Testing wearable sensors as ‘check engine’ light for health

WASHINGTON A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease. Geneticist Michael Snyder never had Lyme’s characteristic bulls-eye rash. But a smart watch and other sensors charted changes in Snyder’s heart rate and oxygen levels during […]

Salome’s Stars

Your 7-day horoscope for week of January 23 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Guess what, Lamb? You’re about to experience a new perspective on a situation you long regarded quite differently. What you learn could open more opportunities later. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Bold Bovine is tempted to charge into a new venture. But it might […]

1 of 2 U.S. 119 projects on time; planned Jenkins road is on hold

Improvements to U.S. 119 in Letcher County will probably be completed between Oven Fork and Partridge before any work starts on the stretch that begins at Pine Mountain Junction in Whitesburg and ends near Jenkins. Meanwhile, work is at standstill on a project that would make access into Jenkins from U.S. 23 much easier via KY 805. Those were the […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, January 20, 1927 The Hogg & Hatton passenger train No. 4 has been frozen stiff to the track for the last few days, writes Kingscreek resident Hiram Mitchell Sr. . South-East Coal Company superintendent Henry Pfening of Seco was elected president of the Hazard Coal Operators Exchange at […]

Blood test results wildly different

DEAR DR. ROACH: I went in for an annual examination with my primary care doctor, and she had my blood tested at a laboratory. She told me that I have high potassium, 5.5, and had me retake it. I did, and the test came back with a much lower level of 4.3! What could have caused the level to go […]

New library books, movies

Following is a list of new books of all types and recordings of movies and television programs acquired recently and now available at the libraries that make up the Letcher County Public Library System: 18 And Life On Skid Row: A True Story Of Rock,Rage, And Metal by Sebastian BachAll About The Dragons by Judy KatschkeThe All-Day Fat-Burning Cookbook: TurbochargeYour […]

Grocery is closing 70-plus years after owner’s parents started it

John and Joe Ison have plenty of stories to tell about the small country store their parents opened at Linefork more than 70 years ago, but one of their favorites has to do with the time an escaped murderer tried to break into the store while their parents were in the back sleeping. As the brothers remember the story, the […]

Now Heres a Tip

• “For troublesome-toopen jars — pickles and such — use a pair of standard dishwashing gloves. It’s a great gripper, especially if your hands are the least bit moist.” — D.L. in Indiana • “I keep coffee filters between my frying pans so I can stack them without their scratching one another. Potholders work well, too.” — V.I. in Wisconsin […]

Kentucky has twice the U.S. rate of babies born drug-dependent

LOUISVILLE Kentucky had more than twice the national rate of drug-dependent babies in 2013, according to research published in a medical journal. A recent research letter in JAMA Pediatrics says Kentucky’s rate was 15.1 cases per 1,000 live births when the U.S. rate was 7.3 in 2013, the most recent comparable year, The Courier Journal of Louisville reported. Both were […]

Nation’s best-selling books are listed here

Here are the nation’s best-selling books according to the Wall Street Journal and Nielsen BookScan: FICTION 1. “The Mistress” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 2. “Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet) 3. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them: The Original Screenplay” by J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine) 4. “The Whistler” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 5. […]