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Diabetes on the Diamond: How Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center is supporting UK’s Marsh

By Hillary Smith University of Kentucky “The truth is every parent worries about their child for varying reasons, this is just ours.” This worry started for Tammy and Jeff Marsh back in 2017. Their youngest son Dillon – a junior in high school – began complaining that he was tired and losing weight. The symptoms then began getting worse during his baseball season with the University...

University of the Cumberlands nutrition courses receive national accreditation from ANFP

Nutrition courses at University of the Cumberlands recently received accreditation from the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). Cumberlands is the only university in Kentucky to receive this accreditation. The university now offers a program for students to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) by completing just three courses: Applied Nutrition for the Dietary Manager,...

FHK webinar says talk to kids early about vaping; addresses roles of music, social determinants

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The final webinar about reducing disease and unhealthy behaviors in Kentucky’s children focuses on vaping and substance use and offers policies and practical guidance for how to address these issues. The webinar, “Stopping Vaping and Substance Use,” is part of a monthly series that is served as the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s...

Stacy Stanifer: As pandemic keeps us home, risk of exposure to cancer-causing radon gas increases

This year alone, approximately 4,890 Kentuckians will be diagnosed with lung cancer, yet the disease remains highly preventable. While nearly 80 percent of lung cancers are caused by tobacco smoke, exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, accounting for approximately 21,000 cases of lung cancer each year in the U.S. Radon gas exposure is an invisible threat to your health,...

Ky. counties say cigarettes, vaping hurting economy, seek local control of tobacco marketing, sales

Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Counties across Kentucky say smoking and vaping are hurting their local economies and people’s health, and they’re fighting for the ability to pass local laws about the marketing and sale of tobacco products. A dozen states, including Kentucky, have laws on the books preempting local tobacco ordinances. Betsy Clemons, executive director of the Hazard Perry...

Four Ky. lawyers have committed suicide in last three weeks, drawing attention to stress in legal community

Four Kentucky lawyers have committed suicide in the last three weeks, according to the Kentucky Bar Association. “The suicides have prompted many to encourage colleagues to seek help if they need it and renewed calls for more continuing education about suicide, mental health, substance abuse and depression for the legal community,” report Beth Musgrave and Valarie Honeycutt Spears of the...

KORE provides $1.5 million in grants to support expansion of four recovery community centers

The Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) has announced the award of four grants to support the establishment or expansion of four Recovery Community Centers. The grants total $1.5 million to be awarded over two years. New grant recipients include Recovery Café in Lexington, Achieving Recovery Together (ART) in Winchester, and Shepherd’s House in Nicholasville. Voices of Hope (VOH) Recovery Community...

Dept. for Public Health reminding Kentuckians of danger of carbon monoxide poisoning during winter

With recent winter temperatures below freezing, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) wants to remind residents to take action to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. “As we move into the winter months, cold weather and weather-related power outages are more likely to result in Kentuckians using generators and gas grills to provide heat. CO created by these heat sources is odorless...

Kentucky Association of Health Plans names Thomas Stephens first full-time Executive Director

Kentucky Association of Health Plans (KAHP), the trade group representing the Commonwealth’s Medicaid Managed Care Organizations and commercial health insurance providers, announced Thomas B. Stephens has been named as Executive Director effective immediately. Thomas Stephens Before joining KAHP, Stephens was the Secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet. During his tenure, Stephens was responsible...

GOP-led legislature passes six bills in first five days of session, four to limit governor’s powers

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News In rare Saturday meetings, the Kentucky General Assembly’s Republican supermajorities passed six of their priority bills, four aimed at limiting Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s powers and two to further regulate abortion and sent them to Beshear, who is expected to veto them and be overridden. The bills passed in five days, the minimum under the state...

