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Singing for a Cure

 Nationally known recording star Larry Cordle at Huntingtons Disease benefit.  Hammertowne's David Campbell performed at the benefit at the Louisa Community Center

Carly Kirk, also performed for the Huntington's Disease benefit in Louisa

What a beautiful fall evening for a Bluegrass concert. 

The Fourth Annual Huntington's Disease benefit was held on Saturday October 22, 2016 at the Louisa Senior Citizens Building for residents and families of Lawrence Co. who suffer from the devastating illness of Huntington's Chorea Disease. 

Lynette Miller  and Elaine Mabrey helped set up the benefit last week. Mrs. Miller's husband, Paul David Miller, has the disease.  

Huntington's Disease is an inherited one that is a progressive brain disorder that causes uncontrollable movements, emotional problems, and loss of thinking ability (cognition).  Adult onset Huntington disease, the most common form of this disorder, usually appears in a person's thirties or forties and is not curable.  Several Lawrence County residents suffer from this horrible condition. The number of local families affected is unknown.

Shona Wilks Smith lost her husband Jeffrey Smith, to Huntington's Disease six years ago.Shona Wilks Smith,  the event coordinator, stated, "I wanted to do something for the families and sufferers because when I was going through this with my husband, I  thought  my husband's family was the only one."  

"I wanted to do something to help other families know that they were not alone," she said.  Ms Smith lost her husband, Jeffrey Smith,  to this debilitating disease six years ago.

A gospel benefit was held in August 2016 now it was time for a Bluegrass night.

Several bluegrass entertainers came to support the event.  Hammertown's  David Campbell, Carly Kirk and Lawrence Co.'s own Larry Cordle graced the stage. 

The crowd enjoyed homemade food items and participated in raffles all to benefit the organization. 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, with an estimated 12 percent developing invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that over 246,000 women will be diagnosed with new cases of invasive breast cancer this year. Several risk factors of the disease are beyond control, but there are some lifestyle changes that can be made to help reduce risk of developing the disease. Additionally, understanding early detection methods and when to get screened can be critical in the survival rates of women who are diagnosed.

Women have a much higher likelihood of being diagnosed with breast cancer than men, however men can develop the disease too. White women are the most likely to develop breast cancer, yet African-American women who develop it have higher mortality rates. Age is another contributing risk factor of the disease, with most invasive breast cancers detected in women 55 and older. A small percentage of breast cancer cases are considered hereditary and result when certain gene mutations are present, which greatly increase the risk of diagnosis. Genetic testing can be done in some cases to identify whether or not the mutated genes are present. These are just some of the uncontrollable risk factors of developing the disease.

Some breast cancer risk factors are linked to lifestyle behaviors that can be changed. Drinking more than one alcoholic beverage per day has been shown to increase the risk by almost double. Being overweight, especially after menopause, raises estrogen levels and can also increase risk. Additionally, more evidence is showing that exercising regularly can help to lower risk. 

While there is very little known to directly prevent breast cancer, most doctors feel that early detection and regular screenings are the best way to help increase survival rates. Some symptoms of breast cancer are easy to detect, while others may only be found during screenings. You should contact your physician immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Discharge from nipples, especially blood and/or puss;
  • A new lump, particularly if it is painful and doesn’t leave after a menstrual cycle;
  • Unceasing breast pain;
  • Breast infection, which include centralized redness, puss or fever;
  • Nipple changes such as pulling inward, enlargement or itching;
  • An asymmetrical breast;
  • Skin changes on breast or swelling; and/or
  • Lump in the underarm

In general, starting at age 45 women of average risk of developing breast cancer should get mammograms every year until they reach 55. After age 55, women should switch to mammograms every 2 years, unless instructed differently by their doctor. Mammograms are the most common tests of breast cancer, but there are other tools that can be used depending on a woman’s medical history. It is important for women to begin discussing risk factors with their doctor early on so the best screening and testing plan can be developed.

 *All data provided by the American Cancer Society.

For more information about scheduling a screening test, please call any of our locations listed below:

  • Three Rivers Immediate Care – Louisa  606 638-7400

306 Commerce Drive, Suite 700

Louisa, KY  41230

  • Three Rivers Immediate Care – Inez 606 298-2660

94 Boardwalk

Inez, KY  41224

  • Three Rivers Immediate Care – Crum 304 393-6901

47460 US Route 52

Kermit, WV  25674

  • Three Rivers Medical Center – Louisa 606 638-9451

2485 Hwy 644

Louisa, KY  41230

Will be legal in every other state starting Jan. 1

State Rep. Daniel Elliott, a Republican recently elected to the state House, has filed legislation that would allow physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances, something they can do in every other state beginning in January.

