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Health

  • HeartChase uses game to fight killer disease

    This weekend, Nelson County residents will have the opportunity to raise money to help prevent the nation’s most deadly disease all while playing a simple game.

    On Saturday morning, Bardstown will host the HeartChase fundraiser for the fourth year to help raise money for the American Heart Association.

    Registration for the game begins 8:30 a.m. and the game lasts from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Spalding Hall. Players must be registered into two- to five-member teams. Players can also register online at www.heartchase.org.

  • Run for the Health of It 5K June 20

    On Saturday morning, hundreds of people will be running in Bardstown, not only for their own health, but that of their neighbors.

    Run for the Health of It, an annual five-kilometer walk and run, is the biggest benefit of the year for the Nelson County Community Clinic, which provides care for patients who lack medical, dental, vision or prescription insurance.

    It is held the Saturday before Father’s Day.

    “It’s a great way to start the Father’s Day weekend,” said Jan Tronzo, director of the clinic.

  • Make sure teens and preteens get recommended vaccinations

    Vaccines aren’t just for babies. Preteens and teens also fall into an age group that has required and recommended immunizations.

    Four vaccines are recommended, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and other medical societies recommend:

    • Meningococcal vaccine

    • HPV vaccine

    • TDAP vaccine

    • Flu vaccine

  • E-cigarettes pose new health hazards

    There has been a lot of recent conversation about electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes for short. They are battery-operated products that deliver nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals, which are inhaled by the user. Many include an LED light at the end to mimic the glow of a burning cigarette. They do not produce smoke, but instead a vapor, which is a compound of chemicals — hence the popular term “vaping” instead of smoking.

  • Dirty needles blamed for rise in Hep C in Appalachian Kentucky

    Kentucky Health News

    Kentucky has the highest rate of acute hepatitis C in the nation and public officials predict it could get much worse, Claire Galofaro and Dylan Lovan report for the Kentucky bureau of The Associated Press.

    Dirty needles shared by drug users is the primary cause of this upsurge in hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease that destroys the liver, often leads to cancer or cirrhosis, and is the leading cause of liver transplants. It is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person.

  • KentuckyOne Health expands access to preventive health with mobile screening program

    KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the state, is expanding access to preventive health screenings for Kentuckians through a new mobile screening program.

    KentuckyOne Health Mobile Screenings will offer preventive health screenings at various locations throughout the state, providing yet another door through which consumers can access care through KentuckyOne Health.

  • Facing ‘Murph’ on the other side of my plateau

    UPDATE: Tick ... tick ... tick ... Carrie Pride ... tick ... tick … tick … has broken the cycle … tick ... tick ... tick … her plateau has been lifted … STOP.

    Breaking news: She has survived “Murph.”

    Yes, my faithful followers, you heard it here first. I have conquered my most recent plateau and dropped six pounds this month.

  • Prevent shoulder dislocations from occurring again with labrum repair

    By Dr.  Mark Duber

    Shoulder dislocations are one of the most common major sports injuries orthopedic surgeons see, but what causes them and how do you prevent a second dislocation from happening?

    The shoulder consists of a ball and socket joint. Surrounding the socket is the labrum cartilage that acts as a bumper to the ball. That bumper exists to make sure the ball remains in the socket. However, during dislocation, the labrum cartilage can tear and cause the humeral head “ball” to pop out.

  • Congress takes notice of opioid abuse and overdoses

    Kentucky Health News

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    Federal officials have become increasingly concerned about the rapid increase in drug overdoses across the country. The House Energy and Commerce Committee, in a series of hearings on the topic, is looking at how states are dealing with this problem. The next meeting is scheduled Thursday, May 28.

  • Flaget Memorial receives grant for breastfeeding initiative from SCN

    The Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation has received a $19,681 grant from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s Ministry Fund for the “Flaget Healthy Moms and Babies Through Breastfeeding” initiative. The funding will help improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies by educating the community on health pregnancy and the importance of breastfeeding.