• REMINDER: Early start needed for updated immunization requirements for school

    Bardstown City and Nelson County school school districts are working to remind local families of updates in immunization requirements for the 2018-2019 school year as many will need to start doses now.

    The districts have made announcements about the requirements on school websites and Facebook pages.

  • Boston appealing insurance decision that denied ‘LifeVest’ to help his heart

    UPDATE: The Go Fund Me account for Lance Boston reached its goal of $10,000 on Friday.

    Lance Boston’s heart is failing, and the Bardstown man is appealing his health insurer’s denial of a potentially life-saving wearable defibrillator.

  • Health at Home receives award for Personal Care Attendant Program

    VNA Health at Home, part of Kentucky-

    One Health, has received a grant for $516,095 to help fund its Personal Care Attendant Program (PCAP), which helps Kentucky adults with severe physical challenges who want to live independently, but need the help of a personal care attendant and financial assistance. The grant was awarded from the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, and the Administration on Aging (AoA), a principal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • County free clinic’s leaders anticipating change

    Changes aren’t permanent, but change is.

    That’s one constant leaders of the Nelson County Community Clinic must keep in mind as they prepare for 2018 and beyond.

    “If you’re not having change, you’re not going to make a difference,” said Linda Sims, who is taking a back seat on the board after chairing it for two years. She helped start the clinic 11 years ago, and the woman who is replacing her at the head of the table is Judy Cederholm, who was also involved in the beginning. The change becomes effective Jan. 1.

  • Fentanyl infiltration: Potent drug being mixed with more than heroin, adds danger for first responders  

    In addition to addressing a rise in overdose deaths, law enforcement in Nelson County and surrounding areas could be seeing a trend in fentanyl trafficking and an increased risk to first responders, as arrests and indictments on the charge are coming in.

  • Avoid complacency

    By Carol Marak

    In a recent conversation with Bart Astor, a recognized expert in life’s transitions and eldercare, we discussed the large number of seniors (70 percent) who opt out of the annual Medicare open enrollment and comparison shopping for healthcare insurance. It’s mind-boggling how much money is left on the table when we’re complacent.

  • UK study indicates smoking bans effective in reducing lung cancer

    By Melissa Patrick

    Kentucky Health News

    Kentucky communities with strong laws against smoking in workplaces have fewer cases of lung cancer, according to a University of Kentucky study that says it’s the first to show such findings.

    Researchers found that residents of counties with comprehensive smoke-free laws, including those with city-only smoking bans, were 8 percent less likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than those living in communities without smoke-free laws.

  • AGING MATTERS: Dear Santa, here’s what I want for Christmas

    In the spirit of the season, it’s time for individuals 55 and over to share their wish list with Santa. I’m not talking about the personal gifts we hope to receive from family and friends, but the kind that city officials, tech innovators, health care professionals, housing developers, and appliance manufacturers and others could design for the aging world.

  • Seek treatment when you experience lasting back pain

    Back pain is a common ailment that affects about 80 percent of Americans, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Many people visit the doctor due to activity-limiting back pain, especially those between ages 35 and 55. Back pain can be the result of an injury, underlying condition or a recurring everyday activity. Therefore, it is important to protect your back and seek treatment for back pain that won’t go away.

  • Your lungs will thank you when you quit smoking

    November is a time when we give thanks, and that includes for being healthy. November is designated as Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time when increased awareness of this disease is brought to the forefront to help reduce risk and educate the public on its severity. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).