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Stroke patients at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute have access not only to the region's top doctors, but also to the most advanced medical technology. The stroke center at UK Chandler Hospital was the first in the region to be designated as a Primary Stroke Center.
The UK Neuro-Oncology Clinic offers an integrated, multispecialty program for diagnosis and treatment of patients with primary and secondary center nervous system tumors.
The clinic provides quick evaluation, treatment expertise and access to new therapies and clinical trials all under one roof. The multispecialty program allows patients to see a neurosurgeon, neuro-oncologist and radiation medicine experts in one visit, saving more time for patients and doctors. Learn more about the Neuro-Oncology Clinic.
UK is first in the U.S. to conduct trial of new Parkinson’s disease treatment
A clinical trial being conducted at UK is investigating a new treatment strategy for Parkinson’s disease that, if successful, could drastically change future treatment of the disease and possibly halt or reverse brain degeneration. UK is the first in the U.S. to conduct the clinical trial.
Craig van Horne, MD, associate professor of neurosurgery in the College of Medicine and principal investigator of the clinical trial, came to the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute only two years ago, but he is already making significant contributions to research and patient care related to Parkinson’s disease. If successful, this procedure could significantly change the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and could have an impact on other neurodegenerative disorders as well. Learn more.
LEXINGTON, KY. (Dec. 3, 2013) -- Heaven Hill's Master Distiller Parker Beam will be at The Gratz Park Inn Thursday, Dec. 5, for a tasting event to benefit the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute and the Kentucky Chapter of the Amyotopic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association.
The event will feature a bourbon tasting of Parker’s Heritage “Promise of Hope” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey along with appetizers and an opportunity for conversation with the legendary sixth-generation distiller and current master distiller.
Mr. Beam, recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) disease, has made his rare and highly-prized bourbon a fundraiser for research and development to aid in the fight the against the disease. For each bottle of Special Edition Parker's Heritage bourbon purchased, Heaven Hill Distilleries donates $20 of the proceeds to the cause, with a campaign goal of $250,000.
The ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute is the only ALS center in Kentucky certified by the ALS Association. The clinic utilizes a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals from the ALS Association and UK HealthCare.
The tasting will take place 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, at Jonathon at Gratz Park. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, go to www.jagpinfo.com or call 859-252-4949.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2013) -- Dr. Dan Han, a clinical neuropsychologist at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute and an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and the director of UK's Multidisciplinary Concussion Program, was recently elected president of the Lexington board of directors for the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (BIAK).
BIAK provides advocacy and support for patients with acquired brain injury, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, and anoxia.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2013) ― Paul Moughannian of Versailles, Ky., was the winner of a 2013 Lexus ES350, donated by The Lexus Store of Lexington as part of the “Lexus for the Little Ones” fundraiser benefiting the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Overall, the event generated $100,000 that will be used for hospital renovations.
More than 100 people gathered at The Lexus Store of Lexington on Oct. 24, for the drawing of the lucky ticket by Cassie Rickerson, a six-year-old leukemia survivor treated at Kentucky Children's Hospital who has been cancer-free for two years.
Due to the generosity of The Lexus Store of Lexington, The MAP Foundation and a surprise $10,000 donation by Rick Pitino on behalf of The Daniel Pitino Foundation, Kentucky Children's Hospital was presented with a check for $100,000 to continue to help Kentucky's children like Cassie.
“Kentucky Children’s Hospital is dedicated to the health and well-being of our community’s children – those here in Lexington as well as those throughout the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. “Support from community partners in fulfilling our mission is critical and we thank The Lexus Store of Lexington, The MAP Foundation and The Daniel Pitino Foundation, whose gifts will advance our efforts.”
The Kentucky Children’s Hospital, which is currently in the midst of a multi-year renovation campaign, plans to improve and enhance its patient care space into a more vibrant, fun place for children and their loved ones. Studies show that an environment filled with positive distractions can play an important role in care and treatment of patients, especially children.
“After touring the Kentucky Children’s Hospital, I was truly astounded that our local hospital not only serves our children and families, but the entire state of Kentucky and beyond. While it’s a great privilege, it’s also a great responsibility for our community; and we are honored to be a part of this vital facility that cares for our little ones,” said Rick Avare, co-owner of The Lexus Store of Lexington and co-founder of The MAP Foundation, Inc.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2013) -- Teams representing Lexington and Louisville will face off on Sept. 18 in a battle of wits tonight to support Parkinson’s Disease research, education and clinical programs in the annual Trivia Bowl for Parkinson's. The 2013 event includes dueling charity events in which teams of six will compete for the 2013 Horseshoe Cup Trophy for the winning teams in each city.
