Why can’t I visit a baby in the NICU?

Throughout late fall, winter and early spring, the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) in the hospital is often limited to parents and grandparents. Brothers and sisters may be eager to meet their new best friend, but this time of year is RSV season, which can be life threatening to our tiniest patients. Respiratory Syncytial Virus,…
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Diabetes: Know, assist and prevent

November is the month our nation brings to light awareness of diabetes. In Kentucky alone, diabetes affects 13.1 percent of our state’s population. Also, it is estimated that 275,000 Kentuckians are diagnosed with prediabetes, a condition in which the blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal but not yet high enough to meet the guidelines…
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Nine steps for a healthier office potluck

Office potluck meals can bring fun into the workday! With some planning, they can be delicious and healthy at the same time. Here are suggestions to have a good meal while still watching your waist line: Pick your theme- have a signup sheet that lists foods you want people to bring. Here’s an example of…
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What is a nurse practitioner?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a master’s or doctoral degree prepared nurse that has additional training and clinical competency to practice in primary care, acute care and long-term care health settings. NPs are quickly becoming the health care provider of choice for millions of Americans. Currently there are more than 248,000 nurse practitioners in the…
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Are e-cigarettes less harmful?

With lung cancer awareness month upon us, and many new insights into electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), it seems the perfect time to discuss these new and emerging products. Though they have been around for over a decade now, popularity continues to grow and new e-cigarette devices hit the market frequently. Originally touted as a device to…
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