Entries by UK HealthCare

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 […]

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 […]