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Your Health: If smokers understood what they’re really inhaling, chances are they’d quit

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By Belinda Blair KyForward columnist   Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Regardless of the device used, smoking is not healthy.   Smoking and secondhand smoke causes lung cancer, low birth-weight babies, ear infections …

Frontier Nursing holds commencement in its 75th year with nearly 300 students attending

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Frontier Nursing University will hold its annual commencement in Hyden on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Nixon Center at 150 Wendover Rd. Beverly Malone, CEO of the National League for Nursing, will deliver the address.   FNU, …

Shriners Hospitals for Children plans to build $47 million facility on UK HealthCare campus

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Shriners Hospitals for Children and UK HealthCare have signed an agreement that will change the current location of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Lexington from 1900 Richmond Road to South Limestone across from the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler …

UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging to host annual candle light ceremony in Lexington

The University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging will hold a National Commemorative Candle Lighting service to remember those affected by Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. at The Pilgrim Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Lexington.   The …

Nine hospitals in Kentucky are charged the maximum Medicare penalty for readmissions

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Nine hospitals in Kentucky, eight of them in Appalachia, have been hit with the highest penalty possible by Medicare for high rates of patient readmission.   This is the third year the program has fined hospitals, under the federal health-reform …

State data show that expansion of Medicaid led to more Kentuckians getting screenings

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More Kentuckians than ever are using preventive care services since the state expanded Medicaid on Jan. 1, reports FamiliesUSA, a lobby for federal health reform that included the expansion.   Recent data from the state Cabinet for Health and Family …

Constance Alexander: Talk about Ebola virus causes ‘plague’ of Alzheimer’s to go unnoticed

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“When leaving his surgery on the morning of April 16, Dr. Bernard Rieux felt something soft under his foot. It was a dead rat lying in the middle of the landing. The doctor kicked the varmint aside and reported the …

Ebola outbreak unlikely in Kentucky, but DPH officials say they are prepared to act

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Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials say they are coordinating multiple efforts related to Ebola preparedness to increase the level of readiness for hospitals, local health departments, other health providers and partners to deal with any potential cases of …

Mamie McCullough brings Laugh Your Heart Out event to Girls’ Night Out in Lexington

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Motivational speaker and author Mamie McCullough is returning to Lexington after wowing a crowd at last year’s Baptist Health Lexington Laugh Your Heart Out event. She’ll be back for Girls’ Night Out at the Lexington Opera House on Tuesday, Oct. …

Foot Health: Runners remember to listen
to your body, get your injury under control

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By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Runners are tough. So tough and dedicated that when they are sidelined by an injury, they can sometimes inadvertently hinder their own recovery because they rush back into running before they have …