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A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. The Empowerment Series for Women with Cancer is designed to help free women from stress and fear as much as possible and provide answers to many of their questions.
One reason cancer is so devastating is it cons the immune system. Immune cells such as T-
Cancer is a devastating disease. You may wonder what is the best way to support a loved one or friend who has cancer. Even though you want to help, it can be tough to know what to say or do. It can be a frightening and stressful time for you as well as the patient.
Cancer involves abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. This process is very complex because of the multiple ways it affects each individual. More than 100 types of cancer affect human beings today.
About 80 percent of Americans will suffer at least one episode of back pain in their lifetime. According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (www.iasp-
“We treat all different kinds of pain and pain issues, whether the pain arises from an injury, illness or disease,” said Heather Wright, CEO of the Pain Treatment Center. “If someone has chronic pain and they are referred to us, we will work with them to manage or alleviate their pain. Pain medicine is a necessary specialty.”
The overuse and misuse of opioids is a serious health problem. From 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people died from a drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Around 66 of those deaths involved an opioid. In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids increased….
Pain takes complex pathways in the body, making it difficult to alleviate. The signals the brain interprets as pain sometimes come from the body’s surface, such as when you get a cut. Other times the source of the pain signals is deeper – from damage to nerves, which can happen with a bad wound. A third type of pain can….
For many people, their SMART phone has replaced their computer. Checking the weather, reading the news and emails, keeping up with social media and even typing documents are all done on a SMART phone these days. Using any electronic screen can cause eye issues, but staring at these tiny screens can make problems….
For many people who are living with arthritis, managing pain is a part of daily life. Arthritis is a group of degenerative conditions marked by inflammation in the joints, which causes stiffness and pain. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is caused by wear and tear over the years.
What does it mean to be visually impaired? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a visually impaired person’s eyesight cannot be corrected to a “normal” level. Visual impairment is the functional limitation of the eyes or visual system.
For more than 50 years, scientists have studied toxins in the animal kingdom to create novel painkillers. The noxious chemicals several animals produce are potent and usually strike pain pathways. Animals produce two types of toxins: poisons and venoms.
The eye is a marvelous organ. Sight occurs when light rays enter the eye through the cornea. The cornea bends the light, which passes through the pupil, a size-
It’s difficult to imagine life without sight. Each year, thousands of people lose the battle with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma. The University of Kentucky Eye Research Fund supports work that helps doctors and scientists better….
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Once you’re in your 40s, your vision starts to change. You may need glasses to see up close; you may have more trouble adjusting to glare or distinguishing some colors. These changes are a normal part of aging. But you are also at higher risk for developing eye diseases and conditions such as age-
Oral health is often taken for granted. The mouth is a window into the health of the entire body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases – those that affect the entire body – may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.
Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create….
Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have….
Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include: ….
Mental health is linked to oral health, and vice versa. Good oral health can enhance mental and overall health, while poor oral health can exacerbate mental issues. Likewise, mental conditions can cause oral health issues. The connection between them is….
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are holistic approaches to healthcare that address the entire body and treat the individual’s mind and spirit, not just symptoms of illness.
Whether your smile needs a little boost or a complete makeover, Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is your place to be. Dr. Ruth Adkins offers excellence in beautiful, healthy smiles. Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides a complete range of general, family and cosmetic dentistry.
Diabetes may cause serious problems with keeping your mouth healthy and having an attractive smile. The disease causes difficulties in the mouth, and problems in the mouth may cause trouble with diabetes. With diabetes, glucose is present in the saliva. When diabetes is not controlled, increased glucose in the saliva….
According to hearing health providers, nearly one in five Americans age 12 years and older – 48 million people – experience hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication. Hearing loss is the third most prevalent age-
Gingivitis is a common, mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of the gingiva, the part of the gum around the base of the teeth. It can lead to a serious gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss.
It has been over 35 years since the city of Lexington built its first senior center. This dedication to seniors has continued over the years. On Sept. 15, 2016, a newly constructed senior center opened to meet the needs of a growing senior population.
Finding a senior living community for a loved one can be difficult and can cause loved ones and family members great frustration and, often times, disappointment.
When Anne Combs decided to downsize from her home of 64 years, she knew she wasn’t physically able do it on her own. Her two daughters were more than willing to help, however, one lived and worked in Cincinnati and the other, though living in Lexington, had a busy job and other family obligations.
For some seniors,getting a good night’s sleep is an everyday challenge. Some sleep specialists recommend seniors sleep about seven and a half hours on average, while others say seniors need to get as much sleep as they always have to function at their best.
As we age and life begins to slow down, we enter into a new and exciting chapter of our lives. Yet there are many unknown variables at this stage of life that can quickly take us from new adventures to serious challenges, including health issues, living arrangement changes and more…..
As you age, you may notice wrinkles and brown spots on your skin. Aging makes skin more prone to dryness. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth. Cuts and bruises might take longer to heal. How skin ages will depend on several factors: your heredity, lifestyle….
What happens now? That is a question you could ask after surviving a heart attack. How do you take care of yourself afterwards so that there is no repeat? According to Family Doctor (www.familydoctor.org), a heart attack happens when part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies because it does not receive enough oxygen.
