Posts By: UofL Physicians

Travis the facility dog

Why is there a dog in the doctor’s office?

Patients can struggle during their rehab and physical therapy with sometimes painful exercises, but a popular new employee at UofL Hospital is helping motivate them and divert their attention during those difficult activities. While they are enjoying their interaction with Travis, they are not as focused on the functional tasks they are completing to continue…
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Orange ribbon for awareness

What is MS?

You may have noticed Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the headlines over the past few months. Actress Selma Blair, has been on the cover of national magazines and on entertainment news stations talking about living with MS. Other celebrities such as Montel Williams, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Jack Osbourne have spoken out for years about life with…
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Organ donation word cloud concept

10 facts about organ donation

A former football star reached out on Instagram in July pleading for help, asking a stranger to donate a kidney as his failed. Former National Football League star Albert Haynesworth wrote he was in “dire need” and asked anyone “interested in giving this precious gift” to call Vanderbilt University Medical Center and provided the number….
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What is the ‘crypto’ fecal parasite?

Many people enjoy relaxing or exercising in a swimming pool, especially when temperatures are sweltering, but concerns about a parasite could have them reevaluating whether they want to take the plunge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about a parasite, Cryptosporidium or crypto, that can be passed on through swimming pools….
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Hallux valgus, bunion in foot on white background

Do I need to have my bunions removed?

If you have bunions, you know they can cause discomfort while walking around. But should you have your bunions removed? The answer is: maybe not. Bunions, or hallux valgus, develop when the bone or tissue at the bottom joint of the toe shifts, causing a bony bump. They are commonly found on the base of…
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