• 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.

  • Study: Experimental Zika vaccine protects mice against virus

    Just one dose of an experimental Zika vaccine provided mice with 100 percent protection against a potentially lethal dose of the virus, researchers report.

    The quick spread of the Zika virus and its devastating effects on the brain development of babies have made the need for a vaccine to protect against this mosquito-borne virus a global issue. Currently, the main way to ward off the virus is to avoid mosquito bites.

  • Shifting weather can unleash pollen ‘superburst’


    The changeable weather that many areas of the United States experiences may lead to a pollen “superburst” — and for allergy sufferers that may mean misery, a sinus specialist cautions.

    “It promises to be a nasty spring,” Dr. Jordan Josephson, from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said in a hospital news release. Usually, pollens come in waves. First, trees, then weeds, then grasses. But this year, they may all hit around the same time, he said.

  • Experimental gene-targeted drug hits cancer where it lives

    Amy Norton

    HealthDay News

    An experimental drug that targets a specific gene mutation can battle a range of advanced cancers in adults and children, researchers are reporting.

    The genetic abnormality is known as a TRK fusion, and it’s found in only a small percentage of all cancers. So the drug, called larotrectinib, is no panacea.

    But researchers found that among 50 patients with TRK fusions, 76 percent saw their cancer regress after starting larotrectinib — regardless of their age or type of cancer.

  • AGING MATTERS: Make a caregiver plan

    By Carol Marak

    Aging Advocate

    American families are ethnically, economically, religiously, and in many other ways more diverse, and their experiences and the adults they care for are just as widely varied. For some, caregiving instills purpose, confidence, compassion, and creates close-knit relationships. For others, caregiving takes a stressful toll and likely causes emotional distress, depression, anxiety, poor health, chronic illness, or social isolation. But in most cases, it’s a blend.

  • Bardstown HeartChase to take place June 17

    Although the 2017 Bardstown HeartChase is more than two weeks away, its director, Deanna Keal, is optimistic about this year’s race.

    Ten teams and five sponsors — including new sponsor Hardin Memorial Hospital — have signed up so far for the race, which starts at 9:30 a.m. June 17 on the Spalding Hall lawn. Last year, 22 teams raised $17,000, but Keal said she hopes to raise $25,000 this year for the American Heart Association. According to the HeartChase’s website, Bardstown residents have raised about $1,000 so far.