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April 2, 2014
Help St. Agnes’ House help others in need
I had the opportunity this morning to tour St. Agnes’ House, a hospitality ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. The house provides affordable lodging to patients and their caregivers who come to Lexington seeking treatment for serious illnesses at area hospitals. Many are patients at UK HealthCare due to the house’s proximity to our campus […]
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April 17, 2014
I have conjunctivitis!? Pink eye! What do I do now?
Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is more common than you might think. UHS had 551 visits for conjunctivitis in the last 12 months. Chris McGlothlin-Boggs, APRN answers some of your questions about dealing with this condition. Q: What is conjunctivitis? Is it the same as pink eye? A: Conjunctivitis is the medical term for “pink eye” so […]
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March 7, 2014
Another high profile horse accident
On March 5, dressage rider Silva Martin, the wife of eventer Boyd Martin, was teaching a riding lesson while also on horseback, when her horse tripped and fell on her. She was wearing a helmet, but hit the ground unconscious and had a seizure. She was flown into the hospital and MRI showed that she […]
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April 2, 2014 Tempt your tastebuds! Change in taste is one of the unwelcome side effects from radiation and/or chemotherapy, with the sense of taste being completely dulled – or the opposite effect of some flavors being heightened, such as sweet or bitter. Either can make food seem unappetizing. This recipe includes bold flavors that may be more appealing to the […]
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April 16, 2014
Kudos to Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH)
The following comment was left on the KCH Facebook page: “My Son was released today; everyone went way beyond their job to make both of us comfortable! Doctor’s & Nurses kept me very well informed about the treatment of my Son. Even, dietary & house -keeping was wonderful!! And the Joy cart was such a […]
March 26, 2014
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November 19, 2013
Thoughts from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting
I attended the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting this October and had a very interesting time discussing clefts with other plastic and reconstructive surgeons dedicated to cleft care. During this meeting, several thoughts popped into my head: It is a small group nationally, but one that is passionate about and dedicated to cleft […]
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2014) -- In the waiting room at UK HealthCare's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic sits a large binder labeled "Success Stories." Inside are pages and pages of testimony from patients who discovered a renewed quality of life as a result of their experience. "I can walk through the mall with my grandkids again," reads one. "Most important thing I've ever done," declares another.
But certain words appear repeatedly throughout: encouragement, support, compassion, welcoming. It's evident that these patients adore the staff that helps them breathe more fully again.
Mike Graham, 53, of Harrodsburg, hopes to add his testimony to the binder soon.
A life-long scuba diver, Graham was making a dive in Findlay, Ohio, last year when suddenly he could not catch his breath. "I panicked," he recalls. "At first I thought my tank was bad, but when I got back to the surface and still couldn't catch my breath, I knew something was wrong." His primary care physician diagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD; a visit to UK in December confirmed the diagnosis. Graham was put on an inhaler to reduce airway constriction and referred to UK's pulmonary rehab program.
Just nine weeks in, Graham already delights in the return to many of his beloved activities. A self-described gentleman farmer, Graham has always shared an emotional bond with his cattle. "They're my kids," he says. Before he began his treatment, Graham couldn't climb a flight of stairs without losing his breath. "I can play with my kids again," he says with a twinkle. "A walk to their pasture used to be out of the question, but now I get to give them their 'sweet feed' treats of molasses and ground corn every morning."
COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or non-reversible asthma. The disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness, frequent coughing, wheezing, and/or tightness in the chest. COPD is the No. 3 killer in Kentucky and the No. 5 killer for all Americans. It affects an estimated 24 million individuals in the U.S.
"Perhaps the cruelest aspect of COPD is that it is initially a silent disease, developing for years without noticeable shortness of breath," says Dr. John McCormick, director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at UK. "Often, by the time the patient comes to us, the disease has already seriously compromised lung function, medications are less effective in controlling symptoms and patients become reliant on supplemental oxygen, all of which reduces a patient's quality of life hugely."
However, Dr. McCormick explains, pulmonary rehab can be the lifeline that returns sufferers to a fuller life. The magic comes in the form of an interdisciplinary team of pulmonologists, nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians and lifestyle therapists -- also known as Beth Cundiff, Nancy Kessler, Jacob Stone, Craig Staub, Heather Leger and Audrey Darville.
