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Health

  • Women at increased risk for stroke

    May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a time dedicated to reducing the incidence of stroke by helping raise awareness of the disease, which is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Each year, more than 800,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke, and more than 133,000 Americans die from the disease. During this awareness month, KentuckyOne Health is encouraging community members to learn about risk factors for stroke, and how additional health issues, like depression, may increase a person’s risk.

  • Clinic, schools offering sensory-friendly activities for kids

    Partners in Pediatric Therapy and the special education departments of Bardstown City Schools and Nelson County Schools are collaborating to offer this year’s Summer Sensory Sessions on Saturdays in June and July for children with special needs.

    “We’re offering something unique,” said Developmental Interventionist and clinic owner Lance Blanford. “Our goal is to make sure we allow families the opportunity to get out and do things in an environment that is more comfortable to them.”

  • Want to feel happy and healthy? Start volunteering

    By Carol Marak

    A guest contribution from my friend and colleague, Tim Murray, President and Co-Founder, Aware Senior Care.

    It’s no secret that we get a little something back when we give generously to others. Of course, we don’t volunteer because of what it does for us, but research shows that volunteering has great health benefits, including decreasing anxiety, depression, loneliness, and social isolation.

  • Flaget honors employees with Daisy and Rose awards

    Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has named Daisy Award and Rose Award winners for the first quarter of 2018.

    Hannah Downs of Bloomfield, RN, Skilled Nursing Unit at Flaget Memorial Hospital, was the recipient of the Daisy Award. Marsha Jaurez, of Bloomfield, CNA, Skilled Nursing Unit at Flaget Memorial Hospital, received the Rose Award.

  • Heaven Hill supporting hospital project with limited release bourbon

    Bourbon enthusiasts looking to support a good cause have the chance to purchase a limited release bourbon, with a portion of sales going to Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Project Hope.

    The bourbon, an Evan Williams Single Barrel 104 proof, is dipped in bright pink wax and was first made available to guests of the Fifty Shades of Pink Party the distillery hosted on Oaks Day.

  • Advice to avoid scams and fraud

    By Carol Marak

    Online shoppers aren’t the only people who fall prey to fraud and scams. Even if you don’t have a computer in the house, you’re at risk. Scammers are everywhere, and they love befriending older adults because a lot of them are lonely and they will talk with anyone on the phone to break the monotony of being alone.

  • Prevent osteoporosis and osteopenia

    By Dr. Carmen Folmar

    Osteoporosis is one of the most common diseases that affects older adults, impacting nearly 10 million Americans, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. It occurs when bones begin to lose their density, creating spaces in the bone structure that are much larger than in a healthy bone. Those spaces make the bone increasingly porous, and more susceptible to breakage.

  • Report: Care at VA hospitals as good or better than elsewhere in the U.S.

    HealthDay News

    The overall quality of care provided by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration is equal to or better than that provided by other health care systems in the United States, a new report says.

    The Rand Corporation study did find significant variation in quality among individual VA hospitals -- but less variation than was seen among non-VA facilities.

  • Sleep-deprived kids at risk of obesity

    HealthDay News

    Too little sleep can increase a child’s risk of obesity, British researchers report.

    “Being overweight can lead to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes which is also on the increase in children,” said study co-author Michelle Miller, of the University of Warwick in England.

    “The findings of the study indicate that sleep may be an important potentially modifiable risk factor [or marker] of future obesity,” Miller said in a university news release.

  • Poverty levels key to states’ performance on heart disease

    AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

    State-by-state disparities in heart disease and stroke are rooted in the economic health of communities and the people who live in them, according to an analysis of a report tracking the impact of cardiovascular disease across the country.

    Despite a 38 percent overall drop in cardiovascular disease in the U.S. from 1990-2016, some states improved more slowly than others and a dozen states fell behind.