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What's the number one cause of death for young people?  It's not some disease.  It's trauma.  Recently the University of Kentucky held it's 30th annual symposium for medical professionals to talk about ways of better handling the problem.  This week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine the host gets a re-cap from UK professor of surgery, Dr. Andrew Bernard.


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For several years now the University of Kentucky has hosted a Senior Caregiving conference to provide information on resources for the growing number of adults tasked with caring for aging parents, or other loved ones.  This week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine the host gets a preview of the 2019 event from UK eldercare specialist Terri Weber.  The conference takes place on Friday November 8th from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Hilary J. Boone Center.


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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and it shouldn't surprise you that Kentucky has one of the highest rates of lung cancer cases in the country.  Physicians and researchers at UK are working overtime trying to improve outcomes and get those numbers down.  This week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine the host talks with physician assistant Holly Stilz, the coordinator of UK HealthCare's new Lung Nodule Clinic.


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An estimated 21 million Americans struggle with substance use disorders each year. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, only about 10 percent of those people are able to access treatment. Few regions have been hit harder by the drug epidemic than Kentucky and need increased access to evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders. The University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry saw that need and developed a new clinic to better support patients.  This week on Dr.

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The flu season is officially under way and health officials are encouraging all of us to roll up our sleeves and get vaccinated sooner rather than later, but in case you’re still on the fence about whether this applies to you, our intrepid medical reporter is here to lay out the facts and bust some myths about getting a flu shot.  Dr. Greg Davis recently got the low-down from Dr. Clark Kebodeaux, clinical associate professor in the UK College of Pharmacy.


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When it comes to medical breakthroughs, sometimes one can never know when basic and rudimentary research might bear fruit.  That’s certainly the case with the person you’re about to meet and the specific type of disease he’s been working to cure.  Dr. Matthew Gentry is a professor in the department of molecular and cellular bio-chemistry at the UK College of Medicine.  He’s been doing research for the last 15 years in treating LaFora disease, a fatal form of childhood epilepsy.  


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When they came on the market over a decade ago, e-cigarettes or vaping were billed as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco.  We now know that may not be the case.  There’s been a recent outbreak of severe lung illnesses caused by vaping.  Dr. Mehdi Khosravi, a faculty member in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at UK Healthcare, recently talked with Dr. Greg Davis about the severe ramifications of using these nicotine delivery devices.


September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  For the past 20 years rates of suicide have increased in nearly every state in the US including here in Kentucky, where it’s now the 11th leading cause of death.  When it comes to suicide, which segment of our population – urban or rural - is more at risk?  Two UK faculty members in the UK College of Public Health are working to find an answer. 


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Keeping Athletes healthy can sometimes be a challenge.  Injuries and unforeseen circumstances are almost a given in the daily life of these competitors.  But it’s not a one size fits all proposition, particularly for women athletes.  This week on Dr. Greg Davis On Medicine, we are taking a closer look at the Kentucky Active Women’s Health Initiative, a specialized program at the University of Kentucky specifically tasked with keeping women and girls in sports engaged and healthy.


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Homesickness and challenges facing students can occur even with those who come from in-state, so imagine the additional hurdles and pitfalls facing students coming from a different country.  We’re focusing on maintaining the wellbeing of international students on this week’s edition of Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine.


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