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Physicians Dedicated to Battling Emerging and Resistant Pathogens

In the past few years, physicians and patients alike have become more alarmed by the increasing number of emerging and resistant pathogens – organisms that do not respond to conventional treatment. “There are several pathogens we are quite concerned about on a routine basis in the hospitals that we work in,” said Dr. Mark Dougherty, … Continue reading

Touring the City by the Bay: Spring in San Francisco creates warm memories

“The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco” – Mark Twain (attributed) I stepped out onto the balcony of our cruise ship to confirm the weather. It was true. The San Francisco weather was beautiful, warm and sunny. The last time my husband and I had been in San … Continue reading

Some Groups May Be at High Risk for H1N1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most people have been able to recover from the 2009 H1N1 and seasonal flu without needing medical care. But as the 2011 flu season gears up, it’s important to remember that the flu can be more serious, even deadly, for some groups of people. These include children … Continue reading

Physicians and Nursing Facilities: Never-Ending Liability?

As commercials soliciting nursing home patients with claims for poor care play in Kentucky homes and Kentucky juries award large monetary verdicts against nursing homes, we can expect to see a growing number of lawsuits filed against nursing homes. These lawsuits can be easy for the plaintiff’s bar to prove when deficient care is found … Continue reading

James Braid: Pioneer in Hypnotherapy

While some people would suggest that Anton Mesmer, a German physician born in 1734, developed hypnotism, it was James Braid, a Scottish physician practicing in England, who brought hypnosis out of the shadowy world of the occult and pseudo-science into the realm of true science. Mesmer practiced “healing” through the concept of “animal magnetism,” which … Continue reading

Appropriate Use of Catheters Can Help Prevent Complications

Catheters are useful for draining urine from the bladder for patients who may be experiencing difficulty with voiding, such as those who have urinary incontinence or those who have had surgery that made a catheter necessary, such as prostate or gynecological surgery, according to the National Institutes of Health. Patients with medical conditions such as … Continue reading

Cardinal Hill Opens New Addition

On Sept. 13, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington opened its new patient care addition. Local and state dignitaries, including Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, first lady Jane Beshear and members of the hospital’s board of trustees, were on hand for the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new addition, for which ground was broken in July … Continue reading

Immunization Protects Against Flu, Other Infections

This is the time of year when there is an intensified push for people to get their flu vaccines. Recent alarms about new strains such as H1N1 had more people rolling up their sleeves and getting flu shots. “H1N1 was two seasons ago,” said Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, director of the Division of Epidemiology and Health … Continue reading

Consultants Are Concerned About Infection Control and Prevention

Formed in July 1990, Lexington Infectious Disease Consultants, PSC, has a goal of “providing superior, compassionate and confidential medical care to outpatients.” Dr. Mark Dougherty and Dr. John Meek are the cofounders of LIDC. Dougherty is the hospital epidemiologist at Central Baptist Hospital and Continuing Care Hospital; Meek is the hospital epidemiologist at Samaritan Hospital. … Continue reading

Chicken Pox Virus Can Also Cause Shingles

Most folks have heard the term “shingles,” but they may not realize what it entails. “Shingles is a rash a person gets when their body is overly stressed or their immune system is weakened, either from disease such as cancer or medication such as chemotherapy or steroids,” said Jill Keys, a nurse at the Lexington-Fayette … Continue reading