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Almost half of Kentuckians 30 and older have advanced gum disease that can cause tooth loss

Kentucky Health News Half of Americans aged 30 and older have a disease of the gums called periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If left untreated, gum disease can not only lead to tooth loss, but can also lead to other health problems like heart disease and diabetes. The CDC data found that 45 percent of Kentuckians aged 30 and older had periodontitis, with...

Centers for Disease Control study ranks Ky. at or near top in several measures of binge drinking

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Binge drinking in Kentucky, which has been rising in recent years, is now among the heaviest in the nation, and tops in one measure. That’s according to the latest study of the topic, by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC defines binge drinking by consumption of alcoholic drinks in a two-hour period: five or more for men, and four...

Keven Moore: Flu season is here, widespread across nation, and its impact is dramatic and can be deadly

A new influenza (flu) season is upon us and it is widespread nationwide. Thirty-two states have experienced high flu patient traffic, making this year’s flu season the most hectic for hospitals since at least 2009. While the impact of flu varies, it places a substantial burden on the health of people in the United States each year. CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in 9.2 million-35.6 million...

Winter is here and cold weather can be deadly; the CDC offers helpful advice to stay warm and safe

KyForward staff Winter is in full swing and frigid temperatures are expected throughout the region for several days. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidelines on how to avoid, identify, and treat hypothermia. Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, is a dangerous condition that can occur when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Stay...

Flu season is just around the corner; here
are a few things the CDC wants you to know

  Tomorrow is the first day of fall — and in addition to the shorter days and cooler weather, that means it won’t be long before people start getting sick with the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   (CDC photos) Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that infects the nose, throat and lungs and can lead to serious complications, hospitalization,...

Old at heart? CDC says most Americans’ hearts are older than their actual age

  Kentucky is among the states with the highest percentage of adults with a heart age of five years or more over their actual age. (Click image for larger view)     Your heart may be older than you are – and that’s not good.   According to a new CDC Vital Signs report, three out of four U.S. adults have a predicted heart age that is older than their actual age. This means they...

CDC: Most middle and high school students start school too early, don’t get enough sleep

  Fewer than one in five middle and high schools in the United States begin the school day at the recommended 8:30 a.m. start time or later, according to data published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Too-early start times can keep students from getting the sleep they need for health, safety, and academic success, according to...

CDC: Most middle and high school students start school too early, don't get enough sleep

  Fewer than one in five middle and high schools in the United States begin the school day at the recommended 8:30 a.m. start time or later, according to data published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Too-early start times can keep students from getting the sleep they need for health, safety, and academic success, according to...

Report: Fewer Kentucky teens than ever are having sex; teen births also at all-time low

State’s new ‘Stop HPV’ campaign urges parents to vaccinate their 11-, 12-year-olds

  Kentucky’s ‘Stop HPB’ campaign launches July 20.   State officials will launch a statewide “Stop HPV” campaign July 20 to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and to stop its spread.   The campaign will feature television, radio and print advertisements promoting the benefits of the vaccine, which...

One in four nonsmokers – 58 million people – still exposed to secondhand smoke, CDC says

Click here for larger view. (Map from CDC/Source: State System, Tobacco Control Interactive Maps, Legislation-Smokefree Indoor Air)   Although secondhand smoke exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, one in four nonsmokers — 58 million people — are still being exposed, according to a new “Vital Signs” report from the Centers...

Although flu season in full swing, state health official says it’s not too late to get vaccinated

It’s still not too late to get a flu shot, Kentucky’s deputy health commissioner said. (Photo from Kentucky Health News)   Kentucky Health News   Although it’s only halfway through the flu season, as of Jan. 8 Kentucky has reported 26 influenza-related deaths and 64 flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities, a top state health official said.   And with the flu season...

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 flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The...

CDC, Frontier Airlines passenger notification underway; new Ebola patient flew Oct. 13

On the morning of Oct. 14, the second healthcare worker reported to the hospital with a low-grade fever and was isolated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that the second healthcare worker who tested positive last night for Ebola traveled by air Oct. 13, the day before she reported symptoms.   Because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of...

Keven Moore on Insurance: You can never be too prepared for Ebola or other health risks

No doubt, there is a lot of interest in – and concern about – the deadly Ebola virus that appears to be spiraling out of control in West Africa and, just recently, found its way into the United States with two confirmed cases. It’s gotten so bad lately that watching television might seem more like watching the 1995 movie Outbreak than the nightly news.   President Barack Obama...

Lexington health department is revisiting disease response plan in light of ebola

Lexington’s commissioner of health says health officials in government and health care have already successfully dealt with three distinct situations since May in which international travelers brought back symptoms that could have been “the early onset of serious viral diseases including Ebola,” and that the CDC called the city’s response “terrific.”   Dr. Rice...

UK gets $1.8M grant to focus on lowering obesity rates in six Kentucky counties

The University of Kentucky has received a $1.8 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to focus on lowering obesity rates in the Kentucky communities most affected by this issue.   Researchers and extension personnel in UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK College of Public Health, will work in six Kentucky counties that have...

New ideas, new partnerships emerge as SOAR groups share top ideas for Eastern Kentucky

Ten working groups organized under the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, initiative have presented their top findings. And despite the different working group topics, several common themes emerged among the recommendations:   • The need for cross-agency collaboration, especially in economic development • Desire for training and investment in entrepreneurship • Strong interest...

Another ‘Kentucky ugly’ – depression – less cited but equally serious; subject of UK study

Claire Snell-Rood, front left, pictured with UK faculty and staff working to address health disparities in Appalachia. From left are Beth Bowling, Dr. Patrick Kitzman, Dr. Nancy Schoenberg, Dr. Fran Feltner, Dr. Jane Lowe, Dr. Tina Studts, Dr. Claire Snell-Rood, and Dr. Philip Kern. (Photo from UKNow)   By Mallory Powell Special to KyForward   From the New York Times to visits from the director...

Widespread attention to Ebola outbreak heightens importance of knowing the facts

As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to receive widespread attention in the United States, Kevin Hall of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says it’s important for residents to know the facts.   First and foremost, he says, “there’s no reason anyone in Lexington to be overly concerned about Ebola at this time. There are no cases in Kentucky.”   “One...