Through exercise training, psychosocial support, and education, this team helps patients restore strength and endurance, reduce disease symptoms, self-manage common complications and know when to call for help. Patients who complete the program also often report fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, which are commonly associated with chronic lung diseases. And, says Dr. McCormick, because it's been demonstrated that patients who participate in such programs actually end up needing less "health care" in the long run, COPD becomes less of a financial burden for those patients, particularly since many health insurance plans cover pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
"If it weren't for these people, the program would just be a roomful of machines," Graham says, counting names off using his fingers. Craig and Jake encourage me with my training and constantly monitor my heart rate and oxygen levels, which allows me to train as hard as possible without worry. Dr. McCormick and Beth taught me about how the lungs work, which really helped me understand my COPD. And Audrey helped me leave my 35 year smoking habit behind."
"I could go on and on," he says with a smile. "Absolutely everyone here contributes to my learning in a powerful way."
And that, Dr. McCormick says, is precisely the point.
"Exercise is, of course, an essential component of the program," he says. "But our patient care team goes beyond the basics by facilitating therapeutic support among participants, their family members and friends and creating a milieu where patients encourage and learn from each other."
On any given day in the clinic, there are patients on treadmills, bicycles, elliptical machines, or lifting weights. Some are on supplemental oxygen, and all of them wear equipment that monitors pulse, blood pressure and oxygen levels while they work out. Exercise physiologists crisscross the room, checking on patients and offering advice and encouragement.
Behind the exercise area is a classroom where knowledgeable clinic staff teach participants about the disease process, share breathing and other relaxation techniques, offer nutritional advice, and facilitate idea sharing and troubleshooting among members of the group.
There are even field trips -- Graham tells how dietitian Heather Leger took a group of patients to a local grocery store for a hands-on tutorial on reading nutrition labels and making healthy food choices.
"This has been an amazing process of discovery," Graham says. "I've learned so much about my COPD and how to live a full life in spite of it. If I can help just one other person by sharing what I've learned, it will be worth the effort." To that end, Graham has volunteered for a program with the National COPD Foundation that will pair newly-diagnosed sufferers with mentors like Graham who can offer advice and encouragement.
"And," he says, "I'm already hounding my brother, my sister, and two of my diver friends to quit smoking."
Those diver friends in particular are taking notice. Graham returned to scuba diving last week at the same quarry in Findlay, Ohio, where he first realized that something was terribly wrong.
"I took basically the same dive," he says. "And when I got to the spot where I panicked last time, I paused for a moment, smiled and gave my diving buddy the 'OK' sign, and then kept on going."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosted their third annual "Meet the Researchers Day" on Tuesday. Meet the Researchers Day is a field trip given as a prize to two schools in the region who successfully raise more than $1,000 for the LLS's Pennies for Patients campaign.
This year, students from Meece Middle School (MMS) in Somerset, Ky., and Lexington Traditional Magnet School (LTMS) won the opportunity to visit the Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) on UK's campus and learned more about how the money they raised for Pennies for Patients will help further cancer research.
After a formal introduction by Kathleen O'Connor, researcher and associate director of cancer education for the UK Markey Cancer Center, the students had the opportunity to rotate between presentations by pediatric hematologist/oncologist Dr. John D'Orazio and biochemist Craig Vander Kooi. Additionally, researchers Tianyan Gao and Garretson Epperly assisted O'Connor in giving the students a tour of O'Connor's research lab space in the BBSRB.
Pennies for Patients is the annual fundraiser for the School & Youth division of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It encourages students to collect spare change during a set three-week time frame early in the year. Funds raised support leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research; patient and community service; public health education; and professional education.
For this year's campaign, 233 schools across the region raised a total of $264,062.03. Kentucky schools participating in Pennies for Patients had to raise a minimum of $1,000 to win the chance to attend Meet the Researchers Day. MMS and LTMS were chosen in a random drawing, raising $1,216.55 and $2,505.21, respectively.
To learn more about the Pennies for Patients program, visit www.schoolandyouth.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2014) − The Dickens' twins look alike, have similar taste in food, listen to the same music, and enjoy outdoor activities. They are both good in math and science, both earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Kentucky in human nutrition science with a minor in biology, and both are pursuing careers in medicine.
However, for perhaps the first time in their lives, Brett and Blake Dickens are at a fork in the road and each are going their separate ways; one road leading to the UK College of Dentistry and other road leading to the UK College of Medicine.
