Dr. Greg Davis On Medicine

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One of the ongoing medical challenges in our state is delivering quality care for patients who don’t live anywhere near a major metropolitan area of the commonwealth.  Now imagine if you’re LGBTQ in a rural county and need to find a doctor or pharmacist.  What sort of barriers might you face?  It’s a topic we’re exploring as part of Pride month and elder abuse awareness month.

Last week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine we talked to a researcher at UK’s Sanders Brown Center on Aging about his work co-chairing an international workgroup that characterized a whole new form of dementia.  This week you’re going to hear about a drug that might one day prevent Alzheimer’s disease.  Doctor Linda Van Eldik is director of UK’s Sanders Brown Center on Aging.  She talks with Dr. Davis about a unique new drug that she is testing, ostensibly a once daily pill, ala low dose aspirin, for the treatment and perhaps prevention, of Alzheimer’s Disease.

In the past, using the terms "Alzheimer’s disease" and "dementia" interchangeably was a generally accepted practice. Now there is rising appreciation that a variety of diseases and disease processes contribute to dementia.  This week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine the host talks with Dr. Pete Nelson, of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at UK.  He recently co-chaired an international workgroup that characterized another form of dementia, known as LATE.

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High school students at Bryan Station, Tates Creek, and Frederick Douglass can now enroll in career academies, these are small learning communities that offer a different approach to education moving away from the traditional classroom model toward a more hands-on, project-based system. One of the academies at Frederick Douglass deals with careers in Health Sciences; so we sent our in house health reporter to check it out.  Dr. Greg Davis recently took a behind the scenes tour with FDHS academy coach Shawn Hinds and Project Lead the Way Coordinator and teacher Hannah Rosevear. 

The University of Kentucky recently received its largest single research grant in the history of the institution; $87 M to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40% in 16 counties that represent more than a third of Kentucky’s population.  Researchers are teaming with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet to attack the problem from all sides.  This week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine the host speaks with Sharon Walsh director of UK's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR), and principal investigator  of the project.

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For the past several years the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby has been a time when law enforcement and the medical community shine a light on the issue of human trafficking a modern-day form of slavery in which adults and children are forced into sex or labor services.  Human trafficking victims are often the most marginalized in society – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless.  Dr. Greg’s guest this week is Eileen Levy, executive director of the Well of Lexington, a non-profit agency that provides safe housing, recovery support, education and healing for women and children exploited by sex trafficking.

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Last week the University of Kentucky was awarded an $87 M grant from the National Institutes of Health for a new program, HEAL-ing Communities, addressing opioid addiction.  It’s one of many preventive initiatives undertaken by the NIH and our own Dr. Greg Davis scored a one on one interview with associate director of prevention, Dr. David Murray.  Just a few days prior to the big grant announcement Dr. Murray was in Lexington on the UK campus giving a talk on primary and secondary NIH prevention programs.  Dr. Greg was eager to discuss how Kentucky factored into those efforts.

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If you're a medical professional, perhaps you can relate to this scenario:  you're on a trip, maybe on a boat, train or plane, and suddenly some fellow passenger is in need of medical attention.  What do you do?  The University of Kentucky is holding a CE opportunity for medical professionals on Travel Medicine Leadership this Friday and Saturday at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington.  This week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine the host gets a preview from Dr’s Rebecca Bowers and Joel Hamm of the emergency medical department at UK HealthCare.

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Kentucky ranks number one in cancer incidents and deaths in the nation, and that includes head and neck cancer.  The University of Kentucky and others are doing all they can to improve those outcomes.  There’s a free head and neck cancer screening event coming up on April 11th at the Markey Cancer Center.  Dr. Greg Davis recently talked with Dr. Alexandra Kejner, an otolaryngologist at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine to get all the details.

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We’ve heard a lot of talk recently about Kentucky’s Hepatitis A outbreak, (one of the worst in the country) but what about another type of Hep virus; Hepatitis C?  Infection can carry many complications, including cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, and the need for transplantation.  Now there’s a new research project under way at UK Healthcare to identify and get into treatment those patients that are carrying the Hepatitis C virus.  It’s the topic of this week’s edition of Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine.

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