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 […]
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About UK HealthCare
UK HealthCare is the hospitals and clinics of the University of Kentucky. But it is so much more. It is 9,000 people – physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals – all dedicated to providing the most advanced, most effective care available, not just in Kentucky but anywhere.
To learn more about the power of advanced medicine at UK HealthCare, visit ukhealthcare.uky.edu.
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Introducing Making the Rounds, a new Q&A series where you’ll get to know the providers at UK HealthCare and what they’re like outside the lab and clinic. For our first entry, we spoke with Dr. Gregory Jicha, a clinician and researcher at the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. What was the last movie/book you saw/read? I never read […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
On the first of May, 2015, Angelique Bell waited in a hair salon, reading the weekend section of the newspaper. She noticed an ad for a health research study that needed participants who had risk factors for diabetes. Since she met the criteria and had some time to pass, she decided to call about the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]