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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.

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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.

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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.


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.


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.