Blake and Brett, 23-year-old identical twins from Owensboro, say they grew up in a big UK family that bleeds blue, many of whom are in the health care professions. They remember listening to the stories of their two older sisters, Megan and Ashley, both graduates of the UK College of Nursing, and cousins, who are all nurse anesthetists, as they talked about their experiences on the job. Blake and Brett knew at a fairly young age that they wanted to follow in their family's footsteps to UK and into some area of health care.
"We really are alike to a T," Blake Dickens says. "Growing up and being so close, we always had conversations about what we wanted to do with our lives. So while we were dreaming about being professional athletes and other things that boys do, we also spent a lot of time talking about going into medicine."
Whether by nature or nurture, or perhaps a little of both, the brothers were drawn to medical careers. Blake became interested in dentistry because it allows him to combine both medicine and working with his hands. In addition, dentistry is a profession where he feels as though he can build strong, long-term relationships with his patients.
"I like seeing the before and after of good dental work," said Blake Dickens, currently completing his first year in the UK College of Dentistry.
Brett's interest in emergency medicine was influenced by an experience he had as a teenager while out riding with his dad, a retired firefighter and EMT.
"We came upon the scene of a horrible accident. My dad got out to help until paramedics arrived. Watching him work to help those people is something I will remember for the rest of my life," he said. "If bad things have already happened, I want to be there to help with a quick response."
Brett Dickens, currently completing his first year in the UK College of Medicine, worked in UK's Emergency Department (ED) all four years as an undergraduate student, and working in an ED is where he hopes to be someday, helping people in traumatic situations.
Blake Dickens says that he and his brother have spent almost their entire lives side by side.
"It's definitely a new experience to go an entire day without having a class together," he said.
"This is probably the biggest decision that we have made independent of each other," Brett adds.
Despite the running joke among their friends about how much Blake and Brett look and act alike, they have embraced their individual roles as UK dental and medical students and are thriving on their separate paths.
"I like learning about things I have seen and questioned and gaining an understanding in those things. It enables me to put things in order," Brett Dickens said.
Outside of class and studies, Brett represents his class in the Medical Student Government Association and takes part in an ultrasound interest group while Blake is president of the College of Dentistry's Class of 2017.
"The College of Dentistry does a good job of creating a supportive, family-like atmosphere. Faculty come out and mingle with students at events. It's a very collegiate network," he said.
The bond that exists between Blake and Brett Dickens is undeniable. Even though they are on separate journeys towards a career in dentistry and medicine, they will always share the advantages that come along with being a twin; as well as the bond that links them to an entire nation - the Big Blue Nation - they bleed blue.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2014) – The Annual Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala, benefiting the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky, will be 8 p.m., Friday, May 2 in Louisville.
During the past eight years, the gala has raised more than $9.6 million for the nationally and internationally recognized Center of Excellence in diabetes and obesity research at UK. The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Research Center unites clinical care, research, education and advocacy to provide a comprehensive program to improve the lives of people living with diabetes.
Research at the center focuses on prevention and treatment of diabetes and targets end-organ complications of diabetes and moves from the laboratory to the clinical research center and ultimately to the clinical setting when treating patients.
The gala, which originated two decades ago, was founded by twin sisters Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Barnstable, along with Patricia’s late husband Dr. David E. Brown who passed away from complications of the disease in 2003.
The star-packed gala, known for its musical extravaganza, has released its celebrity lineup which includes Kings of Leon, Lily Aldridge, Miranda Lambert, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Boyz II Men and Tom Brady.
Guests also will include: Kix Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Aaron Rodgers, Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed, Richie Sambora, Stephen Amell, Bode Miller, Morgan Miller, Clay Walker, Pete Wentz, Salt-n-Pepa, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, LeeAnn Womack, Josh Henderson, Johnny Gill, My Morning Jacket, Terry O’Quinn, Jennifer Holliday, Travis Tritt, Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone, Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery, Tracy Byrd, Jason Dufner (guest of the PGA), Wes Welker (Denver Broncos), Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers), Vince Wilfork (New England Patriots), Larry Birkhead, Olivia Henken, Jodie Meeks (University of Kentucky, Los Angeles Lakers), Doron Lamb (University of Kentucky, Orlando Magic), Kris Humphries (Boston Celtics), Charissa Thompson (Fox Sports), and Stephen Van Treese (University of Louisville).
