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Markey Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner Featured on National Radio Program

Posted: 10/23/2014

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center's Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner Jennifer Bradley will be the featured guest on SiriusXM Family Talk Channel 131's "Aches and Gains" with Dr. Paul Christo the next two Saturdays.

Originally scheduled for just one show, Bradley's interview was expanded to two. The first airs Saturday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., with the second installment airing Saturday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. Podcasts are accessible after the show at

Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) is an ancient form of touch therapy similar to acupuncture in philosophy. Bradley, a licensed practitioner, originally began offering free JSJ sessions to patients as a Markey volunteer in 2009. In 2010, she received a $49,000 initial grant from the Lexington Cancer Foundation to provide the touch therapy to cancer patients full-time. Since then, Bradley has offered up to five free sessions to Markey patients at no charge.

JSJ is considered part of an integrative treatment plan at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Patients may self-refer, though many patients currently seen are referred by their physician or Markey staff.

During a session, patients receive light touches on 52 specific energetic points called Safety Energy Locks as well as fingers, toes, and... FULL STORY

Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Faculty

Annual Gill Cardiovascular Research Day Features Latest Research

Posted: 10/23/2014
On Oct. 17, the Lexington Convention Center teemed with more than 200 students and scientists sharing their latest research on cardiovascular health for the 17th annual Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day. Nigel Mackman, Ph.D., director of the McAllister Heart Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented "Hematosis, Thrombosis and Immunity," demonstrating the... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Cardiovascular, CVRC

UK Medical Resident is Contributing Author in Neurodevelopmental

Posted: 10/21/2014
Dr. Ruhel Boparai, resident in the University of Kentucky's Department of Psychiatry, is a contributing author on one of the chapters in "Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Targeting Neurobiological Mechanisms." The book brings advances in genetics, neurobiology, and psychopharmacology to the clinic to enhance treatment for neurodevelopmental disorders. Boparai assisted in the writing of... FULL STORY
Tags: Graduate Medical Education, Publications, Psychiatry

Trustees Say UK Must Invest in Research to Address State's Most

Posted: 10/20/2014
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Saturday adopted a sweeping statement of principles, directing President Eli Capilouto to focus on the "most pressing" needs of Kentucky by determining how best to grow UK's research enterprise through strategic investments in facilities and talent. "The challenges are overwhelming, but we can be up to the task of making a difference," Capilouto said. "These are not easy issues, but they must be our issues. The University of Kentucky represents the greatest hope in making progress against these issues, but it will take focus." The resolution, adopted unanimously at the board's two-day annual retreat, directs Capilouto... FULL STORY

Associate Dean Honored for Long-Standing Involvement in Kentucky Rural

Posted: 10/15/2014 - Tags: AHEC, Rural Health
Anyone familiar with Appalachian culture should recognize the dulcimer, a stringed instrument used to play mountain folk music. Every year, the Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) presents this symbol of rural Kentucky heritage to the recipient of the Dan Martin Award for Lifelong Contributions to Rural Health. The annual KRHA award honors a health care professional who has shown a long-standing commitment to solving health challenges in rural areas across the state. This year's recipient, James Norton of the University of Kentucky, has pledged to go a step further and learn how to play his handmade and locally crafted gift. Norton, associate dean for educational... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Awarded $100K Grant To Study Protein Associated with

Posted: 10/14/2014 - Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's disease
The Alzheimer’s Association has awarded a $100,000 New Investigator Research Grant to Jose Abisambra, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), to study a brain protein that becomes abnormally modified in the course of developing Alzheimer's disease. The New Investigator Research Grant program is part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s effort to increase the number of scientists conducting Alzheimer’s research by supporting early-career development that will lay the groundwork for future research grants. Only investigators with fewer than 10 years of research experience are eligible for these particular grants. "This... FULL STORY

Academic Convocation and Awards Day

Posted: 10/10/2014
Academic Convocation and Awards Day was held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion H Auditorium. Academic Convocation is an annual presentation of awards to students and faculty for outstanding achievement in academics, service, research and teaching during the previous year. The Edwin Munich Memorial Lecture presented by Dr. David J. Moliterno, Jack M. Gill Professor and Chairman of Internal Medicine and Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, was titled “The Crucial Role of Medical Education in the Evolution of Contemporary Healthcare.” To view photos from the program, visit: FULL STORY