The Trivia Bowl is a fun and competitive competition among the teams that attend the event. Participants in Lexington will be competing at the Cellar Bar and Grille, 3256 Landsdowne Drive, while the Louisville Trivia Bowl will be held at the Mellow Mushroom, 3920 Shelbyville Road, St. Matthews. Both matches begin at 7:30 p.m.
The two locations will be working to see who can raise the most funds for each of their sponsored research organizations. For those competing in Lexington, proceeds will be donated to UK's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute which performs Parkinson’s disease research and offers education and clinical programs. For Louisville, proceeds will be donated to the Parkinson’s Support Center of Kentuckiana, whose mission is to provide support services to improve the quality of life for the Parkinson’s community.
Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder. It occurs when certain nerve cells (neurons) in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra die or become impaired. It results in mobility issues, work issues, and a lower quality of life and probably a shorter life span. The main contact for this year's Parkinson's Trivia Bowl, Chris Meng, has a personal interest in the continuing research and improvement of life for those diagnosed with this disease. Diagnosed in 2002, Meng started raising money for Parkinson’s Disease six years ago when he lived in Baltimore.
"The good is that I have discovered a new family of fellow PWP [People with Parkinson’s disease] and have made many good friends who can relate,” said Meng of how living with Parkinson’s Disease has directly related to his way of life.
In 2009, Meng moved to Lexington and started the competition in Lexington and Louisville. As the senior investment manager for Community Trust and Investment Company, Meng now works to organize and act as one of the main sponsors for the annual Parkinson's Trivia Bowl event.
For those interested in helping with the charity event, contact Chris Meng at (513) 503-8102 or email@example.com. The donation of giveaways are also welcomed.
The events both feature a general raffle, and an additional UK Basketball ticket raffle for those competing in Lexington.
The cost for participating in this year's Trivia Bowl is $100 per team of 6 contestants. Each member of the team gets the 2013 Trivia Bowl for Parkinson’s T-shirt and six general raffle rickets. Plus, the opportunity to win the 2013 Horseshoe Cup Trophy for the winning teams in each city.
Registration is available at http://triviabowls.eventbrite.com.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2013) - The following column appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Sunday, Sept. 8.
By Dr. Gregory Jicha
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is experienced by many as a harbinger of future memory problems like Alzheimer's disease. Individuals suffering from MCI are often able to maintain independent lives, but there are special safety considerations for those with even mild memory problems. With proper planning and support, these individuals can remain independent for as long as possible.
Physical safety considerations for those with mild memory problems fall into four main categories: medication safety, driving safety, nutritional and fluid intake, and cooking and home safety.
Medication safety is important for anyone with even a mild memory problem, because they may forget to take medications, or take them more than once, resulting in taking more than the prescribed dosage. For patients on medications for conditions like blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes this can be very dangerous. In fact, medication errors are the number one reason people with mild memory problems have to visit the hospital. To help a loved one take medication safely, family and friends can help by providing oversight of medication administration, and using tools like preloaded pillbox organizers or automated pill dispensers.
Even mild memory problems can greatly influence safety while driving. Addressing this issue is difficult as most equate driving with independence. This situation is reversed with even the most mild of memory problems, where driving becomes a threat to independence. The American Academy of Neurology has a formal set of recommendations to evaluate driving issues in those with even mild memory problems. You should raise this issue with your doctor and ask for an evaluation. Many communities have driving services available for older adults, and many people find a significant cost savings trading in the costs of car ownership for a driving service
People with memory problems may either forget to eat and drink, or forget that they have already eaten, and then eat too much. Any significant weight loss or gain of more than 10 pounds or 10 percent of body weight could signal a problem. Recurrent urinary tract infections or dehydration can also mean a person is not getting sufficient fluids.
Receiving meal reminders from loved ones may help with this problem.
Even mild memory problems can influence cooking and home safety. A burner left on can lead to a kitchen fire, a faucet left running can overflow, and confusion while using yard work equipment can be quite dangerous. Making sure smoke detectors are installed throughout the home and are in working order is important, and offering to help with chores can be a big help.
If you are uncomfortable with the safety of a living situation, it is probably unsafe, and needs to change. A safe environment can prevent the catastrophe that forces a loved one from moving into a skilled nursing facility permanently.
For help making in assessing safety needs for people with memory loss, call the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at (859) 323-5550.
Dr. Gregory Jicha is the McCowan Endowed Chair in Alzheimer Research, University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
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