Life doesn’t have to end with the cessation of driving privileges, does it? I took this thought to a church group that was meeting at my home for a Kentucky Derby party. These members of Guardian Angels Parish in Cincinnati were all seniors, ages 66 to 90 years. These men and women attempt to face life with courage, kindness….
During the first five to seven years after menopause, women can lose up to 20 percent of their bone density. This increases the risk for osteoporosis, falls, fractures and broken bones. But these risks can be prevented by taking care of your bones….
Total body mass includes both fat and muscle. Both have an effect on metabolism. You can distinguish between muscle and fat mass by using a bioelectrical impendence instrument, which measures opposition to the flow of an electric current through body tissues.
How do you feel when you look in the mirror? Do you feel confident and comfortable in your body or shameful and insecure? It’s easy to find flaws when you’re trying on new clothes or taking a serious look at your physique, but the way you perceive your….
What women tell their daughters about menstruation seems to be a generational thing. If you were born 65 or more years ago, your mother either told you nothing or gave you a lecture in such detail that you had no idea what she was talking about.
Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It reveals itself through symptoms such as hopelessness, pessimism, irritability, guilt, helplessness and decreased energy or fatigue lasting at least two weeks or longer. About twice as many women as men experience depression. Several factors may increase a woman’s….
Infertility means being unable to get pregnant after at least one year of trying (or six months if the woman is over age 35). Infertility results from female factors about one-
Cosmetic procedures can entail surgery, lasers or injections. All come with risks. Approximately 0.5 percent to 4 percent of all patients have some sort of problem. Although this is a small percentage of negative outcomes, when considering nearly 15 million procedures were performed in the United States in 2013, ….
Liking who you are is a critical factor in self-
Plastic surgery is a specialty involving the restoration, reconstruction or alteration of the body. There are two main categories of plastic surgery. One is reconstructive surgery, which includes craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery and the treatment of burns. Reconstructive surgery aims to reconstruct a part….
Plump, augmented lips and blood techniques were all the rage in 2017 for cosmetic surgery. While many of last year’s trends will carry over into this year, 2018 will bring new procedures. Here are a few of them:
Discerning whether someone you love has an eating disorder can be complicated. You may easily mistake the warning signs as their good-
Weight loss, particularly massive weight loss (MWL), may give a person a new lease on life, creating motivation for increased socializing, providing new efforts at work and perhaps bringing an exciting new lifestyle.
Almost everyone has fears, but when fears become severe, they cause anxiety and interfere with normal life. This is called phobia. A phobia is an intense fear of something that actually poses little or no real danger. People with phobias have an overwhelming need to avoid any contact with the specific cause of the anxiety or fear.
If you were told to feed your mind, what would you grab? An apple, a book or sneakers? Grab the apple and sneakers. Eating healthy and exercising act as fuel and protection for mental health. But how do you decide what type of apple or which brand of sneakers to get? Similarly, mental illness comes in many varieties.
Recent advances in neuroscience have effectively put an end to the nature-
Many people experience depression at some stage in their life. People have stressful and busy lives, and when major events occur that add to that load, they can go beyond just feeling miserable and down. The episode may only last a short time before you return to feeling more like your usual self, but if the stress….
Life has numerous turns and twists. Women encounter many stages of growth and change, from puberty and menstruation to giving birth to menopause. All these rites of passage create emotional ups and downs. Because of these factors, women....
A calm mind is worth its weight in gold, especially in this day and age. There are more bills, emails, tweets, kids running around and relationships in need of time than ever before. Everybody needs to learn how to catch their breath and relax.
When it comes to planning for a new and improved you in the New Year, it is important to take one step at a time. “You need to transform your brain before you transform your body, so we need to get people to think right,” said Joe Olliges, owner/operator at Trainer Joe’s.
David Brabon is a plastic surgeon. In his practice at Rockcastle Hospital and Respiratory Center in Mount Vernon, Ky. – the largest respiratory care center in the United States – he removes skin cancers from faces and hands and rebuilds shattered….
Almost everyone has fears, but when fears become severe, they cause anxiety and interfere with normal life. This is called phobia. A phobia is an intense fear of something that actually poses little or no real danger. People with phobias have an overwhelming need to avoid any contact with the specific cause of the anxiety or fear.
he purpose of any type of stretching is to prevent injuries and enhance performance. Just as there are different types of flexibility, there are also different types of stretching, and each has its own purpose. With static stretching, you elongate your muscle to its fullest – usually until you feel slight discomfort – and then hold that position.
Do you struggle to stick to an exercise plan? Maybe you start out with ambitious fitness goals, such as completing a half marathon or conquering CrossFit, but the fun stops once you’ve got your new running shoes and have stocked up on workout gear.
While exercise has long been known for its positive effects on physical health and its ability to heighten energy and help manage chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, exercise is now being lauded….
Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year.
As we kick off 2018, you may be thinking about resolutions pertaining to your health and fitness. It’s easy to determine some ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-
On average, people spend roughly half their monthly income – about $830 – on holiday gifts. One in three people use credit cards and add to their personal debt over the holidays. As a country, we spend trillions of dollars during the holiday season.
