Dr. Greg Davis On Medicine

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.


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.


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.

Last week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine, our host shared a very personal story about breast cancer screenings and early detection and fortunately for Dr. Greg and his wife Vanessa Oliver the prognosis was good.  But what happens if the biopsy comes back and a cancer is detected?  What happens then?  We examine that aspect of breast cancer in this week’s segment.

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Breast cancer screenings are the topic of this week's edition of Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine as the host speaks with Dr. Richard Gibbs of the UK Department of Radiology on the Breast Cancer Team, as well as Greg's wife Vanessa Oliver, a dietitian with UK Health and Wellness, who recently underwent her first mammogram, and became one of Dr. Gibbs' patients.


Health conditions and medications affect women’s bodies differently than men’s, so it’s important that we understand the specifics of women’s health.   The University of Kentucky has long been aware of this difference and they’re also recognizing the need to better understand health and wellness for all people, including groups like people of color and the LGBTQ community who have been underrepresented in research--not just women.  That’s why they’ve re-branded one of their programs to better address it.  The Kentucky Women’s Health Registry and it’s new name Wellness Health and You or WHY; it’s the topic of this week’s edition of Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine.

Clinic Offers Dental, Medical Exam In One-Stop Visit

Feb 20, 2019

Pull up your long range day-planner and you’re likely to see separate entries on separate days for your doctor and your dentist, but a new clinic at the University of Kentucky aims to take care of these and other health needs, with one single appointment.  It’s the topic of this week’s edition of Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine.