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Health

  • What should you do before you leave the hospital?

    By Carol Marak

    Seniors are at risk for readmissions if the patient and family ignore care coordination after discharge from the hospital. If plans are made properly before leaving the hospital, a patient can recover while reducing medical costs.

  • Tips that encourage healthy aging

    By Carol Marak

    People over the age of 60 live active and healthy lives. However, as individuals age, the body and mind change. Do you question if you’re doing enough to stay young in mind and body? It takes effort and consistency. Regular exercise and physical activity offer the strongest proof to reduce mortality and health benefits. If you stick to being active, you’ll gain advantages like fewer heart threats, better-quality sleep, enhanced memory, fewer depression episodes and pain, improved bone strength and less falls.

  • Needle exchanges spread as locals decide they’re better than associated risks

    By Kentucky Health News

    Needle exchanges may be difficult for some to accept, but they are better than outbreaks of hepatitis and HIV or accidental injury from discarded needles, officials in counties that have established the exchanges told Bill Estep of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

  • Wrist fractures are common in people of all ages

    By Dr. Mark Duber, Kentucky One Health

    Did you know that a wrist fracture is actually the medical term for a broken wrist? Everyday activities, falls, sports injuries and motor vehicle crashes can cause wrist fractures. This injury is common in adults and children, so people of all ages should understand when to seek medical attention for symptoms.

  • Opioid antidote availability increasing

    The antidote used by medical personnel and first-responders to combat opioid overdoses is also available to the public, and in light of increasing overdoses locally and nationally, some are calling for greater availability.

    Some area pharmacies have gained authorization to sell naloxone, a safe antidote that is relatively easy to administer and can make the difference between life and death.

    “If you can save a life, I felt we should offer it,” said Alyson Roby, owner of Medica Pharmacy in Bardstown and Bloomfield.

  • Spread of STIs increasing in county

    Nelson County is among the highest counties with sexually transmitted infections in Kentucky, and the problem has gotten worse overall in recent years.

    According to County Rankings and Roadmaps, a program by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Nelson County was listed as having 561 reported cases of Chlamydia per 100,000 people, putting it above the state rate of 391 cases per 100,000 residents.

    In 2015, 589 cases were reported and 498 cases were reported the year before that.

  • AGING MATTERS: 10 steps to reducing caregiver stress

    Helping a loved one through elder care or an illness takes a mental and emotional toll on an individual. When caring for others, it’s important to take care of yourself. If you’re not in good health, the tasks of giving care will fall short, not to mention the hardships and risks it places on you, which range from exhaustion to illness and burnout.

  • Run for the Health of It 2016 Results

    The 2016 Run for the Health of It 5K was held in Bardstown June 18. Race results by age and overall can be viewed at the links posted below.

  • 10 healthy habits for older adults

    By Carol Marak, Aging Advocate

    Everyone wants to age gracefully. But whether or not you do is mostly based on the choices of nutritious meals, physical activities and health care checkups. Like most people, you do not delight in the thought of getting older because of the aches and pains, forgetfulness and loneliness. The state of aging is normal, and we do not have to dread it (all the time).

  • Ankle sprains common injury for many athletes

    By Dr. Mark Duber

    For many people, playing sports is a fun and competitive way to stay active. One setback that many athletes deal with is ankle sprains, which affect nearly 25,000 people in the United States each day. Ankle sprains account for almost half of all sports injuries.