted to practice general orthopedics and have the opportunity to treat a full array of different conditions. “If you practice in a big city, you only do knees or only do hips – you have to narrow to one small area of orthopedics,” he says. “I find it more more interesting to work with patients with a variety of conditions and to practice all the skills I learned throughout my education.”

Dr. Rodriquez attended specialized training to work with the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery system, practicing with a surgeon experienced with the system before beginning to treat patients with the system last fall.

Missouri Delta Medical Center is the only hospital offering this procedure for hundreds of miles, and Dr. Rodriguez is proud to be able to provide this service to his patients.

“Some people think you have to go to a big city for this, but that’s not the case,” he says. “We have it right here.”


Dr. Rodriguez and his wife, Amy,  have three children, Aubrey, 12, Leila, 9, and James, 5. He said the move from New York to Missouri was a little bit of an adjustment for the family, but they love the area and have discovered a love of hiking in the nearby towns.

“When we go on vacation, we like to get to the ocean, but we enjoy day trips to places like Mark Twain National Park and St. Genevieve,” he says.

Like most families with young children, the Rodriguez family stays busy getting kids to their extra curricular activities and sports. When he discovers a little down time, Dr. Rodriguez enjoys baseball, golf and reading.

Missouri Delta Orthopedics

Missouri Delta Orthopedics includes Dr. Rodriguez, a physician’s assistant and two nurse practitioners. They treat all types of orthopedic conditions including patients needing joint replacements or those with sports injuries, meniscus tears, shoulder dislocations, and hand, elbow, feet and knee issues.   The practice sees patients from Sikeston and all the surrounding communities, including Poplar Bluff, Charleston, Southern Illinois and even some from the Memphis area.

“I like meeting people and seeing how they are doing,” Dr. Rodriguez says about his job. “I take a real interest in people and developing the doctor/patient relationship. That’s what drives me to go to work every morning.”

About the Author

Michelle Cox is a wife, mother and professional freelance writer/communications specialist in St. Louis, MO. She’s a regular contributor to and an author for (launching in September 2016) as well as their social media director. She also writes short stories and is working on her first novel, and she writes about writing on her website,, where she encourages other midlifers (not young, never “old”) to pick up a pen or keyboard.

In the war against wrinkles… Ultherapy

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What is unique about Ultherapy ?
This new, FDA-approved technology combines focused ultrasound energy and the body’s own healing power to lift, tighten, and tone a sagging brow, chin, or neck. It has also been approved to reduce deep wrinkling on the décolletage. Ultherapy provides an attractive option for patients who are not ready to undergo facelift surgery and recovery, or who simply prefer a nonsurgical, noninvasive alternative to achieving a lifted, more youthful appearance. With the addition of the new Ultherapy Décolletage Treatment, Ultherapy is also now the only non-invasive procedure specifically indicated by the FDA to improve lines and wrinkles on the chest.

Ultherpy uses the power of ultrasound, which has been safely used in medical applications for more than 50 years. The Ulthera System uses a small handheld device to direct micro-focused ultrasound with visualization (MFU-V) to specific areas of the face or chest that have loose or sagging skin. Typically, these areas lose elasticity because of a natural breakdown of collagen, elastin, and underlying structural tissue. Ultherapy energy travels through the skin to safely treat these deep structural tissues and stimulate new collagen production. The end result is a tighter, firmer, smoother appearance.

Can Ultherapy replace a face lift?
Ultherapy treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, but won’t duplicate the results of a facelift. Ultherapy is a great alternative, however, especially for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.

How Does Ultherapy different from laser treatments?
Ultherapy uses sound energy – tried-and-true ultrasound – which has unique properties that allow it to bypass the surface of the skin to treat depths not matched by any other non-invasive cosmetic device. Ultherapy ultrasound stimulates collagen production in the skin’s foundation, resulting in a clinically significant lift of tissue over 2-3 months.

Lasers rely on light energy, which cannot reach deeper skin layers at an optimal temperature, so laser treatments typically only treat superficial skin and are not FDA-cleared to lift skin.

