Lingering flu season leaves Kentucky Blood Center feeling the effects of lower than expected supply

Even though spring is here, the flu season is still hanging around, and Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is feeling the effects. A number of blood drives have been cancelled because host sites – such as high schools and factories – have had too many sick students or employees to hold the drives. Donations in February and March are down 600 compared to the same time last year. KBC is asking eligible...

UK study unveils novel link between cell polarity and cancer-associated inflamation

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward A new study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer researchers and published in the Journal of Cell Science establishes a novel link between cell polarity and cancer-associated inflammation. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are reactive molecules and free radicals derived from molecular oxygen, and they are part of the immune system’s “killing response”...

KHIP: Poll shows Kentuckians need to be more physically active to achieve good health

Being physically active is one of the most valuable things a person can do to maintain good health. The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, asked Kentucky adults about neighborhood conditions and physical activity. Eight in 10 Kentucky adults (79 percent) said they were either very physically active (30 percent) or somewhat...

SmartHealthToday: Finding a cure for MS starts with awareness and education; research matters

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday March is National MS Education and Awareness Month. Why is education and awareness so important? It’s the first step toward research and finding a cure, says Randy Nickum, coordinator of logistics and volunteer engagement for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Ohio Valley chapter. Worldwide, more than 2.3 million people suffer from MS, a chronic disease of...

Athletes who experience problems breathing could have vocal cord dysfunction known as PVFM

By JoAnna Sloggy Special to KyForward Feeling like you can’t breathe is frightening and can trigger anxiety and panic in the person experiencing it and those around them. Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion, or PVFM, often flares up in the late winter/early spring season for young elite athletes. PVFM has also been called Vocal Cord Dysfunction and is a disorder of the upper airway where the vocal folds...

Several opioid epidemic-related measures approved by General Assembly; more could be in the works

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The 2017 General Assembly has passed several bills meant to put more “tools in the toolbox” as the state works to combat its growing opioid epidemic. And several more are in the pipeline to pass when lawmakers come back March 29 and 30. Those two days are provided to reconsider any bills Gov. Matt Bevin vetoes, but legislation in the pipeline can...

6,000 Steps for Health: UK Health and Wellness hosts LiveWell 5K run/walk at Legacy Trail on April 15

University of Kentucky faculty and staff, students, along with family and friends and the general public, are invited to the LiveWell 5K run/walk beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Legacy Trail at Coldstream Park. Hosted by UK HR Health and Wellness, the annual LiveWell 5K run/walk sees hundreds of participants cross the finish line after completing 3.1 miles — in their own time. “We...

SmartHealthToday: With spring sports on the horizon, here’s how to stay healthy and active

By Rory Glynn SmartHealthToday St. Elizabeth Healthcare looks at spring high school sports and what athletes, coaches and parents should know to stay healthy and optimize performance. Today: baseball.   Key dates: Kentucky: Competition starts this week. District tournaments start week beginning May 21; region tournaments start week beginning May 28; and state tournament beginning the week of June...

Norton Healthcare to invest $78 million to expand at Norton Children’s Hospital, create cardiac ICU

Norton Children’s Hospital is expanding to improve critical care services for children and grow its family-centered approach to treating the region’s sickest kids. Norton Healthcare announced plans to invest $78.3 million to create the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and renovate the “Just for Kids” Critical Care Center and two of the neonatal intensive care...

Walking is good for plantar fasciitis sufferers, assuming you’re doing it properly

By Jocelyn Brown Special to KyForward Whether you’re visiting or living in Kentucky, you don’t want to miss any of the great walking trails, and that means keeping yourself pain free, especially if you have plantar fasciitis. If you do, then you might worry that you’ll have to miss hiking in many of the county parks, including Freedom Park and Locust Pike Park. This doesn’t have to be...

Turn bystander helplessness into heroism by knowing how to ‘Stop the Bleed’

By Hannah Anderson Special to KyForward Severe bleeding can result in death within minutes, before paramedics have a chance to respond. Uncontrolled bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death from trauma. In some cases, the differential between life and death for a victim of an incident is the bravery of a bystander. Research suggests bystanders with little or no scientific training can save...

Foot Health: Sock it to me — but make sure to properly cover your feet with the right materials

By Dr. Jamie Settles Carter Special to KyForward As you know, socks are a staple of everyone’s wardrobe.  Socks come in a variety of colors, lengths and materials. If you sit down for any amount of time to watch television, you will more than likely see commercials for socks made out of materials such as copper, acrylic, Lyra and Isofil. Sock History 
 They have certainly come a long way...

SmartHealthToday: Talk to your college students about having a safe spring break before they leave

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday For many college students, spring break is a welcome respite from the academic pressure of school and a chance to enjoy a little fun in the sun. For too many students, however, it can be a time of excess and poor choices in an unfamiliar environment. What can parents do to help ensure their teens have a fun and safe spring break? “Good planning can go a long way,”...

Colorectal cancer is preventable — here are some steps to reduce your risk from AICR

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States but it is also one of the most preventable. Research shows that Americans can prevent tens of thousands of colorectal cancer cases every year through diet, physically activity and weight management, say experts at the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR).   “By making a few changes in what you eat and drink, and getting...

Bill making all Kentucky schools tobacco-free appears dead for this session, Hoover says

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill that would ban tobacco use on school properties and at school events has all but died in the state House, despite its quick passage in the Senate and polling that says Kentuckians would support such a mandate. “We are probably not going to do that this session. . . . With the change of direction in the caucus, we are probably not going to do that,”...

EKU athletics department unveils new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning training center

he Eastern Kentucky University athletics department has unveiled its brand new, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center, and it is drawing rave reviews from strength and conditioning personnel and student-athletes alike. “There’s nothing that we don’t have now,” EKU Director of Strength and Conditioning Jon-Michael Davis said. “We can address any training needs for our student-athletes.” The...

Kentucky, surrounding states have fewer companies on government health insurance exchanges

The number of health insurance companies offering subsidized coverage didn’t shrink just in Kentucky, but in most of adjoining states, according to a study done for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The report found that the number of insurers on Kentucky’s exchange dropped to three in 2017 from seven in 2016. Likewise, the number of insurers in Illinois and Indiana also dropped by...

‘Pounding’ out stress and calories just a drumbeat away — call it a dance party with sweat … or perks

By Vicki Prichard Special to KyForward After a particularly grueling work week, Epic Wayts could very easily remain mired in the grip of stress; instead, she goes to the gym, armed with a unique set of drumsticks, and pounds out her frustration, doing bother body and psyche a favor. Wayts, who lives in Southgate, teaches Pound, a fitness program that has garnered its share of media attention from celebrities...

A few tips on how to best fuel your body before resuming your spring outdoor exercise routine

Dr. Kimberly Kaiser Special to KyForward With spring fast approaching, many people will begin running races, playing tennis, hiking and enjoying other outdoor activities. It can be difficult to navigate the plethora of information on eating to improve athletic performance, but it is possible to make adjustments that work for you. Question: Should I eat before I exercise? Answer: Your body needs energy...

Nurse practitioners ease doctor shortage, but won’t get more authority to prescribe narcotics

They’re not doctors, but they do a lot of the same things, probably most things most patients need. They’re nurse practitioners, officially known as advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs. Kentucky has 5,400 of them, and they are helping ease the state’s shortage of doctors, reports Darla Carter of The Courier-Journal. “Since the expansion of the Affordable Care Act, there’s...