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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...