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This column originally appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 edition of the Herald-Leader
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) -- It is that time of year when you should be planning to get your annual flu shot. But many adults believe that after childhood they may not need any other vaccines. However, immunizations do not end when you reach adulthood. Vaccines for adults are recommended based on your age, prior vaccinations, health, lifestyle, occupation and travel.
Below are some recommendations that will help you make sure you have the protection you need.
What immunizations do I need?
What vaccinations should I have if I'm an older adult?
What other vaccines should I consider or check to see if I missed when I was younger?
Kimberly Blanton is the UK HealthCare Enterprise Director for Infection Prevention & Control/Safety
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) -- The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky will hold its fourth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22.
The Markesbery Symposium is named in honor of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, founder and long-time director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an internationally renowned expert on aging and dementia.
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease (AD) today and millions more are affected by their role as family member, friend or caregiver to those with memory loss. The Markesbery Symposium was established to improve awareness of and education about AD and the latest research on it and other age-related dementias.
On Friday, Nov. 21, a scientific symposium will be held where scientists and physicians will share their research findings through lectures and poster sessions. Featured speakers on include Steven Greenberg of Harvard University; William Van Nostrand of Stony Brook University; and four members of the UK SBCoA faculty: Anika Hartz, PhD; Ai-Ling Lin, PhD; Paul Murphy, PhD; and Donna Wilcock, PhD. Scientific sessions will be held in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A auditorium.
On Saturday, Nov. 22, the general public is invited to the community symposium, where the keynote speaker will be Roberta Diaz Brinton from University of Southern California, who will discuss "Lessons from the 68 percent: What the Female Brain Tells Us about Preventing Alzheimer's Disease in Women and Men.”
In addition, a panel of SBCoA faculty will take questions from the audience about AD, dementia, and brain aging, moderated by SBCoA faculty member Fred Schmitt, PhD. The faculty and their specialty topic are:
In addition, Linda Van Eldik, PhD, SBCoA director, will offer closing remarks.
The community symposium will be held from 8:30 am to noon in the Bluegrass Room of the Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. Vine St, Lexington. A continental breakfast will be served. The symposium is free and open to all, but registration is required.
For more information or to register for the symposium, visit http://medicine.mc.uky.edu/conference/; phone 859-323-6040; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The William R. Markesbery Senior Star Awards and the David R. Wekstein Centenarian Awards presentation luncheon immediately follows the symposium in the Regency Ballroom of the Lexington Convention Center. The luncheon honors individuals who exemplify graceful aging and serve as an inspiration to others to remain engaged in life and the pursuit of personal goals.
Luncheon tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling the Center on Aging Foundation Office at 859-323-5374. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) -- The Kentucky Regional Extension Center, based at the University of Kentucky, recently honored eight health care provider organizations for leading the charge to transform primary care in Kentucky.
The “Practice Transformation Award” was presented to members of Kentucky REC’s inaugural Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) cohort in recognition of their commitment to improving health care quality outcomes and cost. Recipients of the award were recognized on Tuesday, Sept. 16,at the 7th Annual Kentucky eHealth Summit in Louisville, which brings together parties invested in advancing Health Information Technology in Kentucky.
Sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information, the event draws hundreds from around the state who come to present ideas and listen to state and national leaders speak about new initiatives and opportunities in Health Information Technology.
These practices are working to achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) PCMH Recognition. A Patient-Centered Medical Home is a team-based model of care led by a personal physician who provides continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient's lifetime to maximize health outcomes.
The PCMH practice is responsible for providing for all of a patient's health care needs or appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals. This includes the provision of preventive services, treatment of acute and chronic illness, and assistance with end-of-life issues. The team members work collaboratively to provide high levels of care, access, communication, care coordination, integration and safety.
Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve experience of care for both the patient and provider.
Kentucky Regional Extension Center works with health care organizations to enhance the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of care through the use of Health Information Technology. Kentucky REC is one of 60 Regional Extension Centers across the country commissioned by the Office of the National Coordinator to help providers and hospitals transition to EHR technology. Kentucky REC Health IT Advisors provide resources and guidance to help providers earn federal incentives through the Meaningful Use Incentive Program.