PATHways provides second chance for pregnant moms struggling with substance use disorder

By Allison Perry University of Kentucky After more than a decade of struggling with addiction, Fleming County resident Marie Vice found herself at a low point, taking herself to a local hospital in October 2015. She was pregnant, still actively using drugs, and suffering from extreme withdrawal. “The doctor came in and said, ‘You need to let me get you somewhere where they can take care of the...

Fauci ‘the Einstein of epidemic diseases,’ writes Kentucky State professor who studied under him

By Narayanan Rajendran Kentucky State University The physicist Albert Einstein wrote a letter in 1939 to President Franklin D. Roosevelt suggesting that the U.S. should develop its own atomic research. That information, followed by FDR’s Manhattan Project, has changed U.S. history forever because FDR took the advice seriously. If Adolf Hitler would have developed the atomic bomb first, history would...

Fast virus spread raises fear U.S. has developed more contagious strain; White House says get tested

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News The novel coronavirus is spreading so fast among Americans that federal officials suspect a new, more contagious strain of the virus has evolved in the U.S., in addition to the more virulent strain that has already spread here from the United Kingdom. That possibility is mentioned in the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the Kentucky version...

AppalReD founder John Rosenberg joins Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky board of directors

AppalReD founder John Rosenberg, a retired poverty law attorney and Holocaust survivor who has dedicated his career to serving Appalachian communities, is the newest member of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky board of directors. Rosenberg, 89, of Prestonsburg, will serve a three-year, renewable term. He currently is a member of the Foundation’s Community Advisory Council, which serves as a community...

CHI Saint Joseph Health opens outpatient surgery center in Lexington on Harrodsburg Road

CHI Saint Joseph Health is expanding options for outpatient care and increasing surgical capacity with the opening of an outpatient surgery center in the Saint Joseph Office Park on Harrodsburg Road. The new surgery center opened Jan. 4. “We are excited to announce and open this new option for outpatient surgical services for patients in Lexington and Central Kentucky,” said Bruce Tassin, CEO,...

If you haven’t had your flu shot, now is the time to do it; co-infection with COVID could be deadly

By Nadia Ramiagan Public News Service The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s likely flu viruses will complicate the coronavirus outbreak this winter and recommends getting a flu vaccine. 

Flu activity usually peaks between December and February, but it can last as late as May. Dr. Dale Toney, president of the Kentucky Medical Association, said hospitals already struggling...

Baby Boy is first baby of 2021 at St. Joseph East

The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East welcomed its first baby of 2021 at 3:31 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1. Catelynn Helm and Michael Jacob Meredith from Dunnville, Ky., welcomed a baby boy. He weighed 6 lbs. and 3 oz. and was 19 inches long. Each year, hospital staff work with local businesses to create a welcome wagon for the first baby born in the new year, including gift certificates, diapers,...

Omnibus relief bill includes ban on mail sales of e-cigarette products; FedEx to stop after March 1

Kentucky Health News The catch-all bill to keep the government open, provide pandemic relief and do many other things includes a ban on mail shipments of electronic-cigarette products, and apply federal laws on cigarette sales to online sellers of e-cigarette products. The bill becomes law March 27 and gives the U.S. Postal Service until April 26 to impose regulations implementing it. “With...

Wastewater testing project in Mayfield offers early warning of COVID-19 outbreaks to prevent spread

A wastewater testing project in Mayfield is helping pinpoint community outbreaks of COVID-19 before area residents even experience symptoms, and thus could allow for more narrowly targeted measures to prevent further spread of the disease. The project, a partnership between Graves County Health Department, Mayfield Electric and Water Systems, Murray State University and the University of Louisville...

Kentucky records significant increase in overdose deaths as COVID-19 pandemic worsens opioid crisis

By Suhail Bhat Ohio Valley Resource New federal data shows the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to the country’s deadliest 12-month period for drug overdose fatalities, including a sharp increase in overdose deaths in the Ohio Valley. According to the latest data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 81,000 people died due to drug overdoses in the 12 months from May 2019...