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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month; health department offers events, tests, more


    March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will be working with several regional and state groups to help get people screened for colon cancer.   Upcoming events include:   · Colon Cancer Awareness …

Foot Health: Slipping on ice can hurt more than your pride; sprains are common injury


  By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist     Rolling of the ankle joint can be quite a debilitating injury. To cause insult to injury, imagine hobbling around in an orthopedic boot or crutches and navigating the ice & snow …

Lecture speaker hopes to help participants move past trauma, cope with stress in present


A University of Louisville psychologist will present a public talk that provides information on how to cope with stress.   “Tips and Tools for Coping with Stress” will be presented by Eric Russ on Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. …

UofL medical care finance workshop
aims to help caregivers of cancer patients


As they sort through medical care and health insurance issues, patients with cancer also may encounter financial stress for themselves and their families. A March 6 workshop about health-related financial services is intended for the social workers, nurses and caregivers …

Your Health: These tips may not be ‘easy,’
but these six steps will prevent stroke


By Dr. Pramod Reddy Special to KyForward   Stroke is the fourth leading killer of Americans, and those who survive often have severely disabling aftereffects. As the name implies, a stroke strikes suddenly. Quick action can head off some of …

In open letter to Ky. Senate President, board of health supports statewide smoking ban


The Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health has issued a letter of full support to Kentucky legislators for the statewide smoking ban.   “There is no longer any serious debate about the catastrophic toll smoking and secondhand smoke has on the …

UofL associate dean of School of Social Work named director of health and aging institute


The associate dean of the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work has been named executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging at UofL.   Anna C. Faul, D.Litt., was named executive director by the …

Special enrollment period for health coverage will help Kentuckians avoid tax penalties


A special enrollment period will begin March 2 and continue through April 30 to give those Kentuckians unaware of possible tax penalties more time to sign up for health coverage.   “We had a tremendously successful second open enrollment period, …

Beshear speaks bluntly about state’s health issues, ‘rank politics’ of Medicaid expansion


By Al Cross Kentucky Health News   An interesting thing sometimes happens to governors when they travel to Washington; they speak a little more freely than they do in their states, and that appeared to be the case when Gov. …

Poll illustrates how access to health care provider doesn’t mean you can afford care


Just because a person has appropriate access to a health care provider doesn’t mean they can afford to pay for their services, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll.   The poll found that three out of every four …