The decision to breastfeed has a wide array of benefits for both mom and baby. Breastfeeding provides warmth and closeness, and the physical contact helps create a special bond between you and your newborn. In addition, research shows that breastfeeding and breast milk can lead to better health for mothers and their children. Benefits for […]
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About UK HealthCare
UK HealthCare is the hospitals and clinics of the University of Kentucky. But it is so much more. It is 9,000 people – physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals – all dedicated to providing the most advanced, most effective care available, not just in Kentucky but anywhere.
To learn more about the power of advanced medicine at UK HealthCare, visit ukhealthcare.uky.edu.
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New research from the UK College of Public Health suggests state drug-monitoring programs are effective in reducing the number of opioids prescribed to Medicaid recipients. Led by researcher Hefei Wen, the study shows that state requirements for healthcare providers to participate in prescription-drug monitoring programs, or PDMPs, have influenced safer prescribing practices for Medicaid patients. […]
Written by Dr. Christina Studts, assistant professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society in the UK College of Public Health. For many parents, it’s difficult to find time for regular exercise. This can be especially true for parents with young children, all of whom have behavior problems from time to time. At the beginning […]
It’s an unfortunate fact that Kentucky has one of the highest cervical cancer death rates in the country. The good news is many of these deaths are preventable through regular screenings called Pap smears. Pap smears collect cells from the cervix, which are examined under a microscope to find cancer and pre-cancer. If pre-cancer is […]
The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) this week hosted its 12th Annual Spring Conference highlighting the impact that collaborative team science can have in bringing translational medical research to communities across Appalachia. The conference brought more than 800 researchers, clinicians, students and partners to Lexington to discuss this year’s theme of “Clinical Trial […]
In 1987, Dr. John van Nagell started the UK Markey Cancer Center’s Ovarian Cancer Screening Program, an ongoing research endeavor that provides free ovarian cancer screenings by transvaginal ultrasound to women across Kentucky. Now in its 30th year, the program has provided free screenings to more than 46,000 women and found 775 ovarian tumors and […]
With more daylight and warmer temperatures beckoning, many people are ready to say goodbye to the winter doldrums and get active. If you’ve been holed up since Thanksgiving, however, lacing up your running shoes and heading out for a two-mile run may not be the best way to ease into a new exercise routine. Spring […]
While spring does bring sunny days and warm weather, the seasonal change also means the return of irritating spring allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Seasonal allergies cause symptoms like sneezing, coughing and itching, and your reaction can range from bothersome […]
Diabetes affects nearly 600,000 Kentuckians – that’s one in every eight people living in the state. And many in Kentucky who have the disease don’t even know it. Over time, diabetes damages nerves and blood vessels, which can lead to complications such as heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve problems, gum infections and amputation. […]
To children, medication around the house might look like candy waiting to be consumed. That’s part of the reason why medicine is the leading cause of child poisoning in the U.S. Every year, nearly 60,000 children are seen in the emergency room for medicine poisoning. Here are a few simple steps you can take to […]