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Health

  • Study: Brain cell development differs in those with autism

    HealthDay

    Neurons in a brain area involved with social and emotional behavior normally increase as children become adults, but this does not occur in people with autism, new research contends.

    Instead, children with autism spectrum disorder have too many neurons in this part of the brain — the amygdala — and lose neurons as they mature, according to researchers at the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis.

  • RAISE Family Caregivers Act proposed to help those giving assistance

    By Carol Marak

    My sisters and I know the hardships of elder care. The three of us helped our parents. Today, there are 40 million family members giving help to needy loved ones. Whether working a full-time job or being a full-time caregiver, it’s difficult to juggle time and resources between the two demands.

    Back in my caregiving day, the HR department didn’t understand what it was like to do both. And when I asked to take Family Medical Leave, they rejected the request. That was almost 20 years ago.

  • KORT Rehab showcases new sports technology

    KORT Rehab is looking to help athletes prevent injuries, improve performance and recover faster with new sports technology. During a demonstration last week, the rehab center in Bardstown unveiled dorsaVi, a wireless wearable sensor system that measures how the body moves during certain physical activity.

    “We put these sensors on our athletes and go through a series of tests, and because of this, we get really reliable and accurate data,” said Elliot Mattingly, a physical therapist with KORT in Bardstown.

  • Why is choosing a health care proxy critical?

    By Carol Marak

    At the Aging Well Conference recently, I was asked to speak on The Decisions A Health Care Proxy May Make On Your Behalf. I have written several times about legal documents and selecting an executor and agent. While researching, I came across valuable information on the American Bar Association website and want to shares. 

    Decisions a healthcare proxy will make on your behalf:

    • Choices about medical care, including tests, medicine or surgery

  • Knee injuries are a common occurrence in basketball

    By Dr. Mark Duber

    Kentucky One Health

    It’s that time of year in Kentucky again. If you don’t play basketball, you’re probably watching it on TV. While you likely won’t injure yourself on your couch, for those out on the court, knee injuries are unfortunately a common occurrence. Meniscus tears, ACL tears and sprains are some of the most common injuries for basketball players.

  • Help prevent colon cancer with screenings

    March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of colorectal cancer to help save lives. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States, and the second leading cause of death in men. In 2013, the latest year data was provided, Kentucky ranked fourth in the nation for colorectal cancer deaths, according to the Colon Cancer Prevention Project.

  • WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: SCNs still play role in local hospital, health care

    When Nelson County’s first hospital opened in 1951, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth filled many of the roles.

    “The Sisters were the nurses, they were the administrators, they ran the finances, they did everything,” said Kathy Hertel-Baker, archival director at Nazareth.

  • Lincoln Trail District Health Department achieves national accreditation

    The Lincoln Trail District Health Department announced recently that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.

    Lincoln Trail is one of 220 health departments nationally and one of 14 in Kentucky that have earned accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011.

    PHAB was created to serve as the national public health accrediting body, and is jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • Volunteers talk cancer in Frankfort

    Stacey Phelps held a photo of her mother as she took her turn speaking to the crowd in Frankfort Wednesday. She died of lung cancer, and with proposed cuts in cancer screenings, the disease was one of the main talking points for this year’s Cancer Action Network’s Day at the Capitol.

    The event is a time for Kentuckians — particularly cancer survivors and affected families — to meet with lawmakers about legislation that affects research funding and other topics. Phelps was among those representing Nelson County for the day.

  • Annual event talks heart health with women

    The symptoms of a heart attack that present in women can be completely different than those that present in men. This is why health officials are pushing for women to become better educated on heart health, symptoms and prevention to help stop one of the worst killers in America.