Entries by UK HealthCare

UK Sanders-Brown Center receives $8.25 million for Alzheimer’s research

The UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) has been awarded an $8.25 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue and further research and clinical initiatives geared toward treating Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, only 30 designated Alzheimer’s Disease Centers exist in the U.S. In 1985, Sanders-Brown was among the first 10 […]

Starting a conversation about adolescent health

When I came to Lexington in 1998, I faced a tough assignment. Tasked with starting UK HealthCare’s Adolescent Medicine program, I knew that teens in Kentucky were worse off than almost anywhere else in the country. High rates of obesity, suicide, pregnancy and drug use all plagued the Commonwealth’s adolescent population. Instead of seeing the statistics as an insurmountable challenge, I saw an opportunity.

Physical therapy often better than opioids for long-term pain management

Written by Tony English, PT, PhD, director of the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky‘s College of Health Sciences.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the U.S. since 1999, even though there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain […]

For children, how much sleep is enough?

Better quality of sleep has obvious health benefits, like improved attention and memory, but this is particularly important for children. So how much sleep should your child be getting? Doctors agree that the right amount of sleep for children varies by age: Infants. Babies that are 4 to 12 months old should be sleeping for 12 […]

Treatments available for drug-resistant epilepsy

Written by Dr. Frank Gilliam, director of the Epilepsy Center at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute at the University of Kentucky.  One in 26 people will develop epilepsy – a chronic disease characterized by unpredictable seizures — in their lifetime. A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain that can temporarily change how a person […]

UK lung cancer study picks up after 15 years

In the late 1990s, University of Kentucky Professor Douglas Andres found that mutations in a protein known as RIT1 could initiate cancer development in laboratory models. RIT1 works as a molecular switch. In response to signals from outside the cell, it turns on fundamental cellular activities, and then turns them off again to ensure they […]

Make sure to dispose of expired medications

Written by Dr. Amy Meadows, assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry in UK’s College of Medicine. When was the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? Unlike a messy refrigerator, there’s nothing in your medicine cabinet to send a scented reminder that you need to throw out old bottles of ibuprofen and pain killers from […]

Come enjoy the new Chandler Dining!

Chandler Dining, UK HealthCare’s new state-of-the-art dining experience, opened its doors to the public on Monday. Our new dining space is unlike any hospital cafeteria you’ve seen before, and we want you to stop by to enjoy the tasty meal options our chefs are creating. Chandler Dining is open not only to patients, families and […]