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SmartHealth: Summer hit without much warning this year, so staying hydrated is more critical than ever

By Nathan Skaggs St. Elizabeth Healthcare This year in the Tri-State area, it feels like we skipped spring and went straight to summer. Without a gradual warmup for our bodies to get used to, it’s more important than ever to focus on staying hydrated as the temperature continues to climb. Whether you are training for a marathon, playing a round of golf or sitting by the pool, it’s also important...

Marshall County’s Bluegrass VR wins second Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Bluegrass VR from Marshall County High School won the top prize at the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) 2nd annual competition finals, hosted April 28at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business. Advised by Lisa Devillez, Bluegrass VR team members Claire Harmon and Daniel Sills each won $25,000 in scholarship funds to be used at any in state post-secondary...

Smart Health: On the sweet side, local honey does have a lot of benefits, but there are some cautions

By Kristen Mees St. Elizabeth Healthcare Every spring and summer, you’ll likely see suggestions in the news to use local honey to boost immunity and decrease seasonal allergies. But is there any truth to it? The sweet side of local honey 
The short answer: local honey does have a lot of benefits. “Some research has shown that local honey can be a good source of vitamins and minerals, amino acids...

Power in Numbers symposium shines spotlight on opportunity identified in Transfer of Wealth study

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Power in Numbers symposium at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Training and Education Center in Erlanger Tuesday focused on philanthropy and how a collaborative community effort can capitalize on an emerging opportunity. Joseph Clabes, president of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, explains the opportunity identified in the organization’s Transfer...

Surgeon General Jerome Adams comes to Kentucky to talk about opioid epidemic, treatment

By Hannah Carver Special to KyForward Fighting the opioid epidemic and its effects is no single-solution issue. Surgeon General Jerome Adams addresses local business and government leaders in Northern Kentucky (photos by Hannah Carver). Surgeon General Jerome Adams delivered that message Monday at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center in Erlanger, Kentucky, while addressing more than 100...

Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative expanding technical educational training opportunities

Projects funded by the $100 million Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative (KWRSI) — and $150 million in locally matched funds — are off to a fast start in the Commonwealth. Since January 2017, 40 projects have begun, with many already training students for high-demand technology jobs. “Kentucky is advancing rapidly in our mission to become America’s center for engineering and manufacturing...

St. Elizabeth Healthcare joins University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor St. Elizabeth Healthcare announced today it has joined the Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network, further expanding its relationship with the University of Kentucky. St. Elizabeth CEO Garren Colvin announced that the healthcare organization has joined the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network (photos by Mark Hansel) The UK Markey Cancer Center is the only...

Smart Health: Resolutions can start anytime; let go of old habits to get fit and healthy and lose weight

By Kristen Mees St. Elizabeth Healthcare It’s that time of year again. January is coming, and you are ready to push the reset button and stop all of your bad habits. For the past few years, the No. 1 and No. 2 New Year’s resolutions have been to get fit and healthy and lose weight, but only 8 percent of people felt they kept those resolutions. Rachel Wagner, MS, LD, a registered dietitian at St....

UK College of Medicine’s Northern Kentucky campus gets $2.5 million scholarship from St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has provided a gift of $2.5 million to support a tuition scholarship program for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Northern Kentucky. Through this gift, scholarships will be awarded to medical students enrolled at the Northern Kentucky campus, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. The affiliation between the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky...

McClure, Davis among Commonwealth Award recipients at annual KPI Summit on Philanthropy

Spaulding University president Tori Murden McClure and Field & Main CEO Scott Davis are among four recipients of the annual Commonwealth Awards presented by the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative. The awards will be presented Wednesday at the statewide KPI Summit on Philanthropy to be held for the first time in its nine years in Northern Kentucky, at the Newport Aquarium RiverRoom. McClure, of Louisville,...

Duvall Q&A highlights Diabetes Day at GABP; Reds outfielder diagnosed as Type 1 in 2012

During the 2016 baseball season, Reds left fielder Adam Duvall was on deck at Busch Stadium in St. Louis when a fan from the stands started yelling at him. “Why do you have your cell phone in your back pocket?” the man shouted. Duvall calmly turned around and responded: “It’s an insulin pump. I’m diabetic.” Adam Duvall The following day, before Cincinnati’s next game against the Cardinals,...

Reds’ Duvall grew up with Type 1 Diabetes and learned to deal with it to play in the Majors

Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds left fielder, visited with patients at St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Total Joint Center in Northern Kentucky this week. As a professional athlete, Duvall understands what it takes to be world class. Together with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Duvall is committed to the health and wellness of his fellow Kentuckians.

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,...

Smart HealthToday: E-cigarettes are now regulated by the FDA, but product remains controversial

By Rory Glynn SmartHealthToday The Food and Drug Administration issued its long-awaited first regulations on e-cigarettes in 2016. But controversy surrounding them hasn’t exactly vanished in a puff of smoke. The widely expected move, announced over a year ago in May 2016, requires manufacturers of so-called Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, or ENDS – including e-cigarettes and also vaporizers,...

SmartHealthToday: It’s never too late to quit smoking and the benefits are immediate and significant

By Dianne Gebhardt-French SmartHeathToday It’s not too late to quit smoking, and some benefits are nearly immediate, a range of experts say. The year after you quit, your risk of future heart disease drops 50 percent, reported the American Heart Association (AHA). “After 15 years, your risk is as low as someone who has never smoked.” More good news comes from the Northern Kentucky Independent...

SmartHealthToday: Don’t let a stroke stop you from doing what you love, but know how to lower risk

It’s time to step up the battle to prevent strokes, the number one cause of serious disability for adults, according to Dr. James P. Farrell, director of the Stroke Program for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Our job is to keep disease from interfering with your life. Disease can take your life or prevent you from doing what you would like to do in life,” Farrell said. “The challenge of our time...

SmartHealthToday: World Health Organization focuses on preventing and treating depression

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Because depression is ubiquitous, debilitating and – at its worst – deadly, the World Health Organization is engaging in a year-long campaign focused on educating people about depression and how to seek help for the condition. Depression is an illness that can happen to anybody. The mental anguish it causes can profoundly impair a person’s ability to carry out...

SmartHealthToday: Her cornea transplant surgery restored her vision — things are more in focus

SmartHealthToday Team When Cathy Hudson sets out this spring with her husband to hit some of the country’s most savory barbecue competitions, she’ll see the world with new eyes – literally. That’s because she recently restored her vision through cornea transplant surgery. “It feels like everything is in high-def now,” Hudson marveled. “It was just tissue donation, but it changed my life.” Hudson’s...

SmartHealthToday: Youngsters not the only ones at risk of accidental home poisonings, so take precautions

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Poisoning is the No. 1 cause of injury-related death in the United States. “It’s not just little ones that are in danger it’s adults as well,” notes Dr. John LaCount, a pediatrician with St. Elizabeth Physicians’ Florence office. How severe is the problem? In 2015 Americans called a poison control center 2.2 million times about people exposed to dangerous...

SmartHealthToday: Sesame Street introduces new character to promote autism awareness

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Sesame Street, famous for inclusion, acceptance and “sunny days,” is introducing a new character in an effort to promote greater understanding of autism. Julia, a green-eyed girl with pumpkin-orange hair, will make her Sesame Street debut in April during National Autism Awareness Month. Julia is a key part of Sesame Street’s initiative to raise understanding about...