Spine

Weakness in the legs when walking can be a sign of spinal stenosis

Weakness in your legs when walking can have several causes. If you are having symptoms of a stroke, contact 911 immediately. Other conditions may not be an emergency, but warrant evaluation by a health care professional. Often, the cause of weakness or pain in the legs when walking is a narrowing of the space around…

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Breast Cancer, Cancer

First mother, then daughter developed breast cancer — now they support each other every step of the way

Parents always want to pass on good things to their children: wisdom, advice, family recipes. Wanda Anderson has modeled strength and resilience for her daughter as they both receive treatment for breast cancer. First diagnosis In 2008, when she was 46, Wanda felt lumps in her breasts. Having just lost her job, she had no…

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Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Health Equity, Norton Community Medical Associates

Recommended colon cancer screening for African American men

Colon cancer is a treatable cancer, especially if it is caught in the early stages. Screening saves lives every year. Steven Patton, D.O., family medicine physician, Norton Medical Group, wants African Americans to know that they can benefit from colon cancer screening beginning at age 45. Why should African Americans make this cancer screening a…

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COVID19, Flu, Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Now, Norton Primary Care

COVID-19 or flu? Each has some similar symptoms, but there are key differences

COVID-19 and the seasonal flu have some of the same signs and can range from no symptoms to severe illness. Both infections can cause: Fever or chills Cough Difficulty breathing Fatigue Sore throat Runny or stuffy nose Body aches Headache Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults) One frequent symptom of COVID-19 that…

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Pulmonary

Is my COPD getting worse?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to disorders that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related issues. The classic symptoms of COPD include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and trouble taking deep breaths. The signs of COPD getting worse could mean you are having a COPD exacerbation. A COPD exacerbation is sometimes called a flare-up. When symptoms…

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Behavioral Health

CPTSD vs PTSD: What are the differences between post-traumatic stress disorders?

Most people probably have heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This anxiety disorder results from a traumatic event, which can be physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological in nature. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) has all the characteristics of PTSD and then some. Here is a breakdown of both conditions and their symptoms. PTSD vs. CPTSD…

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News, Norton Audubon, Norton Brownsboro, Norton Hospital, Norton Womens & Childrens Hospital, Patient Safety

String of seven: Norton Healthcare’s four Louisville-based adult-service hospitals once again nationally recognized with an ‘A’ for fall 2022 in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Each of Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals in Louisville received an “A”gradein the fall 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This national distinction recognizes each facility’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. The four hospitals are Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital….

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Cancer

Is massage therapy good for cancer patients?

Oncology massage has gained popularity as a complement to typical treatments (chemotherapy, surgery, etc.) for many types of cancer. A recent “HopeCast” podcast episode discussed its use at Norton Cancer Institute, which has five massage therapists who work with  people receiving both outpatient and inpatient care. Is massage good for cancer patients? “Oncology massage may help…

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Equity inclusion belonging

From idea to reality: Norton West Louisville Hospital leader looks forward to making a difference

Years ago, Norton Healthcare employee Corenza Townsend noticed something big was missing in West Louisville. The area and its residents desperately needed better access to health care.  “West Louisville is in our backyard, and we hadn’t touched it,” she said. “Norton Healthcare had mobile mammogram units and participated in other events, but we didn’t have…

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Norton Now

I need urgent care during the holidays. Where can I go?

The holidays can be a time of family, food, travel and fun. What if you need emergency care, immediate care or other medical care during the holidays? Norton Healthcare has you covered, from the Thanksgiving table through New Year’s Day and beyond. Video visits, eVisits available with local providers Norton eCare video visits and eVisits…

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Norton Now

Are you up to date on vaccines?

While August was national immunization awareness month, you should stay up to date on your vaccines year-round. We’ve heard a lot about COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters in the last two years, but there are other adult vaccines you need, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages all adults to maintain a regular vaccination schedule. Do adults…

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Gynecology, Womens Health

Can you get a Pap smear or pelvic exam on your period?

Can you get a Pap smear or pelvic exam on your period? The answer is yes! If you’ve scheduled an appointment with your gynecologist and you’re on your period, there is no need to cancel the appointment. Normal vaginal bleeding should not get in the way of a Pap smear or pelvic exam. “An OB/GYN…

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