Young brains and anesthesia: Big study suggests token risks

CHICAGO Anesthesia during early childhood surgery poses little risk for intelligence and academics later on, the largest study of its kind suggests. The results were found in research on nearly 200,000 Swedish teens. School grades were only marginally lower in kids who’d had one or more common surgeries with anesthesia before age 4, compared with those who’d had no anesthesia […]

Dems lose Ky. House first time in century

LOUISVILLE Republicans seized control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in nearly a century in a tidal wave election Tuesday, unseating House Speaker Greg Stumbo and many other Democratic incumbents to give the GOP control of every Southern state legislature. The victory cements Republican control of the statehouse and gives GOP Gov. Matt Bevin a clear […]


Scientists study if Pap smear could spot birth defects

WASHINGTON A simple Pap smear may one day offer a way to screen for birth defects a little earlier in pregnancy than today’s prenatal tests. Women typically get a Pap during early pregnancy, and Wayne State University researchers report Wednesday that they can capture enough fetal DNA from the cells that test extracts to check for genetic abnormalities. The new […]



Understanding The Secret Symptom: Cause Of Diabetes-Related Impotence

There are many well-known complications that can occur for a person with diabetes. Yet, often men with diabetes are uncomfortable discussing the issue of impotence with their doctor or pharmacist. According to the American Diabetes Association, impotence occurs in 50-60% of all men over the age of 50 who have diabetes. This common side effect can have several diabetesrelated causes […]

Shoebox project at First Baptist

The First Baptist Church in Whitesburg will again serve as a collection site this year for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. During National Collection Week, November 14-21, Letcher County residents are asked to donate shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as […]

Rites held for David Welch

Memorial services for David O. Welch, 82, of Ashland, were held November 3. He died October 29. A son of the late John Leslie and Mary Elizabeth Hammond Welch, he was graduated from Ashland High School, Berea College and Harvard Law School. Mr. Welch was a member of the Board of Trustees of Berea College and served as an Honorary […]

Driver injured in U.S. 23 crash