Blog Posts in 2017

  • Memory loss affects young and old

    When we think of memory loss, the picture of a person in their 50s, 60s, or 70s usually comes to mind. But younger people can suffer from memory loss, and it appears that our lifestyle choices may be to blame. Fourteen percent of men and women between the age of 18 and 39 complain of poor memory. Researchers say that's because our habit of multi-tasking, high-stress jobs, time spent looking at ...
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  • Lower your LDL with lifestyle changes

    It is possible to lower your LDL with diet and lifestyle changes alone. One of the most important things you’ll need to do is pay attention to the fats in your diet. Reading nutrition labels can make a big difference. When shopping, use the labels to compare foods and find ones lower in saturated fat, trans fat, total fat, cholesterol and calories. Compare and keep track of the actual grams ...
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  • King's Daughters marks fourth anniversary of first TAVR procedure

    On April 24, 2013, King’s Daughters performed the area’s first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR. The procedure, which calls upon the expertise of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses and other health professionals, was initially offered to patients whose risk for open valve replacement surgery was considered too great. Today, the procedure is made available to ...
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  • Shining the light on vitamin D

    The human body requires vitamin D to build strong bones and for good overall health. It plays a vital role in the body’s absorption of calcium. People who don’t get enough vitamin D can develop soft, thin and brittle bones. In children, this condition is known as rickets. In adults, it’s called osteomalacia. Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” also plays a role in ...
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  • Neurodiagnostics - It's Electrifying!

    Have you ever had a EMG, EEG or nerve conduction study? If so, one of the health professionals involved in your testing was probably a neurodiagnostic technologist. Neurodiagnostic techs provide a valuable contribution to quality patient care through recording and study of the electrical activity of the brain and nervous system. They have many areas of expertise and act as eyes and ears for ...
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  • Vascular screening may help diabetics avoid amputation

    More than half of all lower limb amputations in the U.S. result from complications of diabetes. Diabetes affects virtually every part of the body, including the circulatory system. High blood sugar levels make the blood “sticky,” causing it to clot more readily and adhere to plaque buildup inside artery walls. Combine sticky blood with narrowed arteries in the lower legs, feet and ...
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  • What's a good cholesterol number?

    Most of the 65 million Americans with high cholesterol don’t have any symptoms of it, according to the National Institutes of Health. That’s concerning, because high cholesterol levels can have a devastating effect on your overall health. The NIH, and most physicians, recommend that adults age 20 and older have their cholesterol levels checked at least once every five years and, if ...
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  • Neurologist joins King's Daughters staff

    King’s Daughters is pleased to welcome neurologist Enawgaw Mehari, M.D., to its medical staff. Prior to joining King’s Daughters, Mehari maintained a private practice in Morehead, Ky., and was a consulting neurologist at St. Claire Regional Medical Center. Mehari earned his medical degree from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. He completed internship in anesthesiology and ...
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  • Why is my cholesterol so high?

    Your cholesterol levels are determined by a number of things, some that you can control, and some that you cannot. Those you can’t do anything about include genetics, age and gender. High blood cholesterol can run in families, so your high cholesterol may be something handed down to you. However, the chance that your high cholesterol is due solely to family genetics is remote. Blood ...
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  • Tick season is here! Learn the signs of Lyme disease

    The unseasonably warm weather has already seen an increase of ticks on our pets, which should remind us to look closely for Lyme disease. Early signs/symptoms (three to 30 days after tick bite) include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and Erythema migrans (EM) rash: Begins at the site of a tick bite after a delay of three to 30 days (average is about ...
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  • Free tobacco cessation classes begin April 17

    It’s never too late to stop using tobacco — spring is a great time to seek help. Let King’s Daughters help you begin the journey to quit! Stop for Life tobacco cessation classes begin soon! Choose a class that works for you: 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 17 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 Classes continue each Monday and Tuesday for 12 weeks at King’s Daughters Health Education ...
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  • Red Cross Blood Drive is April 24

    An American Red Cross blood drive will be conducted from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 24 at King’s Daughters in the medical center’s Health Education Center (lower level, Lexington Avenue parking garage). Appointments to donate blood are suggested by calling The American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: KDMC to schedule an appointment. Blood donations ...
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  • King's Daughters welcomes hospitalist James C. Goetz, M.D.

