• Increased heroin use takes a toll on health, others

    With the increase of heroin abuse in the area, health officials said they have seen a staggering influx of patients in the emergency room with complications — and in some cases overdoses .

    “There is definitely an increase,” said Stacie Bush, owner and drug and alcohol counselor with the R.E.A.C.H. program in Nelson County. “It’s definitely an epidemic.”

    Officials have also become aware of the lengths people go to hide their heroin addiction, such as injecting the drug between their toes, and more people are carrying syringes.

  • Program educates children about importance of dental care

    Elementary school students in the Nelson County School District received lessons on dental care as well as free dental screenings last week courtesy of Smile Kentucky! — a program that focuses on dental education and treatment.

    The program began in 2002 following a report from the U.S. surgeon general that declared dental decay the No. 1 childhood preventable disease, according Smile Kentucky! volunteer Christy Ray.

  • Letting the body heal itself through Platelet-Rich Plasma


    KentuckyOne Health Orthopedic Surgeon

    What better way to heal the body, than with the body itself? That’s the question that many orthopedic surgeons are asking themselves and their patients. Platelet-Rich Plasma is a non-surgical procedure that helps encourage blood flow, thus helping to heal injured tissues and joints.

  • Adult obesity — The role of diets

    Dr. Mark Abromavich, M.D.

    Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice

    This is part of the continuing series on adult obesity, and this week we are going to concentrate on treatment, breaking this up into three segments: diet, drugs and exercising. While all are important, it is felt by many experts that diet and calorie restriction are both the cornerstone of treatment and the mainstay of active prevention of gaining lost weight back.

  • Medicaid expansion boosts preventive care


    More Kentuckians than ever are using preventive care services since the state expanded Medicaid on Jan. 1, reports FamiliesUSA, a lobby for federal health reform.

    Recent data from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services show a 37 percent increase in the use of preventive care services since 2013, report Andrea Callow, a Medicaid policy analyst and Katie Supko, a Medicaid intern for FamiliesUSA.

  • KentuckyOne Health receives funding from National Cancer Institute

    The National Cancer Institute has awarded five-year grants to research groups across the country, including KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care, to conduct multi-site cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research studies in their communities.

    KentuckyOne Health is a member of the Catholic Health Initiatives Institute for Research and Innovation’s Oncology Research Alliance. The Alliance is comprised of leadership from CHI’s National Oncology Service Line, Institute for Research and Innovation, and participating research sites.

  • PHOTOS: Bourbon Chase

    The 2014 Bourbon Chase rolled through Nelson County on Friday on its way through central Kentucky before finishing in Lexington Saturday. More than 300 teams of 12 runners braved the rainy conditions to run three relay shifts in the 36-leg, 200-mile overnight race throughout Kentucky’s Bourbon Country.

  • WORTH THE WEIGHT: A new chapter: No pain, no gain

    It has now been a little more than a month since I updated everyone on my fitness journey. And honestly, everything is going great. I lost another 8 pounds, bringing my total to 58 pounds and 33.5 inches.

  • State health department issues ‘call for action’ to fight childhood obesity


    The state Department for Public Health has issued a “call for action” to fight childhood obesity, a long-term health burden in which Kentucky continually ranks in the top 10 among states, and currently first among high-school students.

  • Flaget Memorial Hospital to host Health and Wellness Fair

    Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, will host an afternoon of family fun, health and wellness on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

     The Flaget Memorial Hospital Health Fair will be held at the hospital, 4305 New Shepherdsville Road, and include free health screenings, health education, giveaways, door prizes and activities for kids.

    The free health screenings available include:

    • Blood pressure

    • Blood sugar

    • Cholesterol

    • Oxygen level

    • Bone density