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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2015) – The Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy’s (KCSP) has awarded the Lee T. Todd, Jr. Smoke-free Hero Award to Gov. Steve Beshear for his adoption of an executive order prohibiting tobacco use and e-cigarettes inside and outside state buildings, grounds and vehicles.
Beshear was recognized for his courage, perseverance and continuous commitment to creating tobacco-free environments in the face of adversity. He was presented with the award April 23 at the Doubletree Suites in Lexington during the UK College of Nursing’s KCSP annual spring conference.
"Gov. Beshear has transformed what it means to be a hero for tobacco which, for far too long, has been to safeguard the crop and promote its use no matter the consequences to public health. Through his leadership and courage, the governor has redefined the meaning of a tobacco hero by taking steps to reduce tobacco use and save lives,” said Ellen Hahn, professor in the College of Nursing and director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy.
The 2015 David B. Stevens, MD, Smoke-free Advocate of the Year Award was presented to Allison Adams, director of the Buffalo Trace District Health Department. Adams has been successful at recruiting and mobilizing citizens to advocate for a healthy community and works tirelessly at both the city and state levels. The advocate of the year is recognized for excellence in promoting secondhand smoke education and smoke-free policy. The 2015 Brian Early Mattone, Esq. Legal Counsel Smoke-free Support Award was presented to the Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP.
Elected officials and advocates from the City of Berea, the City of Midway, the City of Richmond, the City of Versailles and Woodford County Fiscal Court were awarded the KCSP's Smoke-free Indoor Air Excellence Award. Elected officials in these communities were recognized for their exceptional leadership and collaborative efforts in protecting the health of citizens in their communities by enacting a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance.
Elected officials and advocates from Owensboro City Commission were also awarded the Smoke-free Indoor Air Endeavor Award. Members were recognized for their leadership in promoting the health of the citizens in their communities by enacting a partial smoke-free ordinance.
The first annual Tobacco-free Campus Award was presented to Eastern Kentucky University for its exceptional leadership and collaborative efforts in promoting a healthy environment for the college campus by implementing a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy.
As of April 1, 2015, there were 41 Kentucky communities had implemented smoke-free ordinances, with 24 of those being comprehensive policies, meaning that they cover all workplaces including restaurants and bars. This translates to 32.5 percent of Kentuckians protected by comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws. Ten of these comprehensive laws also cover e-cigarettes. For more information about smoke-free ordinances and regulations in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy at www.kcsp.uky.edu.
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Researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging have been attempting to understand the cascade of events following mild head injury that may lead to an increased risk for developing a progressive degenerative brain disease, and their new study, which was published in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, shows initial promise for a treatment that might interrupt the process that links the two conditions.
“By defining the cascade of events that occurs after a mild brain injury, we ultimately hope to discover ways to disrupt that process,” said Adam Bachstetter, Ph.D., of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. “Our goal is to uncover the biology that underlies the link between head injury and dementia, and in our latest research, we think we have found evidence that an altered inflammatory response from cells in the brain called glia may be at least part of the link.”
To explore the chain of events that link traumatic brain injury to increased risk for dementia, Bachstetter and co-author Scott Webster, Ph.D., of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, used a mouse that has been genetically altered to make a human protein called amyloid beta, which is a key player in Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers also developed a surgical procedure to mimic the most common form of traumatic brain injury.
“We wanted to know if we could accelerate the onset of memory problems in these mice, similar to what is believed to occur in humans,” said Webster. “It gave us a way to ask the important mechanistic questions that might one day lead to a better treatment for head injury patients.”
Bachstetter and Webster used a small molecule drug known as MW151 which blocks overproduction of the molecules that cause inflammation in the brain following TBI. MW151 was developed by Linda Van Eldik, Ph.D,. director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and D. Martin Watterson, Ph.D., of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. The drug was given to the mice starting a week after a traumatic brain injury. After three weeks of treatment, mice that received MW151 no longer showed learning and memory problems, while the mice that didn’t receive the drug showed profound learning and memory problems.
“MW151 was able to rescue the memory impairments in mice even when treatment was started a week after the injury," said Webster. "The potential implications are compounded when you factor in that many people who suffer a mild brain injury don’t seek treatment right away.”