Elliott, R-Gravel Switch, says the bill would help relieve the doctor shortages in some rural areas of the state.

“If we can give these professionals the ability to care for sick people then I can’t see why we wouldn’t do that in a state that tends to be at the bottom of some categories of health,” Elliott told Insider Louisville’s Joe Sonka. “I don’t see the rationale in prohibiting very well educated and trained medical professionals from practicing medicine, and that’s what we’re saying they can’t do in Kentucky, to a certain extent.”

State Rep. Daniel Elliott (Photo Provided)

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“Ben Swartz, the executive director for the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants, tells IL that this difference makes it harder to hire physician assistants, and changing the law would ‘bring parity in line with the two professions’ and ‘level the job market’ in Kentucky,” Sonka reports. “He adds that because Kentucky lags behind the rest of the country on this law, physician assistants in Kentucky often leave to find work in other states where they have full prescription authority, even though their training is more thorough than that of nurse practitioners.”

Swartz acknowledges that the General Assembly has been reluctant to give PAs prescription authority “due to the state’s problem of prescription painkillers being over-prescribed and leading to opioid addiction and overdoses,” Sonka writes. “However, he says this change would provide more accurate and responsible tracking of prescriptions by the state, as the supervising physicians’ prescriptions are often inflated when their assistant refers patients to them.”

Elliott won a special election in March to fill the seat vacated by state Auditor Mike Harmon. Republicans are in the minority in the House but appear to have a good chance of winning a majority in the Nov. 8 elections.

From Kentucky Health News

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About the Flu Vaccine

As summer ends and fall approaches, we begin to hear a lot about the seasonal flu and the importance of getting vaccinated. Influenza, also known as “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus, which affects the nose, throat and lungs. Every year in the United States more than 200,000 people are hospitalized because of the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Several important steps can be taken to help prevent contracting and spreading the virus.

Individuals who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications should exercise particular caution during flu season. Children under age five, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions and people who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities are especially susceptible to complications related to flu. 

The best way to prevent getting the flu and spreading it to others is to get a vaccine. It’s best to get vaccinated as early as possible in the season as it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop after vaccination. For the 2016-2017 season, the CDC recommend using an injectable influenza vaccine. Two types of injectable vaccines will be available this flu season:

  • Trivalent flu vaccine: A three-component vaccination injected into the muscle of the arm. There are several trivalent shots that are appropriate for people 18 and older. High-dose trivalent shots are recommended for people over 65. 
  • Quadrivalent flu vaccine: A four-component vaccination approved for use in different age groups. The intradermal quadrivalent flu shot uses a smaller needle and is injected into the skin instead of the muscle.

Besides vaccination, there are several other things you can do to minimize the risk of catching the virus and spreading it to others. Most viruses spread through direct contact, so it is extremely important to wash your hands regularly in warm, soapy water and avoid contact with face, mouth and eyes. When sneezing, always use a clean tissue and discard used ones, and if a tissue is not available, sneeze away from others.

Using natural methods to help prevent to the flu can also be effective. Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids can help flush out the body. Getting fresh air can also help keep the body hydrated, especially during the cold months when central heat tends to dry out the skin. Exercising regularly and eating a diet high in vegetables and fruits can help increase blood flow and stimulate the body’s natural virus-killing cells. 

The seasonal flu virus changes every season, so it is important to stay current with your vaccinations each year. Practicing good cleanliness habits and healthy routines can also help keep you and your loved ones healthy throughout flu season and all year long.

Flu vaccines will be available beginning October 6, 2016 For information about scheduling a vaccine, please call one of our convenient locations listed below:

  • Three Rivers Immediate Care – Louisa  606 638-7400

306 Commerce Drive, Suite 700

Louisa, KY  41230

  • Three Rivers Immediate Care – Inez 606 298-2660

94 Boardwalk

Inez, KY  41224

  • Three Rivers Immediate Care – Crum 304 393-6901

47460 US Route 52

Kermit, WV  25674

  • Three Rivers Medical Center – Louisa 606 638-9451

2485 Hwy 644

Louisa, KY  41230