• New study finds busy minds may be better at fighting dementia

    By Dennis Thompson


    Mentally stimulating activities can protect your brain against aging, even if you’re genetically predisposed toward dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports.

    Activities that keep the brain busy — using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities — appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and older, the Mayo Clinic study found.

  • ‘Funny bone’ condition can lead to serious pain

    By Dr. Mark Duber

    Direct impact to the elbow causes a sensation that we refer to as “hitting your funny bone.” This discomfort is mild and temporary, and sometimes even makes us laugh. However, it’s not always a laughing matter. This type of injury to the elbow can also cause cubital tunnel syndrome, a more serious condition that occurs when the ulnar nerve (known as the “funny bone” nerve) becomes compressed, causing recurring pain in the elbow, hand and fingers.

  • Childhood asthma may encourage obesity, study suggests

    By Kathleen Doheny


    A young child with asthma has a greater risk of obesity than one without the chronic respiratory condition, a new study suggests.

    Among nearly 2,200 elementary school students in California, researchers found that childhood asthma was linked to a 51 percent increased risk of obesity over the next 10 years.

  • Know the facts about cold and flu

    By Carol Marak

    It’s the season we dread; the time of year many individuals don’t feel well. We’re tired, sneezing, coughing and have a stuffy nose. We wonder if it’s a cold or flu? But what’s very clear about both, each makes a person feel miserable.

  • Drug-addicted babies more than twice as likely in Kentucky as in rest of nation

    A baby born in Kentucky is more than twice as likely to be addicted as a typical baby born elsewhere in the United States.

    In 2013, the last year for which comparative figures are available, Kentucky had 15.1 cases of addiction per 1,000 live births; the national rate was 7.3, according to a research letter in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

    “Both were up substantially from five years earlier, and Kentucky’s rate jumped another 40 percent the following year,” reports Laura Ungar of The Courier-Journal.

  • Families discuss reservations, realizations of starting hospice care

    This is the third in a series about Hospice of Nelson County, a look at those who are dying and the individuals who care for them in those final moments.

    Sarah Jean Carrico spent her life caring for others. A widow for nearly 40 years, she cared for her six children, her community and her parents. Two years ago, when Carrico’s health continued to decline after a cancer diagnosis, Dr. Matthew Stiles approached the family about hospice care.

  • Winter weather can increase risk of heart-related illness

    Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is encouraging the public to educate themselves about heart health for the winter months.

    Due to physical and environmental factors, Americans are more than 30 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack during the winter, which is why it is important to protect your heart as temperatures drop.

  • AGING MATTERS: Advice from aging experts

    Preparing for the aging issues adults face takes time and thought. Even family members have a lot to consider when preparing to give care.

    For seniors, we need answers to: Have I saved enough? Who will take care of me? How do I remain healthy? Is it possible to avoid isolation? Where can I find support? These are just a few, but it’s a good place to begin.

  • ‘I never thought I’d do hospice’

    This is the second in a series about Hospice of Nelson County, a look at those who are dying and the individuals who care for them in those final moments.


    For many who go into the medical field, work is about saving lives. But for those who work in hospice care, it’s about improving them to the very last moment.

  • ‘Adding life to their days’

    This is the first in a series about Hospice of Nelson County, a look at those who are dying and the individuals who care for them in those final moments.

    Though their call sometimes means a person is approaching his final moments, hospice care is about living as much as it is about dying. That is what staff at Hospice of Nelson County have learned over the years as they work to help terminally ill patients find closure in a terminal diagnosis.