“Our 26th year is going to be extraordinary,” said Patricia Barnstable-Brown “It’ll be one for the history books.” For more information about the gala, call 502-491-6778.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2014) — Two years ago, John Doty came down with a cold that just wouldn't go away.
After weeks of dealing with the symptoms, Doty was diagnosed with walking pneumonia and received antibiotics. He started to feel better, but the illness crept back. Finally, after a trip to Red River Gorge — where he felt he just couldn't catch his breath — he went back to his physician and was referred to a cardiologist.
After running tests, his doctors gave him a new diagnosis — a severely weakened heart with an ejection fraction of less than 10 percent. The ejection fraction is a measure of how effectively the heart can pump blood volume into the body — and in a healthy heart, that number falls between 50-65 percent.
At a local hospital, Doty underwent a procedure to have a defibrillator implanted. However, during the procedure, he became very unstable and his blood pressure began to drop.
Doty's heart was so weak, he needed a left ventricular assist devices or LVAD. He was swiftly transferred to UK Chandler Hospital — the only hospital in Lexington and only one of two in the state that perform VAD procedures for emergency treatment.
“When Mr. Doty was transferred to UK, he was very sick, on a ventilator and requiring two medications to support his blood pressure,” says Dr. Navin Rajagopalan, a heart failure cardiologist at the UK Gill Heart Institute. “He was going into kidney and liver failure. It was clear that he needed an assist device as soon as possible before the damage to his body was irreversible.”
VADs are devices that are used to partially replace the function of a failing heart. Though they are frequently only used on the left ventricle (LVAD), some patients may require an assist device to support the right ventricle (RVAD). Some patients may also require two devices to support both ventricles (BiVAD).
VADs are sometimes used briefly following heart attacks or surgeries because they can allow the heart to rest and even heal. Some patients require them long-term — as a bridge to transplant, for instance — and some patients with advanced congestive heart failure require a VAD for the rest of their lives.
Andy Baker, a UK patient whose heart was damaged by a viral infection, says he was initially reluctant to get a VAD. Now, however, the Danville resident says he's happy to keep the device and has no interest in getting a heart transplant. With the VAD, he's able to stay active and busy, noting that he "doesn't see any sense in just sitting around."
"I had mixed feelings about it," Baker said of getting the VAD. "But it's given me life again."
UK began performing VAD procedures in 1995, and each year, UK performs about 20 to 30 procedures on patients all across the Commonwealth and beyond. UK's Advanced Ventricular Assist Device program recently received their third straight biannual Certificate of Distinction from The Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. To earn this distinction, eligible VAD programs must demonstrate excellence in TJC's standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.
"Receiving the VAD Certificate of Distinction for the third straight review cycle shows just what an outstanding job our physicians, nurses and support staff are doing when it comes to treating patients who require these assist devices," said Dr. Maya Guglin, director of UK's Mechanical Assisted Circulation Program. "It's proof that we are going above and beyond to ensure our patients are receiving the best quality care."
For most patients, a VAD provides an opportunity to recover at home without the repeated readmissions to the hospital that may come from other heart failure treatment options — thus saving costs for both the hospital and the patient. With a VAD, many patients are able to return to their everyday lives and still do many of the same activities they did before.
And in some cases, the VAD allows the heart to heal enough so that the device is no longer needed. Doty is one of the lucky 5 to 10 percent of patients who recovered enough to warrant removal of the device. After 16 weeks of being on his VAD combined with regular cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, his ejection fraction had improved to 55 percent, and his device was explanted in December 2013.
"I almost feel like I never had it," Doty says, noting that having the VAD was a small price to pay for being healthy. "It wasn't that great of an imposition, considering that it was keeping you alive."
Baker, a father of three, echoes a similar sentiment.
"I had three girls at home, and I wanted to see them grow up," he said. "The LVAD has allowed me to do that."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2014) - A couple of times a week during the lunch hour, the tapping of drums, strumming of guitars and harmonizing of voices trails into the hallways of the Kentucky Clinic and the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
Faculty and staff stop to listen at the doorway of an office used as a rehearsal room for The CatsEclectic, a band comprised of UK HealthCare employees. The six-member band plays a variety of pop music and classic hits from artists including Neil Young, The Everly Brothers, The Chiffons and Marvin Gaye, as well as a couple original songs. As part of UK HealthCare's Arts in HealthCare program, the band will perform in the Pavilion A Atrium from noon to 1 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month beginning April 15.
