• The positive side of water-cooler gossip

    Psychologists and sociologists call it reputational information sharing, but you know it better as gossip.

    You may not think of office chit-chat as a force for good. But research done at Stanford University and published in the journal Psychological Science found that, in office settings, gossip about worker performance can promote honest behavior and a better work ethic.

  • Singing may be good medicine for parkinson’s patients

    Singing? To benefit people with Parkinson’s disease? It just may help, a researcher says.

    “We’re not trying to make them better singers, but to help them strengthen the muscles that control swallowing and respiratory function,” said Elizabeth Stegemoller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University.

    Stegemoller holds a weekly singing therapy class for Parkinson’s disease patients. At each session, participants go through a series of vocal exercises and songs.

  • How to celebrate your birthday if you’re alone

    By Carol Marak

    If you’re one of the 30 percent of older adults living alone in the U.S., then you might be one who celebrates a birthday solo style. Many members in the Elder Orphan Facebook group find themselves all alone on special events and even their birthday. Some members have no family at all, while others do have adult children who live at a distance. For the most part, rarely do individuals expect to be alone on such occasions.

  • KentuckyOne Health partners achieves elite status

    KentuckyOne Health Partners, the state’s largest and most successful accountable care organization, has achieved Elite 5-Star status from CAPG, the nation’s leading professional association for accountable physician groups. KHP is one of only 87 organizations nationally to achieve the coveted Elite honor in 2017. This recognition, along with recent qualification as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (Advanced APM), comes as the organization is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

  • 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.