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Health

  • For LaRue County resident Warren McCandless, getting a low-dose CT scan for lung cancer through Hardin Memorial Health brought a bit of relief.

    McCandless, 65, who said he has smoked for about 50 years, said as a smoker there always is the fear of developing lung cancer. But, thanks to the low-dose scan, he discovered he didn’t have lung cancer.

    McCandless said he picked up smoking when he was younger because it was the “cool thing” to do.

  • Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), announce the availability of an online weekly influenza surveillance report used to gauge current flu activity circulating in Kentucky. This new public service is an example of the Cabinet’s priority to strengthen data collection and analytics and then to make the information more easily accessible.

  • It is commonly heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, breakfast can easily be forgotten when rushing out the door to get children to school. Research shows there are several health benefits of a regular breakfast for school-aged children.

  • Winter weather in Kentucky tends to present challenges in the form of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. What isn’t talked about often is the discomfort weather can cause inside the home.

    UK Extension Professor for Environmental Control Systems, Robert Fehr, shares this information about dealing with humidity levels in the home. The itch that plagues many people during winter can be the result of inside air that does not contain adequate moisture. Low humidity levels can cause high levels of discomfort including dry skin and stuffy sinuses.

  • The physical benefits of a healthful diet include increased resistance to illness, faster recuperation times, higher energy levels, and better management of chronic diseases. The mental benefits are just as important and include increased cognitive function, better stress management, and emotional balance.

    Here are some basic guidelines from UK Health & Wellness for healthful eating as you age:

    Choose more whole foods and fewer processed foods. Focus on food that is as close to its natural form as possible.

  • When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its final guidance on menu labeling in late April, it was the last step in a process to require restaurants, convenience stores, take-out, retail establishments and supermarkets to publish the calorie content of their food on their menus.

    Some chain restaurants are already publishing this information on some items in anticipation of this announcement. Others have until May 2017 to implement the change.

  • Most Americans get plenty of protein. In fact, their problem isn’t too little protein but too much of the calories and saturated fat that accompany such popular protein sources as cheeseburgers or fried chicken. But people over age 50 might need to pay attention to getting adequate protein, not just at dinner time but throughout the day.

  • Are you trying to rescue a failed New Year’s resolution? It has been well documented that when people monitor their behavior and measure how they are doing, they are often inspired to do better and achieve positive results. The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is launching an online Small Steps to Health and Wealth(tm) Challenge called “Kentucky 2016 Resolution Restart.” This free four-week program is designed to help you improve both your health and personal finance behaviors.

  • By Melissa Phillips

    Tobacco Coordinator Lincoln Trail District Health Dept.