True to their name, the band is made up of a diverse mix of UK HealthCare staff members. Carolyn "Chef Cat" Burnette, who works in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, recruited members of the band when she was organizing a flash mob around Christmas. The band started out with Burnette on guitar and two of her department co-workers, Kim “Sugar Cat” Pugh and Teresa “Sweet-T” Harmon, on vocals. After sending out a call for band members through a UK HealthCare listserv, Mike “Riff Daddy” Bratcher, an information technology trainer, joined as a bassist, and Glen “Tigger” White, a customer relations specialist, came on board as a percussionist. The band recently added Jimmy “J Flow” Thomas, medical technician and assistant manager in Women's Health/Rheumatology, on vocals and piano.
During their first and only performance so far in Atrium A, Burnette said co-workers, students and patients gathered to groove to the music. She remembers a man sitting with his son in his lap while enjoying the performance. Burnette thinks fun and upbeat music serves to cheer up patients in the hospital.
"It's a chance for us to share some good feelings with the patients and people passing by," Burnette said. "Music is a really powerful thing - words are powerful, but when you combine them with music, it's like medicine."
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Both Slone and Schladt have first-hand experience with the organ donation process. They will answer questions about this and related topics beginning 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, via the university's official Twitter account, @universityofky.
Those interested in following the conversation or participating in the chat can follow the university's official account or use the hashtag #AskACat for questions and responses from the Twitter chat.
Individuals interested in asking questions about the topics of organ donation, Donate Life Month or other related topics should send their questions to twitter.com/universityofky through 3 p.m. April 15, or to the UK Facebook page prior to 2 p.m., April 15. Responses to questions will be shared with the university's Twitter followers and those following the hashtag #AskACat.
UK's transplant program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and is one of only two transplant programs in the state of Kentucky. Founded in 1987, KODA is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. KODA was formed to establish a statewide educational and procurement network. For more information on the organization or to learn how to become an organ donor, visit www.kyorgandonor.org.
UK will present its next #AskACat Twitter chat June 17.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 11, 2014) – Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine has been named one of 14 recipients of the 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize a faculty member from every SEC university who demonstrates outstanding records of teaching, research and scholarship.
To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, a professor must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.
Since Ambati's arrival at UK in 2001, he has made significant contributions to the University as a teacher, physician-scientist, and researcher. His published studies appear in top-tier journals such as, Cell, Nature, and the New England Journal of Medicine. On a national and international level, Ambati and his team are perhaps most noted for groundbreaking discoveries and contributions to the body of knowledge related to Age Related Macular Degeneration.
Ambati's research has led to numerous coveted physician-scientist awards such as the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Translational Research Clinical Scientist Award, the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging, the Prix Soubrane de la Recherehe en Ophthalmalogie in Paris, France, for his contributions to research in age-related macular degeneration, and the Mark Brothers Award from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Additionally, he was recently inducted as a member of Club Jules Gonin, which is regarded as the most exclusive society of retina physicians and surgeons in the world.
“The 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners are some of our nation’s most accomplished instructors, researchers and scholars,” said Dr. Jay Gogue, President of Auburn University and President of the Southeastern Conference. “It is my great pleasure to preside over an intercollegiate athletics conference that not only recognizes their work, but strives to support it as well.”
SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners receive a $5,000 honorarium from the Southeastern Conference and become his or her university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award. The SEC Professor of the Year, to be named later this month, receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the SEC Spring Meetings in May and the SEC Symposium in September.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “These 14 professors positively represent the breadth and depth of education in the Southeastern Conference, and I want to congratulate each of them. The commitment to their students, universities and communities is truly commendable.”
Selected by a committee of SEC Provosts, the SEC Faculty Achievement Awards and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are part of SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference, which sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its 14 member universities.
Below is a complete list of the 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipients.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2014) − Sarah Martin, has been awarded the prestigious Mary McMillan Scholarship from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Martin, who is from Lexington, is a student in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
“I'm thankful to the APTA for the Mary McMillan Scholarship,” Martin said. “I am so appreciative of the UK Physical Therapy program for nominating me for the award. It is an excellent program, and I’m excited to be able to represent the University as a student member of the APTA and as an award recipient.”
The Mary McMillan Scholarship Award recognizes students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution. Awards are made on a competitive basis. Recipients are selected on the basis of the following criteria: superior scholastic performance, past productivity, evidence of potential contribution to physical therapy, and service to the APTA.
