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Health

  • AGING MATTERS: Be sure to check your credit card statements

    If you use a credit card to pay bills, you need to log in your online account to check the balance regularly. But how often? A good rule of thumb is once monthly, the very least.

    It’s crucial to go over your statement each month to make sure all the charges are valid and in the correct amount. Just yesterday, I checked my online statement, and it showed a $5.00 increase to a restaurant charge. My receipt showed $23.27 and the credit card charge showed $28.27. Only a five dollar discrepancy but that’s not how I see it.

  • Shoulder osteoarthritis common in adults over 50

    As we age, our bones and joints can weaken over time. Arthritis affects more than 54 million aging adults in the United States annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, the most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis — a combination of joint cartilage breakdown and abnormal bone growths called bone spurs. Osteoarthritis can affect a number of joints in the body, including the shoulders.

  • FHE students help babies, sick kids

    There were a lot of questions about the Norton Children’s Hospital balloon logo Friday morning as students in Amy Brandenburg’s class at Foster Heights Elementary School learned about the hospital in a special presentation.

    Courtney Puckett, the development coordinator for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, paid a special visit to the local students to not only educate them about the hospital, but also thank them for a big donation the students had made.

  • Kentucky has the nation’s highest rate of hepatitis C
  • Consider conservative and surgical treatment for spine conditions

    The spine is a complex part of the body, made up of a column of bones called vertebrae, ligaments and cartilage that form a cage around the spinal cord and nerve roots. Because of its intricate makeup, the spine can develop a variety of painful and debilitating conditions.

    Approximately 75-85 percent of Americans will experience back or neck pain in their lifetime, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. So, it is important to care for your spine properly to minimize your risk.

  • PHOTO: Paris joins Flaget Cancer Center team
  • Flaget Cancer Center physician receives award from the National Cancer Institute

    Dr. Monte Martin with the Flaget Memorial Hospital Cancer Center has been recognized by the National Cancer Institute for his successful level of participation and the number of patients he has enrolled to the NCI clinical trials over the past three grant years.

  • Rotarians working to eradicate polio

    In 1916, America was in the midst of a polio epidemic that claimed the lives of thousands of people and left many others paralyzed, including a future president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. One hundred years later, there were fewer than 20 known cases in 2016, and this year the deadly disease is believed to be limited to a couple of countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Rotarians want to eradicate it altogether.

  • New survivor wants women to stay strong

    Denise Cecil had two aunts go through breast cancer. One was diagnosed about seven years ago at age 49. Her great aunt died from the disease. Even with the family history, Cecil couldn’t believe what she was hearing when the doctor told her she had stage II breast cancer.

    “I was stunned, you know,” she said. “During all this time when they told me I had to go back to do another mammogram, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s nothing.’ When he called me that morning. I was shocked. I was actually shocked. Unfortunately, it was cancer.”

  • A new reality

    Christa Grimes was in the shower when she felt the lump in her left breast.

    “All the fear goes through your head when you find it,” she said.

    At 31, she didn’t expect to be diagnosed with breast cancer, but she was. Life was about to become a whole lot different.

    After finding the lump, Grimes made an appointment with her doctor that same afternoon. At first, they thought it might just be fibroid tissue — she was still young, after all — but they wanted to go ahead and schedule a mammogram.