PAP SMEAR: TEST LOOKS FOR PRESENCE OF PRECANCEROUS CELLS

A Pap smear is a procedure that screens for cervical cancer. Most women should start getting Pap smears at age 21 years and every three years after. It should be a part of your annual physical exam. The test looks for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix, the opening of the uterus or womb. During the procedure, cells from the cervix are scraped away. It is not painful and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. You may bleed a little after the test is completed.

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WHAT IS A MEDICARE WELLNESS EXAM?

A Medicare Wellness Exam is a preventative screening visit your provider wants you to have once a year. This visit is free and is separate from your annual physical exam (if your plan covers annual physicals). Traditional Medicare does not pay for a physical – it only covers a Wellness Exam.  What is a Wellness Exam? The visit is covered once every 12 months (11 full months must have passed since your last visit). It is designed to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health....

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ORAL HERPES

Oral herpes is an infection caused by a specific type of the herpes simplex virus. This condition, also called HSV-1 or sometimes cold sores or fever blisters, creates painful sores on your lips, gums and tongue, as well as the roof of your mouth and sometimes the inside of your cheeks. It may even affect your nose and chin. Symptoms of oral herpes include swelling in the lymph nodes, fever, tiredness and aching muscles. While the initial infection with oral herpes occurs most often in children ages 1-2 years, ….

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DESIGNING A PERSONAL DIET & EXERCISE PROGRAM

and it doesn’t have to mean depriving yourself. You can tell yourself, “I choose to eat good foods so I can be fit and healthy and live a long time.”


As for an exercise program, it would be beneficial to talk to a personal trainer. A session or two with a personal trainer is well worth the cost if it gets you moving on the right path to fitness. You can specify what you hope to get out of an exercise regimen and the trainer can show you a variety of exercises that will help you meet your goals. A personal trainer, like the other professionals you consult, will take into consideration your circumstances and gauge your level of commitment. When you work with a personal trainer, he or she will teach you how to properly perform your activity of choice – whether it’s lifting weights, using an elliptical or swimming – so you will receive the optimum benefit from it.


One thing you need to remember is that there are no miracle weightloss pills or powders. It will take time, a lot of effort and some sweat (and maybe some tears) to reach your goals. As long they’re realistic and not hazardous, with dedication on your part and the direction of health care professionals who will be on your side encouraging you, you can reach your fitness and wellness targets.


ASHLEY SPARKS, PA-C

After working for nearly 10 years as a CMA in physician offices, including FPA, Ashley decided to further her education and graduated as a Certified Physician Assistant in June 2018 from the University of Kentucky. Ashley enjoys preventive medicine and endocrinology, but can see any patient from a child to an adult. She is available for new patient visits, well-child and preventive adult visits, as well as routine office visits.Call our office at (859) 278-5007 or request an appointment through the online portal access.

Ashley Sparks

Like many people, you have probably resolved to lose weight this year and get back into shape. Diet and exercise go hand in hand. You need to watch your food consumption and get moving in order to lose weight. How can you design an effective diet and exercise program – one that you will stick to and one that will show you satisfying results?


Your first step is to consult with your primary care provider. You need to ascertain if you have any chronic conditions that would preclude you from restricting your calories and increasing your activity. Some heart patients need to take it easy when exercising, and of course pregnancy is not the time to begin a diet. Tell your provider about your plans. She or he will certainly be interested in how you’re doing and will monitor your progress by checking vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate and weight to make sure you’re not overdoing it.


When it comes to what to eat as you seek to lose weight, your provider may recommend you work with a nutritionist or dietician, whose focus is helping people design an effective personal diet. A nutritionist will ask you questions about your eating habits as well as your goals, likes and dislikes to make suggestions about the best diet for you. The nutritionist will take into consideration different factors that affect your life – your job, your family, your stress level, your schedule, your commitment. Be honest with him or her so together you can come up with a lifestyle plan that will make a difference. Dieting isn’t just a matter of willpower