Entries by UK HealthCare

UK program gives high-schoolers chance to watch live surgery

Because of a new video-conferencing technology at UK, a record number of Kentucky high schools participated in the annual broadcast of a live surgery last November. That broadcast went to 20 high schools from all eight AHEC regions across Kentucky, with around 400 juniors and seniors, said Michael Witt, health careers program coordinator for the UK […]

UK and Norton partner in first-ever clinical trial for radiation necrosis

Radiation saves countless lives, but in rare cases, it causes a debilitating complication. Around 3 to 5 percent of patients who receive radiation for brain tumors, or arteriovenous malformations (AVM), develop radiation necrosis. Radiation necrosis causes headaches, nausea and vomiting, cognitive problems, and neural dysfunction. Although a variety of medications has been used to manage symptoms, there […]

Promising results in UK clinical trial get opioid therapy closer to market

A clinical trial at the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) revealed a promising therapy for moderate-to-severe opioid use disorders. The randomized, double-blind clinical trial compared weekly and monthly dosage of CAM2038, a buprenorphine therapy developed by Braeburn Pharmaceuticals and Camurus, with the current standard of care: a daily dose of buprenorphine/naloxone. Reaching a milestone for […]

‘Gill Goes Red’ on Feb. 3 in support of heart health in Kentucky

In February, institutions around Lexington will celebrate Heart Month with activities that promote healthy habits such as exercise, smoking cessation, stress reduction and improved diet. This year’s ‘Gill Goes Red’ will involve treats and prizes UK’s Gill Heart Institute will focus on ways to make your diet more heart-healthy with a celebration and information about […]

Careful exposure to peanuts may prevent allergies, experts say

The rate of Americans suffering from food allergies, including a life-threatening peanut allergy, has dramatically increased in the past few decades. But avoiding peanuts entirely might not be the best idea when it comes to prevention. New evidence shows peanut exposure can be OK Peanut allergies are the leading cause of death caused by food-induced asphyxia, […]

Pediatric surgeon tells little Connor’s story of hope

Written by Dr. Ana Ruzic, a pediatric surgeon at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Let me tell you a true story of hope. It may be difficult to read, but I promise you nowhere as difficult as being its main character. This is Connor’s story. Nearly one year ago, Connor Stacy went home from the Kentucky Children’s […]

Plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Rinker talks about the art of ‘restoring lives’

This week’s featured physician in our Making the Rounds blog series is Dr. Brian Rinker, plastic surgeon and director of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program at UK HealthCare. His specialties include aesthetic surgery, breast reconstruction, microsurgery and correction of congenital hand anomalies. How did you become interested in plastic surgery? Like most people, I didn’t have any […]