Brand Feature, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics

Mother’s triumph over addiction gives her new purpose in life

Teri Johnson works a full-time job, is a football and wrestling mom and works hard to be present for her children. While that may not seem out of the ordinary, it’s a complete 180-degree change from where she was just two years ago. In her early 20s, Teri found herself without a job and in…

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Brand Feature, Health Equity, Norton Community Medical Associates, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare, Rheumatology

Middle-income Louisville man benefits from expanded health care assistance policy

It’s an all-too-common experience — lack of quality health insurance, a chronic illness and mounting bills set off a chain of bad luck and a financial struggle. A mystery illness The trouble started in the spring of 2022. “I started feeling burning in my arms, shoulders and fingers. Just excruciating pain,” said Thomas Williams, 55,…

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Health Equity, News

Norton Healthcare announces expansion of financial assistance program to help more families

Norton Healthcare* has announced changes to its financial assistance program. The changes are intended to increase access to health care by alleviating financial stress that often serves as a barrier and prevents individuals from seeking care. Previously, families were eligible for Norton Healthcare’s financial assistance program if their household income was equal to or less…

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Brand Feature, Neurosciences, Stroke

Stroke survivor teams up with Norton Neuroscience Institute to support others

Life can change in a single moment, and Christine Cosby-Gaither of Louisville never expected what would happen to her at just age 35. “I had a massive stroke on Jan. 28, 2019, at 4:45 a.m.,” she said. “I literally became a new person.” Christine was hospitalized, needed a breathing tube and remained in a coma…

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Ortho - Hip, Orthopedics, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare, Sports - Hip

At 66, Liz wasn’t going to let a worn-out hip set her back

Liz, 66, was hiking in Arizona in February when she thought she pulled a muscle on her left hip. Hot baths and physical therapy didn’t help. By the time she got home to Louisville, she was struggling to walk. Liz went to see her doctor, and images of her hip showed the joint was worn…

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Brand Feature, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Norton Community Medical Associates

Where medicine and music come together

As a child, Winnie Shouse grew up with two loves — medicine and music. Sitting next to her grandfather watching medical dramas on television, she heard the stories about his dream to become a doctor. He had even been accepted to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, but couldn’t afford the ride to…

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Movement Disorders, Neurosciences, Parkinson’s Disease

Easier follow-ups for movement disorders patients after deep brain stimulation surgery

Mike Ball has been living with Parkinson’s disease for 12 years. As the disease has progressed, the former pharmacist had to deal with tremors that impacted his ability to do everyday activities like eating and shaving. With an implant that interrupts uncontrolled movements, Mike has regained control of his body and can now get postoperative…

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Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Heart, Heart Rhythm Center

Why are my nail beds blue?

Fingernails are good for scratching itches, but they are also a window into your health. If the skin under your fingernails has a blue or purple tinge, you might need to see a health care provider or a heart specialist. Why are my nails blue? The medical term for blue nail beds is cyanosis. Cyanosis…

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Brand Feature, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Neurosciences, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

The lost ring was her mother’s — the mission was the receptionist’s

We can all imagine it — walking through a parking garage, putting keys away, making sure we have what we need for a doctor appointment. If a ring, earring or something else slipped off, we probably wouldn’t notice. The woman arriving for her neurologist appointment was distraught. Tears running down her face, she rubbed her…

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Dementia, Neurosciences

New Alzheimer’s drug may be approved soon

A new medication may be showing hopeful results in treating Alzheimer’s disease. New Alzheimer’s drug may be on the horizon Lecanemab, a monoclonal antibody treatment for mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease from Eisai Co. Ltd. and Biogen, dissolves or prevents beta-amyloid plaque from forming inside the brain, particularly in the early stages of buildup. In…

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Breast Health, Womens Health

What to do if you find a lump in your breast

Finding a lump in your breast can be scary, and it’s easy to think of the worst-case scenario: cancer. However, the American Cancer Society notes that breast lumps are relatively common, and most are not cancerous. Regardless, do not hesitate to call your health care provider if you notice something is off. A lump may…

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Gynecology, Womens Health

What age should I start getting a Pap smear?

Many young patients have questions about Pap smears and pelvic exams. When is it time to start getting a Pap smear? Here’s what to expect, why an OB/GYN visit is important and how often you should have one. Gynecologists recommend a Pap smear starting at age 21. What is a Pap smear test? A Pap…

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