• AGING MATTERS: Prevent elder abuse

    Carol Marak

    Aging Advocate, Editor at SeniorCare.com

    Elder abuse is a growing crime which does not discriminate and the opportunities for mistreatment are limitless. Exploitation occurs in nursing homes, by money managers or those who have the power of attorney, family members, and offshore thieves. Scammers don’t care about an elderly’s economic status, ethnicity, educational background and geographic location. To say it’s a growing problem understates its horrific reach.

  • Cecil named 2017 Young Optometrist of the Year
  • Secrecy surrounding Senate health bill raises alarms in both parties

    WASHINGTON — As they draft legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republican leaders are aiming to transform large sections of the U.S. health care system without a single hearing on their bill and without a formal, open drafting session.

    That has created an air of distrust and concern — on and off Capitol Hill, with Democrats but also with Republicans.

  • Give Dad the gift of health for Father’s Day

    The best present you can give your dad this Father’s Day is to help him get healthy, according to a doctor specializing in men’s health.

    “We tend to think men don’t want to talk about their own health, but I find that’s really not the case with most. Dads are much more open than you’d think to talk about their health,” said Dr. Jesse Mills. He is director of The Men’s Clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Area allergists agree to pay $740,578 to settle improper billing claims

    Two physicians with offices in Bardstown agreed to pay the government more than three quarters of a million dollars for alleged improper billing of federal health programs, according to a statement released Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Louisville.

    Doctors Bruce Wolf and Kiro John Yun entered into an agreement to pay $740,578 to settle the government’s claims, according to John Kuhn, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

  • KentuckyOne Health announces leadership transition

    Ruth Brinkley will leave her role as president and CEO of KentuckyOne Health effective July 14.

    Chuck Neumann, current interim president of University of Louisville Hospital, will assume the role of interim president and CEO of KentuckyOne Health. Brinkley will work with Neumann in an advisory role through mid-September.

    The company made the announcement May 19, shortly after announcing a larger restructuring that aims to shed most of its Louisville assets.

  • Teens continue hospital volunteerism with summer assignments

    Maggie Piles and Lydia Sandefur straightened their ID badges and smoothed their shirts as they headed to their assigned locations. Piles sorted through books as she waited for patients to come to the third-floor activities room. Sandefur cleaned up a vacant infusion room at the cancer center.

    Most days the tasks are simple, but the summer volunteer opportunity is important for the hospital.

  • There is something you can do about thumb pain

    A lot of people suffer with thumb pain, and it’s not just the elderly. Osteoarthritis affects many people, especially middle aged laborers, avid gardeners, and anyone that works with their hands. Many people believe that there is nothing you can do for arthritis of the thumb aside from surgical interventions or to just simply suffer with it.

  • Stay safe as summer temps soar

    As the first major heat wave of the season has much of the eastern United States sizzling, people need to take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, an emergency doctor says.

    Hot temperatures and high humidity are likely from the shores of New England through the Great Plains. Temperatures could reach into the 90s for days, according to The Weather Channel. In some areas, record high temperatures set in the 1800s could be broken, USA Today reported.

  • Health tip: Keep mosquitos out of your yard

    In addition to being a nuisance and a source of itch, mosquitos can carry diseases, including Zika and West Nile.

    So how do you rid them from your yard? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:

    • Every week, empty and clean any outside containers that may hold water. These include trash cans, bird baths or planters. Mosquitoes lay eggs in water.

    • If your outside container doesn’t have a lid, cover with a wire mesh. Make sure the mesh is smaller than the size of an adult mosquito.