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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Dr. Edward M. Wolin, a nationally known expert in treating neuroendocrine and carcinoid tumors, has joined the team at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.
Neuroendocrine tumors develop from endocrine cells found in the digestive tract, lungs, pancreas, and other sites. These rare cancers present unique diagnostic challenges. They tend to be slow-growing, and usually have metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis.
At Markey, Wolin will serve as the director of the Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Program. In addition to working with Markey's team of surgical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, and diagnostic radiologists, Wolin will collaborate on patient care with UK Chief of Medical Oncology Dr. Lowell Anthony. Anthony came to UK in 2011 and helped build up Markey's Neuroendocrine Clinic, the region's first multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to endocrine and neuroendocrine tumors.
Wolin brings a robust research program to Markey, including multiple clinical trials. His research efforts focus on finding treatments which are more effective and less toxic, including pasireotide, lanreotide, everolimus, other m-tor inhibitors, targeted radiation including peptide receptor radiotherapy with Lu-177, anti-angiogenic drugs, novel targeted biologic anti-cancer treatments, and targeted treatment of liver metastases. Wolin's research is also directed at development of new imaging and diagnostic procedures for carcinoid/neuroendocrine tumors.
"Dr. Wolin is renowned for his skill in treating these complex forms of cancer, and we are thrilled to bring his expertise to our patients here in Kentucky," said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. "Through his clinical trials, many patients will be able to receive extremely specialized care that they couldn't get anywhere else in the country."
Wolin earned his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine. He performed his internship, residency and a medical oncology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center followed by a clinical fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to coming to Markey, he served as co-director of the Cedars-Sinai Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Wolin sees patients in the Multidisciplinary Clinic on the first floor of the UK Markey Cancer Center's Whitney-Hendrickson building. To make an appointment, call 859-257-4488 or toll free 866-340-4488.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) – A new study by University of Kentucky researchers has identified a novel molecule named Arylquin 1 as a potent inducer of Par-4 secretion from normal cells. Par-4 is a protein that acts as a tumor suppressor, killing cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed.
Normal cells secrete small amounts of Par-4 on their own, but this amount is not enough to kill cancer cells. Notably, if Par-4 secretion is suppressed, this leads to tumor growth.
Published in "Nature Chemical Biology," the UK study utilized lab cultures and animal models to show that low levels of Arylquin 1 induced Par-4 secretion without causing harm to the producer cells.
Additionally, researchers found that Par-4 is bound to a protein called vimentin, which contributes to tumor metastasis. Arylquin 1 binds to vimentin, displacing the Par-4 for secretion -- which means it may also be useful for inhibitiing the spread of cancer.
These findings have strong implications for the development of future cancer treatments, as researchers are now focusing on developing Arylquin 1 into a drug to inhibit both primary and metastatic tumors.
"We found that Par-4 is inactivated by pro-metastasis proteins such as vimentin," said Vivek Rangnekar, UK professor and Alfred Cohen Chair in Oncology Research in the Department of Radiation Medicine. "This implies that by using small molecule drugs that target metastasis proteins, we may be able to both inhibit the spread of cancer while also releasing the tumor suppressor -- Par-4 -- to then induce the death of the cancerous cells."
Rangnekar, who also serves as associate director for the UK Markey Cancer Center, initially discovered the Par-4 gene in 1994. Working closely with UK medicinal chemist David Watt and a multidisciplinary team across the UK campus, their labs are developing secretagogues that can cause elevated secretion of Par-4 for the inhibition of primary and metastatic tumors.
This study was funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Research Resources, and the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) -- Did you know that you can help others by participating in research? Health-focused research affects every aspect of our lives, from the medications we take to the health of our environment. Researchers are working hard to identify new treatments and strategies to improve the health of our communities, but research needs healthy volunteers and volunteers with medical conditions in order to succeed. Participating in research is a safe, easy way for you to give back to your community and give hope for the future while learning more about your own health.
