American Red Cross encouraging Kentuckians to donate blood before the busy holiday season

With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients. More donations are needed in the weeks leading up to...

CHFS announces availability of weekly influenza surveillance report to track activity across Kentucky

Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), announce the availability of an online weekly influenza surveillance report used to gauge current flu activity circulating in Kentucky. This new public service is an example of the Cabinet’s priority to strengthen data collection and analytics and then to make the information...

Study finds more than a quarter of insured adults are under-insured due high-deductible health plans

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More than one-fourth of U.S. adults with health insurance were under-insured in 2016, including 44 percent who got their coverage from the federal marketplace and almost 25 percent who got their coverage from employer plans, according to a recent study. Using data from The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 Biennial Health Insurance Survey, a report from the fund...

52 weeks of Public Health: The ABC’s of safe sleep reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death

This October, as part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is promoting awareness about Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and the importance of safe sleep as part of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death is a term used to describe deaths occurring within the first year of life in which the cause of death...

Sports Concussions: What about the jockeys? UK researcher’s pilot project could be the answer

By Laura Wright and Allison Perry Special to KyForward It’s the fifth race on a beautiful, sunny day at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington and the jockeys are on their mounts up in the gates. The bell rings and the horses spring forward, looking for the perfect spot from which to make their charge. At the second turn, the No. 8 horse stumbles and recovers, but its jockey tumbles to the dirt. He sits...

UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium to be renamed to honor Karpf

Dr. Michael Karpf came to Lexington and the University of Kentucky from UCLA in 2003 with the firm belief that art makes a difference in life and in patient care. It has been this principle that guided the former UK executive vice president for health affairs to build a health care facility that would “make every visitor, patient and staff member feel comfortable and at home” and to “complement...

Non-prescription contacts might make the perfect costume, but opthalmologists say they carry big risks

Zombie or devil contact lenses may elevate a Halloween costume’s fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying – blindness. The Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (KAEPS) joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in urging Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses. While it is illegal...

UK reseachers developing computer software to deliver better therapies for heart failure patients

By Whitney Harder Special to KyFoward Picture this: you’re battling heart failure and meeting with your doctor to discuss treatment. Before prescribing anything, the doctor pulls up a virtual model of your heart on her computer and “treats” it with several drugs. A few moments later, she can see how your heart is doing five years down the road. Your doctor chooses the treatment with...

Medicare recipients should compare drug plans annually to avoid ‘significant’ cost increases

If you automatically renew your Medicare drug plan without researching all of the options, you could face significant increases in your 2018 costs, says the State Health Insurance Assistance Program. “If subscribers to these plans do not review their coverage annually, they may be faced with higher monthly premiums, changes in the drugs covered under their plan’s formulary, or increased co-payments...

Kentucky Counseling Association 60th anniversary conference Nov. 1-3 at Louisville’s Crowne Plaza

Christian Moore will keynote at the opening session of the 60th annual conference of the Kentucky Counseling Association at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville Nov. 1-3. His address will be “Flipping the Switch – The 4 Sources of Resilience.” Moore, a native of Utah, is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on resilience. He is the author of The Resilience Breakthrough and founder of the...

State officials confident feds will restore funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program before deadline

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As Congress works to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program days after the Sept. 30 deadline for reauthorization passed, Kentucky officials are confident their funding will be renewed before the federal money runs out. “Without funding reauthorization on the federal level, we have enough money to maintain CHIP services for about six months,”...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Kentucky Oral Health Program paying big benefits for rural youth

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is honoring the Kentucky Oral Health Program in recognition of National Dental Hygiene Month. The Oral Health Program consists of 11 public health dental hygiene teams providing services in 28 Kentucky counties. These teams visit local schools to...

Sanders-Brown Markesbery Symposium focuses on why some people don’t get Alzheimer’s or dementia

By Laura Dawahare and Allison Perry Special to KyForward Why do some people stay intellectually sharp into their 90s, while others have memory problems? Is there anything we can learn from their lifestyles that can help everyone age successfully? These are among topics scheduled for the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging’s Markesbery Symposium on Nov. 3-4. Keynote speakers...

Josh Blair: Breast Cancer Awareness hits close to home; too many loved ones are lost to the disease

October brings thoughts of apple cider, pumpkin pie, and football But it’s also a time to reflect on something more important: breast cancer. Every year, October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This topic hits close to home for me. Last March, I lost my stepmother, Lucinda, to breast cancer. It was her second fight with the terrible disease and unfortunately this time she didn’t...

UK holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for expanded Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at Turfland

By Ann Blackburn UKNOW reporter University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Mark F. Newman, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Dr. John Fowlkes, director of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, and members of the Barnstable Brown family will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly expanded Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at UK HealthCare’s...

Norton Children’s Hospital celebrates 125th anniversary with exhibit at Frazier History Museum

It was March 1890 when the worst tornado to ever strike Louisville killed 76 people and injured at least 200 more. The immediate need to treat a large number of injured children led to a call for care. Today we celebrate the result of that call: Norton Children’s Hospital and its 125 years of serving the needs of families in our region. “Hope and Healing: Celebrating 125 Years of Norton Children’s...

New report shows massive increase in number of Kentucky adults, children receiving disability benefits

A new report shows an increase of staggering proportions in the number of Kentucky adults and children receiving disability benefits. The report was prepared by Kentucky’s Disability Determination Services (DDS), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and presented at the Kentucky Work Matters task force meeting yesterday in Frankfort. The groundbreaking study of outcomes covers...

Three events set to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including one at Whitaker Bank Ballpark

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign is having events in Kentucky this month, including Sunday, Oct. 15 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington; Sunday, Oct. 22 at Smothers Park in Owensboro; and Saturday, Oct. 28 at Waterfront Park in Louisville The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a website where you can get...

Blind equestrian forms lifelong partnership with UK HealthCare to meet challenges of rare eye disease

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward When Alexis Johnson, a 22-year-old avid equestrian and resident of Versailles, Ky., prepares to jump with her horse Joey in competition, she is keenly focused on what lies before her. There are no distractions, no nervousness or fear. Everything around her is in shades of gray and the only sound she hears is the rhythmic pace of Joey’s hooves as he begins to...

Ky’s decade-old program for children at risk from drug-using adults become model for other states

Kentucky’s program to help children placed at risk by adults’ drug use has become a model for other states. Ohio’s new plan is modeled explicitly on Kentucky’s, and Indiana and North Carolina are launching initiatives too, Shefali Luthra reports for Kaiser Health News. “Kentucky was a pioneer, starting in 2007, when opioid addiction first emerged as a public health concern....