• What is the best eating plan for weight loss?

    By Dr. Rob Farrell

    Finding the right diet for weight loss can seem like an impossible task. Since the birth of the diet industry, we have seen thousands of books, pills and other products claiming to help with weight loss. While some of these strategies may have merit, the vast majority of them do nothing to help the number on your scale.

  • Insulin patch could take the place of injections for diabetes


    In 2013, 10.6 percent of Kentucky adults had diabetes, a big increase from 2000, when 6.5 percent had the disease, according to the 2015 Kentucky Diabetes Report. In a few years, diabetics may no longer need to inject insulin, and researchers have invented an insulin patch that can measure increases in blood sugar levels and release insulin into the bloodstream when it’s required.

  • Humana retracts letter sent to Medica patients

    Humana has retracted a letter claiming Medica Pharmacy would no longer be in the network for members of the Louisville-based insurance company.

    The letter, which was sent from Humana Pharmacy Solutions in Louisville June 29, reached more than 1,800 Medica patients, said J.T. Roby, Medica's marketing director.

  • 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.