GOP health care opponents call latest Senate plan as a ‘tax cut’ for the rich during rally

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Supporters of a single-payer health care system rallied in Frankfort on Monday calling the GOP’s replacement bill for Obamacare a tax cut for the rich. About 75 people gathered at the Capitol Rotunda for a “Save Our Healthcare” rally, sponsored by Together Frankfort and other groups dissatisfied with the health care plans offered by Republicans in Washington. Dustin...

UK College of Pharmacy part of collaboration of scientists searching for new ways to combat cancer

By Kristie Colon Special to KyForward New findings published in Nature Chemical Biology show promise for finding new solutions to treat lung cancer and other deadly diseases. Kentucky continues to lead the nation in incidence and death rates from lung cancer, and the University of Kentucky is committed to reducing these numbers. According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer is among the leading...

Staying Fit: Five tips for maintaining your healthier fitness routine this summer

By Heather Thomas Special to KyForward Summer is in full swing filled with vacations, different schedules and BBQ parties. Amidst all of the fun, it can be challenging to keep up with your regular fitness routine and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Finding the right balance to enjoy the summer, but also feel your best, is a battle. Here are five tips to help you stick to your routine during the summer...

UK HealthCare Hospitals earn American Heart Association Stroke Gold Plus designation

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recently honored UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) with the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award. This achievement recognizes UK HealthCare’s commitment and success in adhering to the most current evidence-based stroke treatment guidelines...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department alerts residents to presence of rabid bat

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department received word Thursday that a bat in Lexington has tested positive for rabies. The bat was discovered in a home in the Chenault Road area. The health department posted signs in the area on Thursday to notify residents of the discovery.  Rabies, a viral disease of humans, pets and wild animals, is transmitted from animals to humans by the saliva of a...

National primary care provider VillageMD expands to Kentucky with Murray-based medical center

VillageMD, a national primary care provider, has partnered with Primary Care Medical Center (PCMC), a large independent physician group based in Murray, to form VillageMD – Kentucky. This new organization will provide solutions and services to its provider partners across Kentucky to improve clinical outcomes, enhance patient and physician satisfaction, and lower the total cost of care. VillageMD-Kentucky...

Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg joins UK Markey Cancer Center network

Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. announces a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. By becoming a UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network member, Highlands Regional Medical Center will now be able to offer more patients in Eastern Kentucky access to additional specialty...

Setting the Pace: Dog owners walk 22 more minutes per day; state seniors rank low for physical activity

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Dog owners walk on average 22 more minutes per day compared to people who don’t own a dog, says a recent study. “Not only did we see an increase in exercise, but also the exercise was at a moderate pace,” study author Daniel Mills of the University of Lincoln, in the United Kingdom, told Allison Aubrey of NPR. The study, published in the journal...

SmartHealthToday: Pediatrician-approved tips for dressing your baby for hot weather and the sun

Although more babies are born during the summer months than any other time of year, the season can be a tricky one when it comes to knowing how to dress your baby. To celebrate the First Day of Summer, Dr. John LaCount, a pediatrician with St. Elizabeth Physicians’ Florence office, offers five tips on how to keep your baby comfortable in warm weather and protected from the summer sun: Use sunscreen,...

Farmers’ Markets, Fayette County Health Department team to emphasize healthier food options

Healthy food options will soon be a bit easier thanks to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the city’s two farmers’ markets. Starting next week, the health department will bring farmers from the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market and the Lexington Farmers’ Market together to give health department patients, clients, visitors and staff, as well as the entire community, a chance to buy...

Study examines relationship between exercise and slowing the progression of early Alzheimer’s

By Allison Caban-Holt Special to KyForward Experts at the World Health Organization say that a sedentary lifestyle is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide. We all know that being active can reduce our risk for diabetes, heart disease or even stress. But might it also help ward off dementia? Lately, researchers have been studying the relationship between exercise and cognitive performance,...

New dog flu that could also affect cats breaks out in Frankfort area; vets say pets shouldn’t socialize

Dog owners in Franklin County are being warned to keep their pets away from others’ pets because a strain of canine flu has become widespread in and around Frankfort. Dr. Denis King of the Frankfort Animal Clinic told Austin Horn of The State Journal he found the H3N2 virus capital among “some dogs that had been boarding here [that] started coughing and were running fevers.” “With 20...

Even routine summer activities can pose a risk, so following safety guidelines a must while outdoors

With summer upon us, KentuckyOne Health is encouraging all Kentuckians to stay safe while enjoying outdoor activities. Many people often think of the dangers associated with swimming during summer months, but everyday activities such as gardening, mowing the lawn, grilling, and riding a bicycle or skateboard can also be dangerous – especially for children. Following safety guidelines can help avoid...

Yarmuth seeks update on Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver; urges health secretary to reject it

In a June 15 letter, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville asked U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price for an update on the status of Kentucky’s proposal to reshape its Medicaid program, and urged him to not approve it. The proposal went to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services almost 10 months ago. Approval is expected, but it may include provisions that were not requested of the...

Following father’s example, UK nursing student Karly Schmidt donates a kidney to save a life

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward To commit a textbook term to memory, UK College of Nursing student Karly Schmidt used a mental shortcut by naming her two kidneys George and Fred. George, her right kidney, reminded her of the word “glomerular,” and Fred, her left kidney, reminded her of “filtration.” Putting the two words together, she could recall the glomerular filtration rate, which...

52 Weeks of Public Health: State Public Health Department raising awareness of lung diseases

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) is raising awareness of the impact of Cardio Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a term used to describe lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. Kentucky has the second highest incidence of COPD in the U.S. To better address...

The Balm in Gilead, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging launch Memory Sunday Weekend

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward Phyllis Wilson was driving home from Fayette Mall by taking the back roads, just as she had done hundreds of times in the past to avoid the heavy Nicholasville Road traffic. Suddenly, her surroundings did not look familiar and she felt lost as her heart raced. She pulled over to the side of the road and tried to calm herself. After a few minutes, she pulled back...

UK officially opens 10,000-foot Sports Medicine Research Institute at Nutter Training Center

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward The opening of University of Kentucky’s Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI), spearheaded by the UK College of Health Sciences and supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, was marked in a special ceremony Thursday. The 10,000-square-foot facility, part of the UK Nutter Training Facility on campus, will conduct research into...

Development of painful kidney stones can be prevented — stay well hydrated during hot months

By Dr. Amul Bhalodi Special to KyForward Each year, more than a million people in the U.S. will seek treatment for mild to severe pain caused by a kidney stone. Overall, one in 11 individuals in the U.S. will be affected by kidney stones at some time in their life. But one of the most common times to form kidney stones is during the summer and autumn months. Kidney stones are hard, pebble-like pieces...

Cancer survivors celebrate life through creativity at UK Markey Center’s Expressions of Courage

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward When Sarah Lister spent more than four long months as an inpatient in the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Blood & Marrow Transplant Unit, it was the creative endeavors Markey offered that kept her upbeat and motivated. From music therapy to yoga to narrative medicine, she participated in everything that came her way. “All the integrative therapies...