In addition to the human suffering caused by Alzheimer’s disease, there is an enormous strain on the health care system and families, consuming about $20 billion in direct costs alone. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, that figure is expected to rise exponentially.
“As the signature injury of the Iraq and Afganistan wars, and with approximately 1.5 million people in the United States each year seeking medical treatment for a traumatic brain injury, the impact of earlier onset of dementia in such a large number of people is simply unthinkable, Van Eldik said. "Adam and Scott's work could have a large impact both socially and economically.”
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2015) -- To date, a cure for Parkinson's disease (PD) remains elusive for the more than 50,000 Americans diagnosed yearly, despite decades of intensive study. But a newly approved treatment that might help ease the symptoms of Parkinson's has shown remarkable promise.
Dr. John Slevin, professor of neurology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and vice chair of research at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, worked with a team of international investigators to explore the efficacy of continuous levodopa dosing using a specially developed gel called CLES (Duopa) that is delivered directly into the small intestine by a portable infusion pump.
"We were extremely pleased with the results," Slevin said. “Patients with advanced PD treated via this new method demonstrated marked improvement in symptom fluctuations with reduced dyskinesia.“
According to Slevin, CLES's effectiveness is due in part to the fact that it results in more stable plasma concentrations of levodopa by delivering it directly to the small intestine, which bypasses issues of erratic gastric emptying and absorption caused by reduced muscular function inherent to PD.
"CLES has the potential to address a significant unmet need in this patient population with limited therapeutic options," Slevin added.
Marion Cox knows this all too well. This 70-year old Georgetown farmer and former real estate developer has suffered from Parkinson's for 16 years.
"I could tell I was going the wrong way," Cox says as he described his decline in spite of frequent medication adjustments. Even with his medications, he began to "stagger around" and struggled to speak and swallow. He was frustrated that he couldn't spend more quality time with his two daughters and two granddaughters. So when Dr. Slevin mentioned the Duopa clinical trial, Marion leapt at the chance.
"I felt different right away," he says of his experience in the three-year clinical drug trial. Cox shares that he can get around better, get dressed more easily, be gone all day farming his 800 acres.
"I'm getting more done. I'm not as good as I once was (before I had Parkinson's) but I'm pretty darn well off," he adds.
Parkinson’s is a progressive disease caused by the death of dopamine-producing cells in the brain. While most people recognize a Parkinson's patient by their motor skill difficulties such as tremor, slowness and stiffness, the disease also gives rise to several non-motor types of symptoms such as sensory deficits, cognitive difficulties or sleep problems.
While doctors have a number of treatments available to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, the motor deficits that are the hallmarks of PD are also the nemesis of effective treatment, since the muscles that control digestion are also affected, making dosing -- both in terms of amount and timing -- challenging.
Compounding this challenge is the fact that medications lose effectiveness over time as cell death progresses. Although levodopa remains the “gold standard” to control motor deficits in the treatment of early stage PD, after four to six years of treatment with oral medications for Parkinson’s disease, about 40 percent of patients find those medications less effective overall, inconsistent in controlling muscle function, and accompanied by a bothersome side-effect called dyskinesia, or involuntary muscle movement. By nine years of treatment, about 90 percent will suffer these effects.
The FDA approved CLES in January 2015. Because the safety and efficacy of levodopa is already established, this treatment has the potential to be fast-tracked for widespread use within the next 4-6 months.
Results from the study were published in the current issue of the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. The article is available at http://iospress.metapress.com/content/04427r3701341251/fulltext.pdf.
The archived press conference can be viewed at: Www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpPlrzcEyCo
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2015) - The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry is working to introduce tomorrow’s dentists to the profession now — offering students a glimpse into the world of a practicing dentist. Undergraduate students from Morehead State University, enrolled in a special online pre-dental lecture course, visited UK to take part in several hands-on dental exercises using the latest instruments in dental technology.
UKCD faculty members Dr. Rodrigo Fuentealba and Dr. Gitanjali Pinto-Sinai led the simulation lab, assisted by second-year UKCD student Mackenzie Bentley, a graduate of MSU. The simulation lab portion allows students the opportunity to work with actual dental instruments and realize how precise a dentist must be while working in the confines of a patient’s mouth.
