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UK College of Pharmacy

Each year, a group of professors and students at the University of Kentucky along with local community partners work together to introduce the Lexington community to the science around us. Everything is Science is a festival that will be held at different locations all throughout the city, with events happening Monday, February 24, 2020 through Friday, February 28, 2020. This week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine our host gets a preview of the festival from Lou Hirsch, a plant pathologist in the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and UK College of Pharmacy graduate student Lauren Weaver. 


Have you ever gone into a room and then suddenly can’t remember why you’re there?  Or you recognize someone’s face but suddenly can’t remember their name?   How does one know when these so-called “senior moments” become a greater concern of serious memory loss? Dr. Greg Davis recently spoke with Dr. Greg Jicha, a top Alzheimer's researcher at the UK Sanders Brown Center on Aging about differentiating between normal memory loss with aging versus abnormal or pathologic memory loss. They also discuss a number of volunteer opportunities at Sanders Brown.

The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a global emergency after cases were discovered in more than a dozen countries, including a handful here in the U.S.  So how concerned should you be about this new virus?  Dr. Greg Davis gets a crash course on the coronavirus from Vaneet Arora, faculty member in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at UK HealthCare.


Food deserts are typically described as residential communities marked by limited accessibility to healthy food items; as well as readily available places where people can walk and exercise.  Eastern Kentucky has its share of food deserts and  Dr. Allison Gustafson, endowed professor of dietetics and human nutrition at the University of Kentucky, was awarded an additional grant from the Centers for Disease Control to improve health and nutrition for the residents of Martin County.  She talks research and results in this week's edition of Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine.

UK Now

You’ve heard us cover the topic of trauma recently on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine.  This week we’re highlighting a more specialized patient cohort and their unique needs and challenges.  Dr. Greg recently took a tour of the Center on Trauma and Children in the UK College of Medicine with clinical social worker and clinician Megan Kohler.

UK Now

Every year the number of new cases of traumatic brain injury in the United States or TBI is approximately 2.8 million.  Now, a top researcher here at UK is trying to bring assistance to these patients faster, while also preserving brain function.  Dr. Kevin Hatton is interim vice chair of anesthesia research and the division chief of anesthesiology and critical medicine at UK Healthcare.  He talks with Dr. Greg about a new study dubbed Hobitt, which stands for Hyperbaric Oxygen Brain Injury Treatment Trial.

UK Now

From influenza, to the opioid epidemic, diabetes/obesity and vaping related illnesses, there are certainly no shortages of pressing, health related issues in our state.  All of them are among the areas of concern for Kentucky’s top public health official.   Dr. Greg recently sat down with Dr. Angela T. Dearinger, assistant dean of accreditation with the Graduate Medical Education office and an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and who last fall assumed the duties of Kentucky’s Commissioner of Public Health.


As some of you might know our roving medical reporter Dr. Greg Davis is also married to registered dietitian Vanessa Oliver, and for the past several years she and her colleague Dr. Karen Bryla McNees have shared some timely holiday eating and drinking strategies. Their latest round of advice is the topic of this week's edition of Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine.

Lexington Fayette County Health Department

The introduction of naloxone into the body of someone who’s overdosed on opiates can quite literally be a life-saver because within seconds the drug - also known as Narcan - blocks opioid receptors.  The Fayette County Health Department is doing what it can to make sure everybody in our community knows how they can get the drug, and more importantly, how to administer it.  That’s the topic of this week’s edition of Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine.

UK HealthCare

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.