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Coping with holiday stress: here are some tips to help you get through it all in good health

By Dr. Bomi Joseph Special to NKyTribune Coping with Holiday Stress When our body faces an external threat, it’s “fight or flight” response kicks in and the hormones Adrenaline and Cortisol are released. • Adrenaline causes our air vents to dilate and increases oxygen to the muscles. It selectively flows blood towards the heart, lungs and any muscle that requires extra blood. Our ability to...

Bah, Humbug? University of Kentucky Psychology expert offers tips to deal with holiday stress

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky ‘Tis the season to be merry and bright! But you may be feeling less than joyful during the “most wonderful time of the year.” Do you experience stress, anxiety or even depression from November to January? If so, you’re not alone. “It’s pretty common. In my clinical and personal experience, I would say most, but not all, people...

Stress Awareness Month: WalletHub analysis shows Kentucky to be nation’s fifth-most stressed state

With April being Stress Awareness Month, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Stressed States. The statistics resulted in Kentucky ranking as the nation’s fifth most stressed. To determine the states with the highest stress levels, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 33 key metrics....

SmartHealthToday: Your heart can be broken . . . but it can be fixed too; know why and how

By Dianne Gebhardt-French SmartHealthToday It’s more than a line in a poem. More than a lyric in a song. Your heart can be broken. It’s a medical fact, which can result from acute, significant and sudden stress. “Acute stress could be a sudden, life-changing event” that can affect the heart muscle, said Dr. Mohanjit Brar, a cardiovascular disease specialist with St. Elizabeth Healthcare. It...

SmartHealthToday: When it really matters, you have to control your stress — here are some tips

By Dianne Gebhardt-French SmartHealthToday The nurse was blunt. Forceful. “Calm down. Settle down. Or we’ll have two patients to care for.” While a doctor pressed a stethoscope against her husband’s chest and a second nurse lifted the thin elastic strap over his head to hold the oxygen cannula in place, the wife took a step back. Like the theatrical slap – a staple in movies of the 1950s...

Health care professionals, emergency responders not immune to mental illness

By Janie Heath and Jan Findlay Special to KyForward Health care professionals and emergency responders confront the brutality of injury and illness on a daily basis. Too often we assume these heroes can block out the horrors and heartbreak of their jobs — that they are superhuman. But the idea that doctors, nurses, officers and EMTs are impervious to mental illness is untrue. Studies show health...

SmartHealthToday: What? Me worry? Of course you do, so here’s what to do about it

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Nearly four out of every 10 of us worry every single day most frequently in the early morning or late evening, according to a new report. You name it, we worry about it. Our homes, our relationships, our jobs, the weather. We worry most late in the evening and early in the morning. What we worry about varies at different stages in our lives – finances and housing...