“All the activities were taught at a basic level and demonstrated live in a step-by-step fashion. Being exposed at this early stage to experiences like this one can be eye opening for some of these students,” said Fuentealba.
Students learned how to communicate using proper dentistry terminology before picking up their dental hand pieces — not drills — and practicing how to address different types of caries, or cavities to the layperson.
“No amount of observation can replace the learning that comes from doing, which is facilitated by using state-of-the-art simulators at UKCD,” said Pinto-Sinai. “This hands-on experience is invaluable in helping potential future dentists make more informed career decisions."
The Appalachian Rural Dental Education Partnership (ARDEP) between UKCD and MSU, funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), offers such courses to increase opportunities for Kentuckians from Appalachian counties to pursue dental education and practice as a career choice, as well as improve the numbers and distribution of dentists practicing in Kentucky’s Appalachian counties.
This course, as well as other ARDEP offerings, provides an educational foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in dentistry, or for those who want to enhance their knowledge of oral health prior to entering another health field.
“When we started working with MSU three years ago, we really did not know exactly how the programming would look, but this project has been a wonderfully collaborative way to try new things to expand the pipeline into dental schools among those in the rural Appalachian areas of Kentucky,” said UKCD Dean Sharon Turner, who first conceived of the idea of such a collaboration and has been the principle investigator on the grant funded by the ARC.
“I had heard that UK had begun a relationship with Morehead, and I wanted to be involved. As alumni of Morehead, I feel it's important to support and encourage students who are now where I was two years ago and offer any help or knowledge I could pass along,” said Bentley.
MSU participants have positive things to say about the course as well.
"The opportunity to experiment in the dental simulation lab was nothing less than amazing. To be able to work on a typodont (a plastic model used to practice dental procedures) in undergraduate studies boosts students like myself to the next level, giving them an added experience in the field they want to pursue," said Ryan Steele.
“If anybody were on the fence about dentistry, or were just somewhat attracted to the idea, I would wholeheartedly suggest taking this course,” said Brad Cantrell.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) -- A ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday marked the official opening of UK HealthCare at Turfland, a new outpatient center on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington on the site of the former Turfland Mall.
UK HealthCare has leased and renovated the former Dillard's location for consolidation and relocation of some of its primary care and specialty outpatient clinics and will be the anchor tenant for the first floor of the building utilizing approximately 85,000 square feet.
"On behalf of our physicians, staff and health care providers, I welcome you to this remarkable facility that provides a convenient and very accessible location for several of our patient care services," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK vice president for health affairs. "The renovation and relocation to this site has been a unique opportunity for UK HealthCare and for the community and I believe it has been a win-win for both of us."
UK HealthCare at Turfland includes:
· UK Family & Community Medicine -- which has consolidated services previously located at the Kentucky Clinic on the UK campus and at Kentucky Clinic South, located on Harrodsburg Road.
· UK Sports Medicine and UK Sports Rehabilitation, both previously located at Perimeter Drive.
· UK Occupational Medicine & Environmental Health and UK Travel Medicine, both formerly at Kentucky Clinic South
· Radiology and Laboratory Services, a pharmacy, and an eye care clinic
Later this year, the UK College of Dentistry will relocate its General Dentistry Practice at Kentucky Clinic South, as well as Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics - currently located on campus, to UK HealthCare at Turfland.
“Health care is one of the largest sectors of our local economy and one of the fastest growing, thanks in large part to UK’s leadership in the field at the local, state and national levels,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “In addition to good jobs, UK provides the highest quality patient care services for Kentuckians right here in Central Kentucky. Today's ribbon cutting and the opening of this beautiful facility brings convenient health care services for Lexington citizens, while bringing new life to this former site of Turfland Mall.”
As of Monday afternoon, all of the clinics except for Dentistry were seeing patients at the new location. Patients seeing physicians and health care professionals who have relocated have received information about the transition during the past few weeks regarding upcoming appointments.
