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Risk of Americans getting new coronavirus remains low, but top expert cautions this is evolving situation

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky health officials have been monitoring more than 100 people for the novel coronavirus, all of whom agreed to voluntary isolation after recent travel to mainland China, but as of Sunday there had been no confirmed cases in Kentucky. The state has tested one person for the virus, and that test came back negative, Gov. Andy Beshear said at a Feb. 27 press...

Healthy Headlines: What is a sick person to do? It’s cold and flu season and you have a cough?

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Each year – especially during cold and flu season – millions of people head to the doctor to address their bothersome cough symptoms. We’ve all been there – the sore, scratchy throat, the dry tickle that keeps you awake half the night and the congested cough that makes everyone nearby want to take cover. What’s a sick person to do? Dr. Drew Byers, Primary Care Physician...

Baptist Health Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine to open doors in La Grange on Dec. 2

Baptist Health is acquiring PMC Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine at 1006 New Moody Lane in La Grange. Effective Dec. 2, Baptist Health Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine will officially open to the public. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online check-in at BaptistHealthClinics.com will be an option for patients wanting...

E-cigarette users need to watch for symptoms of lung injury, seek medical care immediately if detected

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News If you use electronic cigarettes, contrary to current warnings, it’s important to watch for symptoms of lung injury, and to immediately seek medical care if you have any of them: cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or abdominal pain. That was one of the main messages on a Nov. 1 “Lung Injury with Vaping”...

Widespread flu activity in Kentucky reported for 10th consecutive week; not too late to vaccinate

The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, reports flu activity in Kentucky is at “widespread” for the 10th consecutive week. Widespread is the highest level of flu activity, indicating increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the state’s regions. “With the traditional flu season running from October through May, it is...

Minor symptom of a persistent cough could actually signal an autoimmune disease

By Dr. Maher Baz Special to KyForward Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic adult lung disease in which normal lung tissue is slowly replaced by scar tissue, affecting seven to 16 of every 100,000 Americans. Though the name is similar, IPF differs from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes thickening of bodily fluids (particularly in the lungs) and first appears in newborns and...