Amory Haley, LCSW Talks About Suicide Awareness [Video]

Clinical Social Worker Amory Haley Talks About Suicide Awareness

 

Video Transcript

 

Adolescent suicide rates are on the rise. Licensed clinical social worker Amory Haley offers advice to parents regarding this alarming trend.

 

Amory Haley, LCSW

 

If you’re in a situation where you realize that your child is struggling, whether it’s with bullying or a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression, talk to your child. Ask the difficult questions and then reach out for help.

Our Lady of Peace has clinicians available 24/7 to help assess a child and find the appropriate level of care.

The Crossroads or the partial hospital program at Our Lady of Peace is a more intensive day program where they attend group therapy and individual and family therapy. And they have a psychiatrist that would work with them to address any medication concerns or issues.

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of depression, please contact Our Lady of Peace for an assessment and assistance with treatment options. Our assessment and referral center is available 24/7 at 502.451.3333.

Survive the 5 S’s of Warm Weather

Survive the 5 S's of Warm Weather

Survive the 5 S's of Warm Weather

The weather is warm and the sky is bright – it’s time for your family to dig in and enjoy this beautiful season. Be sure you do safely.

Changing schedules and long, hot days can make it difficult to keep your family’s well-being on track. Fortunately, the right amount of know-how and planning makes it easy to navigate common concerns and face each day feeling healthy and refreshed.

Sunshine

One of the many pleasures of summer is spending time outdoors, but the sun’s rays can be particularly harmful this time of year.

Sunburn and tanning are evidence of sun-damaged skin, which can greatly increase the risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma. This type of skin cancer can spread quickly if not caught early.

Your best defense is to avoid sun exposure when the sun’s rays are strongest — between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you do venture out, wear light-colored clothes that cover your skin and apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Reapply after any water sports or every two hours.

In addition to burns, too much time in the hot sunshine can lead to problems such as dehydration and heat exhaustion. Drink water throughout the day to ensure your body remains hydrated and doesn’t overheat.

Swimming

Swimming is an excellent exercise for the entire family. However, there are some safety concerns to keep in mind next time you take a dip.

Dr. Lisa Corum“Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children between the ages of 1 and 4,” said Lisa L. Corum, MD, family medicine physician with KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates. “Parents must remain vigilant when their children are playing in or around water. This means putting away distractions and providing constant supervision.”

Being in water can also lead to swimmer’s ear — an infection responsible for 2.4 million health care visits every year in the United Sates. While common, swimmer’s ear can be prevented by keeping the ears dry or using over-the-counter eardrops that contain a drying agent.

Sleep

To feel their best, school-aged children and teenagers need between eight and 11 hours of sleep each night. While there may be more time to snooze during summer break, be careful not to set a schedule that’s drastically different from their school year one.

Children accustomed to going to bed and rising late may struggle when school is back in session. Get ahead of this problem by setting a normal sleep routine at least two weeks before school begins.

“I recommend parents provide their children with planners so they can begin scheduling school days and extracurricular activities,” Dr. Corum said. “Those plans should include a reasonable bedtime. Children like to have some say about how they spend their time, and this is one way to promote that.”

School Prep

Getting ready for the first day of school? Don’t forget to schedule back-to school physicals and check on children’s immunizations. Both are just as vital to being prepared as school supplies and a perfect first-day outfit.

A visit to the doctor gives families peace of mind. You’ll know your children are protected from contagious diseases, and they’ll have the all-clear to begin playing sports. It’s also a good time to get a general update on your family’s well-being. Consider scheduling your own annual wellness visit at the same time.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky requires student athletes to have a specific physical before they can participate in school-sponsored sports programs. Let your children’s physician know if they are planning to play sports during the upcoming school year.

Stomach

The summer season can be hard on your digestive health — a trend that catches many families off guard.

Kathleen Martin, MD“We see more intestinal viruses during the summer months,” said Kathleen Martin, MD, gastroenterologist with KentuckyOne Health Gastroenterology Associates. “Just like winter is a time to be extra cautious about hand hygiene to avoid catching the flu, summer is the time to be extra cautious about what you eat.”

Backyard barbecues, pool parties or other events that involve leaving food out in the sun are potential causes of stomach troubles. All it takes is one hour for perishable foods to spoil in the summer sun. For lactose intolerant people, cold and creamy summer treats may increase flare-ups. And even a seemingly harmless dip in the lake can increase the risk of a common intestinal parasite infection called giardia.

