CHI Saint Joseph Health Blog

October 14, 2019

Smoking and lung cancer are a big problem nationwide. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the second highest smoking rate in the country, Kentucky  has the highest …


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October 09, 2019

James Rollins, MD, has been with the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Orthopedics for three years and practiced medicine for almost two decades. He was raised in the church, and he grew closer to God following his medical residency’s completion, entwining his faith with his career. “I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, and one …


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October 07, 2019

Aquatic therapy can provide benefits for patients they may not receive on solid ground. For patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia or other health concerns that can make exercise difficult, aquatic therapy provides an opportunity to strengthen their bodies without the added pressure of gravity. “The water’s buoyancy takes weight off the person, so they are able …


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October 03, 2019

When Steven and Nashia Fife met while serving in the military, they were very much the outdoorsy types. They later took their children to all the sites, hiking their way through nature. At some point, that changed. “We were watching nature documentaries instead of going out into the woods,” Steven said. That wasn’t the only …


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October 01, 2019

More than one-third of adults in Kentucky reported that they don’t get enough sleep. And, up to 50 percent of children in the United States will experience a sleeping problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to impacting a person’s mood and ability to function normally day-to-day, a consistent lack …


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September 18, 2019

Laura Pollard of Elizabethtown had contemplated weight loss surgery for 10 years or more, but something always stopped her from doing it. Finally, she convinced herself she was happy. “I thought, ‘I love me. My family loves me. My friends love me,’” she said. She didn’t have any weight-related health issues, although she did have …


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September 09, 2019

Vaccines are the safest, proven method of preventing adults and children from contracting a wide variety of potentially deadly diseases. Recently, some parents have decided to delay or refuse vaccinating their children due to misinformation about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. However, research and real-world examples prove that it’s imperative to get vaccinated, for …


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September 06, 2019

Imagine holding your breath underwater. Now imagine that you couldn’t return to the surface. This is similar to what the heart experiences during an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).


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August 08, 2019

At 417 pounds, life was becoming difficult for Chris Rogers of Paris. “Everyday tasks were becoming a struggle – getting dressed, tying shoes, going out to eat,” he said. “Luckily, I didn’t have too many medical problems.” But he was uncomfortable, and Rogers could tell the extra weight was interfering with his everyday tasks and …


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July 29, 2019

Better known as swimmer’s ear, otitis externa is an infection that can develop when water becomes trapped in your outer ear canal after swimming.


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