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Red, white and green? Food safety tips will help keep holiday, summer picnics healthy

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A few extra food precautions can help keep your Fourth of July from turning red, white and ew.   The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department wants to increase awareness of food safety as people enjoy summer and holiday picnics. The following …

Poll offers ‘regional snapshot’ of Kentuckians’ views on smoke-free law, other health issues

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  The Kentucky Health Issues Poll regional findings are now available, offering a snapshot of Kentuckians’ views on a variety of health issues.   The data, compiled by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Cincinnati’s Interact for Health, are …

Five insurers to provide healthcare services for eligible Medicaid clients across Kentucky

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky has signed new contracts with five managed care organizations to provide healthcare services to Kentuckians who meet eligibility requirements for Medicaid.   Individuals in all 120 Kentucky counties who are eligible for Medicaid may choose Anthem, …

Foot Health: Don’t wait until it’s too late; learn how PADnet can help you live better

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By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Imagine a product with the potential to improve your life and you might think of a best-selling self-help manual. Or a personal training plan. Or maybe, like us, your mind is thinking …

Your Health: Huh? What? Come again? Find out if you or your child needs a hearing test

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By Nancy B. Swigert Special to KyForward   Huh? What?   If you find yourself saying that, or asking people to repeat themselves, you might need a hearing test.   There are many different causes of hearing loss in children …

Summer lull in blood donations has KBC officials concerned as Fourth of July nears

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  The Fourth of July holiday has Kentucky Blood Center officials concerned.   “Summer is a time when blood donations typically lag, and we’re projecting that we’ll need to supply blood for more than 700 transfusions over the upcoming long …

One dose of HPV vaccine targeting cervical cancer is as effective as three, study finds

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By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward   A study has found that one dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine Cervarix appears to be as effective in preventing HPV infections that lead to cervical cancer as do three doses, the recommended …

Doctor sheds light on five myths about sunburn, sun exposure and sunscreen

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  As the weather grows warmer and more people spend longer periods of time outside in the sun, it’s important to understand the dangers of sun exposure.   “Ultraviolet radiation is a known carcinogen, which means, similar to cigarette smoking, …

Eye Health: Got dark circles and puffy eyelids? Find the cause to fix the problem

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By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   How do your eyes look in the morning? If you live in the Ohio Valley, it’s likely you experience allergies, which means you may often wake up to puffy eyes and dark circles. …

Health department releases mosquito spraying schedule for late June, early July

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To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities throughout the summer. Spraying will start in the evening hours when mosquitoes are most active.   The schedule for July is:      Portions of the above-listed …