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LFCHD warning residents after two bats found in Lexington neighborhood test positive for rabies

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department received word Wednesday afternoon that two bats found in Lexington have tested positive for rabies. The bats were discovered in homes in the Lakeview Acres and Cumberland Hills neighborhoods. The health department posted signs in the area on Wednesday to notify residents of the discovery.  LFCHD officials continue to remind residents to make certain...

Division of water, DPH offer tips to help avoid illness while enjoying Kentucky’s waterways this summer

With summer upon us and July 4th quickly approaching, the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which we boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources. Despite many water quality improvements, there is the potential for human health risks in...

UofL receives $5 million donation for institute to study environmental conditions affecting health

With a $5 million gift from leading Louisville philanthropist Christina Lee Brown, through the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, the University of Louisville has established an Envirome Institute in its School of Medicine to “develop integrated knowledge of the environmental determinants of health.” Christy Brown, U of L President Neeli Benapudi and Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, director of the...

Rates remain high, but fewer kids are smoking; e-cigarettes raise concern about reversing the trend

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s high-school students continue to smoke at higher rates than their national counterparts, but the good news is that their rates continue to drop. The bad news: An influx of new vaping products could reverse this downward trend. The recently released 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 14.3 percent of Kentucky high-school students reported...

SmartHealth: Summer hit without much warning this year, so staying hydrated is more critical than ever

By Nathan Skaggs St. Elizabeth Healthcare This year in the Tri-State area, it feels like we skipped spring and went straight to summer. Without a gradual warmup for our bodies to get used to, it’s more important than ever to focus on staying hydrated as the temperature continues to climb. Whether you are training for a marathon, playing a round of golf or sitting by the pool, it’s also important...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky applauds Murray City Council’s passage of smoke free policy

The Murray City Council has passed, by an 8-2 vote, a comprehensive smoke-free policy to protect residents and visitors from exposure to dangerous secondhand smoke. “Heartfelt congratulations to Mayor Jack Rose,” said Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation For a Healthy Kentucky. “When Charlie Ross and I met with Mayor Rose back in April to talk about the health benefits...

Almost half of Kentuckians 30 and older have advanced gum disease that can cause tooth loss

Kentucky Health News Half of Americans aged 30 and older have a disease of the gums called periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If left untreated, gum disease can not only lead to tooth loss, but can also lead to other health problems like heart disease and diabetes. The CDC data found that 45 percent of Kentuckians aged 30 and older had periodontitis, with...

Frontier Nursing University president inducted as president of American College of Nurse-Midwives

Susan Stone, president of Frontier Nursing University (FNU), was officially inducted as the new president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) at the organization’s annual meeting in May. ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. With roots dating to 1929, ACNM is the oldest women’s health...

Racing to save cardiac arrest victims with hands only CPR training at the Louisville Mtb short track races.

Less than one in ten people survive a cardiac arrest and last year 750 people died from a cardiac arrest in Louisville. If a cardiac arrest happens, it is critical that bystanders recognize the symptoms and administer CPR. Start the Heart Foundation teaches free hands only CPR classes throughout the Greater Louisville area because bystander intervention doubles or triples a cardiac arrest victims chance...

Kentucky Health News: Celebrity suicides raise concerns; Kentucky rate higher than most states

“The suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain just days apart . . . have mental health professionals worried about the potential for what’s known as a ‘contagion’ effect, but at the same time they say media coverage may lead people to seek help,” Marek Mazurek and Laney Ruckstuhl report for The Boston Globe. Click to enlarge “Anytime there’s...

Beshear fighting temporary injunction request seeking to halt nation’s health care system

Attorney General Andy Beshear is fighting a request for a temporary injunction filed this week by a group of states seeking to halt the nation’s health care system while an ongoing lawsuit on the issue plays out in federal court. Beshear Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are intervening in the lawsuit – Texas et al. v. United States et al. – that claims the ACA is unconstitutional...

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services recognizes human services employees

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has recognized several human services staff from across the state for their exemplary service to the commonwealth. The employees, part of the CHFS Department for Community Based Services, were honored at the Governor’s Mansion this week for leadership and accomplishments over the past year. CHFS Secretary Adam Meier told the honorees they...

NKY Health Department launches hepatitis A prevention plan in wake of state’s declared outbreak

The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) has initiated efforts to prevent the statewide spread of Hepatitis A from expanding to the region. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus. Dr. Saddler When infected, the liver becomes inflamed or damaged and does not work properly. Although rare, death can occur from this infection. The Kentucky Department for Public...

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals gets Governor’s Safety and Health Award for eighth time in nine years

Labor Cabinet Acting Secretary Mike Nemes visited Sekisui Specialty Chemicals in Calvert City today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,755,643 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Today marks the eighth different Governor’s Safety and Health for Sekisui in the last nine years,” Nemes stated. “That is a remarkable feat and it is something...

Latest Commonwealth Fund health scorecard finds KY in bottom fifth of states again, but improving

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s ranking among the states rose from 46th to 42nd in the latest Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance, partly because it had fewer adults who lack health insurance or went without health care because of cost. The scorecard evaluates states on more than 40 indicators in five areas: care access and affordability; prevention...

Federal judge sets trial date for state’s ban on most common type of second-trimester abortion

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A federal judge has ruled that a new law banning a common abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation, or D&E, after roughly 11 weeks will not be enforced in Kentucky until after a trial is held in November. Judge McKinley The order from Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley set the trial for Nov. 13 after vacating the preliminary injunction hearing that had...

Operation UNITE uses comprehensive approach to keep Appalachian kids off drugs

From Kentucky Health News Preventing kids from falling into addiction is a major goal for Operation UNITE, a nonprofit serving 32 counties in Eastern Kentucky — a region where the average age for first drug use is 11, Laura Ungar reports for the Louisville Courier Journal. “Experts say UNITE’s approach — encompassing families, schools, and communities — is supported by research and...

CHFS names Howard Commissioner of Dept. for Public Health; announces additional changes

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has made the following announcement regarding key leadership positions in various departments. Dr. Howard Dr. Jeffrey Howard, M.D. is now Commissioner for the Department for Public Health (DPH). Dr. Howard has been acting Health Commissioner since November 2017. Dr. Howard attended Union College, University of Louisville School of Medicine and the...

State officials offer safety tips to stay healthy when enjoying Kentucky’s water ways this summer

With summer upon us, the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources. Despite many water quality improvements, there is the potential for human health risks in any body of water. By using common...

Summer’s here: Time to protect your skin from sun and keep regular watch for skin cancer

Friday, June 1 is the start of meteorological summer, which is a great reminder to make sure you have enough sunscreen on hand and to remember to check your body for skin cancer. The American Cancer Society says the top cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet, or UV, rays from the sun or other sources like tanning beds. To protect yourself from the sun, the ACS recommends wearing clothing...