Bosomworth Leaves Behind Extraordinary Legacy

Posted: 10/7/2014
Recently, the University of Kentucky family lost an exceptional physician, pioneer and transformational leader for our institution and medical enterprise. Peter Bosomworth, M.D., was 84 when he died Saturday morning, leaving an indelible mark on the University and our mission of quality education, research, health care and service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Dr. Bosomworth was part of the tradition of leadership and quality care that has defined the UK medical center for more than 40 years. Under his guidance as vice president and chancellor, the institution’s medical enterprise grew to include five colleges: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Health Sciences and the... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Pediatric Team Brings Guatemalan Child Closer to a Normal

Posted: 10/2/2014 - Tags: Pediatric
After Cony Puac delivered her daughter Evany, birthing attendants placed the newborn in her arms and cleared the room.   Born in a remote Guatemalan village surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes, even in the first moments of life, children born with facial clefts are ostracized from society. Evany was diagnosed with a severe midline cleft palate by an orthodontist in her community. An opening at the center of her face spanned from her bottom lip to the space between her eyes. On either side of the opening, her eyes were separated by 38 centimeters — 20 centimeters wider than that of an average child's. Evany's nostrils were pushed to the left side of... FULL STORY

Gill Heart Institute Receives AACVPR Recertification

Posted: 10/2/2014 - Tags: Gill Heart Institute
The UK HealthCare Gill Heart Institute's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has received recertification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification recognizes the UK program for its commitment to improving cardiovascular outcomes and quality of life by enhancing standards of care. Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular events recover more quickly, improve their quality of life and decrease future event rates. Cardiac rehab is a comprehensive program designed to improve a patients cardiovascular risk factors. The programs include exercise, education, counseling and... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Earns NIH Funding to Expand Gender-Based Studies on

Posted: 9/30/2014 - Tags: Research, NIH Award, Microbiology
In her research, Sarah D'Orazio, associate professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, investigates why some people get sicker than others after ingesting the foodborne bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. Using a mouse model, her research team observed that a subset of mice most susceptible to the dangerous bacteria share one common trait: they are all female. With supplemental funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), D'Orazio has the resources to explore why Listeria infection affects females more severely than their male counterparts. Part of an effort to promote sex-based research,... FULL STORY

Fourth Annual Markesbery Symposium Features Latest Research on the Aging

Posted: 9/30/2014 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research
The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky will hold its fourth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22. The Markesbery Symposium is named in honor of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, founder and long-time director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an internationally renowned expert on aging and dementia. More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease (AD) today and millions more are affected by their role as family member, friend or caregiver to those with memory loss. The Markesbery Symposium was established to improve awareness of and education about AD and the latest... FULL STORY

Migraine Sufferer Finds Relief at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute

Posted: 9/29/2014 - Tags: Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Neurology
We've strayed far from the Dr. Marcus Welby persona -- in popular television, at least. But even Dr. Gregory House, the irascible main character in the Fox television drama, has moments of compassion.  In real life, compassion is still very much an important part of a physician's practice. And there is perhaps no clearer example of a physician's need for compassion than in the treatment of headaches.  Chronic pain -- including headaches -- affects more than 36 million Americans.  But the vague nature of symptoms and a lack of patient awareness often inhibit sufferers from seeking help. Furthermore, some doctors aren't completely aware of the full range... FULL STORY

UK Adolescent Medicine Reaches Rural Teens through Health Clinics in

Posted: 9/26/2014 - Tags: Pediatrics
Off the top of her head, Kaylee Brown can think of 10 girls at her high school who are pregnant. One of them is her younger brother's age, and he's only 14. But when asked about her priorities, 16-year-old Kaylee doesn't mention dating or boys. Wearing a swing purse and a denim shirt during an appointment with Dr. Hatim Omar at the University of Kentucky Adolescent Care Clinic, Brown talks about assuming a leadership role with her Future Farmers of America chapter, playing on her high school volleyball team and making good grades in her advanced-level classes. The farmer's daughter needs good grades to achieve her goals of going to college and becoming a large animal... FULL STORY

Big Blue Family VIDEO: Act of Giving Impacts Three Generations of Dawson

Posted: 9/24/2014 - Tags: Faculty, Kentucky Children's Hospital
There is a phone call Point of Care Ultrasound Director and Assistant Emergency Medicine Program Director Dr. Matthew Dawson will never forget.  While he was a medical resident in Utah, his father Stewart Dawson, then the chaplain for theLexington Fire Department, called to ask him about a bispectral index monitor – more commonly called a BIS monitor.     His father had helped to organize Lexington’s “Race to Remember” as a tribute to those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks.  The money raised in the event would go to meet the needs of Kentucky Children's Hospital  (KCH), and that monitor was on their wish list. ... FULL STORY
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