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Breaking the Pain Chain: KCH, Cincinnati Children’s Providers team to give pediatric patient a brighter life

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward Perched on an examination table at the Kentucky Clinic, Mackenzee Walters revealed a collection of bruises and scrapes on her knees — the traces of trampoline topples and skateboarding scuffs. The 11-year-old shrugged off the purple blemishes spotting her knees and shins while reviewing her summer routine with Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) pediatric...

Community partnership program helps area women in recovery replace cigarettes with exercise program

From left: Corey Donohoo, Tonya Jernigan, Tisha Ducas, Janine Barnett, Amanda Fallin-Bennett, Susan Sanders. Partners and researchers not present: Kristin Ashford, Andrea McCubbin and Susan Westneat. (UK Now Photo) By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward While managing her sobriety, returning to the workforce and enduring a grueling legal process to reunite with her children, Missy couldn’t imagine...

Kentucky Children’s Hospital surgeon Liau, family work to raise awareness of cleft care, repair children in Third World

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward The 20-week ultrasound appointment privileges parents to a sneak-peek of their baby growing inside the womb. First-time parents Anna (Seitz) and Evan Ciannello went into their 20-week appointment expecting to see their baby’s physical features taking perfect form — 10 tiny fingers, one wrinkled nose, two eyes yet to open and a complete mouth, perhaps sucking...

Five new arrivals at UK Birthing Center, granting mom’s special birthday wish

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward The smallest of the quintuplets, Sadie defied her size with her energy, churning her legs inside and out of the womb. Her sister Scarlett, on the other hand, established herself as the calm and docile member of the bunch. And family members have already pinned Lucas, the sole boy in the group, as the sweetheart — perhaps a future golfer, his dad speculated. “They...

UK College of Nursing receives $2.6 million grant to promote rural caregivers’ cardiovascular health

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward In a self-sacrificial role, caregivers of chronically ill patients often neglect their own psychological and physical health while attending to the needs of a loved one. The demands of caregiving can cause emotional distress and reduce the time caregivers are able to devote to their personal health. In rural areas, additional barriers prevent caregivers from...

Healthy pregnancies and pre-term birth prevention drive work of UK College of Nursing researcher

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward Working as a labor and delivery nurse for a decade, Kristin Ashford was surrounded by happy beginnings. She helped women and families welcome healthy babies into the world. But amid those happy and healthy beginnings, Ashford also helped mothers and their families work through the stressful and heart-wrenching experience of pre-term birth. As a first-hand witness...

UK CDAR leads research investigating progressive therapies to treat opioid addiction

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward Opioid addiction is a complex medical disorder that impacts the entire nation, but much of the problem is condensed to disparate regions of Kentucky. This is the third and final installment of a series of articles exploring the work of University of Kentucky researchers and UK HealthCare medical providers who are making progress toward solutions to the epidemic...

On the Road: Former truck driver seeks to improve working conditions, safety for women on the highway

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward After 13 years working as a trauma, emergency room and flight nurse in Western Kentucky, Kim Bourne decided it was time to put rubber to the road — 18 gargantuan wheels of rubber to be exact. Bourne, a doctoral student in the UK College of Nursing, broke away from her routine as a double-time nurse in 2008 to join her husband Ricky in the cab of a semi-truck....

New UK Public Health dean stresses role of research in eliminating care disparities

By Alicia Gregory and Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward In her former career as a nurse, Donna Arnett found herself engaging in the natural process of scientific inquiry: asking an unanswered question about a problem observed in health care, then devising a plausible solution. While working adjacent to a dialysis clinic at a Veteran’s Affairs hospital, Arnett noticed more African-American men...

SelfMade Health Network, UK College of Public Health team to reduce tobacco-related cancer

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward The incidence of tobacco-related cancer persists in Appalachia, a geographic region disadvantaged by a number of socioeconomic factors related to demographics, health care accessibility, screening behavior and environmental risks. To address tobacco-related health disparities in Appalachia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated a...

UK Children’s Hospital nurses utilize ‘Kangaroo Care’ to protect bond between mother, new born

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward With her tiny body too vulnerable to withstand the world outside her mother’s womb, infant Emma Lewis continued to grow and develop inside an incubator during the first four days of her life. But the life-preserving incubator at Kentucky Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) also separated Emma from her mother’s nurturing touch, which...

‘Old house challenges’ no match for Bell Court homeowner determined to be energy efficient

With multiple working fireplaces throughout her home on the historic Bell Court Square, Nina McCormack purchased chimney pillows that inflate inside the shaft of the fireplace and stop cold drafts. (Photo by Elizabeth Adams)   By Elizabeth Adams KyForward correspondent   Brown bags stuffed with puffy pink insulation cling to the attic ceiling of Nina McCormack’s honey brick house on the...

Motorized eye candy on display for 10th year in Keeneland Concours for children's hospital

Concours d’Elegance at Keeneland raises funds for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital this weekend. (Photo provided)   By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   An array of motorized eye candy will be on display for automotive lifestyle enthusiasts this weekend during the 10th anniversary of the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, an annual fund-raiser for Kentucky Children’s...

Day campers from Kentucky Children’s Hospital learn importance of healthy choices

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   The camp engaged children in fun physical activity as well as educational sessions about nutrition and eating well. (Photo from UKNow) Children from the Kentucky Children’s Hospital High BMI (Body Mass Index) Diagnostic Clinic were too busy swimming, shooting hoops, paddling and grilling out recently to miss sitting around and playing video games.   But...

AdvoCats, a patient advocacy group, raise money to refurbish, stock Family Care library

Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Miriam Behar; Dr. Kimberly Northrip, medical adviser for the AdvoCats; Joanna Rodes, director of the Family Care Center; Dr. Lauren DeLoach; Dr. Priya Veeraraghavan; Dr. Holly Von Gruenigen, president of the AdvoCats; Dr. Casey Berson; and Dr. Elizabeth Hay. (Photo from UK)   By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   A storybook serves as a healthy distraction...

Kentucky awarded Safe States Alliance grant to improve pedestrian safety in three cities

This World War II era poster was produced by the Office of Emergency Management and used from 1941-1945. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   Heavy traffic, more motorists on the roadways and distracted drivers and walkers are all factors that have contributed to pedestrian safety issues in three Kentucky communities and led to a grant to solve the problem.   In...