• Your lungs will thank you when you quit smoking

    November is a time when we give thanks, and that includes for being healthy. November is designated as Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time when increased awareness of this disease is brought to the forefront to help reduce risk and educate the public on its severity. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • AGING MATTERS: How to achieve 10,000 steps per day

    Do you believe 10,000 steps each day is realistic? I’ve always enjoyed walking — outdoors, not on a treadmill. But before two years ago, I never tracked the number of steps, only the miles or the time.

  • Clark honored as KentuckyOne Health Employee of the Year

    Jill Clark thought she was walking down to the conference room at Flaget Memorial Hospital for a marketing activity, so she was truly surprised to enter a room packed with her extended family, friends and co-workers all waiting with grins to greet her.

    “I’m speechless. I’m totally surprised,” said Clark, a longtime nurse, upon learning she had been selected as the hospital’s first KentuckyOne Health Employee of the Year.

    Jennifer Nolan, Flaget’s new president, opened the Nov. 6 reception for Clark.

  • Schools can be a hub for bedbug transportation, though breeding infestations are rare

    The United States is one of many countries experiencing a resurgence in the bedbug population, and while they can be found anywhere from public transportation to expensive hotels, when it comes to schools, the Environmental Protection Agency warns communities to avoid bedbug panic.

  • Watts wants to join lawsuit against drug companies

    At least 36 Kentucky counties have joined a lawsuit against drug companies for wrongful distribution of prescription opioids, and Judge-Executive Dean Watts says he will ask Nelson County Fiscal Court to join them.

    The civil suit seeks a legal settlement to recover financial losses Kentucky counties have incurred because of prescription opioid abuse.

    Watts said Nelson County has incurred the most cost through operation of its jail, but it also has cost the Sheriff’s Office, Nelson County EMS and the courts money.

  • AGING MATTERS: Be sure to check your credit card statements

    If you use a credit card to pay bills, you need to log in your online account to check the balance regularly. But how often? A good rule of thumb is once monthly, the very least.

    It’s crucial to go over your statement each month to make sure all the charges are valid and in the correct amount. Just yesterday, I checked my online statement, and it showed a $5.00 increase to a restaurant charge. My receipt showed $23.27 and the credit card charge showed $28.27. Only a five dollar discrepancy but that’s not how I see it.

  • Shoulder osteoarthritis common in adults over 50

    As we age, our bones and joints can weaken over time. Arthritis affects more than 54 million aging adults in the United States annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, the most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis — a combination of joint cartilage breakdown and abnormal bone growths called bone spurs. Osteoarthritis can affect a number of joints in the body, including the shoulders.

  • FHE students help babies, sick kids

    There were a lot of questions about the Norton Children’s Hospital balloon logo Friday morning as students in Amy Brandenburg’s class at Foster Heights Elementary School learned about the hospital in a special presentation.

    Courtney Puckett, the development coordinator for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, paid a special visit to the local students to not only educate them about the hospital, but also thank them for a big donation the students had made.

  • Kentucky has the nation’s highest rate of hepatitis C
  • Consider conservative and surgical treatment for spine conditions

    The spine is a complex part of the body, made up of a column of bones called vertebrae, ligaments and cartilage that form a cage around the spinal cord and nerve roots. Because of its intricate makeup, the spine can develop a variety of painful and debilitating conditions.

    Approximately 75-85 percent of Americans will experience back or neck pain in their lifetime, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. So, it is important to care for your spine properly to minimize your risk.