The holidays bring joy – and sadness – to many people. On the positive side, the holidays boost health for about a month, making people feel better. The holiday spirit helps people rest, relax, improve sleep patterns, reduce blood pressure, strengthen….
With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.
The holiday season can take a toll on your skin. From non-
The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-
Balance and equilibrium help us know where we are in the world. They are controlled by signals the eyes, the inner ear and the sensory system send to the brain. The relationship between the inner ear vestibular and visual systems begins at birth; the vestibular system is the only fully functioning system we are born with.
The holiday season is upon us, and with the festivities comes time for renewed effort on the part of the person with diabetes – to eat within the guidelines but still celebrate. The same advice could be given to every American. Twenty-
A recent Stress in America survey showed 24 percent of American adults report extreme stress, and more than one-
Many beloved holiday traditions and products can be toxic. Home decorations are largely unregulated and may legally contain lead or phthalates in quantities the Consumer Product Safety Commission prohibits in children’s products. ….
Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make.
Glaucoma is a group of related eye disorders that can damage the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve carries information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma can result in vision loss and blindness. It is often linked to a buildup of pressure inside the eye, a condition called ocular hypertension. However, it can…
“It’s all in the eye of the beholder,” or so the saying goes. Cataracts obstruct the vision of the beholder. But the condition may be markedly improved by a simple surgical procedure. As Americans age, some conditions develop that must be treated to live well. One of those is cataracts. A cataract may be ….
According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75 percent of adults wear some sort of vision correction. People wear eyeglasses for different reasons. Some people are nearsighted and cannot see objects far away, while other people are farsighted and cannot see objects close by.
When you consider what defines healthy eyes, among the criteria is good vision. The American Optometric Association says the term 20/20 vision is used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should….
It is that most wonderful time of the year—no, we are not talking about Christmas. It’s Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Season. Yes, it’s the time of the year when we stress and spend hours on the phone or online shopping for health coverage.
Dr. Rick Graebe, OD, FCOVD, and Dr. Regina Callihan, OD, offer the general optometric services, tests and treatments you’ll find at most eyecare facilities, from computerized eye exams for both children and adults to top-
Both opticians and ophthalmologists play a pivotal role in helping you keep your eyes healthy. If you’re not sure how the specialties differ, you’re not alone. The National Consumers’ League conducted a survey that revealed about 30 percent of consumers….
More than 3 million people in the United States have dyslexia, according to the Mayo Clinic. Dyslexia is a cluster of symptoms that results in a language-
Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is a very common condition in children. It causes red, irritated, sticky eyes. Its main symptom is swelling and redness of the clear layer (conjunctiva) that covers the white part of the eye and the lining of the eyelids. Pinkeye is very contagious, and breakouts can sweep through….
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low in fat can benefit your eyes. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal 87 percent of Americans are not meeting vegetable intake recommendations and 76 percent are not eating the recommended amounts of fruits.
Many people ask what “eating clean” means. This common question has a simple answer. Eating clean is eating foods that are natural and healthy instead of unhealthy, processed foods. It means trying to embrace more whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables….
Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for cancer. It kills healthy cells along with cancer cells, inflicting damage on the body and seriously compromising the immune system. Chemotherapy also kills most rapidly dividing healthy and cancer cells, but not all the cells are fast growing. Cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small population….
Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known.
For many women facing cancer, the most devastating aspect is learning they may lose their hair due to chemotherapy. “Most women tell me that as soon as they hear the oncologist say, ‘You’re going to lose your hair,’ that’s the last thing they remember hearing,” said Eric Johnson, co-
Gastric or stomach cancer begins when cancer cells form in the mucus-
Some cancers can be found through early detection, which can reduce the chances of the cancer growing and spreading throughout the body, according the American Cancer Society. Cancer screening looks for cancer before the individual displays any symptoms. There are a variety of screening tests.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The chances of getting cancer increase with age, obesity, tobacco use and many other risk factors. Cancer is caused by the transformation of...
Research from several sources indicates vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dietary fiber can protect against a variety of cancers. Studies conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) indicate the benefits of eating mostly foods of plant origin, such as….
Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-
Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and….
“Kentucky has 37,000 beef producers and is the largest cattle state east of the Mississippi,” said Katelyn Hawkins, general member of the beef council of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. From a health standpoint, whether you choose free range or a conventional route of beef production, you are still getting the same....
Genetically modified foods bring some controversy to today’s consumer. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be defined as plants, animals or microorganisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are food cropss that have been genetically modified in some way. This is different from cross-
Since 2012, meal kit delivery has become a $400 million market that is projected to increase tenfold in the next five years, according to the food industry research and consulting firm Technomic. Currently, there are more than 100 meal kit delivery services….
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When it comes to snacking, we often think of foods that are high in added fats or sugar. But there are many other snack options if you choose wisely. Regardless of how many snacks your meal plan includes, the key to controlling blood glucose and avoiding weight gain is portion size. Here are some healthy snack ideas for….
Osteoporosis, which means porous bones, is a condition in which the bones become weak and are more likely to break. Osteoporosis is often called a silent condition because people do not notice any symptoms until a fracture occurs.
