13th Annual Sanders-Brown 'Mind Matters' Health Fair Taking

Posted: 4/29/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2021) —The 13th annual University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Mind Matters Health Fair is set to take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 3. The format will follow last year’s move to a virtual platform to ensure the continued health and safety of both the presenters and attendees. The theme this year is “Hindsight is 2020 in 2021.”  As in years past, this event will focus on brain health and older adult wellbeing and strategies to maximize both. Additionally, presentations will include information relating to life during the current COVID-19 pandemic.Experts will share their knowledge on the following topics:... FULL STORY

UK Study Shows Increased Financial Burden Linked to Decreased Health

Posted: 4/27/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2021) – A recent study by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers looked into the association of financial burden with health insurance literacy in colorectal cancer patients.Recently published in Supportive Care in Cancer, the team utilized the Kentucky Cancer Registry data to collect surveys from colorectal cancer survivors in Kentucky to identify if there was a correlation between individuals suffering from financial toxicity and comprehension of health insurance.Financial toxicity is the accumulation of the financial costs and financial distress or hardship that can affect the health and... FULL STORY

UK Researcher’s Work Included in 'Best of Cell Metabolism 2020'

Posted: 4/27/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2021) — Annually, Best of Cell Press celebrates the highest-impact research published in their journals during the previous year. A paper by Barbara Nikolajczyk, Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences and associate director for Translational Research in Diabetes at the University of Kentucky, has been included in “Best of Cell Metabolism 2020.” The paper focuses on age-associated inflammation.Articles for these reprint collections are selected on the basis of full-text article usage as well as citation data. Ultimately the 10 most accessed articles were selected for the collection.“This tells me there is a lot of... FULL STORY

UK Doctor's Need to Help Loved One Inspires New Sanders-Brown Video

Posted: 4/27/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2021) — Dr. Peter Sawaya is the associate chief of Nephrology at the University of Kentucky, but it isn’t through his work there that he saw a great need in a certain area of health care. It instead is through his work on a much more personal level – as the primary caregiver for a family member living with dementia.“I thought about it because I’m dealing with it. It is so hard,” he said.As he has navigated this chapter of his life over the past 13 years, he says he has often thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a school for people to go to?” To him, that school would provide a place for people not yet experiencing advanced dementia... FULL STORY

SOAR Program Offers Confidential Peer Support for Employees Coping with

Posted: 4/26/2021
Health care is a vital, rewarding field of work, but the job presents stressful moments that can take a toll on a health care worker’s mental and emotional health.UK HealthCare’s Supporting One Another to Rise (SOAR) is a team of peers trained in crisis support and stress management who provide free supportive care and resources for employees who have gone through an emotionally traumatic event.The team includes physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, and other volunteers who are selected for their high level of competence and commitment to serve others.Rev. Joe Alverson, director of pastoral care, coordinates the SOAR program. Rev. Stephen Summers, staff chaplain... FULL STORY

Organ Donation Impacts College of Medicine Staff, Families

Posted: 4/26/2021
National Donate Life Month is observed in April each year to raise awareness about the benefits of registering as an organ, eye, or tissue donor. Staff at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine shared their experiences with organ donation and how the generous sacrifice can help others.Laura RoseAdministrative Services Assistant, Department of UrologyLaura Rose was diagnosed with a genetic polycystic kidney disease years before she ever needed any surgical intervention. But in 2015, her disease progressed, and she had to be put on the transplant list.Though the prognosis was scary, the need for a transplant established an unbreakable bond between her and her niece... FULL STORY

Preventing Cancer Recurrence with Coffee? Markey Launches Unique Clinical

Posted: 4/26/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2021) — From Kentucky farms to University of Kentucky labs and now to Kentucky patients, the UK Markey Cancer Center has officially launched a unique new clinical trial to test whether Artemisia annua extract can prevent ovarian cancer recurrence. Markey will be the first site worldwide to initiate a cancer clinical trial that evaluates its anti-cancer activity in humans using ArtemiLife™ Inc. coffee products, which are made using the leaves of the Artemisia annua plant.Roughly one in every 75 women will develop ovarian cancer, which often spreads beyond the ovary before detection. According to 2020 data... FULL STORY

On the Fence About the COVID-19 Vaccine? Hear Why Others Are Vaccinated

Posted: 4/23/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2021) – We are inching ever closer to a return to normal with each scheduled COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the University of Kentucky Kroger Field clinic.As each person walks through the line of tents at Kroger Field, checks in and winds their way up to their vaccination station, you can’t help but wonder, what’s their reason? Why are they choosing to be vaccinated?“You do it to protect yourself, protect your family, protect this state, protect the country, protect this whole world,” said Pamela Black-Davis of Lexington. “It’s just one step closer to us being able to get back to some normalcy.”Casey Parker-Bell of Lexington, could... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Cardiologist Named Editor of Medical Journal

Posted: 4/22/2021
Dr. Vincent L. Sorrell, the Anthony N. DeMaria professor of Medicine and the director of Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute, will become editor-in-chief of CASE, an international cardiovascular imaging case reports journal.CASE is the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)’s online journal that publishes case reports where cardiovascular ultrasound is used to help diagnose or solve a clinical problem in humans or animals. The open-access educational platform features cases where cardiovascular ultrasound was used as a critical component of a multimodality approach to disease diagnosis or evaluation, or where it was used to... FULL STORY

Drug Derived from Kentucky-Grown Plant Shows Promise for Ovarian Cancer

Posted: 4/20/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2021) – A new study from University of Kentucky Markey Cancer researchers shows that Artemisia annua, a plant that has been traditionally used for its anti-malaria components, shows promise in treating ovarian cancer.   The study, recently published in Diagnostics, demonstrates that artesunate, a drug synthesized from Artemisia annua, kills ovarian cancer cells in multiple preclinical model systems. Despite accounting for only 1.3% of all new cancer cases, 2.3% of cancer deaths in 2021 are predicted to be caused by ovarian cancer. The current standard of care for advanced ovarian cancer, which hasn’t... FULL STORY

Life After Vaccination: UK Experts Share Personal Stories and

Posted: 4/20/2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2021) – We are to a point now that seemed nearly impossible one year ago – having millions vaccinated against COVID-19.Thanks to the hard work and dedication of UK HealthCare and University of Kentucky employees and volunteers, hundreds of thousands of emergency authorized vaccines have been distributed to Kentuckians. The COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Kroger Field surpassed 200,000 vaccines in the beginning of April.As people continue to schedule their shots, many are breathing a sigh of relief – including experts at UK who have been helping our community navigate the coronavirus from the start. Whether working on the front lines and... FULL STORY


Posted: 4/19/2021
The NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases, in collaboration with the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) announce the availability of limited funds to support pilot projects focused on research examining obesity-associated diseases. Emphasis for support will be placed on pilot projects that examine the relationship between obesity and either cardiovascular diseases or type 2 diabetes or COVID-19 or cancer, or neurodegenerative diseases.  These pilot grants are intended to assist investigators new to this area of research to generate sufficient data to be competitive for extramural funding.... FULL STORY