• Control the ABCs of diabetes

    November is National Diabetes Month. If you have diabetes, the National Diabetes Education Program wants you to Be Smart About Your Heart by managing the ABCs of Diabetes.

    More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and it is estimated that one in every four people with diabetes does not even know they have the disease. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.

  • Lung cancer screening: Significance and opportunity

    By Monte Martin, M.D.

    Medical Oncologist/Hematologist

    Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death. Men and women appear to be equally effected by this disease. Kentucky is consistently ranked among the top three states in the country for the new diagnosis of invasive cancer of the lung.

  • Drug therapy plays a role in treating adult obesity

    Dr. Mark Abromavich, M.D.

    Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice

    Obesity by many medical professionals’ views is the number one health problem in this country and are both increasing in importance and population numbers every year. That said, there are many ideas and ways to lose weight including the usual methods like diet and exercise. But one method that is very popular and frequently sought after is the use of medications both to reduce the appetite and to speed the metabolism.

  • KentuckyOne Health donation helps first responders save lives in Nelson County

    When someone is experiencing a heart attack, emergency medical responders are often the first line of care. Having the latest technology can make the difference between life and death.

    On Oct. 28, KentuckyOne Health officials presented new technological equipment to Nelson County EMS, which will help to ensure that patients who may be suffering a heart attack get the care they need more quickly.

  • WORTH THE WEIGHT: If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you

    I celebrated my birthday this month and was rewarded better than any birthday present — personal accomplishment.

    This time last year, I was not the person I am today, in more ways than one. I have made a transformation in mind, body and soul, and I am thankful and proud of what I have accomplished and of how I am destined to be.

    This journey is infinite for me. I continually quote my trainer: “You always strive to be better and healthier.”

  • 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.