To date, Kentucky REC is assisting more than 2,800 providers and more than a third of all Kentucky hospitals. Kentucky REC has helped providers in Kentucky secure over $100 Million in Meaningful Use incentive dollars. For more information about the Kentucky REC, visit www.kentuckyrec.com. Follow @KentuckyREC on Twitter and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EHRResource.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2014) — Off the top of her head, Kaylee Brown can think of 10 girls at her high school who are pregnant. One of them is her younger brother's age, and he's only 14.
But when asked about her priorities, 16-year-old Kaylee doesn't mention dating or boys. Wearing a swing purse and a denim shirt during an appointment with Dr. Hatim Omar at the University of Kentucky Adolescent Care Clinic, Brown talks about assuming a leadership role with her Future Farmers of America chapter, playing on her high school volleyball team and making good grades in her advanced-level classes. The farmer's daughter needs good grades to achieve her goals of going to college and becoming a large animal veterinarian.
A student at Lincoln County High School, Brown knows about the health stigmas associated with teens in her hometown and other rural areas of Kentucky. Lincoln County's teen pregnancy rate is high in a state that leads the nation in teen pregnancy. In a 2007 study of county health from the Kentucky Institute of Medicine, Lincoln County was one county that trailed in high school graduation rates, but showed high rates of youth smoking. Brown said many girls at her school also deal with intense social pressures to be "perfect" and other mental health issues.
"Lincoln County was like that high school that nobody thought any good would come out of," Brown said.
Brown believes Omar, chief of Department of Adolescent Medicine at UK, is one doctor who is trying to change that perception of teens in Lincoln County. Through a partnership with school district offices, Omar and his staff provide on-site health clinics at six high schools and middle schools in Lincoln and Boyle counties. A member of the UK Department of Adolescent Medicine visits schools once a week, and Omar visits the schools at least once a month. They provide services that range from physical examinations to mental health consultations to dietary recommendations, and when necessary, more specialized care.
Kaylee Brown and her mom Miranda Brown were so impressed with Omar and his staff that they travel to Lexington for more specialized headache care at the Kentucky Clinic. Omar diagnosed Brown with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which caused unbearable migraines that disrupted her daily life. He prescribed a medication that helps Brown concentrate on the activities she loves. In addition, he helped her cope with depression that was coupled with frequently feeling ill.
Omar has seen many teens in Lincoln County who are in dire need of attention. Most teens aren't dealing with illness, so health care issues in this age group are related to their environment, personal choices and mental wellness. Omar's clinic deals with issues including drug use, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, suicide, eating disorders, anxiety, depression and more. He's seen teens in Lincoln County who are homeless, abandoned by their parents and struggling to survive. He said having one adult who cares and one activity to engage them can direct teens toward a better life.
"Most of the problems are the things that they do because of their environment," Omar said of teens. "The approach has to be, 'I am here for you — how do I help you make the best out of this life?'"
Eva Stone, a nurse practitioner and school health coordinator for Lincoln and Boyle county schools, reached out to Omar seven years ago after a teen attending one of the high schools committed suicide. After discussing the need for more adolescent health resources in rural Kentucky, she contracted Omar and UK Adolescent Medicine to provide regular in-house clinical visits at local schools. Stone said many students have difficulty accessing a health care provider. Stone doesn't believe adolescent health issues are unique to Lincoln County, but these health disparities are linked to environmental factors, such as poverty and high instances of drug use, which are found throughout rural Kentucky.
"Being a rural community, there are stresses that go along with poverty," Stone said. "We have kids with unstable home situations, we have kids that are homeless, we have kids who don't have food on the weekend — and being in the middle of that, they are trying to be a teenager."
Since coming to Lincoln County, Omar has assisted with the development of student health protocol in the school system and hosted community outreach events, including a youth suicide awareness day. He also helped introduce a 20-question health screening, which is reviewed with middle school students at the beginning of every school year. Health officials then use the screening as a tool to measure preventable health risks in the student population.
Stone admires Omar's ability to relate to teens. She said he doesn't treat them like a "15-minute office appointment." For this reason, Omar has few no-shows for appointments at the Kentucky Clinic.