"For the more than 150 UK HealthCare employees who will be serving more than 30,000 patients at UK HealthCare at Turfland, we are excited to continue to meet the needs of our patients in this spacious, functional and convenient location," said Dr. Marcus Randall, chief of Ambulatory Services at UK HealthCare and professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine at UK.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) - UK HealthCare's Cosmetic Surgery Associates will be holding an open house 4-8 p.m. this Tuesday, April 21 at the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Office Building, Suite 303.
Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about what the UK HealthCare plastic surgery team can offer. The team will perform on-site demonstrations with open discussions on the latest cosmetic surgical procedures, including treatment for wrinkles and anti-aging.
Other bonuses include:
· Opportunity to purchase ZO Skincare Kits with a promotional offering (free gift with a minimum $200 purchase) while supplies last
· Complimentary Skin Scope Assessment with Skinceuticals
· On-site vendors for Botox, Dysport, and Fillers providing questions and answers
· Special pricing opportunities for one night only
· Door prizes and more
Light appetizers will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call UK Cosmetic Surgery Associates at (859) 257-7171.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — Bullying, peer pressure, substance abuse and suicide — these are all serious issues voiced by teens in the opening segment of a Kentucky Educational Television (KET) special report on teen health. Dr. Hatim Omar, chief of the University of Kentucky Division of Adolescent Medicine, is one expert featured in the program who is committed to helping teens overcome these issues as they progress toward adulthood.
KET Health's "What Does Every Teen Need?" explores the unique generational challenges confronting Kentucky's youth and offers insight into how parents can support teen health. During the documentary, Omar describes his comprehensive approach to teen health, which emphasizes prevention and the principles of Positive Youth Development. Omar claims three essential components are necessary to foster positive youth development: a caring adult, a safe place to connect with others and a meaningful activity.
The documentary also highlights partnerships forged by Omar between the UK Division of Adolescent Medicine and two rural Kentucky school systems. Through these partnerships, the UK Adolescent Medicine conducts health screenings to identify at-risk teens and provides in-school clinical hours at middle and high schools. The programs have helped improve accessibility to treatment for many teens in Harrison and Lincoln Counties.
"What Does Every Teen Need" was produced by Laura Krueger and premieres on Monday, April 20, at 9 p.m. on KET. To view a preview of the program, click here.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2015) – The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center announced today that St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Ky., has joined the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, a newly launched initiative conducting high priority cancer research through a network of collaborative centers with expertise in the delivery of cancer care and conduct of research studies.
Thousands of patients across eastern Kentucky will have close-to-home access to innovative clinical research studies in the treatment and epidemiology of cancer as well as research studies in the prevention and early detection of cancer.
The team at St. Claire Regional Medical Center was invited to participate based on their previous experience in conducting oncology research. St. Claire has participated in research with Markey for more than 10 years, enrolling more than 120 patients from seven surrounding counties in nearly 20 different cancer clinical studies in that time. St. Claire’s clinical research studies included those initiated at UK in priority areas of lung cancer screening and early detection, smoking cessation, treatment therapies for lung cancer, and environmental risk factors for lung cancer.
St. Claire’s long-standing oncology research portfolio will expand as a result of joining the Markey Research Network. Clinical research studies currently open at St. Claire include a study to identify the best approaches to help cancer patients quit smoking which will help to improve their response to cancer treatments, with studies coming soon in lung cancer screening and survivorship.
“St. Claire continually works to provide an advanced level of healthcare to the 160,000 plus people in our service area,” said Mark J. Neff, president/CEO of St. Claire Regional Medical Center. The unfortunate truth is that Eastern Kentucky faces some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the nation which is why St. Claire is so excited to join the Markey Cancer Center Research Network in the battle to reduce cancer deaths in our region by offering close-to-home access to some of the most advanced clinical cancer trial treatments available.”
Clinical research studies are key to developing new methods to prevent, detect and treat cancer, and most treatments used today are the results of previous clinical studies. These may include studies in which patients who need cancer treatment receive their therapy under the observation of specially trained cancer doctors and staff. Patients who volunteer for cancer treatment studies will either receive standard therapy or a new treatment that represents the researchers’ best new ideas for how to improve cancer care.
The portfolio of available clinical research studies for each Markey Research Network member will be targeted, focusing both on the areas with the highest burden of disease, and the types of cancers that most affect these overburdened regions. Appalachia has some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the country, especially for lung, colorectal, and cervical cancers.
