Entries by UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare named Kentucky’s best hospital

UK HealthCare’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital has been named Kentucky’s best hospital in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings released Aug. 2. It also is the only hospital in the state rated as High Performing in cancer. In addition to being named the top hospital in Kentucky, UK HealthCare is ranked […]

Preventive exercises can reduce ACL injuries

Written by Dr. Cale Jacobs, Assistant Professor in UK’s Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Unfortunately, each year, about 7 million sports-related injuries occur in the U.S. Approximately half occur in people between the ages of 5 and 24 years old. Injuries, especially to the knee, remove young athletes from the playing field and can have long-term repercussions that […]

UK researcher leads International Epilepsy Cure Initiative

With the help of an $8.5 million grant, a UK researcher will lead an international team of scientists to pursue a cure for Lafora’s disease, a deadly neurodegenerative condition. Lafora’s disease appears in patients during adolescence and causes severe epilepsy, loss of speech and muscle control, and dementia, eventually leading to death. Under the guidance […]

UK nurse, researcher helps prevent pre-term birth

Working as a labor and delivery nurse for a decade, Kristin Ashford was surrounded by happy beginnings. She helped women and families welcome healthy babies into the world. But Ashford also helped mothers and their families deal with the stressful and heart-wrenching experience of pre-term birth. As a first-hand witness of the negative outcomes associated […]

What you need to know about bladder cancer

Written by Dr. Andrew James is a urologic oncologist with the UK Markey Cancer Center.  Bladder cancer accounts for 5 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in the U.S. with nearly 77,000 new cases annually; 1,100 people died of bladder cancer in Kentucky between 2010 and 2014. The bladder is composed of an inner lining […]

Teens battling substance abuse get support, guidance from peers

For adolescents battling substance abuse, the hardest part of recovery can be finding someone who can relate to their experiences. A unique University of Kentucky intervention program aims to provide just that by connecting adolescents recovering from substance abuse with someone who has been in their shoes. The program, called Youth Peer Support Specialists, is […]

Know the signs of childhood concussions

Does a child in your family play sports? If so, there are things you should know about the risks and dangers of childhood concussions. Concussions are serious, traumatic brain injuries that get worse each time they happen. A second concussion can even be fatal to anyone not yet recovered from the first, a condition called […]

UK clinic helps pregnant women with opioid addiction

After coming to UK two years ago, Dr. Agatha Critchfield, an OB-GYN at UK HealthCare Women’s Health, was overwhelmed by the cases of pregnant women with opioid addiction she saw in her practice. So she decided to do something about it. Dr. Critchfield created PATHways, an opioid treatment clinic for pregnant women recovering from addiction. It combines […]

Dry eye is common and easily treated

Written by Dr. Seema Capoor, associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the UK College of Medicine. It’s not uncommon for your eyes to become dry and uncomfortable. Factors like irritants in the environment, age, gender, certain medications or medical conditions can leave your eyes feeling gritty, itchy or irritated. Tears […]