"He has a heart for kids that I've never experienced before," Stone said.
Omar is now working with community activists in Lincoln County to establish an adolescent health clinic in the developing King's Mountain Community Center. He views Lincoln and Boyle County schools a platform for spreading awareness of the importance of adolescent health across the state.
"Teens in all of rural Kentucky need help and attention," Omar said. "Lincoln County was one of the worst counties in teen outcomes statewide, and the school officials were happy to collaborate with us to improve these outcomes. Lincoln County is one of the examples of how doing the right thing can help."
Kentucky Education Television (KET) will air a program in the spring highlighting Omar and his work with teens in Kentucky.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2014) — Musicians will ring in the weekends this fall with free Friday performances during the lunch hour at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
The UK Arts in HealthCare program and the UK School of Music have partnered to debut the TGIF Fall Performance Series, a series of musical performances held every Friday at noon in the atrium lobby of Pavilion A.
To open the series today, the UK Opera Theatre program will perform a special preview of its much-anticipated showing of the dark musical Sweeney Todd. The performances will feature UK faculty and students in the School of Music and the genres will range from opera to classical guitar to pop hits by The Beatles. The schedule of performances includes:
Employees of UK and UK HealthCare, as well as patients and members of the general public, are encouraged to enjoy their lunch while listening to the live music in the Atrium Lobby. Performances will last no longer than one hour. The series will run through December and additional performances will be announced as more musicians are scheduled.
To learn more about the UK Arts in HealthCare program, click here.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014) — Whether on a field or a court, in a gymnasium or a pool, outdoors or indoors, on a team or practiced by an individual, competitive sports will always come with some risk of injury for youth.
Sports are fun and constructive activities for children and teens that instill important life lessons and healthy habits. However, when kids are pushed too far, unsupervised or violating the rules of the game, their safety — and the safety of their teammates — is compromised.
According to a recent report from Safe Kids Worldwide, 1.24 million children were sent to the emergency room because of a sports-related injury in 2013. Any kid who has worn a cast can tell you a sports injury is no fun. Still, 90 percent of youth have sustained an injury while playing a sport. The most at-risk children for sports injuries are at the age of puberty, between 13 and 15 years old. As coaches, parents and cheerleaders for our kids, we have the power to prevent sports-related injuries.
Put me in, Coach
To stay in the game, kids will keep quiet about the extent of an injury. While 42 percent of children admitted to downplaying an injury, only 27 percent of coaches reported their players hiding or downplaying an injury. Let kids know it's okay to sit on the bench so they can avoid further injury to their body. Make sure the child who was injured receives release from their doctor to play a sport before getting back into the game.
Set a zero-tolerance standard for bullying and dirty play.
One-third of athletes reported an injury as the result of dirty play from an opponent and 28 percent believe it's normal to commit a hard foul to "send a message" to the other team. Before the season begins, every player should know the rules of the game and the consequences for dirty play and hard fouls. Coaches and referees should call hard fouls appropriately, and address those fouls with the child and parent as necessary.
Coaches and parents should encourage proper stretching, warming up and strength-building exercises to help prevent injuries. Sprangs and strains are the most frequently reported sports-related injuries, followed by dehydration and broken bones. Make sure children are well-hydrated and properly dressed in the appropriate protective gear for their sport. Talk to your child's coach about ways they are preventing injuries, or work with them on a plan to prevent injuries for the entire team.
Keep sports fun.
The culture of youth sports today puts an extreme amount of pressure on young athletes. Pressure to succeed from parents, coaches and peers can lead to burnout or set the stage for an injury. More than half of coaches said they felt pressure from a parent to put a child back into the game after an injury. Allow time off for rest, especially after an injury, and keep a positive attitude about competition.
Sherri Hannan is the director of Safe Kids Fayette County based at UK HealthCare.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — There is a phone call Point of Care Ultrasound Director and Assistant Emergency Medicine Program Director Dr. Matthew Dawson will never forget.
While he was a medical resident in Utah, his father Stewart Dawson, then the chaplain for the Lexington Fire Department, called to ask him about a bispectral index monitor – more commonly called a BIS monitor.
