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Five years later, the federal health-reform law continues to make big changes to patient care


Despite the controversy that continues to surround the Patient Protection and Affordable Act five years after its passage, it has probably changed the way your health care is delivered as it drives new models of payment, forces providers to approach …

You can volunteer for medical research
by signing up through national registry


Have you ever wondered how you could volunteer for medical research?   ResearchMatch provides this opportunity through a national registry that brings together volunteers who are interested in research, and researchers who are looking for participants for their studies, University …

New health-related laws deal with heroin, dating violence, end-of-life care, more


FRANKFORT – The Kentucky General Assembly passed several health-related bills this session, including high-profile measures on heroin and dating violence. It did not pass many others, including one that would have a great influence on the state’s health: a statewide …

Your Health: Millions of Americans should be concerned about not getting enough sleep


Each spring, with the clock change to Daylight Saving Time, we all lose an hour of sleep. However, millions of Americans lose multiple hours of sleep on a regular basis simply by not making sleep a priority.   The National …

Auditor: Third of Ky.’s rural hospitals in poor shape; closure may be ‘unfortunate reality’


  By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News   For a video of State Auditor Adam Edelen’s press conference, click here.   As many as one-third of Kentucky’s rural hospitals are in poor financial shape, and the survival …

‘Dangers’ of physical inactivity focus of UK conference; experts say daily walk still best


By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   Obesity worsens the damage that arthritis does to joints, but simply telling patients to go home and diet and exercise is not working, and health care providers must proactively monitor their patients and …

Federal guidelines recommend eating less red and processed meat, sugar and refined grains


Kentucky Health News   The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services have released proposed 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines, released every five years, “provide authoritative advice about consuming fewer calories, making informed food …

As flu activity increases, state public health officials say it’s still not too late to get vaccine


The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to emphasize the importance of flu vaccine following a recent increase in flu activity attributed to influenza B viruses. While influenza A has accounted for most of the flu activity so far this …

New County Health Rankings look familiar
but show encouraging outcomes for some


Kentucky Health News   The 2015 County Health Rankings for Kentucky, compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, have been released. For the fourth year in a row, Oldham County …

Foot Health: Orthotics can save a player’s season, important during March Madness


  By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Do Some of The Players Have An Advantage in the NCAA Tournament?   Basketball players not only have an extraordinary skillset, but also extraordinary physical characteristics and needs. They are typically …