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Burkesville continues to reap benefits of partnership between UK student, Cooperative Extension Service

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The southern Kentucky town of Burkesville continues to reap the benefits of a project that began several years ago through a partnership between University of Kentucky junior Molly Morgan and Elijah Wilson, the county’s 4-H youth development agent with the UK Cooperative Extension Service. At that time, Morgan was a high school junior, 4-H’er and Rogers Scholar...

Experiential Learning: UK physical therapy students go underground to understand miners’ challenges

By Melanie J. Sparks Special to KyForward David Nelson stumbled through a coal mine, trying to navigate safely through what felt like, in his words, “a “giant, dark, low-roofed super store with coal the size of softballs and nothing but our balance and the light source from our helmets to rely on.” Nelson is not a miner. He is a DPT (doctor of physical therapy) student at the UK...

Mindless eating habits should be replaced by more contemplative approach to improve health

By Geza Bruckner Special to KyForward Have you ever raised and butchered a chicken or a pig or do you get all your meats in nicely sanitized vacuum packed containers? In the process of nurturing our bodies and nurturing our souls, many of us have lost self-balance, hence our obesity epidemic. We have become detached and unaware of our present moment, of our presence in our environment, of our inter-presence....

Federal grant helps bridge gap in availability for rural speech therapy services

Access to health care and health-related services is a chronic problem in rural America, and Kentucky with its swaths of undeveloped land in Appalachia and points west is particularly vulnerable. A number of initiatives are working to address the issue, and one in particular – using videoconferencing technology to connect experts in larger cities with patients in rural areas – has shown promise. Via...

Study shows increased exercise at any age a factor in keeping your mind young

By Allison Perry and Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. A group of researchers led by Nathan Johnson, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, was able to demonstrate a positive correlation between fitness and blood flow to areas of the brain...

Vision Comes to Life: UK College of Health Sciences student and husband to open clinic in Kenya

By Melanie Sparks Special to KyForward At age 19, Amy Hehre was not only dreaming of her future – she was drawing the blueprints for it. It wasn’t a suburban dream home she was planning. Instead, Amy mapped out in detail a facility that could care for terminally ill orphans in Kenya, a place she had just visited for the first time on a pre-professional health care mission. Her vision came to life...

UK delegation sees firsthand the pros and cons of Cuba’s unique health care system

The UK group visited Cuba as part of a Education Abroad program. (Photo from UKNow)   Derrick Meads and Sarah Geegan Special to KyForward   A delegation of 20 University of Kentucky students, hospital administrators, faculty and staff recently returned from Cuba, where through an Education Abroad program they explored the country’s unique health care system.   The delegation, led by...