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Expecting the Unexpected – A Stay in the NICU

When you are preparing to have a baby, you may have some surprises. For about 1 of every 10 pregnancies, the surprise is an early arrival of the baby. On November 17, we recognize World Prematurity Day to bring attention to the research, community support and medical teams that work together to give every baby  

Remember the ABCs of Diabetes—Don’t Forget D and E

The American Diabetes Association and the American College of Cardiology teamed up in 2011 to raise awareness of diabetes. Together, they created the ABCs of Diabetes to make it easy for you to remember the key numbers you should be watching to know your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Mark Boyd, Family Medicine,  

What is the Difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Many times you hear people use Alzheimer’s and dementia interchangeably, but they are not the same. Dementia is a description of a group of symptoms, while Alzheimer’s is a specific disease. Many diseases or conditions can cause dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common — with 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases due to Alzheimer’s.  

Thanksgiving Dinner Makeover

Thanksgiving is the beginning of a long and indulgent holiday season— the first day in a 6-week onslaught of food and drinks. But, you can give your Thanksgiving dinner a makeover and start the holiday season on the right foot, without disrupting your healthy eating goals. “Everyone needs some indulgences, you just can’t let them  

5 Tips for Preparing for Winter Sports on the Hardwood

Football, cross-country and soccer season are coming to an end, and student-athletes are moving indoors to the hardwood for the basketball and volleyball season. Here are five tips from athletic trainer Chris Unkraut, MHA, ATC, CSCS, Head Athletic Trainer for St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine, to keep you healthy as you transition from the soft outdoor  

Movember and Prostate Health

What is Movember? Right after Halloween, you might be noticing that your normally clean-shaven neighbors or co-workers are now sporting mustaches. During the month of November, men across the country pledge to grow mustaches as part of “Movember” – an effort to raise awareness for men’s health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s  

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and St. Elizabeth Healthcare is using that opportunity to focus on the importance of early detection and screening for the successful treatment of lung cancer. If you are a current or former smoker, the statistics are sobering. • 85 percent of lung cancer is caused by smoking. • Kentucky  

Treatment Options for Vertigo Patients

What is Vestibular Physical Therapy? St. Elizabeth Healthcare is excited to offer a unique treatment option to patients suffering from dizziness, vertigo or balance disorders – vestibular physical therapy. Scott Schowalter, a Physical Therapist at St. Elizabeth, has been treating patients with vestibular therapy since 2003. He has taken a dozen different educational courses and  

Prevent a Stroke from Affecting Your Family

Start young, live a healthy lifestyle and know your family history. That’s the stroke prevention advice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare Vascular Surgeon Dr. James Bardgett. He underscores that final fact – family history is the number one risk factor for strokes. “You’ve got to start when you are young,” said Bardgett. Trying to fix problems  

Halloween Safety 101 – Costumes, Candy and Carving

Halloween ghost stories and scary movies make for a lot of fun during October, but you want to make sure that your kids stay safe around the ghoulish holiday. Dr. John LaCount, pediatrician at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Florence Pediatrics reminds us, “The younger the child more direct, consistent supervision is needed.” Here are some additional