Find out how you can participate in research during the University of Kentucky's next #AskACat Twitter chat, beginning 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at @universityofky. UK researchers will answer general questions about participating in research. They will also answer questions about ResearchMatch, a registry that pairs volunteers with researchers looking for participants, and UK's new Research Registry and Specimen Bank, or the "biobank." For more information on ResearchMatch, visit www.researchmatch.org/?rm=@AskaCat.
UK patients are being invited to help researchers by allowing leftover blood and tissue from their normal medical procedures to put into the biobank. For example, when a patient undergoes a blood draw or tissue biopsy, the blood or tissue that isn’t used for testing is normally thrown away. In the new biobank project, however, patients will be given a consent form to allow any “leftover” blood or tissue from their regular medical procedures to be stored in the biobank for research purposes. No additional procedures will be performed or extra blood or tissues collected whatsoever. Participation is voluntary, and to protect patient privacy, all identifying information (such as name, address and social security numbers) will be removed from the samples and corresponding medical records.
Four UK experts will respond to questions during the chat:
· Belinda Smith, education specialist at the Office of Research Integrity;
· Ada Sue Selwitz, director of the Office of Research Integrity;
· Dr. Susanne Arnold, associate professor in medical oncology and radiation medicine and associate director for clinical translation at the Markey Cancer Center; and
· Dr. Phil Kern, director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center.
Join the conversation or follow the chat at the university's official account @universityofky, or use the hashtag #AskACat for questions and responses from the Twitter chat.
Individuals interested in asking questions about participation in health care research, ResearchMatch, or the biobank can send their questions to twitter.com/universityofky through 3 p.m. Sept. 16, or to the UK Facebook page prior to 2 p.m., Sept. 16. Responses to questions will be shared with the university's Twitter followers and those following the hashtag #AskACat.
UK will present its next #AskACat Twitter chat Oct. 21.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) - For the first time in Kentucky’s history, two nurse practitioners have been awarded the 2014 AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners) State Award for Excellence, and both are with the University of Kentucky/UK HealthCare. Audrey Darville, assistant professor with the College of Nursing, family nurse practitioner and certified tobacco treatment specialist, and Vicky Turner, codirector of the Center for Advanced Practice and acute care nurse practitioner with UK HealthCare Critical Care Cardiology, were both honored recently at the national AANP Annual Conference in Nashville.
The AANP Award for Excellence is given to a dedicated nurse practitioner who demonstrates excellence in their area of practice. With special permission from AANP two awards were presented this year.
Pictured left to right are: Kathy Wheeler, state representative to AANP, Turner, Darville and Kenneth Miller, AANP president.
The AANP (www.aanp.org) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. It represents the interests of the nation’s 189,000 nurse practitioners, including more than 50,000 members, providing a unified networking platform, and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy, promoting excellence in practice, education and research, and establishing standards that best serve nurse practitioner patients and other health care consumers.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) — Visionaries in the health care industry will take stages on the East Coast and the West Coast during this week's TEDMED 2014 Conference, but University of Kentucky students and faculty can stay on campus for a front-row seat.
The University of Kentucky American Medical Association (AMA) student section recently received a grant from the AMA to stream sessions from the annual conference to an audience of health care students and faculty members representing many health care disciplines. The chapter will play recorded sessions in Pavilion H of the UK Chandler Hospital on Thursday and Friday evenings, and throughout the day on Saturday. After each 90-minute session, a panel of UK HealthCare experts will discuss the main messages of the talks and how those messages relate to their experiences at UK. The sessions are open to all health profession students, including students in the colleges of public health, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy, as well as any interested hospital faculty.
Dually hosted in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the TEDMED 2014 conference comprises a series of short, provocative talks and performances from a variety of thought-leaders, activists, artists, authors, physicians, researchers and other stakeholders in the health care industry. Each talk or performance will range from 8 to 20 minutes. Presenters will discuss a variety of topics, including solutions for today's health care problems from other worlds, new bedside eye-tracking devices to diagnose brain injuries, the economics behind drug addiction and a photographer's use of humor as therapy during his wife's cancer treatment. The goal of the conference is to inspire thought, expand worldviews and challenge old ways of thinking in health care professionals. The conference runs from Sept. 10-12.