“To help prevent problems, wash your hands regularly and be mindful about what you’re eating or drinking,” Dr. Martin said. “Avoiding risks can keep many people healthy and free to enjoy summer activities.”

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Finding Comfort With Palliative Care

Finding Comfort with Palliative Care

Finding Comfort with Palliative Care

Faced with life-limiting medical conditions, individuals and families can turn to the holistic approach of palliative medicine to improve their quality of life.

Living with a serious medical condition can be overwhelming for patients and families who are dealing with questions about everything from pain management to spiritual well-being. Palliative care is a field designed specifically around the needs of these individuals.

Doctors typically recommend palliative care for those with chronic conditions, such as:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease

Palliative care may also be an effective option for those who receive chemotherapy for cancer or are recovering from a neurological event, such as a stroke.

Why Turn to Supportive Care?

 

“The goal of palliative medicine is to improve quality of life for patients and their loved ones by taking a team approach to care,” said Billie May, MSN, RN, palliative care clinical nurse specialist with KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care in Lexington. “Palliative specialists perform in-depth individual assessments. The team of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and chaplains are available to each patient. We make sure everyone has the support they need to make informed decisions.”

Supportive palliative services assist chronically ill patients with issues, such as pain, nausea, loss of appetite and depression, that accompany their diagnoses. While these services may be initiated at any stage of a life-limiting health condition, the sooner palliative services are embraced, the more helpful they can be.

Palliative  Care Services

 

Palliative care services are available to patients admitted to Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East, both part of KentuckyOne Health. Additionally, KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care in Lexington has a palliative care clinic twice each month for oncology patients.

“Patients and families who engage in palliative care services may have greater peace of mind during a time that can be very confusing and uncomfortable,” said Lynnette RauvolaBouta, vice president of mission integration with Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph Jessamine, all part of KentuckyOne Health. “We strive to help them feel that they are being cared about as human beings so that they may focus all of their energy on the things that are important in their lives.”

“The palliative care team collaborates with patients’ other providers, such as primary care physicians and a variety of specialists. Together, we ensure care plans meet patients’ needs on every level — physically, emotionally, psychosocially and spiritually,” said May.

This story originally appeared in the Spring 2017 edition of One Health magazine. Receive more health and wellness news and information when you sign up for your free subscription of One Health.

Clinical Pharmacist Carrie Schanen Discusses Antibiotic Resistance [Video]

Clinical Pharmacist Carrie Schanen Discusses Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance, the ability of bacteria to resist the effects of an antibiotic, is a pressing public health problem. Illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics are becoming more difficult to cure and more expensive to treat.

In this HealthBreak, clinical pharmacist Carrie Schanen provides steps you can take to help prevent antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic Resistance Video Transcript

Antibiotics are used to fight against bacterial infections. They’ve been very successful, but some bacteria are becoming resistant to these medications.

Clinical pharmacist Carrie Schanen explains.

Carrie Schanen, PharmD

The bacteria will change so that the antibiotic is no longer effective. There are several things that you can do to help prevent antibiotic resistance.

You don’t want to really ask or demand for your doctor to prescribe antibiotics if they don’t feel that it’s necessary.

Only take antibiotics when they’ve been prescribed to you by your physician. Be sure that you follow those directions that your physician gives you on how to properly take your antibiotic. Be sure to complete your full course of antibiotics, even if you feel better. And also, don’t skip any doses and don’t share your medications with other people as well.

Little Gland, Big Problems

Little Gland, Big Problems

Little Gland, Big ProblemsMany symptoms of thyroid disease start off subtly but can be signs of larger problems to come if dysfunction go untreated.

The thyroid is a small gland located at the base of your neck, above the collarbone. It produces hormones that play an important role in how your body functions.

How fast you burn calories, how fast your heart beats and how quickly certain organs work are all affected by hormones that originate in the thyroid.

“When your thyroid works correctly, your body gets just the right amount of the hormones it needs,” said Mary Self, MD, endocrinologist with KentuckyOne Health Endocrinology and Diabetes Associates. “Problems start to occur when your body begins to make too much or too little of one or more important hormones.”

