• Gout: What should you know about it?

    Dr. Mark Abramovich, M.D.

    Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice

    We have all heard about the disease gout, some mysterious disorder that is very painful in the toes/fingers or other small joints. It seems to be associated with people who consume alcohol or eat rich foods and the diagnosis can be confusing as well.

    In this article, I will try to clear up some of the misinformation about this common disease.

  • Boil Water advisory issued for Bellwood Road area

    The City of Bardstown issued a boil water advisory Thursday due to a water line break for Bardstown water customers on Bellwood Road.

    It includes customers from the intersection of Bellwood Road and Bennett Lane to 965 Bennett Lane and customers at the intersection of Bellwood Road and Brothers Lane to 7325 Brothers Lane. Customers on Humphrey Lane, Tom Vittitow Lane, Joe Nalley Road, Leomon Ford Road, Greenwell Ford Road and Leo Crume Lane will also be affected.

  • New rule will improve reporting of antibiotic-resistant infections in health-care facilities

    By Melissa Patrick

    Kentucky Health News

    Kentucky will have a new weapon, in the form of data, to fight infections acquired in hospitals and other health-care facilities, with legislative approval of a regulation that changes the way antibiotic-resistant infections such as MRSA and C. difficile are reported.

    The rule comes at a time when Kentucky has the third highest rate of MRSA bloodstream infections in the nation, according to the National Healthcare Safety Network. The state was ranked fourth last year.

  • Exercise and obesity: What can you do?

    Dr. Mark Abromavich

    Everyone knows exercise helps with weight control, calorie and fat burning. The mechanism is pretty simple: burn and use up more calories than you take in and you will lose weight, right? Well it is pretty simple, but much more complex that that simple statement.

    When we exercise, whether mild or moderately intense, our bodies need to increase the activity and blood flow to the muscles, and that increases calorie use, heat and generates energy for muscles to do their required activity, whether walking a slow pace to running full-out.

  • Occupational health care is evolving

    Health care in the workplace is in the midst of evolution. At least that was a highlight from last week’s forum hosted by KentuckyOne Workplace Care and Flaget Memorial Hospital.

    The forum, attended by several area employers, saw a panel of four experts that led an open discussion on improving employee health, increasing program engagement and managing rising health care costs.

    Dave Berkemeier, Brian Borguno, Travis Burgett and Shirley Kron each brought their own perspectives to the table and shared insight on improving employee health.

  • Belief in bogus studies undermines use of vaccines that have been proven safe


    The United States has recently seen a significant rise in the number of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, mumps and pertussis, commonly called whooping cough.

    A recent report blames this on an anti-vaccine movement caused by widespread misinformation about the safety of immunizations, John Wihbey reports for Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

  • Kentucky has recorded 26 flu-related deaths


    Kentucky has reported 26 influenza-related deaths and 64 flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities as of Jan. 8 after five consecutive weeks of widespread flu activity, and is only halfway through the flu season, which runs from October through May, a top state health official said Jan. 8.

  • Dupuytren’s contracture treatment not limited to surgery


    KentuckyOne Health Orthopedic Surgeon

    Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that affects a person’s hand and is caused by collagen thickening in the palmar fascia, which is the connective tissue in the palm. When the palmar fascia thickens, cords begin to form and these cords force the fingers to pull downward. With this, the individual is no longer able to extend their fingers all the way out.

  • Feast for Fitness during the holidays

    It’s that time of the year when keeping up with a workout and nutrition program can be somewhat disastrous. But it’s only what you make it, right? As my trainer Kerry “K.O.” Overfelt says, “It’s your workout.”

    And since I never want to let him down, I am down 63 pounds and three inches this month. Yeah, those hips and thighs keep shrinking, even with turkey day.

  • Flu reported widespread

    The flu virus has reached a widespread status for the state and health officials are encouraging those who have not yet received the flu vaccination to do so.

    “We still recommend, by all means, that you get the shot,” Wendy Keown, public information officer for the Lincoln Trail Health Department said, adding that with peak flu season usually not until February or March, there is still plenty of vaccine available.