If you ask Jon Thorson, the best weapon against cancer might be found in a coal mine.
Thorson is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Kentucky and heads the UK Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation. He leads a team of researchers scouring subterranean areas of Eastern Kentucky, including abandoned coal mines, in hopes of finding particularly resilient microbes.
These exotic microorganisms – ones that survive in the harsh conditions below earth’s surface – produce natural chemical “superpowers” that allow them to thrive in areas otherwise inhospitable for life. It’s these superpowers that Thorson says could hold the key to developing new and effective treatments for diseases like cancer.
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How can science protect those who protect us?
Thanks to Dr. Scott Lephart, dean of the UK College of Health Sciences, UK HealthCare is leading the way toward finding out.
Lephart, a nationally recognized expert in sports medicine, came to UK in March 2015 and also serves as Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Research, has received a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support research on injury prevention and performance optimization in U.S. Special Forces. The award, the largest ever received by the College of Health Sciences, coincides with the establishment of the new UK Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI), which is scheduled to open on UK’s campus this fall.
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What is a person if not their thoughts and memories, if not their mind? But Alzheimer’s disease slowly steals a person’s thoughts and memories, taking their life while they’re still living.
Studies show a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is more terrifying to most Americans than a diagnosis of stroke or cancer. Yet the diagnosis is all too common. Worldwide, more than 46 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and the number is expected to grow to 131.5 million by 2050.
The toll of this illness is even more devastating when you count the friends and family members who must watch their loved ones slowly fade away.
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When an athlete suffers an injury, it affects more than just their body.
The world-renowned specialists at UK Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine understand what it takes to rebuild broken bodies and broken dreams.
From treatment plans tailored to each person’s sport and fitness level to rehab led by the same experts who treat UK’s athletes, the sports medicine team works tirelessly to get patients back to the activities they love.
At their first visit to the clinic, patients sit down with the team of sports medicine specialists to create an individualized plan of treatment. That plan can include surgery or rehabilitation options for less serious injuries.
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Markey Cancer Center hosted an official Cancer Moonshot Summit on Wednesday in conjunction with the national summit held in Washington, D.C.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2016)
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (January 28, 2016) — Today, 10 health care systems across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, collectively known as the Kentucky Health Collaborative, announced its primary objectives of raising the standards of care across the state, addressing the Commonwealth’s poor health statistics and reducing the cost of care through greater operational efficiencies.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2016) — University of Kentucky researchers Ren Xu and Gaofeng Xiong at the Markey Cancer Center and the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences show it is possible to create a three-dimensional (3-D) model system to investigate how breast cancer cells invade lung tissue in a study that was featured on the front cover of the journal, Integrative Biology.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Mar. 9, 2016) — The laboratories of University of Kentucky researchers Anika Hartz, Ph.D., and Christopher Norris, Ph.D., published research studying the pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury (TBI), respectively, in the most recent issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Both Alzheimer’s disease and TBI impair patients’ memory and cognitive abilities, but they have different causes.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2016)
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2015)
UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has been re-designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute has named Dr. Helen Hobbs and Dr. Barry Coller as recipients of the 2016 Gill Award in recognition of their lifelong achievements in the study of cardiovascular biology and disease.
"Both Helen's and Barry's work have changed the standard of cardiovascular clinical care," said Dr. Susan Smyth, director of the Gill Heart Institute.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2016) — UK HealthCare has achieved Magnet Status – the highest institutional honor awarded for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.
"Magnet recognition is a mindset and an approach in patient-centered care,” said UK HealthCare Chief Nursing Executive Colleen Swartz.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 15, 2016) — UK HealthCare's Dr. Christopher Doty was awarded the Joe Lex Educator Award by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) at the 22nd annual Scientific Assembly.
The Joe Lex Educator of the Year Award is named after long-time emergency medicine educator, Dr. Joe Lex, recognizing an individual...
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 29, 2016) — Dr. Natasha Kyprianou has been chosen as the 2016 Urology Care Foundation Distinguished Research Scholar Alumna. The award recognizes those in the urologic community who have compiled significant and substantial research and demonstrated academic leadership as well as a commitment to scholarship to advance urology care.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2016)
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