As a member of the Markey Research Network, the physicians at St. Claire Regional Medical Center will offer the opportunity to consider participation in clinical research studies to their patients, with the patients remaining under their direct care and closer to home during their treatment.
"Being able to offer not only our own trials on site, but also major NCI trials, is a huge benefit to the members of our Research Network," said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. "The patients who chose to enroll in one of these trials at St. Claire should be assured that they are receiving the latest, best treatment options for their disease, with the added benefit of staying much closer to their own support system at home."
By disseminating Markey's clinical research studies across the region, the collaborative Research Network will offer better, more progressive treatment options to patients without the burden of traveling away from home and their physicians.
"Clinical research is the best way to advance cancer treatment protocols and move forward with the most effective new therapies," said Dr. Tim Mullett, medical director of the Markey Cancer Center Research Network. "As the only NCI-designated cancer center serving the Appalachian region of Kentucky, we have an obligation to address the most devastating cancers in this area by continually improving cancer prevention, detection, and treatments. The Markey Research Network will play a vital role in improving the grim cancer mortality rates in our region."
To be invited into the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, medical centers must demonstrate a capacity to deliver the highest caliber of clinical expertise and demonstrate quality work in clinical research and complying with federal regulations. Other medical centers are expected to join the Research Network in the coming months.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2015) — Kentucky Children's Hospital pediatrician and child safety researcher Dr. Susan Pollack was recently honored as one of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s 2015 Public Health Heroes. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents.
Pollack has advocated for injury prevention and safety measures for children of all ages. Her areas of expertise include safe sleeping areas for infants, car seat safety, drowning and fire prevention, teen driving, and head protection for bicyclists, skateboarders and ATV riders.
She frequently assists with the Child Care Health Consultant Program, which promotes healthy child development in safe environments. Pollack is the coordinator of the Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention Program at the Kentucky Injury and Prevention Research Center, and an assistant professor in the UK Department of Pediatrics and the UK Department of Preventive Medicine. She serves on the Child Fatality Review committee in Fayette County and on the state level through the Department for Public Health.
Pollack considers her advocacy of revisions to booster seat laws in Kentucky and work to improve child care programs among her most important contributions to child safety. She thanked the many collaborators in Fayette County and at the Kentucky Department for Public Health who joined her efforts to make environments safer for teens and children.
"It's an incredible honor," Pollack said of the award. "I'm really proud of how much working together has made things possible, even when resources were scarce. We couldn't have done it without each other."
Pollack was selected for the honor with Marian Guinn, the CEO of God's Pantry Food Bank. The two women were recognized during an April 13 meeting of the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health.
Past winners of the award include the Rev. Willis Polk and baby Health Service (2014); Anita Courtney and Teens Against Tobacco Use (2013); Vickie Blevins and Jay McChord (2013); Jill Chenault-Wilson and Dr. Malkanthie McCormick (2011); Dr. Jay Perman (2010); the Lexington Lions Club (2009); Dr. David Stevens and the late Dr. Doane Fischer (2008); Dr. Ellen Hahn, Mary Alice Pratt and Therese Moseley (2007); Dr. Andrew Moore and Rosa Martin (2006); Jan Brucato and Dragana Zaimovic (2005); and Dr. John Michael Moore, Ellen Parks and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (2004).
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2015) -- In the summer before her high school senior year, Joy Andrade underwent reconstructive jaw surgery to correct a skeletal malformation. The surgery was supposed to be one of the final steps in years of orthodontic treatments, which had included three sets of braces, starting in the fifth grade, and the removal of several permanent teeth to allow for more space in Joy’s mouth.
The results of her initial surgery changed Joy’s life forever. At a time when her biggest concerns might have revolved around making an A on a math test, winning the next soccer or basketball game, or picking the perfect prom dress, instead, due to surgery complications, Joy was faced with feelings of isolation and being homebound for much of her last year of high school.
“No one thinks about it when they bite into an apple or crunch on an almond, but you better believe that I have to,” said Andrade, who is now a University of Kentucky freshman. “I haven’t bitten into an apple in more than two years…picking up an apple and eating it as a simple on-the-go snack is a thing of the past.”
