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Healthy Headlines: Vaping, JUULing, e-Cigarettes — by any name they pose a real danger to children

e-Cigarettes have been around since 2006, and by that name most people assume there is nicotine in the product. They are also easy to spot when people use them—they look like a fake cigarette or pipe and produce a noticeable cloud of vapor. Which is why the term vaping is used to describe them. JUULing is a newer form of e-Cigarettes that came on the market in 2017. JUUL is popular among middle...

Six Kentucky hospitals named among nation’s ‘Best Regional Hospitals’ by U.S. News & World Report

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Six Kentucky hospitals have been named among the nation’s “Best Regional Hospitals” in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report magazine. They are, in order, the University of Kentucky hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood-Covington Hospitals, and in a tie for third, Baptist Health Lexington, Baptist Health Louisville, Norton...

Healthy Headlines: Pregnant? You need a basic knowledge of foods to eat (or avoid) for healthy baby

We all know about pregnancy cravings like pickles and ice cream in the middle of the night. But if you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, it’s important to have a base knowledge of foods to eat and avoid during pregnancy. Pickles and ice cream are fine – in moderation! “I like to advise my pregnant patients to eat whole foods and minimize eating anything processed,” says Dr....

Healthy Headlines: Some things to know about chest pains and calling 911 — every moment counts

St. Elizabeth Healthcare It’s the moment of truth: your chest hurts and you’re having a hard time catching your breath. Your loved one wants to call 911 but you’re not so sure – it could just be indigestion or something minor. You decide to have your loved one drive you over to the ER. After all, 911 is for emergencies – and surely your chest pain isn’t an actual emergency, right? Wrong....

Healthy Headlines: Protect your eyes from harmful impact of the sun this summer; block UV light

St. Elizabeth Healthcare During the summer, the temperatures increase and we all become very aware of the sun’s impact on our life. We vigilantly put on sunscreen to protect our skin, but have you thought about the sun’s impact on your eyes?  
 The sun emits radiation in the form of ultraviolet (UV) light. Although UV rays make up a small portion of the sun’s rays, they damage your skin cells...

Larger Kentucky hospitals’ average grades for patient safety declined; overall national ranking about same

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A nonprofit group that rates hospitals has released its latest grades for keeping patients safe, giving Cs to most of the 51 Kentucky hospitals it rated. Their average grade was worse than the spring 2018 ratings, but Kentucky’s overall ranking among the states, based on the percentage of hospitals with A grades, improved one spot, to 33rd, from the spring...

UK takes its ‘Kentucky Can’ campaign on road, celebrating its $2.1B fundraising goal in Cincinnati

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The Roebling Bridge between Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati was under construction in 1865 when the University of Kentucky was opening its doors for the first time. When the Roebling opened, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and was designed to power a regional economy. That is the same idea that undergirded the founding of the University...

Healthy Headlines: Fashion over function? Consider the lasting damage of those high heels to your feet

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Many women prefer fashion over function. You squeeze your feet into your three-inch stilettos to look great in your little black dress. Or wear pumps to work every day to look more polished in your suit. But have you stopped to consider you could be doing lasting damage to your feet? Dr. James Morrow and Dr. Bill Shamsi, Podiatrists with St. Elizabeth Physicians, agree that...

Healthy Headlines: High cholesterol increases health risks, can often be managed with diet, exercise

You’ve got high cholesterol. Now what? What’s the best option to lower it? According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 102 million American adults have total cholesterol above healthy levels. This statistic should be concerning, especially if you have other risk factors for heart disease including obesity, type 2 diabetes, family history of heart disease or you use tobacco. Your healthcare...

Healthy Headlines: Don’t just sit in front of the TV for those fall shows — eat healthy and move around

St. Elizabeth Healthcare When you think of the fall season, you may think of the beautiful changing leaves or the cool, crisp air. But if you are like thousands of other people, you are thinking “This is Us,”, “Big Bang Theory,” and “Empire.” As you begin to plan your time sitting in front of the tube watching your favorite TV series and the fall premiere, don’t let your diet suffer. Rachel...

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,...