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Research shows living near trees, green vegetation may prevent vascular damage from air pollution

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Researchers at the University of Louisville have shown that living near an abundance of green vegetation can offset the negative effects of air pollution on blood vessel health. The research, led by Aruni Bhatnagar, professor of medicine and director of the UofL Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, was published ahead of print in the American Journal of...

Ky. shows little progress in latest health rankings; we’re getting less exercise, diabetes has increased

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky again ranks near the bottom in two big health measures: 48th for health behaviors and 46th for health outcomes, according to the America’s Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation. Most of the reasons are familiar, such as a high percentage of Kentuckians with more than one chronic condition — such as diabetes, which has become...

Inaugural Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit looks to find solutions to senior food insecurity

The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) held its inaugural Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit on last week in Frankfort. The event connected community partners in finding real solutions to issues surrounding senior food insecurity. “There is no reason anyone in our state should go hungry. Whether it’s a child or an older adult or anywhere between. We have...

Ky. ranks next to last in exercise, the closest thing to a wonder drug, say Centers for Disease Control

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky adults rank next to last for getting the recommended amount of exercise, followed only by Mississippi, according to a recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, based on CDC polling that asks people about their exercise habits and health. The poll found that only 14.6 percent of Kentucky adults reported getting the amount of...

Study shows combination of low-salt, heart-healthy diet as good as drug therapy for high blood pressure

A new study finds that cutting back on salt and following the heart-healthy DASH diet can lower blood pressure, a disease that affects almost two out of every five Kentuckians. “Our results add to the evidence that dietary interventions are as effective as—or more effective than—anti-hypertensive drugs in those at highest risk for high blood pressure, and should be a routine first-line treatment...

Sitting down for prolonged periods could be killing you; how about a standup desk?

Increasing numbers of news reports about the dangers of sitting are prompting traditional offices to make their workstations healthier by ditching desk chairs. “The link between sitting jobs and deadly disease processes galvanized the rise of the adjustable desk and the decline of the cubicle world as we knew it,” Steve Shaw reports for Insider Louisville. Louisville restaurateur Dan Borsch...

UK cardiologist leads study exploring new ways to heal resistant hypertension

By Dr. Khaled Ziada Special to KyForward What does your blood pressure have in common with a garden hose? Quite a lot, in fact. Increasing the pressure in a garden hose (whether by opening your faucet to full force or by plugging the end of the hose opening) can cause it to become rigid or even burst. Blood in the arteries functions in much the same way. Consistently high blood pressure — also...