“I wondered how I could enjoy my senior year without my six upper teeth. I couldn’t talk. I was swollen, and everything became difficult. I thought after a couple months of recovery I would be better, but somehow my surgery kept affecting me,” said Andrade. “I couldn’t do normal teenager things. You don’t realize how important your teeth are until you don’t have them. I mean being a high school girl was hard enough and to add doctor appointments, surgeries, and the fear of wondering if they could fix my mouth, it was stressful.”
Her teachers, friends, and family rallied behind her to offer support and help her through this difficult time. After visiting with several additional doctors, Andrade found the medical support she needed when referred to the UK College of Dentistry to meet Drs. Joseph Van Sickels, in Oral Surgery, and Rodrigo Fuentealba, in Prosthodontics.
“I had already become resentful toward dental and medical practices. Up until that point, it seemed like both had failed me. Everything that could go wrong did,” Andrade said. “From the beginning, Dr. Van Sickels and Dr. Fuentealba were different compared to the countless doctors I had come in contact with in the past.”
Since beginning treatment with Van Sickels and Fuentealba in August 2013, Joy has undergone several additional surgeries, including a bone graft from her hip, to repair damage from the complications resulting from her initial surgery. In addition to losing six upper front teeth, Joy also experienced bone loss in her upper jaw which had to be built up again before dental implants could be finalized. Although the doctors’ work is ongoing, Joy has been able to benefit from milestones throughout the process.
“I remember the feeling of when Dr. Fuentealba gave me my flipper (fake teeth) to put in for the first time,” recalls Andrade. “Both my mom and I cried, because I was just so filled with relief, and at that moment, I thought wow maybe everything will be ok.”
“UK’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Division generally performs 80 to 100 successful procedures each year to address skeletal malformations similar to the one Joy needed to have treated,” said Van Sickels. “Normal eating and speaking are an important part of everyday life. Working in partnership with other UK Oral Health divisions, such as Dr. Fuentealba in Prosthodontics, we’re able to help people with a wide range of functional issues.”
Van Sickels and Fuentealba have taken extra care in Joy’s treatment due both to the location of her problem and her young age. Wanting to provide Joy the opportunity to share her big smile confidently with others again, and have their work last a lifetime; the team has paid close attention to rebuilding a strong foundation of bone and gum tissue to support Joy’s dental implants.
Because of her positive experience with UK Oral Health, Andrade is now majoring in biology at UK. A member of UK’s STEMcats, a living learning program intended for first-year students who have applied for a STEM major, she hopes to also join the pre-dental society and MEDLIFE, a nonprofit organization offering medicine, education, and community development, next year to help prepare her to study at UK’s College of Dentistry.
“I had already been accepted by and decided to go to another college. It wasn’t until I met Dr. Van Sickels and Dr. Fuentealba that I really saw what UK is about. Most people don’t get to see all the little things that truly make UK special. UK is a family. It’s my family,” said Andrade.
“I hope to be an orthodontist, but honestly if I get the chance to do anything in dentistry, I will be grateful. I want to help people just as my doctors helped me.”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2015) -- We've long known that a pregnant mother's alcohol and tobacco use can harm a developing fetus, but we're now learning much more about how a baby's first nine months before birth can affect its health into adulthood.
The environment of the womb, which is determined by a mother's health, lifestyle and surroundings, can alter the development of a fetus with permanent and lifelong implications. This concept of "fetal programming" explains some of the developmental origins of health and disease, including a child's increased risk for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease as an adult.
In addition to alcohol and tobacco cessation and eating a well-balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables and healthy sources of proteins, proper weight gain and exercise and good mental health during pregnancy are especially important for a baby's lifelong health. Pregnancy is a critical window, and even if you've never exercised, watched your weight, or actively tended to your mental health in the past, investing in yourself for the nine months of pregnancy could have implications for the next 100 years of your child's life.
Weight gain: Gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy can negatively impact your child's future health and growth, affecting metabolism, energy, appetite control, and possibly increasing their risk for obesity.
How much weight you should gain during your pregnancy depends on your weight prior to pregnancy. A woman of normal weight should gain about 20-25 lbs.; overweight women should gain 15-20. For obese women, harm has not been shown if they don't gain any weight. Consult your doctor to determine what's right for you.