Brad St. Martin, a second-year medical student and vice president of the UK AMA student section, thinks it's important for students to step away from their day-to-day study routine and expose themselves to different views and innovations in the health care profession. He encourages students from all five UK health colleges to attend the sessions.
"I am just hoping this will act as a forum for people to increase awareness of the bigger picture and current changes in health and medicine outside of their own fields," St. Martin said. "It's a change from the ordinary to help expand upon our ideas and inspire action."
Sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7:15 p.m. On Saturday, two sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided on Thursday and Friday and a light breakfast will be provided Saturday morning. All sessions will be held in HG611 in Pavilion H.
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LEXINGTON, KY. (Sept. 9, 2014) — University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children's Hospital have received their second straight Excellence in Life Support designation from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for neonatal, pediatric and adult patients.
The center of excellence designation gives the University of Kentucky Medical Center national recognition for providing outstanding care in Extracorporeal Life Support. ELSO also selected UK as one of only five centers to be presented as a Center of Excellence Award Winner at this year's ELSO conference in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The triple designation recognizes UK's commitment to using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support for inpatients of all ages experiencing acute failure of the cardiorespiratory system. This technology can make the difference between life or death for patients whose heart and/or lungs are so severely damaged that they can no longer function.
Additionally, ECMO serves as a bridge to transplantation, allowing patients who are awaiting transplant to regain strength so they are physically able to undergo the complex surgery.
In 2013, UK supported 72 patients with a total of 14,185 hours of ECMO. UK began using ECMO in 1994, starting with neonatal patients before branching out to the pediatric and adult populations.
UK's adult ECMO team is led by Dr. Charles Hoopes, and the pediatric and neonatal ECMO team is led by Dr. Hubert Ballard. In order to provide this complex care, they are supported by teams from critical care medicine and pediatrics, neonatology, cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric surgery, perfusion, nursing, respiratory care and other ancillary services. This multidisciplinary team of UK HealthCare professionals collaborates to provide an outstanding level of care, underscoring the quality and commitment of the UK enterprise.
The Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes programs worldwide that distinguish themselves by having processes, procedures and systems in place that promote excellence and exceptional care in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. To earn the designation, programs must promote the mission, activities, and vision of ELSO; demonstrate their ability to provide outstanding patient care by using the highest quality measures, processes, and structures based upon evidence; and excel in training, education, collaboration, and communication that supports ELSO guidelines and contributes to a healing environment.
Following is a blog from University of Kentucky College of Nursing Dean Janie Heath
Sept. 5, 2014
Dear Friends of the UK College of Nursing,
“A dream shared by many!” During the college’s 40th Anniversary celebration, this is what an excited Dr. Marcia A. Dake, the College of Nursing’s founding dean, recalled about the opening of the College. Indeed, the College has been a dream shared by many faculty, staff, students, deans, alumni and friends over the past 56 years. So it is with a deep sense of pride but also sadness that I write of Dr. Dake’s passing.
Her love of nursing began in high school where she assisted the high school nurse. Her education would follow the traditional nurse training path with a hospital diploma, after which she then entered the Army Nurse Corp in WWII. After the war, she completed her bachelor’s degree in public health nursing from Syracuse University and her master’s in education from Teacher’s College. A National League of Nurses fellowship allowed her to earn a PhD in education at Teacher’s College.
Dr. Carolyn Williams, dean emeritus of the College of Nursing, commented on Dr. Dake’s legacy. “Dr. Marcia Dake, nurse, educator and leader was a remarkable woman. She not only was the first dean of the College of Nursing (and the youngest dean of a nursing school at that time), she actually ‘built the college from scratch,’ hired the first faculty members, worked with them on designing the curriculum, and led them in planning for the first class of students, which began the nursing program in 1960.”
Those early years were a challenge for the dean in recruiting appropriately prepared faculty and developing a baccalaureate program in nursing which would be very different from traditional hospital diploma programs. The work paid off when the College earned its first accreditation in May 1965, which Dr. Dake said was indeed “a day of celebration.” By 1970, she and the faculty had earned approval for graduate education and welcomed the first class of master’s students.
