• Smoking has a negative impact on bone health

    Dr. Mark Duber

    Kentucky One Health

    By now, most people are aware of the negative effects of smoking. From increased risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease, emphysema, asthma and more, smoking’s ill health effects are known by many. But did you know that smoking also has negative effects when it comes to your bones and muscles? Smoking slows bone healing, both in the short term and the long term, because it restricts circulation and lowers blood oxygen levels, and also leads to a number of other musculoskeletal problems.

  • Patients with mental disorders get half of all opioid prescriptions

    By Vickie Connor

    Kaiser Health News

    Adults with a mental illness receive more than 50 percent of the 115 million opioid prescriptions in the United States annually, according to a study released Monday. The results prompted researchers to suggest that improving pain management for people with mental health problems “is critical to reduce national dependency on opioids.”

    People with mental health disorders represent 16 percent of the U.S. population.

  • Don’t let summer strain your back


    Summer is the time when everyone dives into yard work and takes family vacations. But all that time spent bending, lifting and traveling can strain your back, spine experts say.

    An estimated 3.7 million Americans sought care for back pain and injuries at doctors’ offices in the summer of 2014, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

    “Many back injuries occur from sudden movements during daily activities such as bending, lifting and twisting,” said Dr. Afshin Razi, a spokesperson for the academy.

  • Solo agers plan to age alone without the help of nearby family or close friends

    Studies indicate that people over the age of 65 will need some form of long-term care help, especially the ones without family. The 2010 U.S. Census reports close to 27 percent of the senior population live alone. The University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study estimates 22 percent of the segment to live geographically distant from family or friends.

  • HMH Family Medical Center breaks new ground

    HMH Family Medical Center is experiencing growing pains, and the prescribed treatment is for 70,000 square feet of metal, mortar and bricks.

    Employees of Hardin Memorial Health and its Bardstown clinic and local officials were among the more than 100 guests who gathered at a construction site on East John Rowan Boulevard Thursday afternoon for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new clinic that will replace the one at 201 S. First St.

  • AGING MATTERS: How to survive caring for aging parents

    For 11 years, I pleaded with my challenging elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but he always insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired soon sighed in exasperation, “Jacqueline, I just can’t work with your father. His temper is impossible to handle and he’s not going to accept help until he’s on his knees himself.”

  • Tips for running or exercising in the heat

    I am very passionate about running and truly despise running indoors. I can tell you that the temperature has an extreme effect on my ability to run like I want. With temperatures starting to rise and more and more people getting out exercising, we thought this would be a great time to address ways to ensure that everything goes as smooth as possible. We are going to discuss six different tips that can keep you safe and allow you to still get out and exercise.

    1. Take your time

  • HMH’s new North Hardin County location improves access to care

    Hardin Memorial Health officials debuted the new offices of its Internal Medicine and Pediatrics practice and its new Therapy and Sports Medicine location at a Hardin County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting in May.

    The offices are co-located in newly renovated space at the Nature Trail Medical Plaza on Ky. 313 or Joe Prather Highway.

  • Constituents grill Guthrie on health care

    On the first day of meetings with constituents in each of his district’s 21 counties, Congressman Brett Guthrie got an earful from people who were unhappy with Republican efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law.

    Guthrie voted for the GOP’s Health Care Reform Act, which passed the House in May, and the word in Washington is that the Senate may vote on a bill next week.

  • 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.