• Fentanyl infiltration: Potent drug being mixed with more than heroin, adds danger for first responders  

    In addition to addressing a rise in overdose deaths, law enforcement in Nelson County and surrounding areas could be seeing a trend in fentanyl trafficking and an increased risk to first responders, as arrests and indictments on the charge are coming in.

  • Avoid complacency

    By Carol Marak

    In a recent conversation with Bart Astor, a recognized expert in life’s transitions and eldercare, we discussed the large number of seniors (70 percent) who opt out of the annual Medicare open enrollment and comparison shopping for healthcare insurance. It’s mind-boggling how much money is left on the table when we’re complacent.

  • UK study indicates smoking bans effective in reducing lung cancer

    By Melissa Patrick

    Kentucky Health News

    Kentucky communities with strong laws against smoking in workplaces have fewer cases of lung cancer, according to a University of Kentucky study that says it’s the first to show such findings.

    Researchers found that residents of counties with comprehensive smoke-free laws, including those with city-only smoking bans, were 8 percent less likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than those living in communities without smoke-free laws.

  • AGING MATTERS: Dear Santa, here’s what I want for Christmas

    In the spirit of the season, it’s time for individuals 55 and over to share their wish list with Santa. I’m not talking about the personal gifts we hope to receive from family and friends, but the kind that city officials, tech innovators, health care professionals, housing developers, and appliance manufacturers and others could design for the aging world.

  • Seek treatment when you experience lasting back pain

    Back pain is a common ailment that affects about 80 percent of Americans, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Many people visit the doctor due to activity-limiting back pain, especially those between ages 35 and 55. Back pain can be the result of an injury, underlying condition or a recurring everyday activity. Therefore, it is important to protect your back and seek treatment for back pain that won’t go away.

  • Your lungs will thank you when you quit smoking

    November is a time when we give thanks, and that includes for being healthy. November is designated as Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time when increased awareness of this disease is brought to the forefront to help reduce risk and educate the public on its severity. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • AGING MATTERS: How to achieve 10,000 steps per day

    Do you believe 10,000 steps each day is realistic? I’ve always enjoyed walking — outdoors, not on a treadmill. But before two years ago, I never tracked the number of steps, only the miles or the time.

  • Clark honored as KentuckyOne Health Employee of the Year

    Jill Clark thought she was walking down to the conference room at Flaget Memorial Hospital for a marketing activity, so she was truly surprised to enter a room packed with her extended family, friends and co-workers all waiting with grins to greet her.

    “I’m speechless. I’m totally surprised,” said Clark, a longtime nurse, upon learning she had been selected as the hospital’s first KentuckyOne Health Employee of the Year.

    Jennifer Nolan, Flaget’s new president, opened the Nov. 6 reception for Clark.

  • Schools can be a hub for bedbug transportation, though breeding infestations are rare

    The United States is one of many countries experiencing a resurgence in the bedbug population, and while they can be found anywhere from public transportation to expensive hotels, when it comes to schools, the Environmental Protection Agency warns communities to avoid bedbug panic.

  • Watts wants to join lawsuit against drug companies

    At least 36 Kentucky counties have joined a lawsuit against drug companies for wrongful distribution of prescription opioids, and Judge-Executive Dean Watts says he will ask Nelson County Fiscal Court to join them.

    The civil suit seeks a legal settlement to recover financial losses Kentucky counties have incurred because of prescription opioid abuse.

    Watts said Nelson County has incurred the most cost through operation of its jail, but it also has cost the Sheriff’s Office, Nelson County EMS and the courts money.