His father had helped to organize Lexington’s “Race to Remember” as a tribute to those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks. The money raised in the event would go to meet the needs of Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH), and that monitor was on their wish list.
The firefighters ended up donating money to go toward the monitors, which help anesthetists and caregivers measure an indication of patients' consciousness while under anesthesia. UKNow reported on the donations back in 2010.
Dr. Dawson hadn’t heard of the piece of equipment and says he really didn’t give the conversation any more thought.
Fast forward a couple of years later, when Matthew Dawson, and his wife, Dr. Kristin Dawson, and their two children are living in Lexington.
When their daughter Avery was an infant, she suddenly became very ill and was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at KCH.
“She was ventilated for six days before we knew exactly what was wrong with her,” said Kristin Dawson, who most recently completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UK. “It was an incredibly scary and difficult time for our family.”
As little Avery fought an eventual diagnosis of infant botulism, the staff at KCH utilized a piece of equipment that Matthew Dawson had never seen before. But he immediately recalled hearing about it.
“I remembered that conversation with my father, and I never thought I would hear about it again, until the day they brought it into Avery’s room,” Matthew Dawson said.
The BIS monitor, that same piece of equipment his own father had been so interested in, was now being used to treat the Dawsons' daughter.
Watch the video above to discover how an act of philanthropy spearheaded by a grandfather would end up directly helping his own granddaughter at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
The Lexington Fire Department still holds the race each September in its efforts to give back to children being treated at KCH.
For more information on the race and its history of giving back, visit:
For more information about giving to Kentucky Children’s Hospital, visit: http://www.givetokch.org/home/.
This video feature is a “Big Blue Family” follow up to a story UKNow first published in May about the Dawsons, who you may remember are a couple who met at the William T. Young Library and married while attending the UK College of Medicine.
This story is part of a special new series (see video below) produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community. There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields. The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday.
Since the "Big Blue Family" series is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas. If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us. Who knows? We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!
VIDEO CONTACTS: Amy Jones,-Timoney, 859-257-1754 firstname.lastname@example.org OR Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, email@example.com
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) -- The Child Development Center of the Bluegrass at the University of Kentucky hosted “A Special Evening with Mark K. Shriver” on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Shriver was keynote speaker at a dinner held at the Center.
Shriver is senior vice president for strategic initiatives at Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Previously, Shriver served two four-year terms as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and was Maryland's first-ever chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families.
“High-quality early learning programs can set children on a path to success in life – and the more successful they are, the brighter the future for us all,” said Shriver who toured the Child Development Center for the Bluegrass earlier in the day.
Shriver, the son of the late Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, has had a longstanding commitment to children and their well-being. In 1988, Shriver founded the innovative Choice Program, a public/private partnership that serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling and job training services. Shriver has been widely published in the national media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and Newsweek, among others.
He served as chair of the National Commission on Children and Disasters and as a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council. Shriver received his undergraduate degree from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993.
In August 2012, the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, relocated to a new facility located on the campus of the University of Kentucky off Alumni Drive near The Arboretum. The Center has served more than 10,000 children in Fayette County and the surrounding area for more than 50 years. After its move to UK, the Center more than tripled the number of children able to be provided services including full-day childhood education for children ages six weeks to pre-kindergarten.
The Center has attained the highest levels of state and national accreditation levels with Kentucky STARS for KIDS NOW and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The facility includes 15 classrooms, three therapy gyms, three breakout rooms, a nursing room, a full kitchen and separate toddler and preschool playgrounds, as well as an observation room where parents can monitor their child's behavior from one of six computers.
For more information about the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass, visit www.cdcbg.org.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2014) — Good oral hygiene is especially important for pregnant women, who experience physiologic changes that can make teeth and gums more susceptible to disorders. An estimated 40 percent of pregnant women have a form of periodontal disease, and oral infections can put women at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Still, some obstetricians and dental care providers are often unclear about which practices and medications are safe for their prenatal patients.
"A lot of people think it's not safe to go to the dentist when you are pregnant, but in fact it's the opposite," Diana Frankenburger, childbirth education coordinator at UK HealthCare, said. "A lot of dentists are, frankly, nervous to provide some services to these patients."