Many people enjoy visiting various Web sites and apps that challenge the brain by luring them deeper and deeper into cyber space. Cyber addiction comes in several forms, but all impact the brain. The past two decades have acquainted many people with the concept of hacking. It is why people strive to protect…..
Some men look in the mirror and regard a receding hairline with distress, wondering if there is a cure for baldness. Currently, the only truly effective medically proven way to arrest hair loss is to lower dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels. DHT is a form of testosterone that regulates beard growth and hair loss.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than one in three adult men has heart disease. Men around the age of 55 years are more likely than women to experience a heart attack. Men often ignore the symptoms of a heart attack because they are uncertain about what they are feeling and don’t want…..
Men, are you feeling sad and withdrawn? Do you notice you are not being social these days or you’re working all the time? Are you drinking too much? These may be clues that you have depression. And you may be at risk for suicide.
Here are a couple of important questions for men concerned about their health and wellness: Do you drink too much? Are you able to say “no” after having a few drinks? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says excessive…..
A person can be addicted to sex just as he can be addicted to alcohol, drugs or gambling, says Paul F. Schmidt, Ph.D., one of only a few licensed clinicians in Lexington who have sex addiction certification. Sex addiction can start with a variety of behaviors that often lead to an increasing amount of deviant behaviors.
It is well known men are wired differently than women when it comes to emotions. Emotion is a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response and a behavioral or expressive component. Are women “wired” to be more emotional than men? .....
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If you’re looking for a safe, effective program that will help you get toned, become more flexible or lose weight, personal training could be for you. A personal trainer will teach you proper form and technique to keep you safe and injury free. But first, he or she needs to know what your goals are – whether you want to lose....
There are an estimated 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, a testament to the more than 25-
There are an estimated 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, a testament to the more than 25-
Ancient thinkers waxed poetic over how men’s and women’s hearts differ, but there are actual anatomical differences that impact diagnoses and treatments of the heart. Here are some ways men’s and women’s hearts differ:
If you suffer from migraines, you’re not alone. “Migraine is the third most prevalent illness in the world, affecting about a billion people, which is about 18 percent of American women,” said Cathy Glaser, president of the Migraine Research Foundation. Since migraine is a complicated disease, all women .....
Menopause is the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months – the time in a woman’s life when the ovaries cease to function and she can no longer reproduce. It is a gradual process that can occur as early as the 30s or as late as the 60s, though the average age is 51 years.
Irregular periods are medically known as oligomenorrhea. A woman may have irregular periods from the time she starts menstruating during puberty until she stops at menopause. Oligomenorrhea can occur due to improper diet, anorexia, weakness, stress and intense exercise.
Heart disease kills millions of Americans each year. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease (CAD), which leads to heart attacks.
Are you pregnant and planning for the birth of your child? Your pregnancy may be a special experience for you and your husband or partner as you welcome your new baby into the world. You could consider having a midwife....
When it comes to weight loss, what you eat is a far more important factor than exercise. The benefits of exercise can be obliterated by a poor diet. What foods should you eliminate from your diet to ensure you lose weight and keep it off?
There are so many misconceptions about weight loss and diets that it can be hard to know what to believe. Here are some common weight-
Like many Americans, do you believe heart disease affects mostly men? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease, according to The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written by members of the....
Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-
When you are educated about what to expect and have a plan in place, you can look and feel better after extreme weight loss. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports about 70 percent of Americans are overweight, and more than....
You have worked hard and been disciplined with exercise and diet to achieve your ideal weight. However, you may find you have excess skin that lingers as a reminder of how your body was in the past. Excess skin causes many health problems and contributes to poor self-
You may be surprised to learn that thermography is not a new technology. It’s been around for 30 years and is backed by hundreds of peer review studies. The way thermography, or thermal imaging, works is based on how cancer cells grow.
You may read all kinds of articles on the Internet about natural weight loss, but not all of the suggestions in these articles work. Here are a few easy ways to lose weight naturally. Avoid processed food. These are usually high in added fats, calories and sugar. They make you eat as much as possible. Reduce your added-
Many people feel like a vibrant spiritual life is out of reach. They aren’t even sure they want to reach for it. We hear friends talk about trusting God, having peace with God, even hearing from God. We have relatives whose lives are shaped in positive…..
You have heard the saying that we all need each other. And that is what accountability groups are all about. An accountability group is a collection of people who support and honestly report to each other on the way to accomplishing a common.....
Weight Watchers is listed among the best of these diets. Pros of this plan include the freedom to eat what you want. No food is off limits, so this gives you the flexibility to shape your own diet. One of the cons is participation can be pricey, though.....
It’s important to distinguish between fat and bloating because the latter can indicate of a variety of health problems. Addressing a “big belly” with the wrong approach could exacerbate the issue and/or symptoms. Some individuals may have chronic stomach bloating.
Kids these days are heading down the path leading to a sedentary lifestyle, and that makes it important for adults to spark a passion for activity in them. This will keep their bodies, brains and development on track. Summer is the right time to get them moving.
A love of learning and reading will serve your child a lifetime. Reading is one of the essential school components that helps your child reach his or her full potential. Reading encompasses the essences of writing, vocabulary, learning and understanding. That is why it is so important for your child to enjoy reading.