In 1972, Dr. Dake left the University to become director of education for the American Nurses Association. Her nursing career later took her to a position at the American Red Cross and then she ended it by going full circle with another appointment as a founding dean of nursing at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
To honor Dr. Dake’s numerous contributions to our College and to the profession of nursing, the College’s first endowed professorship, made possible by the generosity of Linda and Jack Gill, was named in her honor.
Since her passing, I have been most fortunate to have had a number of fascinating conversations about Dr. Dake with faculty, alumni and staff in which they shared some of their recollections of the College’s first days as well as her absolute delight in the growth of the College’s programs and her faith in and commitment to its future.
Indeed, Dr. Dake was an amazing woman who was able to take that “dream shared by many” and forge it into reality - a reality that we continue to grow and strengthen today. We will be forever grateful for her leadership.
Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing
University of Kentucky College of Nursing
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) — If you're grieving after a loved one died by suicide or attempted suicide, you don't have to suffer alone.
Many of us personally know someone who has died by or attempted suicide, but we don't really talk about it - suicide is scary, confusing, and stigmatized. The recent death of Robin Williams is a tragic reminder that mental illness and suicide don't discriminate, and that the grief associated with suicide loss is both sadly common and uniquely difficult to process.
Each year, approximately 39,000 Americans die by suicide. To put this into perspective, this is about the same number of Americans who die from breast cancer (about 40,000) and more than double the number are murdered (about 16,000).
In Kentucky, more than 650 lives are lost every year to suicide, which is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 years olds. A recent survey showed almost half of Kentuckians knew someone who had died by suicide.
Talking about your loss and your emotions can help you process what you're experiencing and can also help prevent future deaths by reducing stigma and offering hope and healing to the countless others who are affected by suicide.
Here are some things to keep in mind about coping with suicide loss:
Dr. Julie Cerel is a psychologist and associate professor in the UK College of Social Work and currently serves as Board Chair of the American Association of Suicidology.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) — A team of investigators has made a thought-provoking discovery about a type of cholesterol previously believed to be a "bad guy" in the development of heart disease and other conditions.
Jason Meyer, a University of Kentucky M.D.-Ph.D. candidate, worked with Deneys van der Westhuyzen, a professor in the departments of Internal Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, to study the role oxidized LDL plays in the development of plaque inside artery walls.
According to Meyer, the medical research community has traditionally believed that oxidized LDL plays a pivotal role in that process.
"Oxidized LDL moves rapidly into arterial walls and engorges them with cholesterol," Meyer said. "Cholesterol ultimately converts into plaque, blocking the arteries or, in a worst case scenario, rupturing and sending clots into the bloodstream, causing heart attacks and/or strokes."
However, more recent studies in animals and humans have brought that assumption into question, and the oxidized LDL theory is currently the subject of lively debate.
"Though in its very early stages, our research will add considerably to that controversy," Meyer said, "because it seems to indicate that oxidized LDL might, in fact, be a 'good guy' in the process."
The team's findings come from a project studying a pathway of cholesterol transport called "selective lipid uptake."
"Based on our analysis, we were surprised to find that, instead of increasing the amount of cholesterol uptake and accumulation in the macrophage foam cells, mildly oxidized LDL almost completely prevents increases in cholesterol," van der Westhuyzen said.
Meyer says the implications of the study are potentially profound.
"If it is demonstrated that oxidized LDL actually has a preventive effect on the accumulation of cholesterol in arterial walls, it may be possible to create a medicine from oxidized LDL to help prevent or treat this killer disease," Meyer said. "There is still much work to do because this project is very early in development and has not been tested in animals, but the results we have so far are very promising."
Meyer and van der Westhuyzen's findings were published in the August issue of the Journal of Lipid Research.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) – Hardin Memorial Health celebrated a new affiliation between its Cancer Care Center and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.
"The Markey affiliate agreement provides a great opportunity for professional education and training for our staff and physicians," said Hardin Memorial Health President Dennis Johnson. "Collaboration with Markey and their affiliates across the state allows our team to stay up-to-date on the newest cancer treatments and research."