On Sept. 23, a grand rounds session at the UK Chandler Hospital will join 150 oral health providers and obstetricians together for the first time to discuss best practices in prenatal oral health care. Dr. Julie McKee, the state dental director in the Kentucky Office of Health and Family Services, will present, "Oral Health Care: What's Appropriate and What Isn't During the Pre-Natal Period?" McKee will talk about safe oral treatment for prenatal patients with oral health disorders and the need to improve prenatal oral care in Kentucky. She will discuss guidelines provided by a consensus statement from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.
Frankenburger said often dentists and obstetricians have differing opinions about which types of treatment are appropriate for prenatal patients. The purpose of the grand round is to clarify information and encourage members of professions to recognize the beneficial relationship between obstetricians and dentists. McKee will also emphasize the importance of educating prenatal patients about the connection between good oral hygiene and a healthy pregnancy.
Dr. Pamela Sparks, associate dean for academic affairs in the UK College of Dentistry and a member of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department board, said it's important for faculty within the college to stay current on the most relevant practices so they can not only practice those standards of care, but teach them to their students.
“The best care occurs when all members of the health care team are communicating and on the same page about appropriate care for their patients,” Sparks said.
The joint grand round is funded by a grant awarded to Lexington-Fayette County Health Department from the March of Dimes. Lexington Fayette County Health Department collaborates with the UK College of Dentistry and Bluegrass HealthFirst to provide dental services to women enrolled in the health department’s HANDS program, the Young Parents Program at the UK HealthCare Polk Dalton Clinic and the Centering Pregnancy and EMPOWR programs, which are both pregnancy assistance programs based at the UK HealthCare Polk Dalton Clinic. Pregnant women participating in these programs are provided with oral hygiene education and receive free oral care services.
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Following is a blog post from Janie Heath, dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, a national leader in nursing education, tobacco control and health care outreach.
Sept. 19, 2014
CVS Health Stopping Sales of Tobacco Products
Why would a company in the business of health choose to sell products that so clearly destroy it?
Good question, admitted corporate executives at CVS Health, the nation’s second largest pharmacy chain. In a bold and courageous move, CVS Health executives announced this past February they would no longer sell, promote or carry tobacco products of any kind in any of their 7,700 stores (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/business/cvs-stores-stop-selling-all-tobacco-products.html?_r=0).
I’m happy to say that day is almost here — and a full month earlier than expected (http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/09/03/345494727). I’d be even happier if their competitors were joining them in banning these products that are directly responsible for 450,000 senseless, preventable deaths every year. There’s no such luck at this point.
CVS Health says the company expects to lose $2 billion a year in sales but said its decision was the right thing to do. As for the rest of the pharmacy chain store industry, they appear to remain curiously quiet, at least for now.
Here’s hoping the drumbeat that CVS Health started in the retail pharmacy industry continues to get louder and that influencers in government, business and the culture itself will beat that same drum in their own spheres of influence. How can they not? Tobacco use is the single biggest cause of preventable illness and death in the nation. And the state with the highest percentage of adult smokers is our own — Kentucky.
In 2004, tobacco policy advocates at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing established The Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy and began their own drumbeat, starting on the UK campus. By 2009, a campus-wide smoke-free policy was in effect. Today, all but two state universities have a smoke-free policy.
And the beat goes on. Last week, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that state-owned or leased buildings, vehicles and properties would be smoke-free starting in November. Currently, the ban only covers property controlled by the state’s executive branch of government. Kentucky’s judicial and legislative branches have the decision-making authority to march to their own drummers. Let’s hope it’s the right one.
Those of us who have devoted our professional careers to tobacco cessation research, intervention and public health policy are counting on companies like CVS Health and America’s public and private decision-makers, trendsetters and tastemakers to do the right thing. Tobacco companies are making a killing (literally) on a generation enslaved by a cruel addiction and they’re spending billions to come up with new products that may very well enslave the next. E-cigarettes? It’s “e-asy” to see how it could happen.
Still, we have something the tobacco companies don’t. We have the facts. When the Surgeon General’s landmark report on smoking and health was released in 1965, 42 percent of American adults were smokers. Today that percentage has dropped to 18 percent. Better, yes, but that’s small comfort to the 16 million Americans suffering from a smoking-related disease right this minute or a nation paying close to $300 billion in smoking-related health care costs (http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/).