Obesity and weight management are the focus of many people’s lives. Recognizing people have struggled for centuries to manage weight, the challenges continue to present problems in the 21st century, and they are getting worse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an annual increase in.....
Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.
Lexington doesn’t lack things to do! Check out these fun family activities.
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Kentucky state parks offer countless treasures, from world-
It’s time for fun in the sun. But with summer comes some risks. Follow these tips to stay healthy and happy this season. Sun Protection. Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure is harmful to the skin. It can cause a sunburn or, worse, skin cancer – the most common type of cancer in the United States.
Having fun and beating the heat this summer may mean spending time with your kids swimming. However, before getting into the pool, lake or ocean, it is important to know about swimming safety and to take appropriate precautions to prevent any accident or injuries.
With summer quickly approaching, you’re probably looking for family friendly activities in which everyone can participate. Instead of planning a big family vacation, you could choose to take a few fun day trips. These trips are usually less expensive and less time consuming than a full-
A balanced healthy diet should contain a variety of nutritious foods and sufficient vitamins and minerals. Such a diet can help you maintain a healthy body weight and reduce your risk of many diet-
Are you looking for something that can provide your children a very special opportunity? Something that at the same time will allow them to experience stimulating sensations? The place you seek is right here in Lexington on the campus of the…..
Sodium is an essential mineral for life. It is regulated in the body by the kidneys. It helps control the body’s fluid balance, affects muscle function and helps send nerve impulses.
According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, about 52 percent of Americans take dietary supplements – but should they?
Larry’s lunch companion watched as he ate a huge hamburger and gobs of French fries. Then he ordered sugar-
How many times have you gone out to eat with the intention of ordering a healthy dish, only to change your mind after you’ve heard what everyone else has ordered?
“Toxic” foods aren’t like instant poison; they have an accumulative affect with long-
A healthy, nutritious diet helps children grow and learn. It also helps prevent weight-
Making lifestyle changes is not a task you should complete alone. This is especially true when you change to a healthier diet. “The best success occurs when the entire family is working on it together and supporting....
“If one simple thing could energize you within hours, soothe crankiness and fatigue within days, allow you to finally shed extra pounds and dramatically reduce risk….
Breakfast, the first meal of the day, is also the most important meal of the day. It helps provide an initial boost of energy. A systematic review concluded eating breakfast is associated with a reduced risk of becoming....
Are you looking for an easy form of exercise that gets you outside and moving? Biking is low impact and causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise. It’s also gentle on the joints and is a good muscle….
Walking is an ideal, simple and easy way to lose weight, get active and become healthier. People who completed 150 minutes of brisk walking a week – the amount recommended by the American Heart Association ....
Spring is finally here. It is the perfect time to jump start a running program. The weather will be getting warmer so it is a wonderful time to get outdoors and take...
When you’re choosing shoes for a particular activity – be it running, tennis or aerobics – being practical and comfortable are the two most important things to consider. “We recommend a gym shoe that is close toed....
We’re often told how important it is to stay hydrated. Water is one of the essential elements involved in the proper functioning of the body, helping it perform at its optimal level. Instead of sugary beverages such.....
The term schizophrenia may only be about 100 years old, but the existence of this mental illness can be traced back to 2,000 years before Christ.
Kevin Balcirak is not playing around when it comes to fitness and health. For the past 20 years, Balcirak (pronounced Ball-
Your body builds muscles and recovers all through the day, not just at the gym. So eating well-
We all have fitness questions, whether we’re new to working out or have been at it for a while. Here are the answers to some common fitness questions.
Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by a continual low mood, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities and a deep feeling of sadness. Depression is a persistent problem, not a passing one; the average....
Being a teenager is not easy. They are under stress to do well in school, make big decisions, get along with family and friends and be liked. Most of these pressures cannot be avoided, and it is very normal for teens....
Mental health affects how we act, feel and think as we cope with life. It includes our emotional, psychological and social well-
Do you want to live a long and healthy life? Be strong and agile as you age? Enjoy life into your 90s? The key to a lengthy, prosperous life is exercise. No matter your age – whether you’re 16 or 65.....
Anger is a common emotion everyone experiences. “Anyone can become angry; that is easy,” Aristotle wrote. “But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right...
Celebrities aren’t the only ones who can utilize the expertise of personal trainers. Whether you are a beginner or advanced when it comes to fitness, there are definite advantages of seeking guidance....
Life is emotionally messy. Sometimes we need professional help to work through certain issues. When you need help, how can you know which is the best type....
Emily burst into her parents’ bedroom one night, crying and moaning. “I think I’m dying,” she gasped, clutching her chest. Her heart was pounding wildly and sweat soaked her nightshirt.
The results of two new randomized and controlled mental health research studies demonstrated that just one dose of psilocybin produces significant long-
Did you ever dream of finding the Fountain of Youth? Well, you can discover it, in a way. Look for the next best thing: Exercise. Anxiety disorders are rampant. They are the most common psychiatric illness....
Depression can make you feel helpless, but along with some medication and therapy, you can do a lot on your own to deal with it. Changing your way of thinking, your behavior, your physical activity and lifestyle are all....
