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Ky. to share in $2.5 million anti-heroin grant; will pair law enforcement and public health


Kentucky will be among several states to share a $2.5 million federal grant to help fight the heroin epidemic in its communities, according to press release from the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.   Heroin overdoses killed 233 …

Bevin, Conway to speak, do Q&A about health policy at rural health group’s meeting Sept. 18


The Kentucky Rural Health Association is hosting a “Candidates Forum on Health” Friday, Sept. 18 in Bowling Green, after the conclusion of its annual conference. All of the candidates running for all offices in November have been invited, KRHA said, …

Eye Health: How do vision issues affect
your student’s performance in school?


By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   From all of the smiling photos on Facebook, lots of Central Kentucky families sent kids back-to-school recently. My sons are back, they are in 3rd and 8th grades. As parents, we all want …

New SOAR health chair wants to tackle issues that have ‘broadest reach, greatest impact’


  By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward   Dr. William Hacker, a former state health commissioner, is the new chair of the Community Health Advisory Council for Shaping Our Appalachian Region, a nonprofit organization created last year by Democratic Gov. …

Beshear writes reply to Virginia newspaper editorial opposing Medicaid expansion


Gov. Steve Beshear, trying to help a fellow Democratic governor who wants to expand Medicaid, has written a response to an editorial in which a Virginia newspaper opposed the move.   “Our success undercuts your whole opposition,” Beshear says in …

‘Snapshot’ of health reform shows a big drop in uncompensated care at Kentucky hospitals


  A continuing study of federal health reform’s impact in Kentucky has found a big drop in uncompensated care – or bad debts – at hospitals. In addition, Medicaid expansion has helped reduce the percentage of people without health coverage …

Numerous health screenings available
during Kentucky State Fair Aug. 20-30


Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair, which starts Aug. 20 and runs through Aug. 30, can take advantage of a number of health screenings – many of them free. All screenings will be in the Health Horizons area of the …

Free prostate cancer screening available
for Kentucky veterans during State Fair


Kentucky’s male veterans can get free prostate cancer screening at the Kentucky State Fair, which opens Thursday, Aug. 20, in Louisville.   “Especially during this 50th Vietnam War Commemoration, Vietnam veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange should …

‘Beer with a Scientist’ asks how 3D printing can advance medicine and scientific research


As the manager of the Rapid Prototyping Center at the University of Louisville, Tim Gornet has collaborated on numerous groundbreaking research and medical applications. Most recently, the center created a three-dimensional model of a child’s defective heart to allow the …

Report: Improving Kentuckians’ health will require increased education, fighting poverty


  By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward   Increased access to insurance is just one part of the equation to improve the health of Kentuckians, improving poverty and increasing education levels are disparities that must also be addressed if Kentucky …