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Health

  • National Hospice Month focuses on special care

  • Premature birth rates decrease in Nelson County, state

    The number of preterm births in Kentucky decreased this year along with the number of preterm births in Nelson County. Preterm birth, or birth before 37 completed weeks of gestation, is the leading cause of death among newborns.

  • Myths may prevent people from getting the hospice care they need, deserve

    There are many misconceptions about Hospice of Nelson County’s care and services. Hopefully the facts below will promote a better understanding of Hospice’s end-of-life care.

    Myth: Hospice is where you go when there is nothing more a doctor can do.

    Reality: Hospice is not a place, but is care an individual may chose when there is nothing that can be done to cure a terminal illness. Hospice believes there is always something that can be done to help individuals live more comfortably and more fully.

  • Diabetes screenings, education provided Nov. 1

    Dentists, physicians and medical educators are set to team up for diabetes screenings and a diabetes education event Nov. 1 to kick off Diabetes Awareness Month.

    Patients will have access to an innovative new way to screen for diabetes. Bardstown Family Dentistry and Shrewsbury and Associates will screen their scheduled patients for diabetes using the small amount of blood that is often drawn from the mouth during routine check-ups and screenings.

  • Photo: Newborn equipment
  • Weight loss class, Hospice Memorial Service to be held

    We keep hearing that, as a nation, we’re getting fatter. That fact has been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which does surveys to keep up with these trends. According to a CDC telephone survey conducted of 400,000 U.S. adults in 2010, there is a sharp rise in obesity in almost every state.

  • Doctor’s evidentiary hearing delayed

    An evidentiary hearing for Dr. James T. Dodge, a Bardstown obstetrics/gynecology doctor, before the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure has been continued to an unspecified date.

    Dodge’s license to perform surgical procedures was suspended in June after several reports to the Board of Medical Licensure alleged Dodge showed poor judgment during surgery and showed a high rate of complications after operations. An evidentiary hearing to reinstate Dodge’s license had been scheduled for Oct. 11-13.

  • Early vaccination may fight flu better

    Nelson County has not experienced an outbreak of the influenza virus this year, according to David Day, epidemiologist for the Lincoln Trail District Health Department. Cases of the flu are only reported to the health department if there is a cluster of cases and Nelson County has not had reports of multiple cases.

    But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year from influenza complications such as bacterial pneumonia, ear infections and sinus infections.

  • Choosing your Halloween treats: Get original!

    JESSICA L. SPALDING BICKETT

    MBA, RD, LD

    I remember trick-or-treating when I was little. My dad would take us all over the neighborhood and beyond.  The amount of candy we ended up with was so enormous that we still had Halloween candy at Easter.  (Of course, it was mostly the stuff we didn’t like.) There was one house, every year, where the lady always gave us the same thing — an apple. I remember thinking, “Who gives apples on Halloween?

  • Medicare Part D enrollment deadline changed

    Fall is the time for Medicare beneficiaries to explore their options regarding Part D prescription drug and Part C Medicare Advantage plans. In years past, the annual enrollment period began in mid-November and lasted to the end of the year, with any changes or choices made effective Jan. 1.  Starting this year, that time period has been moved up.