Entries by UK HealthCare

E-cigarettes are not safe during pregnancy

Written by Kristin Ashford, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN, associate professor and assistant dean of research in the UK College of Nursing. E-cigarettes are increasingly popular, and adult women of childbearing age are the most common users. This is especially true in Kentucky, which has the country’s second highest rate of smoking during pregnancy. Many women try to […]

Dr. John D’Orazio takes us back to his first day of medical school

The second installment of Making the Rounds features Dr. John D’Orazio, a clinician and researcher at the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Making the Rounds is a Q&A series where you’ll get to know the providers at UK HealthCare and what they’re like outside the lab and clinic. Dr. D’Orazio received his medical degree from University of Miami, School […]

UK coalition aims to improve health care for LGBTQ community

Concerns about privacy, safety, stigmatization and quality of care often deter members of the LGBTQ community from accessing health care services and resources. Disengagement from the health care system has contributed to many health disparities affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer population. A new coalition at the University of Kentucky is working to […]

Doctor from Ethiopia visits UK to observe breast cancer research

From the mountains and waterfalls of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, to the rolling hills and equine landscapes of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Getachew Hailu endured an exhausting 17-hour trip this summer to begin his sabbatical year at the University of Kentucky. During this year, Hailu said he hopes to observe other doctors and learn more about cancer, […]

UK Pediatrics chief honored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass (RMHC) recently honored Dr. Carmel Wallace, chair of the UK Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, with the 2016 Elizabeth Carey Nahra Legacy of Love Award. The award recognizes an organization or individual whose exceptional contributions or projects have enabled the Ronald McDonald House […]

Hometown connection leads to life-saving heart procedure

Jim Lester encourages others to listen to his heart. As you adjust the stethoscope’s earpieces and lean in, you hear an electronic whir and zing reminiscent of a video game. The sound that startles others makes Lester laugh. Apparently this is not the first time he’s unleashed this parlor trick. Just two weeks prior, Lester was […]

If sleep apnea is disrupting your sleep, talk to your doctor

Written by Dr. Isabel Moreno-Hay, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry’s Orofacial Pain Clinic. Unbearable snoring is often the reason sleep apnea is diagnosed. Sleep apnea occurs in about 18 million Americans, or about one in 15 people. The two types of this disorder are central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea is […]

Head lice: How to spot them and what to do

Elementary schools are notorious for spreading lice – tiny insects that live in human hair. Lice spread primarily through hair-to-hair contact but can move through shared items like hats and combs, too. While they aren’t dangerous, they are contagious and irritating. If you have young children in school, you should know the signs of head […]