Exercise: For appropriate weight gain during pregnancy, exercise is fundamentally important. Exercise also provides numerous benefits to the pregnant mom, and there is early evidence that maternal exercise may improve long-term health outcomes in the next generation.
Moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week is recommended for the majority of pregnant women without complications. Consider gardening, swimming and walking or other fun activities that will keep you off the couch. Strenuous exercise should be done in consultation with your physician.
Stress and anxiety: Research suggests that maternal stress--whether from normal life events, financial concerns, poverty, or abuse--is associated with pre-term birth and can affect the development of a baby's brain and immune system. Talk about your concerns and feelings with people you trust, do things that help you relax, and rely on your support network. If you think you might be experiencing depression, talk with your health care provider right away.
For more information on healthy pregnancy, visit http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/preconceptioncare/conditioninfo/Pages/healthy-pregnancy.aspx.
Kevin J. Pearson, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, and Dr. John M. O'Brien, is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the maternal fetal medicine and fellowship program at the University of Kentucky. Together, they study the effects of maternal health, especially exercise and diet, on fetal and childhood outcomes.
This column appeared in the April 12, 2015 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2015) -- Sugar tastes good and for a little while, it may make us feel better until the crash comes and we are left feeling tired and lifeless. It is estimated that Americans consume 130 pounds of sugar per person a year, which is about a third of a pound of sugar a day.
We consume it in all the obvious places like candy, cookies, pastries and ice cream but sugar, made of glucose and fructose, can sneak into our diets under the guise of foods we may not suspect, like crackers, processed foods, peanut butter, yogurt, sauces and bread, many of which use high fructose corn syrup, a man-made sweetener equally as toxic as sugar.
Recent medical research concludes consumption of added sugar in our diet has plunged America into a public health crisis. Sugar can be directly linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Children are becoming obese and diabetic and at an earlier age, and sugar along with high fructose corn syrup, more than any other substances are to blame.
Table sugar is composed of glucose and fructose. Glucose it is quickly absorbed from the walls of your small intestine, triggering your pancreas to secrete insulin, a hormone that delivers glucose from your blood stream to your cells to be used as energy or stored as glycogen or fat. Consistently high sugar loads can lead to insulin resistance leaving high blood glucose in circulation. The high glucose will attach to red blood cells, which is used to determine if you are diabetic or prediabetic
Fructose is also absorbed through your small intestine into the bloodstream, which delivers fructose straight to your liver. Unlike glucose the metabolism of fructose is not as well regulated and the liver is easily overwhelmed and over time, excess fructose can prompt globules of fat to grow throughout the liver, the precursor to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. It spurs the production of triglycerides, a type of fat that can migrate from the liver to the arteries, raising your risk for heart attack or stroke. Glucose and fructose can overwhelm your pancreas which can result in total-body inflammation that, in turn, puts you at even higher risk for obesity and diabetes.
While the facts are sobering, the good news is that the majority of these illnesses are preventable.
The first step is to become more mindful before we reach for the next soda, cookie or piece of cake. Paying attention to the sugar content on nutrition labels and making healthy choices for both adults and children are the first steps to better health.
Some common foods to avoid that have a high sugar content are: Regular sodas - 136 added sugar calories/12 fl oz; Juice cocktails such as Capri-Sun, Tropicana Orange Ade – 85 added sugar calories/8 fl oz; 100 percent Natural Wholegrain Cereal with raisins, lowfat – 81 added sugar calories/cup; Honey Mustard Salad Dressing – 25 added sugar calories/tablespoon, Heart Healthy 100 percent Whole Wheat Bread – 12 calories added sugar calories/slice; High Protein Bars – 34 calories added sugar/bar; Milk Chocolate Bars – 74 calories added sugar/bar; Yogurt, fruit and nuts, low fat – 89 calories added sugar /6 oz; and Ice cream, fat free, and chocolate – 83 calories added sugar/medium scoop.
Geza Bruckner is professor of Clinical Nutrition at the UK College of Health Sciences and the Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April, 10, 2015) -- Peter Nelson, the R.C.Durr Endowed Professor in Alzheimer's disease, sits in his office and explains how the efforts of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation allowed him and his colleagues to identify and name a new age-related disease called PART.
