• 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!


    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.

  • Childhood obesity can cause difficulties




    Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The percentage of children age 6-11 in the United States who were obese increased from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 20 percent in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents age 12-19 who were obese increased from 5 percent to 18 percent during the same period.

  • Center for Weight Loss Surgery to offer support groups

    Whether you have had bariatric (weight loss) surgery, or you’re contemplating having it, the support of others who understand your challenges and can cheer you on can be vital to your success in losing weight. That’s why the staff at Flaget’s Center for Weight Loss Surgery is starting up two new support groups in October.

  • Photo: Locks of Love
  • Community clinic welcomes new leadership

    The five-year anniversary of the Nelson County Community Clinic Sept. 6 marked a host of successes: more patients than ever were going to the clinic for health care they couldn’t find elsewhere, and more than 120 volunteers were helping to make that health care possible. Yet the anniversary was bittersweet: Bobbi Harned, director of the clinic since it began, had accepted a position as director of development at Flaget Memorial Hospital. Her last day would be only a few days later.

  • Bardstown pharmacist to attend convention to promote patient health

    Leon Claywell of Medica Pharmacy in Bardstown, will attend the National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) 113th annual convention Oct. 8-12 in Nashville, Tenn.

  • Photo: Farrell speaks at Women’s Council
  • Nelson County Health Center Food Service Inspections: Sept. 28, 2011

    The rating score of the establishment is determined by subtracting weighted point values of noted violations from 100 (one hundred).  Unannounced inspections observe the overall operation. Critical violations, 4 and 5 points in weight, are items which if uncorrected carry the potential to be an imminent threat to the public’s health. These items must be corrected in a time designated by the health department not to exceed 10 days.

    • Parker’s Sports Bar and Grill, 145 Parkway Drive, Score 92. 8/25/2011, Regular.