LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2017) – Parkinson’s disease is a long-term, progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. An estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s. The symptoms for the disease usually develop slowly over time, and among the obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty in walking. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s, though there are medications that can slow the progression of symptoms.
Dr. Craig van Horne is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery with UK HealthCare. He focuses his research on cellular and surgical therapies for Parkinson’s disease.
Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, is a surgical procedure that uses electrodes to stimulate areas of the brain, effectively overriding the damaged nerve’s electrical impulses to reduce many of the symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease. Dr. van Horne is testing an experimental procedure called DBS+, which uses peripheral nerve tissue to prompt nerve regeneration and slow the disease process. Early data shows that DBS+ has improved symptoms for some patients, and Dr. van Horne hopes it will become the new “standard of care” for the treatment of Parkinson’s symptoms, improving quality of life for patients who are diminished by their disease.
On this episode of Behind the Blue, we sat down with Dr. van Horne to discuss DBS+, what this treatment may mean for Parkinson’s patients, and how this research can impact many other areas across the spectrum of healthcare.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2017) – February is American Hearth Health Month, and this past February 3rd marked the 14th annual National Wear Red Day for Women. It’s a day designed to call our attention to recognizing heart disease as the #1 killer of women in this country, and to raise awareness of women’s overall heart health.
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and in 2013 was responsible for about 1 in 4 female deaths. It’s generally thought of as a “man’s disease”, but heart disease affects genders equally here in the US, and only 54% of women recognize that it is their #1 killer. Perhaps most alarming, 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease experience no previous symptoms.
On this episode of Behind the Blue, we sit down with Dr. Gretchen Wells, Director of the Women’s Heart Program at the UK Gill Heart Institute, and Gail Cohen, a patient who experienced first-hand the dangers of undetected heart disease. We discuss the differences regarding heart health between men and women, the impact of heart disease here in Kentucky, and how collaboration across UK’s campus reaps benefits for new and advanced methods of detecting and treating heart disease, as well as preventative steps people can take to improve heart health.
UK Libraries is integral to the University’s mission of teaching and learning, research, and outreach. Consisting of 10 major facilities, including the William T. Young Library, the John A. Morris Equine Library, the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, and more, UK Libraries collaborates with faculty across campus and the Commonwealth of Kentucky to prepare students for a future in the knowledge economy and a global society.
As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to information resources, teaching and learning programs and services, and helps develop new digital formats to reach users at their point of need.
On this week’s episode of Behind the Blue, we sit down for a conversation with Dr. Terry Birdwhistell, UK’s Dean of Libraries. Known as the University’s oral historian, Dr. Birdwhistell has been working in the University Libraries since 1973. He’s done over 900 oral history interviews during that time with a wide array of people who have influenced, impacted, and helped shape the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Dean Birdwhistell talks with us about the importance of listening, some of his favorite interviews, and his belief that while quantitative data is important, numbers can often fail to give us certain information about our history. In those moments, stories can shed light upon our history in rich and meaningful ways that transcend raw data. He also shares with us a surprising starting 5 for his “Dream UK Basketball” team…