Too Much of a Good Thing

Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid produces too many hormones. Symptoms include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shaking hands and fingers

Medication, surgery and other therapies can be used to reduce your symptoms and limit the amount of certain hormones being produced.

Running on Empty

When the thyroid doesn’t make enough of certain hormones, it is called hypothyroidism. Problems with this thyroid disorder include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain and puffy face
  • Intolerance of cold
  • Dry skin and thinning hair
  • Depression and slowed heart rate
  • Fertility problems
  • Joint and muscle pain

Hypothyroidism is easily controlled with medication, including synthetic hormones. Doctors use a simple blood test and medical history to screen for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and guide treatment.

Common Causes of Thyroid Disease

Two disorders are the most common causes of thyroid disease:

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

“Thyroiditis” means a swollen thyroid. There are many reasons your thyroid may become inflamed.

In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, your immune system’s antibodies attack the thyroid, leading to chronic inflammation. Over time, this reduces your thyroid’s ability to produce hormones.

Graves’ disease

In a healthy person, a pea-sized gland in the brain produces thyroidstimulating hormone (TSH) that tells your thyroid how much of certain hormones to make. Graves’ disease is caused when the body’s antibodies begin mimicking TSH, causing the body to produce more thyroid hormone than it needs.

Speak with a thyroid specialist at KentuckyOne Health to learn more. Call  844.297.8986 (Louisville) or 844.297.8987 (Lexington).

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 edition of One Health magazine. Receive more health and wellness news and information by signing up for your free subscription to One Health.

KentuckyOne Health Welcomes New Physicians, Upcoming Fundraising Events, and More News

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

KentuckyOne Health News and Events

Dr. Kevin Moore Joins KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates in Bardstown

Bardstown, Ky. (August 3, 2017) – COL (ret) Kevin Moore, MD, has joined KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates, located at 919D Chambers Boulevard in Bardstown.

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Dr. Syed Bokhari Joins KentuckyOne Health Cardiology Associates in London

London, Ky. (Aug. 3, 2017) – Syed Bokhari, MD, has joined KentuckyOne Health Cardiology Associates, located at 1210 West 5th Street in London.

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Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation to Host Fourth Annual Boots & BBQ Bash

Louisville, Ky. (July 28, 2017) — It’s time to bring out your country western boots and cowboy hats to help benefit the Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health.

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Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital Hosts Cookout to Aid Stroke Survivors

New Albany, Ind. (July 26, 2017)—Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital (SIRH) will host a community cookout on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise funds for the 22nd Annual Stroke Camp.

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Digging for Yes, Mamm!

Digging for Yes, Mamm!

Digging for Yes, Mamm!

An innovative fundraising effort helps bring more cost-free mammograms to the community.

To support the mission of cost-free mammograms through Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Yes, Mamm! program, Lexington-based Link-Belt Excavators (LBX Company LLC) donated funds from auctioning off this year’s aptly named pink excavator, PINK-BELT. Every dollar raised helps fund local mammography services.

All proceeds donated by LBX went directly to the Yes, Mamm! program. Yes, Mamm! started in 2010 as a grassroots fundraising initiative specifically earmarked for breast imaging assistance.

The program’s goal is to cover the cost of mammograms for any woman or man in the area who cannot afford this lifesaving screening. Seven years later, Yes, Mamm! has funded more than 1,500 free mammograms.

PINK-BELT Auction

The auction of PINK-BELT raised $38,750 for the Yes, Mamm! program, allowing hundreds of people to receive free screenings.

Watch the video below to learn more about the auction.

PINK-BELT also helped raise breast health awareness by touring the country throughout the year. The tour wrapped up in March at Conexpo, a construction show held in Las Vegas, where PINK-BELT was auctioned off to the highest bidder, Thompson Brothers Excavating in Vancouver, Washington.

Also held in Las Vegas that weekend was a national breast cancer consortium where the breast care team from Saint Joseph East, part of KentuckyOne Health, was in attendance to speak about the Yes, Mamm! program. Team members were also at Conexpo to promote breast cancer and mammography awareness and support the auction.

Yes, Mamm!

Save the date! The 2017 Yes, Mamm! 5K will take place Oct. 14. LBX will also join in supporting that annual fundraising event.

Ready to start training for the upcoming race? Join us for the start of our Couch to Yes, Mamm! training program beginning on Friday, August 4. Learn more and register today!

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 edition of One Health magazine. Sign up for your free subscription.