• AGING MATTERS: The quest to be happy

    People put a lot of energy into being happy and joyful. I for one seem to obsess about the emotion. In my Facebook group, members express concerns about finding happiness, and many appear to discover it. In general, people want financial stability, good health, money, food on the table, good friends, an enjoyable hobby or two and satisfying activities. That’s not a lot to ask for, right?

  • Bystander CPR helps save brain function after near-drowning

    Near-drowning victims are more likely to recover with good brain function if bystanders immediately begin chest compressions rather than wait for emergency personnel to arrive, researchers report.

  • Local needle exchange will be one-for-one

    Health departments may have needle exchanges for drug addicts to control diseases, but if those programs accept state funding, they must be one-for-one — a clean needle for every dirty one.

    Public health officials say that isn’t the best practice to reduce the spread of blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis C. But it’s the one the Nelson County Health Department will adopt for its exchange, which will begin in July.

    The Nelson clinic’s exchange will be the first in the six-county Lincoln Trail District Health Department.

  • AGING MATTERS: It’s important to keep your cholesterol in check

    By Carol Marak

    The purpose of cholesterol, a fat-like substance found in body cells, actually serve to make hormones and vitamin D and other substances to help with food digestion. Since the body manufactures the cholesterol needed, some foods contain the fat-like substance which raise the levels.

  • In-school clinic doing well for Bardstown City Schools

    Concluding its first year in the district, the Bardstown City Schools Health Clinic is doing well.

    “It’s been a hectic day,” Felicia Flanagan said as the office worked to finish up some appointments and walk-ins Wednesday. But the business means families are utilizing the new service.

  • Gabriel's galactic morning

    The Hadorn’s delivery man has been kidnapped and Sith lords have invaded Bardstown Middle School. After a lightsaber battle leaves many wounded, the Jedi need a hero with a special set of skills to save the day. They need Gabriel Schepker.

    A Bardstown Middle School sixth-grader received a special surprise Friday during a morning assembly. Gabriel watched with his classmates as the Star Wars-themed skit presented by staff entered into a hilarious battle in the gym, but when the narrator called Gabriel’s name, his face lit up.

  • Flaget celebrates nurses

    Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing, and though it’s been more than a century since her passing, those in the field continue to honor her work. Correlating with Nightingale’s May 12 birthday, Flaget Memorial Hospital and other healthcare facilities have been celebrating National Nurses Week.

    “Nurses are wonderful people who selflessly take care of other people,” said Norma Goss, chief nursing officer for Flaget. “Our nurses here are very dedicated and compassionate, and they love what they do.”

  • Heroin epidemic state’s chief public health focus


    Almost one in five adults in Kentucky has a friend or family member who has problems from using heroin, according to a newly released survey.

    The Health Issues Poll of 1,580 adults conducted last fall by Interact for Kentucky and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky also found that nearly three in 10 know someone with a prescription painkiller problem.

    It’s an epidemic Kentucky’s state epidemiologist, Dr. Jonathan Ballard, talked about during interviews with PLG TV-13 and The Kentucky Standard Tuesday.

  • Revamped Relay for Life is Saturday

    After months of fundraising, taking part in political efforts and raising awareness of cancer in the community, Relay for Life’s 2017 efforts come to fruition Saturday with an updated event.

    Relay for Life has been a tradition in Nelson County for more than two decades, but this year’s event sees a new location, more activities and a shortened runtime. Instead of being held at Bardstown Schools, this is the first year the event will be held at the Nelson County Fairgrounds.

  • The associated risks of growing older

    By Carol Marak

    In the aging process, an older person can adapt and handle the physical and mental challenges of decline if they have some form of nearby support. But not every older American has access to a family member or a friend to give occasional help. 

    There’s an unseen group of seniors that the health care industry has recently noticed. It’s the community-dwelling aged who are socially and physically isolated, without an available known family member or designated caregiver.