"There is no reason for cancer patients in central Kentucky to leave this area to seek treatment, because the HMH Cancer Care Center provides personalized cancer care close to home," said Dr. Adam Lye, medical director of the Hardin Memorial Health Cancer Care Center. "This care can be enhanced when combined with Markey's specialized treatment, technology and clinical trial opportunities that will help us take cancer care to the next level. This is great news for cancer patients and their families in our community."
The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network was created to provide high-quality cancer care closer to home for patients across the region, and to minimize the effects of cancer through prevention and education programs, exceptional clinical care, and access to research.
By joining the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network, the HMH Cancer Care Center will be able to offer their patients access to additional specialty and subspecialty physicians and care, including clinical trials and advanced technology, while allowing them to stay closer to home for most treatments. The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network supports UK HealthCare's overall mission of ensuring no Kentuckian will have to leave the state to get access to top-of-the-line health care.
"UK HealthCare doesn't just serve Lexington and central Kentucky – our mission is to provide all Kentuckians with the best possible care right here in the state," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network allows us to collaborate with community hospitals to provide top-notch cancer care much closer to home -- saving both travel expenses and time for the patients, in addition to keeping them close to their personal support system."
Markey is one of only 68 medical centers in the country to earn an NCI cancer center designation. Because of the designation, Markey patients have access to new drugs, treatment options and clinical trials offered only at NCI centers.
Moving forward, the Markey Cancer Center is working toward the next tier of designation – an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Currently, 41 of the 68 NCI-designated cancer centers in the country hold a comprehensive cancer center status. The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network will play a large role in bringing that next level of cancer funding to Kentucky.
"The burden of cancer in Kentucky is huge, and unfortunately we have some of the worst cancer rates in the country," said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. "By collaborating with our affiliate hospitals across the state, we have the potential to make a serious impact on cancer care here in the Commonwealth."
The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network began in 2006 and comprises eleven hospitals across the state of Kentucky:
Evaluations are under way for several other hospitals, including two more outside the state of Kentucky, extending Markey's reach and establishing it as the destination cancer center for the region.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) -- The incidence of mouth and throat cancer in Kentucky is growing at an alarming pace. Hospitals and clinics across the Commonwealth see approximately 1,400 new mouth and throat cancer patients each year. Treatment often involves surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of the three. While these treatments are effective and necessary, they may cause undesirable side effects such as loss of the ability to speak and swallow. These side effects can last for months or years and can range from mild hoarseness to near complete loss of voice.
Voice loss or damage is a frustrating side effect of throat cancer treatment and may result in loss of livelihood and personal identity. The UK Voice and Swallow Clinic and the Markey Cancer Center are researching the effects of voice therapy for patients who have received radiation treatment for throat cancer. The goal of the speech-language pathologist is to help patients improve or recover the ability to eat, drink and speak so that they might return to their usual activities.
Advanced cancer may require complete removal of the voice box or larynx. Although helping these patients find a new way to communicate is challenging, voice rehabilitation techniques have advanced enough to make this difficult task possible. The oldest technique, known as esophageal speech, involves training patients to vibrate the food pipe to produce voice.
As odd as it may sound, it is a surprisingly effective way of producing voice. A second technique involves using a small hand-held mechanical device called an artificial larynx, which is placed on the neck or cheek to provide a sound that is transmitted into the mouth, allowing the patient to speak. The most popular technique involves surgically creating a connection between the wind pipe (trachea) and the food pipe (esophagus). A voice prosthesis known as a tracheoesophageal prosthesis (TEP) is inserted into the connection by a specially trained speech-language pathologist. The TEP causes the food pipe to vibrate, producing voice.
In reality, none of these voice rehabilitation techniques restore a patient’s original voice, but can nonetheless help patients continue to communicate as naturally as possible. Helping patients and families set realistic expectations is an important aspect of the rehabilitation process. A large part of the recovery period involves adjusting and embracing their "new normal."
Of course, the best therapy of all is the one you can avoid. The use of tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco) is closely related to the incidence of mouth and throat cancer. Quitting smoking and/or chewing tobacco is the best way to avoid mouth and throat cancer.