Martin received her doctorate degree in anatomy and neurobiology from UK in 2008 and entered the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in August 2011. She is expected to graduate with her DPT degree in August 2014 with honors. She received the UK College of Health Sciences Academic Excellence Scholarship this year, and she was selected for the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association All-Academic Team this year as well. She currently maintains a 3.9 GPA in her major.
“Sarah’s competence has been demonstrated consistently and with high quality in her lab practical examinations and in her clinical rotations,” said Anne L. Harrison, director of professional studies for the Division of Physical Therapy. “She excels in her understanding of the didactic material, as well as in being able to translate head to hands in the psychomotor domain.”
Martin is one of only five students nationally to receive this $5,000 scholarship. She will be recognized during the APTA’s NEXT Conference and Exposition, June 11 through 14 in Charlotte, N.C.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2014) − Dr. Thomas Young, a University of Kentucky College of Medicine professor of pediatrics, had dreams from a young age of emulating Albert Schweitzer, an early 1900s medical missionary.
Thanks to a group comprised of UK employees and students and Lexington-area medical professionals, Young is closer to those dreams, while making life better for kids with disabilities in India.
In 2002, Young started Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG), which sent UK faculty and students to a clinic in Ecuador. Now, the organization is expanding its reach into Mayasandra, a rural Indian village.
Young and UK pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Mike Anstead were instrumental in establishing a Mayasandra clinic that is dedicated to kids with disabilities. The clinic, which the STSG group hopes to travel to annually after its first exploratory trip there in 2009, is staffed year-round, even when the Lexington professionals aren’t there.
Thirteen medical professionals and students traveled to Mayasandra during spring break as part of a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating Indian children with special healthcare needs. Physical therapists, special educators, a speech and language therapist and pediatric residents were all involved this year.
A “local champion” is necessary for these types of projects, Young said, and the STSG group found that person in Dr. M.N. Subramanya, a retired surgeon originally from Mayasandra, whose son-in-law, Dr. Harohalli Shashidhar, used to be a UK physician. Among help from Young, Anstead, Subramanya and Shashidhar, along with other STSG donations, the Mayasandra clinic was able to establish itself and purchase a van used to provide transportation to the clinic for children from 16 surrounding villages.
Although kids with disabilities were not the Mayasandra project’s original focus, Young realized during the 2009 exploratory trip, where his group saw 500 children, that the village had unfulfilled needs.
“After we saw all those kids, we all noticed the same thing,” Young said. “We saw all these kids with disabilities getting no service. I didn’t envision all this when I first started. You learn and make mistakes, and try to get better next time.”
Now, a multidisciplinary approach is being taken into Mayasandra. The Lexington community can pull from a variety of professions, and bring those talents to the village.
That approach, which allows physical therapists to work with special educators or speech therapists with medical school students in unprecedented ways, allows for an educational component for students, too.
“You’re never going to be operating on an island,” said UK medical student Justin Penticuff, who traveled to Mayasandra this year. “You’re always going to need to work with the whole team.”
Working with an entire interdisciplinary team is one part of the equation; getting real-world experience in an environment very different from what they’re used to is something else students can take away from the STSG program in India.
“We have to be able to come up with ideas for people who don’t have access to specialty things,” said Erin Sieberkrob, a UK physical therapy student on the trip. “It’s our job as healthcare providers to accommodate them and give them ideas of what they can do. That’s something important we learned just being in India.”
The program still has room to grow. Those involved want to build a new clinic in Mayasandra, which would require about $75,000. They want to hire a certified teacher at the clinic year-round. And building vocational programs at the clinic to help teach kids necessary skills is also a dream of STSG’s.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2014) − Chlodys Johnstone, a University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies student, has been invited to present at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) 2014 Forum.
Johnstone, UKPAS Class of 2014, will present at the forum, which will be held in Boston in late May. She is one of only a handful of physician assistant students across the nation whose academic projects were selected for presentation. Her work titled, "Provider Plan of Care Practices for the Obese Patient in the Primary Care Setting,” was selected for poster presentation at this year’s national AAPA forum, which is held annually and is considered one of two seminal conferences for the physician assistant profession.
"I am excited not only to have the opportunity to present my research, but also to have the experience of going to the national AAPA conference," Johnstone said.