Still not hearing the drumbeat? Then hear this. An estimated 3,800 American children will try their first cigarette today. I, for one, am glad to know that soon they won’t be buying it (or having someone buy it for them) at CVS Health. How about you?
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2014) – Kentucky faces some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the nation, but Methodist Hospital in Western Kentucky is stepping up the fight against cancer. The Methodist Hospital organization in Henderson, Ky., has announced a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.
Methodist Hospital CEO Bruce Begley said the announcement meant great things for their patients.
“The Methodist Hospital affiliation with the UK Markey Cancer Center brings to this region nationally ranked cancer treatment close to home," Begley said. "We believe this is a big step in the continuing battle against cancer, and I appreciate UK HealthCare's overall mission of extending high-quality cancer care to all Kentuckians.”
"We are extremely excited and proud for our cancer care program to become an affiliate of the Markey Cancer Center," said Dr. Arshad Husain, medical director of hematology and oncology at Methodist Hospital. "This alliance means great things for our patients. It will enable us to offer access to the latest practices in diagnosis and treatment of cancers and blood disorders, including clinical trials – thus providing a higher level of cancer care in our neighborhood."
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.
Methodist Hospital in Henderson is a 192-bed acute care facility and is just one facet of the Methodist Hospital Healthcare system. Other facilities serving the area include
Methodist Hospital Union County, a critical access hospital in nearby Morganfield, Ky., and 19 outpatient physician offices with 47 providers over a four-county service area.
By becoming a UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate, Methodist Hospital is in keeping with the organization’s mission to provide safe, compassionate, high quality, and cost-effective services to the communities served. The Methodist Hospital Healthcare system will now 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 in western Kentucky 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 12 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. 18, 2014) - To celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, cancer survivors and UK faculty and staff participated in a special tailgating event called "tealgating" eariler this month.
The event further helped create awareness about the UK Ovarian Screening Program, an ongoing study that uses transvaginal ultrasound to detect ovarian cancers. Women over age 50 and women over age 25 who have a family history of ovarian cancer are eligible for the free program.
More than 43,000 women have participated in the UK Ovarian Screening Program and more than 256,000 free ultrasound screens have been done through the program. Women from every county in Kentucky have participated in the program ane more than 85 malignancies have been detected.
For more information on the program or to schedule an appointment, visit http://ovarianscreening.info.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2014) — Praised as a poet of the keyboard, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan will perform an interactive recital this weekend as part of the Sayklay Garbulinska Performer-in-Residence Series presented by the University of Kentucky Arts in HealthCare program.
The internationally celebrated musician was recently appointed as the New York Philharmonic's first Artist in Association, a position that spotlights an emerging artist with special appearances throughout several consecutive seasons.
UK performing arts students, musical students from local schools and the general public are invited to attend a free recital located in Pavilion A of the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21. Barnatan will accept questions from the audience on stage and meet with young musicians during a reception following the recital.
Born in 1979 in Tel Aviv, Barnatan's parents recognized his gift of perfect pitch at the age of 3. He has studied with piano maestri Victor Derevianko and at the London Royal Academy of Music under Maria Curcio and Christopher Elton. Since relocating to the United States in 2006, Barnatan has performed with the nation's most prestigious ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, among other famous venues. A highly sought chamber musician and soloist, he has appeared as a soloist with symphony orchestras in Jerusalem, Shanghai, London, Amsterdam, Germany, South Africa and Canada.
Barnatan is the Opening Night Guest Artist for the Lexington Philharmonic, which will present "Bolero and Barnatan" at the Singletary Center for the Arts on Sept. 20 to open the season titled "Pure Emotion." Barnatan joins LexPhil for Tchaikovsky’s iconic Piano Concerto No. 1. Gershwin’s Cuban Overture will complete the evening with Cuban rhythms, followed by French composer Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso and Bolero. Tickets range from $25 to $75, and are $11 for students, and can be purchased at www.lexphil.org or by calling (859) 233-4226.
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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 inhibiting 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.
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