Vrushali Angadi, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the University of Kentucky Voice and Swallow Clinic.
This column appeared in the August 31, 2014, edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2014) — Empty parking spots along High Street, the Old Courthouse Square fountain and reflections off the side of the Lexington Financial Center were all scenes of downtown Lexington that artist Robert Tharsing viewed from his studio window during the 1990s. As a brief distraction from working on larger enterprises, the artist would transfer his bird's eye view of the city to small canvasses.
The retired University of Kentucky professor's Room with a View exhibit on display at the West Gallery in the UK Chandler Hospital represents a downtown Lexington in transition. His 14 landscape paintings are filled with light, color and geometric reflections, offering pleasing representations of ordinary buildings and sites that were scarcely populated during the '90s. The collection of oil paintings include depictions of the Old Courthouse, Cheapside Park, Kincaid Towers and other nameless concrete structures. This is the first time these pieces have been exhibited as a group.
“I have always painted the place I’m in," Tharsing said. "At that time, I would always go back to the window. I would see something in the architecture of a building across the street. Or, if I was caught and working on a large enterprise, I would turn again to the window. There was always something different in this view down onto the street.”
Known as a tireless and curious painter, Tharsing exercised a centuries-old landscape tradition for these pieces. He inhabited four downtown studios during the 12-year period of his career when the paintings were created. The exhibit serves as evidence of the changing landscape and evolution of the downtown area through the years.
Tharsing is a professor emeritus in the Department of Art at the University of Kentucky. In 1971, he joined UK where he twice served as chair of the Department of Art. Tharsing's work, which includes abstract paintings and sculpture, is included in many private and public collections nationwide.
Postcard packages containing 10 small-scale versions of Room with a View paintings will be on sale at the Ann Tower Gallery on Main Street and the Morris Bookshop on High Street. Each sheet is perforated so it can be torn out. The pieces will also be on sale at the Ann Tower Gallery after the exhibit closes in six months.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) – The University of Kentucky College of Medicine, in collaboration with the colleges of pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, health sciences and communications, is preparing to host the annual free community health fair which provides services to underrepresented and uninsured residents in Lexington and the surrounding area.
This year's event has been set for 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, at the BioPharm Building (College of Pharmacy), located at 789 South Limestone St. on UK's campus.
"Jumpstart Your Health" is this year's theme for the community health fair. “In deciding on a theme for the year, we wanted to empower Lexington citizens to take control of their health and to be excited about making healthy decisions," said Catherine Mannon, a UK medical student and chair of the health fair's public relations and ad committee.
The UK Community Health Fair, organized by UK College of Medicine students, targets all underrepresented, uninsured, low-income and no-income persons interested in access to free health care. Among its many services, the health fair will offer blood pressure checks, women’s health care, nutritional assessments, hearing and vision screenings, blood glucose and HbA1c testing, smoking cessation information, prescription review, and HIV testing.
Additionally, the UK College of Dentistry is partnering with the health fair to offer free dental screenings which will be provided in the College of Dentistry building, a short walk from the health fair. Guides will be provided to direct participants to the location.
For foreign language speakers attending the health fair, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Mandarin interpreters will be available on-site. Children are welcome to attend and a play area will be available during the fair.
Free parking is available in the UK Chandler Hospital Parking Garage located at South Limestone at Transcript Avenue and in the UK “E” Lot on the corner of Press Avenue and Virginia Avenue. In addition, Lextran Route #5 stops at the fair site.
The Community Health Fair has been a tradition at the UK College of Medicine for almost 13 years and is organized by medical students allowing them to be involved in making a contribution to the health of the community by providing access to free health services.
On the day of the event, in addition to the students who have been organizing the event, members of the College of Medicine's new first-year class get involved in setting up booths, directing patients and ensuring that all equipment and supplies are available. Overall, more than 150 medical students and more than 50 students from other colleges are involved on the day of the event.