"To make an Alzheimer's diagnosis you need to see two things together in a patient’s brain: amyloid plaques and structures called neurofibrillary tangles composed of a protein called tau, but autopsy studies on patients with dementia have demonstrated that some have tangles but no plaques," said Nelson who has both a medical degree and Ph.D.
"NIH (National Institutes of Health) funding is more competitive than ever, and it can be difficult to find funding for ideas like this one where the impact of the study is more opaque to the average citizen," Nelson said. "Funding from the SBCoA Foundation is, if you will, the glue that brings the center together and provided us the opportunity to define and develop criteria for PART, which is the first step towards treatment, prevention, and/or cure."
The UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has been conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease (AD), stroke and other aging-related concerns for more than 30 years. Through a gift from the Eleanor and John Y. Brown Jr. Foundation and a matching grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging opened in 1979 and is one of 10 original National Institutes of Health-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers.
Today, the center is an internationally prestigious research institution, ranked No. 1 in the world in recruiting AD clinical trial participants and top tier on multiple other benchmarks in AD research, conducting cutting edge clinical studies that test new therapeutic approaches, producing influential data that explores the mechanisms of aging-related diseases, and identifying new opportunities to slow the progress of disease or prevent it altogether. Collectively, this research represents approximately $7 million in grant funding annually.
But as grant funding for research has become less and less available, Nelson's work and that of others at SBCoA has become more reliant on the efforts of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation (COAF).
“The foundation board is focused on helping grow awareness and support of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and their mission," said Bennett Prichard, COAF board member.
To that end, each year COAF hosts a dinner featuring a guest speaker who is either an example of successful aging or who has a personal connection to Alzheimer’s and age-related diseases. Previous guest speakers have included such well-known figures as Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, Barbara Bush, Colin Powell, John Glenn, Bob Dole, Willard Scott, Lauren Bacall, Andy Rooney, Hugh Downs, Newt Gingrich, Ed McMahon, Dr. Pearse Lyons and James W. Host. This year, on Thursday, April 23, the Foundation will feature University of Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell.
Coach, athlete and inspirational speaker, Coach Mitchell watched as his mentor, friend and legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 59. To honor her, the Mitchell Family Foundation joined the fight against Alzheimer’s by donating $50,000 to Alzheimer charities in the last two years alone. This passion to make a difference is apparent in all areas of Coach Mitchell’s life.
“We are thrilled to have Coach Mitchell join us on this special night," says Prichard, who is also the dinner committee chair. "He and his wife have been so generous with their time and resources to help with this fight, which is emotionally and financially devastating for both patients and their families. Year after year, the dinner has proven to be a wonderful tool to help us achieve these goals, and it's an honor that the coach is willing to help us with that effort as our special guest and keynote speaker.”
The dinner begins at 6:30 pm with a cocktail reception in the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Lexington Center. Individual tickets to the dinner are $175 or $200 at the door, with proceeds benefiting SBCoA. Corporate and individual table sponsorships are available starting at $1,500. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: http://www.uky.edu/coa, or contact the SBCoA Foundation at (859) 323-5374 or email@example.com.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) - UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has received the "Get With The Guidelines -"Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award" by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for maintaining nationally recognized standards for the treatment of stroke patients.
KNI also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Over twelve months, at least 75 percent of the hospital’s ischemic stroke patients have received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as door-to-needle time). Stroke patients who receive tPA within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover more quickly and are less likely to suffer severe disability.
This year marks the fifth year that KNI has received Gold Plus designation. KNI has been named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll the past two years and meets the criteria for the 'elite' level that was introduced this year.
Kentucky patients aren't the only ones benefiting from this achievement.
"By participating in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program, we are able to share our expertise with other member hospitals around the country, including access to the most up-to-date research, clinical tools and resources, and patient education resources," said Dr. Jessica Lee, director of UK HealthCare's Comprehensive Stroke Program.
"What this means for Kentuckians is that the best possible stroke care is available right here in Lexington."
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. In Kentucky, cardiovascular disease (which includes stroke) is the leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
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