Kevin M. Schuer, who is an assistant professor for UK’s PA program, has been Johnstone’s faculty advisor on the project. Schuer said he has been impressed with her since her arrival as a new PA student in 2011.
“Chlodys has been a very high achieving student since day one," Schuer said. "Her work ethic, dedication and commitment to excellence on a daily basis are inspiring to both her peers, as well as to our faculty. We are very proud of her accomplishments and are equally thrilled that Chlodys is being recognized nationally for her work. She is a wonderful ambassador of our program and profession.”
Johnstone’s work analyzed primary care clinician’s plan of care and documentation of weight loss interventions for obese patients. Her examination reviewed whether or not providers who see obese patients utilize validated and evidence-based weight management interventions developed by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Her study findings will help primary care providers understand what is currently being done to help patients manage weight loss, as well as identify areas of provider plan of care improvement.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2014) - A community's physical environment and social dynamics, such as the amount of green space for exercise and access to health education, are all underlying factors that impact the health of its citizens. To better understand how community influences health, a new division at UK HealthCare will examine the world around the patient.
Dr. Roberto Cardarelli is leading an effort to develop a national model for community medicine and outreach at UK HealthCare. Cardarelli joined the University of Kentucky as the founding chief of the newly established Division of Community Medicine within the UK College of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine in 2013. Cardarelli was also appointed as the director of the Kentucky Ambulatory Practice-Based Research Network. The Division of Community Medicine seeks to understand and ultimately influence public health outcomes in Kentucky through education, collaborative research and community partnerships.
"The wellness of the patient doesn’t occur in the clinic - it occurs within the context of their community," Cardarelli said. "Community medicine is an effort to understand and partner with community-based organizations to identify the social determinants of health."
Last fall, Cardarelli and health care leaders across campus and Kentucky were tasked to define community medicine, taking into account historical interpretations of this branch of medicine and recent changes in the health care system. They also strategized objectives based on the four pillars of the program: administration, education, research and community service.
Cardarelli, who previously served as director of the Primary Care Research Center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, said the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has led to a renewed interest nationally in disease prevention, intervention and management in vulnerable populations. Carol Hustedde, director of Community Medicine Education for the division, has led the division's work contributing educational content for medical students.
Other efforts have included providing consultation services to community health projects around the country, developing partnerships with local health organizations and seeking grants to support public health research projects. Cardarelli has consulted as an expert and chief investigator for national projects, including a swing bed program in Montana designed to help sustain critical access hospitals. The division is steered by an advisory board comprising health care professionals from across the state.
UK is home to one of the first departments in the country dedicated to community medicine. The department was founded in 1960 by Dr. Kurt W. Deuschle on the premise that health is driven by determinants within the patient's environment.
Currently, the Division of Community Medicine is working to forge relationships with health care providers and community-based organizations throughout Kentucky. For more information about the division, contact Cardarelli at email@example.com.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2014) -- From yogurts to powders and capsules, probiotic supplements have become an increasingly popular product advertised to boost your immune system and improve digestive health. But with all supplements and over-the-counter products, caution and care should be taken before adding probiotics to your daily routine.
Probiotics are living microscopic organisms or bacteria, found naturally in the human body. Probiotic supplements are made to be similar to the microorganisms that are referred to as the “good bacteria" found in the gut.
Although more strong scientific evidence to support specific uses of probiotics for most conditions is still needed, some studies suggest that probiotics may be helpful in:
· boosting your immune system by enhancing the production of antibodies to certain vaccines;
· producing substances that prevent infection and control inflammation;
· preventing harmful bacteria from attaching to the gut lining and growing;
· and aid in strengthening the mucus in your intestine and help it act as a barrier against infection.
Some of the most common digestive issues where probiotics may be beneficial include:
· Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) -- Bifidobacterium infantis, Sacchromyces boulardii, Lactobacillus plantarum and combination probiotics may help regulate how often people with IBS have bowel movements and may help relieve bloating from gas.
· Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - Some studies suggest that probiotics may help reduce inflammation and delay the next bout of disease. E. coli Nissle, and a mixture of several strains of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Streptococcus may be most beneficial.
· Infectious diarrhea -- Saccharomyces boulardii and Lactobacillus may help shorten the duration of infectious diarrhea.
· Antibiotic–related diarrhea such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff )- There is evidence that taking probiotics when you first start taking an antibiotic may help prevent antibiotic –related diarrhea. Saccharomyces boulardii and Lactobacillus may also help treat C. diff and prevent it from reoccurring.