Since the two technologies often treat different types of skin issues, they’re actually very compatible.

How does Ultherapy Stimulate the creation of collagen?
Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy deep beneath the skin at the optimal temperature for collagen regeneration. The treatment jumpstarts a natural process, known as neocollagenesis, to produce fresh, new collagen. Ultherapy doesn’t involve any creams, fillers or toxins; it just relies on your body’s own collagen-building process for natural, noticeable results.

How long does an Ultherapy treatment take?
The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. A face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.

What does the Ultherapy treatment feel like?
Some of our Ultherapy® patients notice visible results immediately after their first treatment, but maximum results usually appear gradually within two to six months of treatment.

That gradual improvement occurs because the Ulthera® System works in two distinct phases: First, the targeted ultrasound waves cause molecules to vibrate, creating friction and heat. When collagen fibrils are heated to a specific temperature, they contract, causing an immediate lifted appearance that many patients enjoy. Next, the body interprets the ultrasound treatment as “injury,” so it immediately initiates a wound-healing phase, which includes repairing damage and creating new collagen. Over time, the new collagen and elastin provide added underlying support, helping to lift and revitalize sagging tissues.

Most patients only need one treatment. However, based on the degree of skin laxity, the biological response to ultrasound energy and the individual’s collagen-building process, some patients benefit from additional treatments. Because skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments can help patients keep pace with the body’s natural aging process.

Are there any side effects?
You may see some mild, temporary side effects, including redness, swelling, discomfort, mild bruising, numbness, or tenderness to the treated area, but these side effects typically resolve soon after treatment. During the clinical study evaluation, no serious or long-term adverse events were reported.

Heart of a Woman

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The best way to prevent heart disease is through self-care. The American Heart Association reports that up to 80% of heart disease is preventable through lifestyle changes

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get regular exercise – the AHA recommends 40 minutes of physical activity, three times a week.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Keep track of your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and weight.

In movies, men get heart attacks, women get their hearts broken. But reality is harsher – according to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 women in the United States die of heart disease each year, making it the leading cause of death. (By comparison, 1 in 31 American women die annually of breast cancer.)

And yet, heart disease can’t shake the image of an “old man’s disease.” More than half of women who die suddenly from coronary artery disease weren’t receiving treatment or didn’t report symptoms, and women are less likely than men to survive their first heart attack.

Most women develop heart disease due to atherosclerosis, a condition caused when plaque builds up inside the arteries, narrowing them and restricting blood flow. If a blood clot forms in the arteries, it can result in a heart attack or stroke.

Heart disease in women also commonly appears as congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and heart valve problems.

Like men, women’s main risk factors for heart disease include congenital heart conditions, family history of heart disease, aging, obesity, diabetes, overeating, physical inactivity and smoking.

Hormonal changes are another risk factor for women. Women who take birth control pills may have higher blood pressure and face increased risk of heart disease if they also smoke. Changes during menopause have also been linked to increased heart attack risk.

Women tend to experience different symptoms of coronary heart disease and heart attacks than men. Most people think of chest pains and cold sweats as heart attack symptoms, but women usually experience back pain, jaw pain, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, or fatigue, sometimes weeks before a heart attack occurs. It’s easy to mistake these symptoms for other conditions, such as a toothache or upset stomach.

Research is still being done to learn why women experience different symptoms, but learning to recognize them and seeking medical attention immediately can make a critical difference.

Apart from misperceptions of heart disease, another reason women may ignore symptoms is a tendency to put their family’s health care needs ahead of their own. Also, some health care providers may fail to recognize symptoms of heart disease more commonly experienced by women.

Even if you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease or take prescriptions to manage cholesterol or high blood pressure, healthier lifestyle changes can still make a difference.

It’s important to advocate for your own health, just as you would for your family. Schedule annual examinations with your physician. Discuss your health history, risk factors, and when you should be screened for indicators of heart disease.

Finally, trust your intuition. If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms and strongly feel like something is wrong, seek emergency medical help immediately.