By MARY EDWARDS • OCT 24, 2014
Ken Haller is a pediatrician in his day job. But in his spare time, he is a cabaret singer. Following the success of his previous shows “Side by Side by Sondheim” and “The TV Show,” Haller will celebrate his 60th birthday with “Mama’s Boy,” part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival series.
“Cityscape” host Steve Potter began his conversation with Haller by asking him if he really was a mama’s boy. He responded, “Yes, I’m a mama’s boy. I’m an Irish-Catholic kid from Long Island, and one of five kids. So in the show this is sort of a tribute to her. It starts out with songs that she used to sing around the house, songs that remind me of her, and that’s sort of a springboard for all the rest.”
Potter gently suggested that being labeled a “mama’s boy” is typically a bad thing. Haller explained that he didn’t see it that way. “I learned a lot of lessons about how to take care of other people …
“Cityscape” is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.
BY ANDY BANKER AND SHAWNDREA THOMAS
ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Dr. Ken Haller, with SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, talked with Andy Banker and Shawndrea Thomas about safety tips in the cold. When the temperature drops very low, it’s not safe to let anyone out for very long. Kids are especially vulnerable, even thought they want to play in the snow.
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By Bill Raack, KWMU
St. Louis, MO. – The death of a high school senior in Wentzville yesterday from bacterial meningitis has health officials reminding parents to be on the look out for symptoms of the disease.
Eighteen-year-old Eric Hamilton had complained of feeling ill just last Thursday.
Bacterial or meningococcal meningitis is a rare infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord that can strike quickly. Cardinal Glennon pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller says the symptoms can be confused for the flu.
“Fever, headache, difficulty with exposure to light, what’s called photophobia, people don’t want to be around the light, neck pain, stiff neck and stiff shoulders,” Dr. Haller said. “Vomiting can be part of it too because as pressure increases inside the skull and the central nervous system, that can cause nauseous and vomiting.”
Dr. Haller says germs can be spread through secretions in the nose or throat and are transferred by close contact like coughing, sneezing and kissing.
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