• Can you walk your way to better brain health?

    Just put one foot in front of the other and you’ll boost your brain at the same time.

    That’s the conclusion of a small study that found the impact of a foot while walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that increases blood supply to the brain.

    “New data now strongly suggest that brain blood flow is very dynamic,” said researcher Ernest Greene and his colleagues at New Mexico Highlands University.

  • DONATE LIFE: Kidney connections, Pt. 2

    April is national organ donation month. This is the second in a multi-part look at how organ failure and donations affect those from Nelson County.

    There are 118,000 people waiting for organ transplants, and about 6 percent will die before receiving the life-saving surgery. As kidney failure stemming from various disease and trauma is prevalent in the United States — making kidneys the most needed organ — one doesn’t have to travel far to find a person joining the wait.

  • KIDS FIGHT: A brotherly battle

    The first time Billie Jackson was told her son had cancer was on Sept. 21, 2012. Trevor wanted to go to the park and play.

    Shortly after arriving, Billie noticed her son started walking in an odd way. Maybe he was just goofing around. But when her often-rambunctious toddler sat down and said he wanted to go home, she knew something was wrong.

  • Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville announce creation of Norton Children’s Cancer Institute

    Area pediatric cancer patients could soon have access to new types of care and national trials with the creation of the Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, which was announced April 10.

    The institute combines the efforts of Norton Cancer Institute and Norton Children’s Hospital and is affiliated with the University of Louisville.

    According to a press release, new programs for treating rare tumors and benign blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, as well as a revamped program for bone marrow transplants are among what the institute will provide.

  • DONATE LIFE: Kidney connections, Pt. 1

    April is national organ donation month. This is the first in a multi-part look at how organ failure and donations affect those from Nelson County.

    Next week, Tammi Whitney will travel to Louisville for a very important, life-saving surgery. But it’s not her life she’s saving, it’s Mitzi Lynch’s.

  • What’s the best seasonal allergy med for your kid?


    Choosing an over-the-counter allergy medicine for a child sounds easy enough. But a new survey finds that the wide range of allergy medications, along with dosing and labeling differences, can make it a challenge to select the right medicine for kids.

  • Understand and do your part to prevent antibiotic resistance


    KentuckyOne Health Partners

    Given their importance in treating and preventing the spread of infectious diseases, it’s not surprising that antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. Since the discovery of penicillin, antibiotics have become life-saving drugs that have revolutionized modern medicine. Prior to the discovery of antibiotics, it was very common for people to die from bacterial infections that we consider minor in today’s society.

  • Anxious? Distressed? You are not alone



    More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests.

    An estimated 8.3 million American adults — about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population — suffer from serious psychological distress, an evaluation of federal health data concluded. Previous estimates put the number of Americans suffering from serious psychological distress at 3 percent or less, the researchers said.

  • Project Hope

    Since its opening in 2010 Flaget’s Cancer Center and staff accomplishments have earned several recognitions. Now, an effort called Project Hope is aimed at further improving experiences and resources for Nelson Countians and others affected by cancer.

    During a monthly Hope Tour of the hospital and its cancer center Thursday, Executive Site Director Rick Vancise and other health leaders walked guests through some of what the hospital already offers, as well as what they plan to add as part of the $1.1 million project.

  • SUPPORT GROUPS: April 16, 2017

    Nar-Anon Family Group
    Nar-Anon Family Group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Nelson County Public Library community room No. 2, 201 Cathedral Manor. Nar-Anon family groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a 12-step program, it offers help by sharing others’ experiences, strengths and hope. For more information, e-mail Hope4youtoday@gmail.com

    Narcotics Anonymous
    Narcotics Anonymous support group meets 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Nelson County Public Library.