Other potential uses for probiotics include maintaining a healthy mouth, preventing and treating certain skin conditions like eczema.
Although probiotics appear safe for most people, you should talk to your physician before adding them to your diet and make sure your pharmacist is aware that you are taking them if you take other prescribed or over-the-counter medications. Studies suggest that probiotics usually have few side effects. However, data on safety, particularly long-term safety, are limited, and the risk of serious side effects may be greater in people who have underlying health conditions.
In addition, probiotics are considered dietary supplements and therefore the health benefits claimed by manufacturers of probiotics are not FDA regulated or FDA approved. This means they are not standardized, and are made in different ways by different companies with different additives and reading the label is very important.
Aimee Adams, Pharm.D., is a UK HealthCare clinical pharmacist
This column appeared in the April 6, 2014 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2014) -- The University of Kentucky Chapter of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) will host the 10th annual Art of Healing silent auction on Wednesday, April 2. The auction will be held in Biological and Biomedical Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) atrium from noon to 5 p.m. Winning bidders may pick up their art from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The auction items feature the handiwork of local and international artists and current students, including pottery, paintings, wood carvings, and accessories. Proceeds from the art auction benefit the Shoulder to Shoulder clinic in Ecuador.
Shoulder to Shoulder, an initiative supported by many of the health colleges at the University of Kentucky, was founded in 2002 with a mission to improve global health. In 2007, the Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic (Centro Medico Hombro a Hombro) was opened in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, to serve indigent populations without access to health care.
Through fundraising efforts by UK's chapter of IFMSA, the Centro Medico is able to remain open almost every week, and special projects -- like new flooring for the clinic -- are possible. Chris Colonna, a second year medical student who visited the clinic this spring as part of a two week "medical brigade," saw the art auction as a vital part of Centro Medico's ability to provide continuity of care to the members of the community.
"Far too often, medical brigades arrive in developing countries to provide healthcare to those in need, but are only able to stay a week or two," Colonna says. "The art auction is one way to help support year-round medical staff at the Centro Medico who can manage patients' illnesses and provide treatment year-round."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 1, 2014) — Heavy traffic, more motorists on the roadways and distracted drivers and walkers are all factors that have contributed to pedestrian safety issues in three Kentucky communities. In the past four years, 79 pedestrian fatalities and many more injuries have occurred in Louisville Metro, Lexington-Fayette County and Madison County.
Kentucky was one of four states recently awarded a grant from the Safe States Alliance to implement a multidisciplinary model for improving pedestrian safety in these three communities. The grant was acquired by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), a unified state and academic agency dedicated to injury prevention housed at the University of Kentucky. In addition to funding travel and training for a six-member team of officials representing the state, the grant provides $40,000 for resources and seed funding for community-tailored pedestrian safety initiatives.
Members of the team include: Alvin Cook, police officer and grants manager for the Lexington Fayette-Urban County Division of Police; Brad Franklin, internal policy analyst for the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety; Dirk Gowin, engineering project coordinator for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Works; Lloyd Jordison, health education coordinator for Madison County Health Department; Brent Webber, industrial hygienist for University of Kentucky Occupational Health and Safety; and Robert McCool, program manager for KIPRC. The team's workshop training was held March 17-20 in Washington, D.C., and engaged the team in classroom lectures based on the Healthy Communities curriculum, live neighborhood safety inspections and open discussions.
"Changing pedestrian safety is not something you can do with one group or one strategy," McCool said. "You have to have a holistic approach. The goal of this is to bring together people from multiple disciplines and develop group plans and processes that we can take back to communities and help them tailor those plans to their communities."
Moving forward, the team will collect data and recruit a variety of stakeholders — from political officials to engineers to concerned citizens — within each community to collaborate on projects. The team will help identify opportunities to improve pedestrian safety that are unique to specific areas of the targeted communities and provide technical support and seed funding for projects. Examples of improvements could include uncluttering sidewalks, integrating walkability measures along roadways, teaching drivers and pedestrians to share roadways safely, and providing clearer pedestrian signage. McCool said systemic change is more likely when many individuals, organizations and leaders are working together.
"A key factor is the need to integrate pedestrian safety with other community initiatives," McCool said. "It's not just a matter of improving crosswalks, sidewalks, roadway design or education — it's all of those things."
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