For organizations interesting in donating or providing assistance for the event, the UK Community Health Fair is a non-profit organization that operates on 100 percent of donations from the community. Through a partnership with South Eastern Medical Interpreters Association (SEMIA) the Community Health Fair has attained a non-profit 501(3) status. Therefore, all donations will be routed through SEMIA and are tax-deductible. Donations can be made via PayPal through the website www.ukhealthfair.org.
For more information, visit the website at www.ukhealthfair.org, or send email to Info@ukhealthfair.org.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) — Before rushing into surgery at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital at 5:30 a.m., patient Christy Rice handed her prized diamond engagement ring to her father for safe keeping. He pushed the ring onto his pinky finger knuckle, but at some point, it slipped from his hand.
Rice, who plans to be married in November, was devastated when she woke to the news of the ring's disappearance. Her father had frantically backtracked his steps through the hospital and reported the missing ring to administrators. She said it was a hard and emotional day up to that point.
"They were the most stressful hours I've experienced in a while," Rice, who went home from the hospital that day in tears, said.
James Champagne, a floor technician and custodial worker at UK HealthCare, was mopping the floors of the hospital on that day last April and overheard the father in his search. As the parent of a 12-year-old girl, Champagne empathized with this man's desperation to find the precious item.
"I said, 'Let me see if I can find it,'" Champagne said. "I saw that expression on her dad's face."
Champagne searched through rooms, trash cans and closets until he found the ring in a dust pile. About 45 minutes after leaving the hospital, Rice received a call from the hospital notifying her that the ring was recovered. She didn't expect to have a happy ending to her day.
Often, those who benefit from the integrity of strangers never get the opportunity to express their gratitude. But Rice, who lives in Versailles, returned to the UK Chandler Hospital on Aug. 22 to personally thank Champagne for his kind deed. Hospital administrators surprised Champagne with balloons and a personalized jacket as a special thank-you for acting with integrity for the benefit of the patient.
Holding back tears, Rice hugged Champagne and told him she would be forever thankful for his returning the ring. Champagne said he finds many lost belongings while working, but he never expected to be thanked for doing the right thing. He was shocked to receive such a recognition.
"If I lose something, I'd like them to give them back to me," Champagne said.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) — "Should I be concerned about a child’s disruptive behavior?"This is a question many parents ask themselves at some point in their young child's life.
It can be difficult to know if your child’s problematic behavior falls within the “normal” spectrum or if there’s a more severe problem that needs professional attention. Disruptive behavior disorders are serious problems that, if left untreated, can lead to school failure, social problems, substance abuse, poor quality of life, and negative outcomes across the lifespan.
Many behavior disorders appear before age six, and early diagnosis and intervention are key to helping your child thrive and preventing lifelong challenges. Effective interventions are available, but the longer you wait, the more entrenched the problems may become.
Disruptive behavior disorders and warning signs
Just like children learn to walk and talk in their own time, “normal” behavior varies greatly between children. If your child is more impulsive or defiant than others, it doesn’t necessarily indicate a behavior disorder. However, if problematic behavior exists for more than six months, occurs across settings (home, school, etc.), and — most importantly — interferes with your child or family’s ability to function, it’s time for professional help.
The three (sometimes co-occurring) types of disruptive behavior disorders are believed to be caused by a combination of nature and nurture:
If you’re concerned that your child might be experiencing a behavioral disorder, consult your child’s primary care provider who can help determine the need for further assessment from a licensed mental health professional. You can also directly contact a mental health provider to request evaluation.
The most reliable diagnoses and treatments are from licensed mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists, child psychiatrists, clinical social workers, developmental-behavioral pediatricians, and others. Many primary care providers are able to diagnose ADHD, but ODD and CD are typically beyond the scope of their behavioral expertise.
Behavioral parent training, in which parents learn strategies to address and reduce their child’s behavioral issues, is extremely effective in reducing behavior problems. For ADHD, stimulant medication and behavioral therapy combined have demonstrated effectiveness in reducing symptoms. For CD, more intensive treatment may be required. As the saying goes, “it takes a village,” so it’s important that any intervention involve all aspects of a child’s life (family, caregivers, school).
Dr. Christina Studts is an assistant professor of health behavior at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.
This column appeared in the August 24, 2014, edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader
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