    King’s Daughters welcomes James C. Goetz, M.D., to its team of hospitalists providing inpatient care. Goetz earned his medical degree, and completed internship and residency from the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio. He is board by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Previously, Dr. Goetz was associated with Huntington Internal Medicine Group in Huntington, W.Va. A hospitalist is a ...
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  • Strike Out Stroke at Boyd-Greenup Game

    Strike Out Stroke comes to Boyd-Greenup game April 13 Baseball fans, parents and the public will be asked to help Strike Out Stroke at the Boyd County High School-Greenup County High School baseball game 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at Boyd County. It is the fifth year King’s Daughters has sponsored the Strike Out Stroke program, raising awareness of stroke signs, symptoms and risk ...
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  • Free joint screening April 27

    Injury, arthritis, illness or normal wear and tear can cause joint pain. Screenings allow our joint care team to diagnose the cause of your pain and determine a treatment plant that meets your needs. King's Daughters is offering a FREE joint pain screening 4 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at Outpatient Services Center, 480 23rd St., Ashland. Appointments are required by calling 1-888-377-KDMC. Non ...
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  • Clinical healthy lifestyle program starts April 6

    Let us help you meet your healthy lifestyle goals in 2017! Make a choice that is right for you and Choose to Lose with King’s Daughters. Our program guides you step by step through nutrition, exercise and change. Join any time! The first meeting of Choose to Lose is Thursday, April 6. Classes are 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at King’s Daughters Outpatient Therapy Building, 480 23 rd St., ...
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  • Butterfly release commemorates infant loss

    King’s Daughters Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group invites families who have experienced the loss of an infant during pregnancy or following birth to participate in a butterfly release and prayer ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Ashland Central Park fountain. Each participant receives a butterfly to release in memory of the child. There is no charge to participate. ...
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  • Cholesterol matters

    A waxy, fat-like substance found in the walls of cells and in all parts of the body, the body uses cholesterol to make hormones, bile acids, vitamin D and other substances. The body makes all of the cholesterol it needs. Cholesterol does not travel through the body on its own; it circulates through the bloodstream in packages called lipoproteins. There are two main kinds of lipoproteins: ...
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  • Look Good Feel Better group meets April 17

    King's Daughters is a proud to partner with the Look Good... Feel Better program to help those receiving cancer treatment manage appearance-related side effects. Trained volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to deal with hair loss using wigs, scarves and accessories, and how to address skin changes with skincare and cosmetics. Free cosmetic kits are provided for participants. Meetings of ...
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  • Raising awareness of testicular cancer

    Although it is not a common cancer, testicular cancer is the No. 1 cancer affecting men age 18 to 35, according to King's Daughters urologist Christopher Schmidt, D.O. Although it's most frequently diagnosed in young and middle-aged men, is may occasionally be found in infants. Because it affects young men more frequently than older men, Schmidt said, "Parents should examine their ...
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  • April Healthy Heart screenings announced

    Knowing your heart numbers is an important part of taking care of your heart. King's Daughters wants to help with our free Healthy Heart with EKG screenings. The screening consists of checks of total cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and oxygen levels along with a screening EKG. Results are reviewed by the King's Daughters heart team. Fasting is not required. Unless otherwise noted, ...
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  • Protect babies, kids from secondhand smoke

    There are more than 7,000 chemicals – many of them cancer-causing – in secondhand smoke. Because their bodies are small and still developing, infants and children are especially vulnerable to these poisons. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remind parents (and grandparents) that: Both babies whose mothers smoke while pregnant and babies who are exposed to secondhand ...
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