Entries by UK HealthCare

Family takes action to help fight Alzheimer’s disease

Nearly 68,000 Kentuckians today are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, but the emotional and financial tolls are much higher. That’s because, in the words of Linda Van Eldik, Alzheimer’s is a “family disease.” “Alzheimer’s affects the patient, of course, but as the disease progresses, it is also devastating for the people who love and care for […]

Should you be screened for colon cancer?

“Challenge accepted” is a series highlighting the work the UK Markey Cancer Center is doing to fight cancer in Kentucky and Appalachia. To learn more about how we’re helping Kentuckians live longer, fuller and healthier lives, read the latest Markey Cancer Center Annual Report. In this entry, we sit down with Melissa Hounshell, Markey community […]

Leading the charge against drug abuse in Kentucky

Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky are a major public health crisis. In fact, in 2014, the Commonwealth had one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the country. But through research, public policy, community intervention and effective health care, the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare are fighting back against this terrible problem. Last […]

It’s not too late for a flu shot

Although flu season is usually on its way out by spring, it’s peaking late this year. Cases are up nationwide, and right now Kentucky is seeing some of the highest rates of the flu in the nation. On the bright side, the CDC reports this season’s flu vaccine is very effective against the virus. If […]

Introducing The Power of Advanced Medicine

How powerful is advanced medicine? At UK HealthCare it is seriously powerful. Life-changing powerful. Today we are launching a new campaign built around our message of The Power of Advanced Medicine. Showcasing UK HealthCare’s role as Kentucky’s leading academic medical center, the campaign will help you better understand who we are and the groundbreaking work […]

Tips to poison-proof your home

From misplaced medications to household cleaning items, every house has its fair share of potential dangers for children. In fact, nearly 1.2 million cases of accidental poisoning in children ages 5 and younger are reported each year, with 90 percent of those occurring in the home. This week is National Poison Prevention Week and a […]

Take action to stop smoking

If you’re a smoker, you probably already know it’s not a healthy habit. The benefits of not smoking are vast, but the bottom line is this: if you stop smoking now, you’ll have a better quality of life and more years to live it. Today is Kick Butts Day, an initiative all about supporting people […]