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Health

  • Flaget staff works to reduce early elective deliveries

    In 2008, the Flaget Memorial Hospital staff began a journey to decrease elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation in an effort to improve perinatal care.

    The March of Dimes encourages baby deliveries to happen after 39 weeks, unless medically necessary, to decrease the infants’ risk of having complications. Statistics prove that infants born after 39 weeks have fewer complications than infants born before 39 weeks.

  • Local teen accepted into Louisville GEMS program, pursuing medical career

    Over the summer, Bethlehem High School student Izzy Neel visited India for a once-in-a-lifetime medical experience. It was an adventure that confirmed for her the desire to be a physician.

    Now, with her acceptance into the University of Louisville GEMS program, that future is looking even brighter.

    GEMS, or Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School, is a program at the University of Louisville in which accepted students are automatically admitted to the university’s School of Medicine, provided they complete the program.

  • Nasal swab shows promise in confirming cases of lung cancer

    HEALTHDAY NEWS

    Lung cancer remains by far the leading cancer killer because it is so often caught too late.

    But researchers now say it may someday be possible to quickly confirm the disease after a CT scan, by using a simple nasal swab.

    The key is DNA-based “biomarkers” in the nasal passages that appear to reveal whether a lung lesion is cancerous or not.

  • Flaget honors employees with Daisy and Rose awards

    Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has named Daisy Award and Rose Award winners for the fourth quarter of 2016. Stephanie Bradshaw, RN, wound care services, was the recipient of the Daisy Award. Jamie Hohl, unit clerk and nursing assistant, medical surgical unit, received the Rose Award.

    The Daisy Award is a nationwide program that celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. KentuckyOne Health is proud to be a Daisy Award Partner, recognizing a nurse with this special honor every quarter.

  • Public views drug abuse as top health concern

    The community views drug abuse as the largest single threat to public health in the region and Nelson County.

    That was the finding on a recent survey administered by the Lincoln Trail Health Department during its process of assessing the health of the area’s population.

    More than six out of 10 Nelson County respondents listed drug abuse as one of the top-three most important health problems. The next most common health problem was obesity, at about 26 percent.

  • AGING MATTERS: The ultimate list of resources for seniors

    Every person growing old faces aging concerns of health care, daily living help, driving, staying connected, and becoming frail. We look for ways that help with independence, dignity, and choice — and mostly to age the way we want to.

  • Pop! Goes that balloon, and maybe your hearing

    Blowing up your kid’s birthday balloons could end in a bang — and hearing loss, new research suggests.

    The Canadian study found that a bursting balloon can create sound that’s louder than a shotgun and might damage hearing.

    “Hearing loss is insidious — every loud noise that occurs has a potential lifelong impact,” said study lead author Bill Hodgetts, an associate professor of audiology at the University of Alberta.

  • Why should you quit smoking? For your heart

    Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and Kentucky ranks 50th in the nation with a reported 25.9 percent of adult smokers. Smoking can impact nearly every organ in the body, but are you aware of the negative impact it can have on your heart health?

  • STRESS BUSTERS: Sleep

    HealthDay News

    Sleep experts estimate that up to 50 percent of all insomnia is caused by stress. If stress wakes you up in the middle of the night, here’s what you can do to put yourself back to sleep:

    1. If you haven’t already, set an alarm for when you need to wake up, and then turn the clock around so you’re not watching the minutes tick by.

  • Ever wondered why certain noises really irritate some people?

    HealthDay News

    Most people can recall a time when a certain sound annoyed them — say when your office mate was repeatedly clicking his pen — but some people find such sounds utterly unbearable. And new research suggests that brain abnormalities may explain why.

    People with a disorder called misophonia have an intense hatred of specific sounds, such as chewing, breathing or repeated pen clicking. These triggers can cause an immediate and strong “fight or flight” response in those with the disorder.