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Physician uses her classically trained opera voice to lift hospital patients, staff, visitors


  By Allison Perry and Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   On a recent morning, Dr. Shannon Voogt warmed up her classically trained opera voice before heading to work at UK HealthCare.   At 11 a.m., she applied resin to …

Carrots not at the top of the list of foods
that promote better eye health, experts say


  Everyone knows they should eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, but what you may not know is what you eat can affect your eye health and vision as you age.   Six nutrients ― antioxidants lutein …

Lexington public health clinic open in new home, bringing most services under one roof


The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Public Health Clinic is now open at its new home on the first floor of 650 Newtown Pike.   The clinic is not a primary medical clinic but instead provides services such as STD/HIV testing …

State’s spending of tobacco settlement funds
on prevention falls short of recommendations


Kentucky Health News   Kentucky ranks 39th in the country in funding programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report from a coalition of public health organizations.   Kentucky ranks sixth in high-school …

Your Health: Managing expectations could
be key to ‘most wonderful time of the year’


By Elaine F. Greer Special to KyForward   The winter holiday season as portrayed in storybooks, movies and TV specials is a wonderful time of year, filled with meaningful religious services, school programs, family get-togethers, parties and colorful celebrations.   …

Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department sees increase in highly contagious shigellosis


An increase in gastrointestinal illnesses has the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department encouraging parents, schools, daycare centers, food service workers and health care providers to take precautionary actions to prevent its spread.   Shigellosis is a highly contagious form of diarrhea …

KET’s “One to One” program to feature discussion of Life Lessons from Cancer


“One to One” with Bill Goodman will feature the authors of Life Lessons from Cancer, Keen Babbage and his sister-in-law Laura Babbage, on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. to discuss the book and its inspirational messages, especially the importance …

University of Louisville study to examine rate of medications prescribed to state children


Researchers with the Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support Unit (CAHRDS Unit) at the University of Louisville have begun a study to examine one of Kentucky’s most vexing children’s health issues: the higher-than-average rate of psychotropic medication being …

Kentucky drops two spots in health rankings to 47; in the bottom five of eight measures


  Kentucky Health News   Kentucky dropped two spots in the 25th annual America’s Health Rankings report this year and finds itself once again as one of the bottom five healthiest (or unhealthiest) states.   Since the rankings were first …

Kentucky public health officials report ‘widespread’ flu activity; vaccination urged


Kentucky Department for Public Health officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week that the influenza activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.”     Widespread activity is the highest level of …