Depression is a difficult diagnosis, not only for those who suffer from it, but also for their family members and friends. It’s tough to see a loved one unhappy and unmotivated, struggling with his or her mental state....
Better understanding of the type of depression a person experiences couldi mprove the effectiveness of treatment choices and the management of....
While anxiety brews in your worrying mind, it has many undesirable affects on your body as well. Stomach aches, muscle pain, skin irritation, full-
Mental illness is a broad term. It may describe a child born with Down syndrome. Children who develop autism are defined as having a mental health disorder.
The facts are frightening. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and adolescents are more likely than their heterosexual peers to....
Some groundbreaking innovations in dentistry will soon be available at a dentist’s office near you. These include: Liquid Diagnostic Technique, Tooth decay, or dental caries, has two stages: an initial non-
Dr. Patricia Takacs started Beaumont Family Dentistry more than 30 years ago. The office’s Mission is to provide state-
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and 44,193 Americans die by suicide annually, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
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As the nation continues to face high levels of stressful experiences, families are susceptible to mounting pressures from numerous sources. Raising a family can be rewarding and demanding even in healthy social
It’s a real blessing to live in an age where competent dentistry is available to everyone. Poor dental hygiene accounts for many of our ancestors dying by age 40 years and, in many cases, in a lot of pain.
More and more people are becoming aware not only of the aesthetics but the health benefits associated with a beautiful smile.
Do you smoke? Did you know smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease? Smoking can lower the chances for successful treatment.
Do you want to have a brighter smile? Tooth whitening can be an effective way of lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of its surfaces. There are various tooth-
Everyone has a dry mouth occasionally, but when dry mouth persists over time, it can become a problem. Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is fairly common and can range from being annoying to being a serious source of....
One of the greatest joys of a person’s life is becoming a parent. Parents enjoy watching their children develop, learn and play. However, those carefree days don’t last forever. Children eventually leave the nest....
Children may not realize it, but parents know bad breath is a matter for concern. The medical term for bad breath is halitosis. Although this condition may be temporary, it can be a source of embarrassment for your child.
Mark* suffers from depression. “I have times when I am more down than others, but the [down] feeling is always there,” he says. He remembers only two occasions in his life when he was entirely free of that feeling.
Toothbrushes become contaminated with bacteria, blood, saliva, oral debris and toothpaste while removing soft debris and plaque from the teeth. So dentists recommend rinsing the toothbrush thoroughly....
In the quest for good dental hygiene, you may find yourself trying to decide between using a manual or an electric toothbrush. “A hygienist would say everybody should have an electric toothbrush,” said Dr. Takacs
Dentophobia – fear of the dentist – is fairly common. According the UK Adult Dental Health Survey, about one in 10 people suffers from dental phobia. Significant fear affects 10 percent to 20 percent of U.S. adults.
One guarantee that comes with diabetes is change, including changes in what you eat, when you eat and how much you eat at a sitting, in addition to taking new medicine(s). And one thing the stomachs and digestive systems....
Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. It is partly due to a lack of exercise and sugary diets. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes kills more than 71,000 people a year.
The first set of teeth is mostly formed at birth. These teeth hide under the gums. They hold the space where eventually the permanent teeth will be, allowing them to grow in straight.
Oral cancer is often thought of as a disease that strikes older people or heavy smokers. But it is shocking for many people to learn nonsmoking young adults
To floss or not to floss – that is the question. This is the dilemma people are facing, especially after reading about the latest change in dental guidelines for Americans that was released in August 2016.
In order to have a healthy, bright smile, it is important to have regular dental exams and practice good dental hygiene. These are necessary for preventing gum disease and reducing the risk of tooth loss.....
Women who have never had diabetes but who have high blood glucose levels during pregnancy are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop, but these hormones....
Diabetes is an elusive illness. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 (adult onset) diabetes doesn’t matter: Both can kill. Proper education becomes imperative for success in dealing with this silent killer.
Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by bacteria and viruses that are present in the air we breathe. The immune system usually fights these invaders....
According to guidelines put in place by nutritionists and medical institutions, everyone needs to eat at least four to five servings of fruit daily.
The decision about whether to invest in dental implants can be a big one. Given the low grade of dental care still rampant in many underdeveloped nations, it seems miraculous that in today’s world there is even such an option.
The old Kentucky adage, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes,” is as true today as ever. The weather changes constantly in this region, no matter the season. To say our bodies are affected by the weather is....
Diabetes is linked to increased periodontal disease, tooth decay and tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gum and bone supporting the teeth.
Noticing sudden weight loss, periods of extreme thirst, frequent urination and feeling tired and fatigued, a visit to your primary care physician reveals....
Although you may be battling diabetes, you still want to have a tasty but healthy holiday. How can you plan a good diet that will not compromise your diabetes? Here are some holiday hints that are meant for....
People used to believe the ability to sing was a gift someone was born with. This belief changed with the 1967 publication of the book “Singing, the Mechanism and the Technique” by vocal coach, opera singer and anatomist....
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. Usually it follows an upper respiratory tract infection, with symptoms starting after two or three days of having a cold or a sore throat. It then moves to the lungs.
Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by bacteria and viruses that are present in the air we breathe. The immune system usually fights these invaders off, preventing them from infecting the lungs, but there....
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness worldwide. In the United States, it is the most common cause of blindness in people younger than 65 years of age.
According to experts, a drug made from tree bark is being combined with radiation therapy to cure cancer. The drug, called combretastatin, is derived from the
In 2007, scientists announced plans for a Human Microbiome Project to catalog the micro-
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to recognize and celebrate a nationwide annual campaign to give people more information about the disease.
Breast cancer is a tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. It can spread or metastasize to other parts of the body. Detecting breast cancer as early as possible gives you a better chance of successful treatment.
According to the American Cancer Society, your doctor can choose from more than 100 chemotherapy drugs to fight cancer.
Pet owners can attest their four-
Leukemia is a form of cancer that occurs in the blood cells. The National Institute of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute says with leukemia, cancerous blood cells form and crowd out healthy cells in the bone marrow.
Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-
Arthritis is a general term for conditions that affect the joints and surrounding tissues. Joints are places in the body where bones come together.
It staggers the mind to think about how many people have died throughout human history prior to the advent of antibiotics. Also known as antibacterials, these compounds either eradicate or slow....
The body is made of billions of tiny cells, and cancer is caused by changes (mutations) to the DNA within the cells. Cancer starts when cells grow out of control and crowd out normal cells, making it hard for the body to....
What scientists know but most patients don’t is that mammography isn’t the infallible tool we want it to be. In fact, the harder one looks, the more cancers
Americans must develop a better awareness of bone health and wellness. The National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and National Resource Center (2015) suggests by 2020 half of all Americans over age 50 will have....
Yeast has already given us bread, wine and beer, but in the very near future it may be a new painkiller. Researchers at Stanford University have genetically....
According to Richard Béliveau, Ph.D. at the University of Québec in Montreal and author of Foods to Fight Cancer, “All the studies on cancer and nutrition point to eating plant-
“After lung cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer there is for women, and it is on the increase,” said Dr. Art McLaughlin, oncology radiologist at Baptist..
Sports are an excellent way to keep your child in shape and socializing with his peers. Be aware of the necessity of the pre-
A day of play could end in mayday depending on the vigor of your child’s physical activity and play environment. Prolonged or high-
Sports are a great way for kids to get out of the house, make new friends and burn off some of that seemingly unlimited energy. But all that energy has to come from somewhere. For a young athlete, most of the energy needed for a soccer match or basketball game (high-
Searches on the topic of phone addiction have risen steadily over the past five years, with social media addiction closely following, according to Google Trends. Phone and social media addictions are closely intertwined, especially for young people. Several studies and former high-
A concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to either the head or the body that makes the brain move rapidly inside the skull. A concussion changes the way the brain normally functions. An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-
Playing sports can be a lot of fun, but it also requires taking precautions to avoid getting hurt. Taking preventative measures is equally as important as learning how to pitch perfectly or use the best technique when hitting, kicking or throwing a ball.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (2018) has emphasized the importance of youth participation in physical activity and sport programs. Noted among the benefits is the development of children and adolescents physically, mentally and socially.
Swimming is an excellent way to get physical activity. It is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States. Working out in the water is one of the best therapeutic activities you can participate in. It builds cardio, strength and resistance and at the same time it’s easy on the joints. And swimming is fun.
The Alzheimer’s Association is front and center when it comes to new discoveries related to Alzheimer’s disease. The majority of the association’s funding goes toward research and there are always new clinical trials starting.
When it comes to common health issues, pneumonia and the flu are at the top of the list for seniors. “The flu is associated with more hospitalizations, co-
“Now where, oh, where, did I put my keys? I can’t find them.” Everyone has memory slips from time to time, and as we get older, we may have more of them. You may have forgotten that doctor’s appointment you didn’t write down. You may frequently have difficulty finding your glasses, your keys or….
If you are aware of the famous psychologist Abraham Maslow and his theory of “Hierarchy of Needs,” he says for every person to thrive and grow in life, they have some basic needs to feel a level of certainty in life. These include the basic needs for comfort and safety in both our relationships and our….
Hearing aids are no longer mere sound amplifiers. Not only do manufacturers continue to try to make them smaller, more attractive and easier to use, they also aim to keep pace with the latest technology by including apps and wireless connectivity.
“The Arnold family always hoped for something like this type of care setting to come to Versailles,” said Executive Director Laurie Dorough. “They are still involved with our senior living community.” As a social model, Daisy Hill’s emphasis is on aging in place, spiced with plenty of activities and….
Dementia rates have skyrocketed among the aging population around the world. There are many types and causes of dementia, but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form, accounting for between 60 percent and 70 percent of all cases.
It can be a challenge when looking for a senior living community such as independent living, assisted living, personal care or memory care. Understanding these different levels of care and how each level of care is different as well as the various costs involved can be very overwhelming to family members.
In a historic building adjacent to Cheapside in downtown Lexington, a group of women are making a difference in the lives of seniors and their families. Bluegrass Elderlaw, PLLC is comprised of two partner attorneys, two associate attorneys, and three support staff.
