• Baby boomers should be screened for hepatitis C

    Even if you are not presenting symptoms, you might be suffering from hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease that can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure.

    An estimated 3 to 10 million Americans currently have this disease. However, many carriers of the disease are still unaware of their infection, as it often presents only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, for years or decades. If left untreated, hepatitis C can cause long-term liver damage, and even death, so it is important to get screened if you think you could be at risk.

  • AGING MATTERS: Find a local connection for social support and fun

    It’s no secret that I run a Facebook group for people growing older at home. It’s geared to the individuals having little to rare support from a family member. Some feel lonely while others do not.

    In this group, there are stories of loneliness, physical pain, emotional hardships and also the flip side of adversity, like traveling the world, retiring to another country, finding a more challenging job, while others go back to school for a second or third degree. It’s fun to read the stories and observe how some move out of tough circumstances.

  • Plastic pollution the focus of 2018 Earth Day

    With 91 percent of plastic waste failing to be recycled, ending up in oceans and poisoning wildlife, a movement to “End Plastic Pollution” is the focus of this year’s Earth Day events.

  • Farm Fitness

    The downward-facing dog might be a popular pose in the yoga world, but goats are stealing the show as a popular new fitness trend hits home.

    Jill Boyle, founder of Goat2Yoga, partnered with Bardstown yoga instructor Jennifer Hurst to offer the first “goat yoga” class Friday on Boyle’s Spencer County farm just outside of Bloomfield.

  • HMH launches photo contest for Nelson County building  

    Hardin Memorial Health is inviting local photographers to enter a photo contest and submit their favorite regional images of nature, landscapes or architecture. Select images will be displayed in the new Bardstown medical office building, which is slated to open in early fall.

    The 70,000-square-foot facility will be home to HMH’s Bardstown Family Medical Center as well as 10 specialists in ear, nose and throat, orthopedics and sports medicine, general surgery and other specialties.

  • Study: Summer sun might bring fewer heart attacks

    The American Heart Association

    The sun’s radiation could be a factor in seasonal patterns of a deadly type of heart attack, according to research that tracked a “summer shift” in their occurrence across seven countries.

  • Study: Brain cell development differs in those with autism


    Neurons in a brain area involved with social and emotional behavior normally increase as children become adults, but this does not occur in people with autism, new research contends.

    Instead, children with autism spectrum disorder have too many neurons in this part of the brain — the amygdala — and lose neurons as they mature, according to researchers at the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis.

  • RAISE Family Caregivers Act proposed to help those giving assistance

    By Carol Marak

    My sisters and I know the hardships of elder care. The three of us helped our parents. Today, there are 40 million family members giving help to needy loved ones. Whether working a full-time job or being a full-time caregiver, it’s difficult to juggle time and resources between the two demands.

    Back in my caregiving day, the HR department didn’t understand what it was like to do both. And when I asked to take Family Medical Leave, they rejected the request. That was almost 20 years ago.

  • KORT Rehab showcases new sports technology

    KORT Rehab is looking to help athletes prevent injuries, improve performance and recover faster with new sports technology. During a demonstration last week, the rehab center in Bardstown unveiled dorsaVi, a wireless wearable sensor system that measures how the body moves during certain physical activity.

    “We put these sensors on our athletes and go through a series of tests, and because of this, we get really reliable and accurate data,” said Elliot Mattingly, a physical therapist with KORT in Bardstown.

  • Why is choosing a health care proxy critical?

    By Carol Marak

    At the Aging Well Conference recently, I was asked to speak on The Decisions A Health Care Proxy May Make On Your Behalf. I have written several times about legal documents and selecting an executor and agent. While researching, I came across valuable information on the American Bar Association website and want to shares. 

    Decisions a healthcare proxy will make on your behalf:

    • Choices about medical care, including tests, medicine or surgery