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Running For a Good Cause!

OFF AND RUNNING: Nearly 1,000 runners leave the starting line during the 2014 Colors of Courage 5K Run/Walk, hosted by Pikeville Medical Center. This year’s race will be held Saturday morning in downtown Pikeville. All proceeds benefit patients of the Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. Race begins at 9 a. m. Registration begins 7:30 a. m. more on this story...  

PMC plastic surgeons offer full service line

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) plastic surgeons Robert Ball, MD, and Dimitrios Danikas, MD, bring a wealth of experience to the region. From aesthetic changes to the face and body to reconstructive procedures, these highly trained, board certified plastic surgeons provide patients the opportunity to look and feel their best. With a patient-focused approach, Drs. Ball and Danikas emphasize education, patient safety, comfort, confidentiality, and wellness in conjunction with patients’ goals. “Our mission is to help you look great at every age,” said Dr. Ball. As people age, skin loses the elasticity it needs to hold its shape. “Wrinkles form, eyelids droop, cheeks hollow and you may appear more tired, worried or older than you are,” said Dr. Danikas. “As time passes, you may notice that your complexion looks less youthful. ” more on this story...  

Specially-trained trauma team on call

PIKEVILLE — When a trauma patient arrives in the Emergency Department (ED) with blunt chest and/or vascular trauma, the care of a physician specially trained in cardiothoracic surgery may be required. Raed Al Najjar, MD, Ann Connor, MD, and Abdulla Attum, MD, cardiothoracic surgeons, are part of the trauma team at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). They evaluate, diagnose and treat trauma patients who have blunt chest trauma to the heart, lungs and other chest cavity structures as well as patients with vascular traumas to major vessels. “Most of the multiple trauma patients, especially blunt traumas, will have injuries to the chest and cardiothoracic area,” said Dr. Al Najjar. The cardiothoracic surgeons manage cardiothoracic or vascular injuries while working in conjunction with the primary trauma physicians and team. “Depending on the type and severity of the injury, more on this story...  

Take an active role in your health with hand washing

PIKEVILLE — With students going back to school, it is important to remember to wash hands and to know the proper technique of hand washing in order to prevent the spread of germs. Hand washing is one of the most important roles one can take involving their own health. Keeping hands clean through good hygiene can prevent people of all ages from getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Hands should be washed before or after preparing food, before eating a meal, after caring for someone who is sick, after using the restroom, or after blowing your nose.  In order to properly wash hands of germs, one should wet hands with clean, running water, apply soap, and scrub more on this story...  

COLORS OF COURAGE: Funds help Clintwood cancer patient

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) initiated the Colors of Courage 5K race in 2014 to assist uninsured cancer patients who are undergoing treatment.   William Branham Jr. (JR) and Tracy Branham of Clintwood, Va. , have experienced this scenario firsthand. Six months ago, JR was experiencing shoulder pain that would not go away. He casually mentioned it to his wife Tracy, a medical assistant in PMC’s orthopedic clinic, and she encouraged him to have an MRI at PMC. On a cold Saturday morning in February, he drove to Pikeville while his wife stayed home to take care of some weekend chores. The procedure did not take long and he was home in no time. But two hours later, he received a call with unexpected news. The cause of his pain was bone cancer that had already advanced to more on this story...  

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