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Health

  • Health department offers naloxone training

    The Nelson County Health Department was the first location in the Lincoln Trail Health District to train the public on how to administer naloxone, the drug EMTs, police and firefighters give opioid users to reverse the effects of overdoses.

    Kelsey Villwock, one of those teaching the class, said Tuesday that she had nine participants in the first session that morning.

    By the end of the day, about 30 people were trained and 35 kits were distributed. All of the staff of the department’s local clinic, about six people, were among the trainees.

  • Flaget earns accreditation for oncology services

    Flaget Memorial Hospital has again been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

    Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

  • AGING MATTERS: Download these apps for trips

    Summer equates to vacations. It’s the most favorable time for road trips. Kids are out of school and ready to take a trip with the grandparents. Together they prepare for their annual journey, off to discover the USA and its vistas, charming towns, and hidden gems.

  • Manage spring allergies with prevention and treatment

    Spring is in the air, which means sneezing, coughing and puffy eyes are on the horizon. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that nearly 50 million Americans each year suffer from nasal allergies and Kentucky is commonly ranked among the worst places to live with spring allergies by the AAFA. This spring, KentuckyOne Health is offering tips on how to manage your seasonal allergies, often referred to as hay fever, as trees and flowers begin to bloom.

  • Does drinking diet sodas pose health risks?

    In the battle to lose weight, many people switch to diet sodas. But while they cut calories they might also raise the risk of stroke or dementia, a new study suggests.

    Just one artificially sweetened drink a day seems to increase those chances nearly threefold, compared with drinking less than one a week, the researchers said.

    Still, only a few people in the study developed dementia or had a stroke, so the absolute risk remains small, the researchers added.

  • Moms-to-be are heeding store warnings about alcohol

    Signs in stores warning about the harms of drinking during pregnancy appear to work: New research shows boozing by mothers-to-be has declined 11 percent in states that require such postings.

    Those states have also seen a drop in extremely premature births (less than 32 weeks’ gestation) and very-low-birth-weight babies (less than 3.5 pounds), the study found.

    The largest impact of the signs has been among women aged 30 and older, according to the study.

  • Stop and smell the roses at work

    Colds and the flu aren’t the only things you can catch at work. Research shows that rudeness can be just as contagious, quickly infecting and eroding your work atmosphere.

    Being overworked and rushed can leave people feeling as if they have little time for pleasantries. But even one perceived act of rudeness can set off a chain reaction of negative behavior.

  • More ERs using nasal methods to give meds

    A growing number of U.S. emergency rooms are giving patients medication through the nose instead of via injections or IVs, new research shows.

    The new approach “is easy, fast and noninvasive,” wrote emergency department pharmacist Megan Rech and colleagues from Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill.

    Doctors or nurses simply place an atomizer attached to a syringe in the patient’s nostril. When they push a plunger, a mist of medicine is released inside the nose, the study authors explained.

  • The top 5 conditions that shorten Americans’ lives — and are preventable

    More bad news for plus-sized Americans: Obesity is the leading cause of preventable life-years lost in the nation, a new study finds.

    Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol ­— the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans’ lives short, according to researchers who analyzed 2014 data.

    “Modifiable behavioral risk factors pose a substantial mortality burden in the U.S.,” said study lead author Glen Taksler, an internal medicine researcher at the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Can you walk your way to better brain health?

    Just put one foot in front of the other and you’ll boost your brain at the same time.

    That’s the conclusion of a small study that found the impact of a foot while walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that increases blood supply to the brain.

    “New data now strongly suggest that brain blood flow is very dynamic,” said researcher Ernest Greene and his colleagues at New Mexico Highlands University.