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Thyroid Masses Not Often Cancerous

Physicians paying more attention to thyroid conditions The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, located just above the collarbone. It is an endocrine gland that makes hormones. The thyroid helps set the body’s metabolism and regulates how the body gets energy from food. Millions of people in the United States have thyroid disease. … Continue reading

Start Spreading the News

New York is a great place for entertainment The last time we were in New York City, we went to the August Wilson Theater on 52nd Street and saw Jersey Boys. It was wonderful – so wonderful that I recommend it to anyone who is visiting New York anytime in the future. It is one … Continue reading

Milestones in Diabetes Treatment

Research leads to great strides and hope for a cure Diabetes has been around for a long time. It was described in an Egyptian manuscript from c. 1500 BCE as “too great emptying of the urine.” The term “diabetes” was first used in 230 BCE by Appollonius of Memphis. The Indian physicians Sushruta and Charaka … Continue reading

Hyperparathyroidism

Disorder of parathyroid glands may result in loss of calcium The parathyroid glands are adjacent to the thyroid gland. The thyroid and parathyroid glands produce distinctly different hormones that have different functions. Primary hyperparathyroidism occurs when one or more of the parathyroid glands are overactive and release too much parathyroid hormone (PTH) into the blood … Continue reading

The Wrap-Around Slap-Around for Primary Care Centers

Payments too low, too late or both For Kentucky Primary Care Centers (PCCs), Rural Health Centers (RHCs), and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), getting the run-around from Medicaid on wrap-around payments is not so unusual. Frequently, these providers complain that supplemental payments distributed by the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (Medicaid) are too low, too … Continue reading

A Look Inside Ability’s New Lexington Practice

Life is unpredictable. One of the only accepted truths we have is that we can’t say for certain what the next day will bring or what challenges we’ll have to face. For most of us we go about our daily lives with a routine; wake up, take the kids to school, go to work, exercise, … Continue reading

Hyperthyroidism

Too much thyroid hormone in blood leads to other problems Hyperthryroidism is the term used when there is too much thyroid hormone in the blood. This condition makes many of the body’s functions speed up. Hyperthyroidism can be caused by thyroid nodules, thyroiditis or consuming too much iodine. Symptoms include nervousness, fatigue and rapid, irregular … Continue reading

Thyroid Disorders in Pregnant Women: An Overview

Women at risk should be screened early in pregnancy An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and one woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime, according to the American Thyroid Association (ATA). For women, thyroid disorders can also have an impact on their pregnancy. Undiagnosed thyroid disorders … Continue reading

Onward Christian Soldiers

Salvation Army believes in “doing the most good” In 1878, William and Catherine Booth could not have suspected that their mission work in England among the poor, alcoholic and other marginalized people would still be going strong 135 years later in 124 countries under the well-known name of the Salvation Army. William Booth, born in … Continue reading

Diabetes Mellitus I

Disease can happen to anyone of any age “Diabetes mellitus is a disease characterized by elevated blood glucose,” said Wendell Myers, an endocrinologist at the Kentucky Diabetes Endocrinology Center. “It may lead to symptoms of polyuria, polydipsia, blurred vision and weight loss.” According to the American Diabetes Association, the hormone insulin is necessary for converting … Continue reading