• AGING MATTERS: Avoid dehydration in the summer heat

    It was one year ago this month when the column discussed the issues that seniors face during the hot summer months. The hot weather can cause grave risk for older adults, and each year The National Safety Council (http://www.nsc.org/) promotes their guidelines to outsmart the sun’s heat. Their advice offsets the serious health risks that adults with chronic medical conditions deal with this time of year.

    The health risk factors of a heat-related illness:

    • Dehydration

  • ‘It’s nothing we have to whisper about’

    He was tall, athletic and tan with striking green eyes and an infectious personality. Growing up as a child attending St. Gregory’s, he was an altar boy, read in church, participated in plays and was naturally gifted at sports. In recent years, he had found meaning in life through his daughter, who is now 5 years old.

    But on April 6, Garrett Dugan lost his battle with addiction at the age of 30. He died in bed at his mother’s home from a lethal overdose of heroin that was laced with fentanyl.

  • Cox's Creek mold issue sets back teachers' schedules

    The beginning of the school year is just around the corner for Nelson County students, but for Cox’s Creek Elementary School teachers, preparing for the new year has proven stressful. The discovery of a widespread mold problem in the building has caused administrators to scramble to find a cause and a cure and has left teachers with deconstructed classrooms as cleaning continues. The issue has also postponed the school’s Open House event, which had previously been scheduled for Aug. 3.

  • Happy 103rd Birthday Louise Hagan

    Louise Hagan was born July 26, 1914 in New Haven. She celebrated her 103rd birthday Wednesday. A mother of five, Louise has 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Louise lived mostly independently until her late 90s and staff said she enjoys sitting in the sun and is still very mobile. Family members said her positive attitude is the key a long life. Happy Birthday Louise Hagan!

  • Blame diabetes: Rates of two nerve conditions on the rise


    Two particular types of nerve damage — neuropathy — have been increasing as more and more people develop diabetes in the United States, an expert says.

    Autonomic and small fiber neuropathy were once rare conditions. Both occur when small blood vessels supplying the nerves are damaged by diabetes because they don’t get enough oxygen and nutrients, said Dr. Divpreet Kaur, a neurologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

  • The scoop on avoiding ‘brain freeze’


    Gulping down a cold smoothie or giant scoop of ice cream sometimes leads to a fleeting severe headache known as “brain freeze.”

    But a neurologist says you can avoid it.

    “A brain freeze is what happens when cold food touches a bundle of nerves in the back of the palate,” said Dr. Stephanie Vertrees, a headache specialist and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.

    The medical term for brain freeze is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, she said.

  • Eat foods that fight inflammation

    By Carol Marak

    A Harvard Health publication proclaims that doctors have learned one of the best remedies for fighting inflammation resides not in a medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator.

  • Community members encouraged to take advantage of preventive services

    Wellness and prevention are essential for good health, which is why KentuckyOne Health is encouraging community members to take advantage of their covered wellness services. Most insurance companies cover preventive services at 100 percent. This includes the following services:

    Biometric screenings

    Biometric screenings are offered at your primary care provider office, for a quick check of weight, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure.

    Annual wellness exam with a primary care provider

  • Parents, get your teens their vaccines!


    Many American teens may not get recommended vaccinations, and their parents might bear some of the blame, a new study suggests.

    The national poll of 614 parents with at least one teenager found that more than one-third didn’t know when their teen’s next vaccine was due. And half incorrectly thought that their doctor would contact them for an appointment at the appropriate time.

  • Poll: many Americans unaware of this year’s heavy tick season

    By Amy Norton


    Most Americans know ticks can make them sick, and many take steps to avoid them. But few know that this summer could be a particularly bad one for tick bites, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows.

    Scientists have predicted an upswing in the tick population this summer, which could potentially mean more tick-borne infections.

    Lyme disease is the most common of those illnesses, but the bugs can transmit a host of other, sometimes deadly, infections.