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Health

  • Don’t ignore symptoms, says honorary chair

    When Dick Heaton got a sore throat and starting having earaches in 2009, he thought he had a cold. He bought some over-the-counter medicine and went about his business as Bardstown mayor and at the car dealership that bears his name, Conway-Heaton.

    But the symptoms didn’t go away. In fact, they got worse. Heaton consulted his family physician, who eventually referred him to a specialist. That’s when he learned he had cancer.

  • Kick the smoking habit with help of free course

    As smokers, we learn early on to put up a mental wall of denial between our smoking habit and the harsh reality of the damage we’re inflicting on ourselves — and on others — by smoking cigarettes.

    We tell ourselves lies that let us smoke with some level of comfort. We say we have time to quit, or that cancer doesn’t run in the family. We know we can quit any time we want. Bad things happen to other people, not to us. Because smoking is usually a slow killer, lies can support our wall of denial for years.

  • Volunteers sought for SMP Training

    SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) needs volunteers to train in medicare fraud and abuse. Training will be free, contact Victoria Willliams at (270) 737-1059 or (270) 766-9429 for more information.

  • Flaget names new vice president of ambulatory services/projects

  • Several public health hazards associated with flooding

    Lincoln Trail District Health Department is issuing safety guidelines to the county residents affected by floodwaters. Contact with flood waters should be avoided. Floodwaters may contain contaminants that can pose serious health problems.

    Floodwaters may contain septic system spillage as well as other chemicals and objects that can cause illness or injury. Unclean flood waters can pose a risk for tetanus to those who have open wounds that come into direct contact with such waters.

  • Prescription drugs to be collected for disposal

    Nelson County residents are invited to bring their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to the Bardstown Police Department and Nelson County Sheriff’s Office 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30. Bardstown Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration have collaborated in the effort to rid the county’s medicine cabinets of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

  • Flaget Baby Fair offers advice, goodies for new and expectant parents

    If you’re expecting a baby or are a new parent and have questions about your new role, you can find answers at the Flaget Baby Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in tents on the Flaget Memorial Hospital parking lot.

    “Baby fairs are important,” said Amy Taylor with Flaget Health Connection. “Many of us have lost the support of extended families and even nuclear families, with single parents raising babies. But it still takes a village to raise a child.”

  • Weight-loss surgery can eliminate serious health threats

    We have bariatric (weight loss) surgery available to us at Flaget Hospital thanks to the expertise of Dr. Rob Farrell, bariatric and general surgeon. At the Flaget Center for Weight Loss Surgery (FCWLS), Farrell helps those who are obese regain many things they thought were lost to them forever, such as playing with their children or grandchildren, dancing, walking on a treadmill or riding a bicycle.

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  • E’town hospital re-examines its reach

    By MARTY FINLEY,LANDMARK NEWS SERVICE

    ELIZABETHTOWN — Michelle Murphy said the term “hospital” no longer adequately describes the role Hardin Memorial Hospital plays in Hardin and surrounding counties.

    Murphy, director of marketing and public relations for HMH, and her team have designed a new campaign she says better encapsulates the services HMH offers as a health system.