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Constance Alexander: Exploring the power of Alzheimer’s through metaphor and medicine

The official description is bleak: Alzheimer’s is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to waste away and die. But Eugenia Zuckerman, who has been diagnosed with the disorder, sees it another way. In her memoir about coping with the dreaded condition, she compares the experience to falling through a cloud. Internationally known as a flutist and a writer, Ms. Zuckerman is also known to...

U.S. Surgeon General’s Office labels youth e-cigarette use a major threat to public health

The Office of the U.S. Surgeon General issued its first report on electronic cigarettes in December, calling them a “major public health concern” for youth. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy also announced an interactive website with information and resources for parents and youth. “E-cigarettes went from being rare in 2010 to now being the most common tobacco product used by our nation’s...

Commentary: Appointment of U.S. Surgeon General should rise above partisan politics

By Rep. Bob DeWeese Special to KyForward   FRANKFORT – Washington is a political town. It should come as no surprise to anyone that many times appointments are made based more upon political support than thought as to who would excel in the office. It is a sad reality of our current hyper-partisan world.   While none of these appointments are exactly palatable, it pains me even more to...

With skin cancer on the rise, Surgeon General issues Call to Action to prevent deadly disease

Skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, is a major public health problem that requires immediate action, according to a new Call to Action released by the U.S. Surgeon General.   Even though most skin cancers can be prevented, rates of skin cancer, including melanoma, are increasing in the United States. Nearly 5 million people in the U.S. are treated for skin cancer...