• Sinus trouble can lead to depression, lost work


    People who are depressed due to chronic sinus infections are less productive, according to a new study.

    They’re more likely to miss work or school than those with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) who aren’t depressed, researchers found. Scientists said their findings could lead to targeted therapy to help improve patients’ overall quality of life.

  • Bad diets tied to 400,000 deaths in 2015 in the U.S.


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    Unhealthy diets may have contributed to as many as 400,000 premature deaths from heart disease and strokes in 2015, a new study estimates.

    And, it’s not just things you should avoid — such as salt and trans fats — that are contributing. Excess deaths may also be caused by what’s missing — namely, nuts and seeds, vegetables and whole grains, researchers said.

  • Healthy eating tricks for small budgets

    By Carol Marak

    When you want to eat healthy but have a limited budget, shopping for nutritional primarily organic foods has its challenges. But if dedicated to a healthy eating lifestyle, there are a few tricks to make it easier to do.

  • Former Bardstown resident named state epidemiologist

    An assistant professor for the University of Kentucky with family ties to Nelson County is the state’s new public health epidemiologist

    As the state epidemiologist, Dr. Jonathan Ballard, formerly of Bardstown, will provide leadership and supervision for the Department of Public Health’s Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning, which is responsible for the control of communicable disease, disease surveillance and investigation, injury prevention and research, and vital statistics and health data.

  • McCoy bucks party on medical review

    Medical review panels are a bad idea that will become law for a while, says state Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown.

    Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, a physician, would create panels of peers to hear claims of negligence and malpractice before lawsuits could be brought against doctors and other medical professionals.

    The bill received final passage in the Senate last Friday and has been sent to Gov. Matt Bevin for his signature.

    McCoy said Bevin will sign it.

  • Red Cross celebrating 100 years in Kentucky

    For decades, the American Red Cross has been a part of the local community, responding to floods and fires, and encouraging blood donors. But more volunteers are needed to help continue meeting needs locally and throughout the state.

    Thursday, Red Cross will celebrate a century of service in Kentucky with a centennial blood drive and volunteer fair at Bardstown Primary School.

  • Secondhand smoke linked to food allergies in kids

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    Exposure to secondhand smoke in the first few weeks of life could boost the risk that kids will develop food allergies, a new study suggests.

    “Early life exposure to secondhand smoke is a well-established risk factor for asthma and, in some studies, for allergic sensitization and eczema in children,” said study co-author Anna Bergstrom. She is from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

    In the new study, researchers followed the health of almost 3,800 Swedish children between 1994 and 1996.

  • What is the best treatment for whiplash pain?

    By Jennifer Hayden

    KORT Physical Therapist

    This time of year, physical therapists begin seeing an influx of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) resulting in back and neck pain. The normal procedure after being in such a collision is a possible ER or physician visit.

    While medication and rest can help with some of your pain, what happens when a few weeks later you are still having symptoms?

    Is there another alternative to helping you get back to your normal function?

  • 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.