• Hope Celebration stresses life beyond diagnosis

    There was a lot of purple to be found inside the General Nelson Inn Sunday afternoon as the annual Hope Celebration met to celebrate survivors and promote Relay for Life.

    The event, hosted this year by Carrie Durbin, brought together cancer survivors and those affected by cancer to talk about support, strength and survivorship.

    Durbin said she had been greatly affected by cancer, having lost many family and friends. She has been a part of Relay for Life for nearly 10 years.

  • Simple advice for advance care planning

    By Carol Marak

    Advance care planning is necessary, even for young adults because a medical crisis could leave an individual incapable to make their preferred health care decisions. Even if you are healthy, make your wishes and preferences known to family members.

  • Shoulder pain? You might have shoulder impingement

    By Dr. Mark Duber

    Many people suffer with shoulder pain for weeks or months, simply trying to ignore it and write it off as a simple “pulled muscle.” However, there’s a good chance nagging shoulder pain may be attributed to a problem seen almost daily in my practice — shoulder impingement.

  • Donate Life: Dealing with dialysis

    For Nelson County High School graduate Kristin Fleig, health issues have prolonged her wait for a new kidney.

    Fleig has a genetic disorder known as MYH-9 chromosome mutation, which affects her hearing, kidneys and blood.

    “Since it’s a genetic disorder, I was born with kidney issues,” she said. “But they didn’t know that was what it was at the time,” and it took 13 years for an official diagnosis.

    When she was 9, she was told that she would have to go on dialysis and eventually have a transplant.

  • Donate life: Waiting for a kidney

    The national organ transplant list isn’t really a list at all. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), when a patient is added to the list, she may receive an organ that day or years down the road. It’s the unknown and unexpected that make the wait hard.

    There are several factors that affect how long a recipient must wait to receive an organ, including the compatibility and location of donors and how sick the recipient is.

    Some conditions, such as diabetes, can require patients to have more than one organ transplanted.

  • When caregiving, get to know organizations that offer support

    By Carol Marak

    When knee-deep in caring for a loved one, city residents may not know where to turn for help. That’s regrettable, because the government gives out more free services than ever, and the overall dollars going out to help those in need has increased.

  • HMH physician earns certification in digestive tract procedure

    Hardin Memorial Health now offers patients a new, non-invasive alternative for removing abnormal tissues from the digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon.

    Dr. Kashif Haider, of the HMH Digestive Disease Center, recently obtained his American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy certification in the Endoscopic Muscosal Resection procedure.  Haider is one of only two ASGE EMR-certified gastroenterologists in Kentucky.

  • Nominations sought for award recognizing contribution to rural health

    In June 2003, the Kentucky Rural Health Association began an award honoring a lifetime contribution to rural health in Kentucky. The first recipient was Dr. Dan Martin of the Trover Foundation in Madisonville. The annual award now bears his name ,and is given each year to an individual who has provided many years of service to rural Kentuckians. Last year’s recipient was Joseph E. Smith of the Kentucky Primary Care Association.

  • State flu activity ‘widespread’ for ninth consecutive week

    For the ninth consecutive week, many Kentuckians are still fighting the flu.

    Kentucky Department for Public Health officials are reporting “widespread” flu activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the ninth consecutive week.

    Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

  • Educate yourself on organ donation

    April is Organ Donation Awareness. It’s something we don’t always discuss until we are in a stressful situation.

    Have you registered to be an organ donor? Have you made your wishes known to your family? Currently, more than 123,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives.

    Transplantation depends on the generosity of the American public. It all starts with you! Here are some facts concerning organ donations.