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Researcher explores reasons for Eastern Kentucky’s high rates of lung disease

Eastern Kentucky has long been recognized as having greater incidences of lung disease than other parts of the state. Even taking into account elevated smoking rates and the presence of coal dust, these incidences are much higher than would be statistically expected. Dr. Susanne Arnold, Associate Director for Clinical Translation at the University of Kentucky’s … Continue reading

Childhood Asthma

When it comes to childhood asthma management, there is not a lot of new information available. However, there are some slight changes in guidelines. “There are a couple of simple recommendations for patients with mild persistent asthma that we may not need to use corticosteroids all the time, maybe just during exacerbations,” says Dr. Jamshed … Continue reading

John Haven Emerson: Designer of the improved Iron Lung

John Haven Emerson is not only credited with saving many lives of polio victims during the 1930s, 40s and 50s by improving the iron lung breathing device; he also received 35 patents on various designs of bio-medical devices during his long career. Extraordinarily, Emerson was not a physician. He never graduated from high school. The … Continue reading

Letter from the Editor: October/November 2013

This issue of Kentucky Doc is particularly poignant for me, since October marks the 20th anniversary of my grandfather’s death from lung cancer. My grandfather never smoked. His wife, on the other hand, was a heavy smoker, and he paid the price of being a secondhand tobacco user. By strange coincidence, October also marks the … Continue reading

KBML Adopts FSMB’s Model Policy on Social Media

Over the summer, the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure adopted the Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Social Media and Social Networking in Medical Practice (“Model Policy”) that was issued by the Federation of State Medical Boards (“FSMB”). FSMB created their policy in 2012 to help medical boards provide guidance and education about issues … Continue reading

Updated Tobacco Control Recommendations Released This Summer

Earlier this year, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a series of updated recommendations regarding tobacco use and control. Their aim was to include new developments in tobacco cessation, which have come onto the market since the previous recommendations were issued in 2003. Since tobacco consumption rates in Kentucky are among the highest … Continue reading

UK Kohl’s Asthma Program

Doctors and patients alike should be aware of the University of Kentucky’s Kohl’s Asthma Program as a wonderful community resource. It is important to know when it is a good idea to come in for an evaluation and who would be a good candidate to seek help. “Most of the time someone comes because the … Continue reading

Women & COPD

The rate of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in women is on the rise. A report released by the American Lung Association in June 2013 noted that women are 37 percent more likely to have COPD than men, and women now account for more than half of all deaths attributed to COPD in the United … Continue reading