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Obesity as a Disease: What Does the AMA Decision Mean?

On June 18, 2013, at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, members voted to recognize obesity as a disease. The announcement has met with mixed reactions from those within the medical community and from those considered obese. Here are some of the things you should know about obesity and the AMA decision. Council … Continue reading

Cruising the Islands of New England with Blount Small Ship Adventures

If you are new to New England, a cruise of the area is the best way to visit and really enjoy your trip. Board the Grande Caribe from Blount Small Ship Adventures and take your cozy, comfortable cabin along with you on your travels! The cruise we took was “The Islands of New England” and … Continue reading

Albert J. Stunkard, M.D.: Early Pioneer in Obesity Research

If you recognize that obesity often has far more to do with genetics than lack of willpower, that obese people are no more or less neurotic that the rest of the population, and that most diet programs are statistically doomed to failure, you may owe these perceptions to the work of Dr. Albert J. Stunkard, … Continue reading

Giving Parkinson’s Disease the K.O.

Stop by Lexington’s Title Boxing Club any day of the week and you can expect to see a class of all ages and all levels working off the calories by pounding into a punching bag. But, if you happen to stop by during a Rock Steady Boxing class, you’ll find that the members of the … Continue reading

Profile in Compassion: Finding a Way to Serve

Even as a child, Tom Young knew he wanted to be a physician serving children. He clearly recalls his inspiration for becoming a pediatrician. Through reading the Weekly Reader in elementary school in the 1950s, he became aware of Albert Schweitzer’s life of service as a medical missionary in Africa. He decided he wanted to … Continue reading

Tackling the obesity epidemic: Southern Obesity Summit, 2014

Background: The 8th Annual Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) was held, for the first time, in Kentucky on October 5-7, 2014, in Louisville. Presented annually by the Texas Health Institute, and partnering this year with Shaping Kentucky’s Future Collaborative (SKFC), the Southern Obesity Summit is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing … Continue reading

Physician Health and Well Being Helping Ourselves, Helping our Patients

Debbie Stanley planned to eventually return home to Eastern Kentucky to practice pediatrics after completing her residency in the 1980s. Being the mother of a small child, she decided to first work part-time in Lexington for a community health clinic affiliated with the health department. She was amazed by the number of uninsured children in Fayette … Continue reading

Rehab for the Aging: The Orthopedic Center of Care at Sayre Christian Village

Everyone ages. We see it in ourselves, but especially in patients—when they come in for a consultation and we realize that, what they consider as “just aches and pains,” are actually progressive problems that need attention before they decrease quality of life. When this happens, seeking out special medical help might be the next necessary … Continue reading

The DOJ Increases Scrutiny of Whistleblower False Claims Act Suits

The Criminal Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently announced that it will review all complaints filed under the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) to determine if a parallel criminal investigation is appropriate. This announcement came during a September 17, 2014 speech by the recently-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for … Continue reading

Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition: “Exercise Is Miracle Grow for the Brain”

Anita Courtney, Registered Dietician, has a saying: “Exercise is Miracle Grow for the Brain.” She is turning that belief into practice. Courtney, chairperson of the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition, Lexington, explains the Coalition’s approach to accomplish three things in the lives of children ages nine to 13, the tweens demographic. Their goal, she said, … Continue reading