You probably know someone who is affected by arthritis. It may even be you. “There are almost 56 million people, or more than one in five, who have arthritis,” said Marcy O’Koon, senior director in consumer health at the Arthritis Foundation.
With a new year in full stride, many of us are resolving to exercise more in 2019. It’s easy to be lured into taking supplements, shakes and other nutritional interventions to aid your fitness goals. Fortunately, sports nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. Remember these three tips to assist….
Getting preventive screenings is one of the best measures you can take to promote good general health. If you are concerned you have a certain condition because it runs in your family or age group, there may be a test for it. It’s a good idea to have a bone density test if you are a woman approaching senior age.
If you’re not eating after a workout, you are missing a prime opportunity. A post-
Sports and outdoor leisure activities can be the perfect ways to get in needed exercise without having it become a chore. The best activities for improved fitness build strength and endurance and burn calories and excess body fat. Truthfully, just getting up and out and moving will result in tremendous benefits….
Exercise, you say? No way! If you are like many Americans, you’re busy and think you don’t have time to exercise. You no doubt have a sedentary job or you feel it’s just too much of an effort to exercise each day. But exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and it’s never too late to begin.
The brain is always working. To do so, it needs a constant fuel supply. This fuel supply is the food we eat. What’s in food matters to the brain. What we eat directly affects its structure and function and ultimately our development, energy and moods.
When we think of fitness, we often think of physical health, but mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. Generally, fitness refers to a state of health and well-
Sixty percent of those with Alzheimer’s disease will wander at some point during their diagnosis. This is a significant safety concern for the more than 71,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Kentucky. A person living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia may not remember his or her name or address and can….
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines mental illnesses as health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior or a combination of these. Mental illnesses are associated with genetic predisposition, biochemical imbalances, learned thinking and behaviors, distress….
Inflammation, especially systemic inflammation, has been found to be a root cause of nearly every physical malady. Inflammation makes the immune system kick into hyper gear, often leading to damage. This cause-
While it has long been understood how challenging schizophrenia can be for the person suffering from it and for their loved ones, the fact that mental illness runs in families is often forgotten. The inheritance of the disease becomes tricky, as with many genetic diseases, because there is a likelihood of….
January – the beginning of a new year – is a good time to consider your mental wellness. “We all have mental health,” said Marcie Timmerman, executive director of Mental Health America of Kentucky. “It is a spectrum between how bad it might be, such as one bad day, or something clinically relevant.”
It has been established that overweight individuals do not perform as well on tests of memory and visual-
Where are you on the emotional mental health spectrum? Do you feel good about yourself and have good relationships? Are you able to bounce back from setbacks, cope with life’s challenges and keep problems in perspective?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) strongly urges people to get a mental health screening – the earlier the better. The alliance reports approximately 50 percent of chronic mental health conditions begin by age 14 years and 75 percent begin by age 24 years. NAMI wants to bridge the gap….
Each person dealing with hearing impairment faces numerous challenges. Among these are psychological issues that may arise. One of the most serious challenges is the potential isolation from social experiences. A person with hearing loss may feel emotions similar to those Elizabeth Kübler-
The ear has three main parts. The outer ear picks up the sound waves that travel down the ear canal. They hit the eardrum and cause it to vibrate. The middle ear is a closed space behind the eardrum that is normally filled with air, but sometimes fluid collects there, too.
Many people use headphones without knowing the negative health issues the devices can cause. According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the use of headphones and ear buds has led to a major increase in the prevalence of hearing loss in adolescents and young adults.
Sound is measured in decibels (Db), which describes its intensity. Listening to any sounds at or above 85 Db for a prolonged period can damage hearing. About 40 million U.S. adults aged 20-
We are all busy. Work, family, hobbies and daily distractions constantly vie for our attention. The everyday “need-
With more than 20,000 nerve endings, the foreskin is the most sensitive part of the penis and the most erogenous part of a man’s body. The foreskin protects the glans – the rounded tip of the penis – and keeps it healthy, clean, moist and sensitive. It also protects the urethra from contamination.
I was born and raised in Lexington, Ky. I am a 53-
Men, are you aware of Dupuytren’s contracture? This condition occurs when fibrous tissue under the palm thickens and forms a rope-
According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org), an estimated 30 million people in the United States will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives, and 10 million of those people are men.
Most men need to pay more attention to their health. Men are more likely than women to smoke, drink too much alcohol, have risky behavior and put off regular check-
Testosterone is a male sex hormone mainly produced in the testicles. It is responsible for making men who they are physically. It gives men the hair on their chest and their deep voices. It regulates the sex drive (libido), bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength and is important for the production of sperm.
Here are some main health concerns for men, as well as some that are easily overlooked:
Prostate Cancer This is the most common cancer among American men, except for non-
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of many women each year. It is the second leading cause of death among women. In the United States, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the….
The skin is the body’s largest organ. Its job is to protect against heat, sunlight, injury and infection. The skin has several layers; the two main layers are the epidermis (upper or outer layer) and the dermis (lower or inner layer). Skin cancer begins in the epidermis. With melanoma, malignant cancer cells….