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Harmonica-playing surgeon hits right note with patients, family, staff; honored nationally

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By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   When presented with a national award for his contributions to music therapy, Dr. Jay Zwischenberger showed his appreciation with a felicitous expression of music. He concluded a short acceptance speech at the American …

Your Health: Fast action when experiencing heart attack symptoms the key to surviving

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Dr. Azhar Aslam Special to KyForward   Did you know heart attacks have beginnings? These beginnings occur in more than 50 percent of patients. If recognized in time, these beginnings can be treated before the heart is damaged.   Some …

Kynect policyholders get premium notices,
are urged to see if a better plan is available

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Kentucky Health News   The 80,000-plus Kentuckians who bought private health insurance during the first open enrollment period under the federal health reform law are getting letters notifying them of their new premium and subsidy amounts. Most policies will cost …

Overdose deaths, prescriptions for opiate treatment drugs rising, worry state officials

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Kentucky Health News   Despite measures to discourage prescription drug abuse, Kentucky health officials report overdose deaths continue to rise and opioid treatment drugs are being prescribed “at alarming rates,” Kevin Wheatley reports for cn|2′s Pure Politics.   A shift …

One year later, U of L doctor says Affordable Health Care Act is working for Kentucky

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  One year ago, Michael Stillman, M.D., and his colleague, Monalisa Tailor, M.D., both physicians with the University of Louisville Department of Medicine, wrote a New England Journal of Medicine “Perspective” article about “Tommy Davis,” their pseudonym-named patient who delayed …

UK parking attendant passionate about tobacco-free policy because it’s personal

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  When patients arrive at University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center parking lot, they are greeted by the warm smile and friendly hello of parking attendant, Tracy Barlow. In addition to pointing out the best parking spaces, Barlow tells patients …

Eye Health: Look for ways to protect your child’s eyes, choose holiday toys carefully

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  By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Does it seem the holiday shopping season has started even earlier this year? My sons have their lists ready and I’m sure the children in your life do so as well.   …

Your Health: Cardiac rehabilitation services can help develop positive lifestyle changes

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By Dr. Tyler Richmond Special to KyForward   For many people, preventing heart disease or recovering from a cardiac event can be overwhelming. Cardiac rehabilitation services can help individuals make positive lifestyle changes in a safe and supervised environment.   …

Open enrollment for Affordable Health Care runs through Dec. 12; coverage review urged

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  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s second annual open enrollment period has started, and brings with it many changes.   Kentuckians can use Kynect, the state’s health insurance exchange, to purchase their plans. They can also use Kynect …

Constance Alexander: The power of music a gift to those unable to speak for themselves

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Now, many years later, I still know every word of the Sergeant Pepper’s album, and cannot resist singing along, or at least tapping to the beat, when I hear one of the tunes. My devotion to the Beatles is so …