• 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.

  • Vaccinating pregnant moms protects babies from whooping cough

    Babies are far less likely to develop whooping cough if their mother was vaccinated while pregnant, a new study reveals.

    The study included nearly 149,000 infants born in California between 2006 and 2015. The percentage whose mothers received the Tdap booster vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (“whooping cough”) while pregnant rose from less than 1 percent in 2006-2008 to more than 87 percent by 2015.

  • Calcium supplements and the associated risk of heart disease

    I have gotten a few questions recently about the relationship between calcium supplements and the risk for heart disease.

  • Health Tip: Buying eggs

    Before bringing home a carton of eggs, check them in the store to be sure they’re safe to eat.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises:

    • Only buy pasteurized eggs/egg products. Make sure the package has the USDA inspection mark.

    • Inspect the package to make sure it’s tightly sealed.

    • If buying frozen egg products, make sure there are no signs of thawing.

    • Make sure all refrigerated egg products are stored at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

  • Guys, a good night’s sleep might save your life

    Adequate sleep isn’t a luxury; it’s essential. And for men, it might even mean the difference between life and death, a preliminary study suggests.

    Researchers found that men younger than 65 who slept just three to five hours a night were 55 percent more likely to develop fatal prostate cancer than those who got the recommended seven hours of shuteye nightly.

    And six hours of sleep a night was linked to a 29 percent higher risk of prostate cancer death compared to seven hours.

  • NCHS senior taking part in national health care competition

    Alexis Schrader knew she wanted to go into health care by the time she was 8 years old. Now, the senior at Nelson County High School is proving her skills as she advances to a national competition this summer in Florida.

    Schrader and several other students of the Nelson County Area Technology Center competed March 17 at the state level for the Heath Occupations Students of America (HOSA) program in Louisville.

    HOSA is an organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry through programs, conferences and competitions.

  • Most remaining U.S. smokers are poor, less educated

    Smoking rates in the United States have been falling for decades. Yet, about 15 percent of adults — more than 36 million — continue to smoke cigarettes.

    And of those smokers, half to three-quarters have at least one of the following disadvantages: low income, no college education, no health insurance or a disability.

    The findings come from a national survey done in 2012. The data show that smoking is concentrated among the least advantaged Americans, according to the researchers.

  • Lateral ankle instability is a common result of ankle sprains

    It’s not uncommon to experience an injury when playing sports. Many athletes suffer from an ankle sprain at some point in their sports career, which is the most common injury for those hitting the field or pavement. However, this type of injury is also just as common for those who don’t play sports —accounting for 75 percent of all ankle injuries and affecting more than 30,000 Americans daily. Repeated ankle injuries can often lead to lateral ankle instability.

  • AGING MATTERS: Legitimate tax write-offs for eldercare and caregiving

    It was almost a year ago today that Aging Matters discussed tax help for senior care and family caregivers. I’m circling back in case readers missed or forgot the ones mentioned last season.

    When involved in helping a family member, you might qualify for tax write-offs. Don’t shy away from them because you fear an audit; experts say less that 1 percent of the public experiences a review. A list of claims: