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Baptist Health joins national nonprofit to offer free virtual metastatic breast cancer workshop April 15

Baptist Health Lexington and Baptist Health Louisville have partnered with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit, to host a virtual workshop for young women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer before the age of 45. “Thriving with Metastatic Breast Cancer: A Virtual Workshop for Young Women Living with MBC,” will provide participants with tips and tools to help them cope with their...

Beshear says most restrictions go aways with 2.5m Kyians vaccinated; 270 cases, 7 deaths Monday

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge: When 2.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the state will remove most capacity restrictions. When the goal is met, the Governor said he will lift capacity restrictions and physical distancing requirements for nearly all venues, events and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons....

Low COVID numbers reported on Sunday; 1.5 million Kentuckians have now been vaccinated

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of new cases of COVID-19 fell on Sunday as did the number of deaths, while Kentucky’s positivity rate continued to rise. There were 366 new cases reported to state public health officials, compared to 505 on Saturday, and 704 on Friday, ending the week in a decline from the previous week.

 It should be noted that many labs are closed or do not report their...

COVID cases drop to 505, deaths (10), positivity (2.99) rise; Beshear to talk goals to lift restrictions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky dropped substantially on Saturday, while the number of deaths and the state’s positivity rate both rose.

 There were 505 new cases reported to state public health officials on Saturday, compared to 704 on Friday. That increases the overall number of positive cases of the coronavirus to 432,720, since the first one was reported...

UK Colleges of Agriculture, Nursing partner to train more registered nurses to fill need in rural areas

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is partnering with the UK College of Nursing to help meet the need for more nurses in rural Kentucky. According to the 2019 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s State Rankings for Health Outcomes, Kentucky has some of the highest obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease rates in the United States. Many of the state’s...

The arrival of spring means the arrival of allergy season; some tips to help manage symptoms

For many people, the beauty and sense of renewal that comes with spring is overshadowed by its effect on their allergies. While there’s no cure, there are things you can do to help keep allergy symptoms at bay. Below, we’ll outline the causes, symptoms, and steps you can take to enjoy spring without letting your allergies get in the way. Allergy Causes and Triggers The biggest allergy trigger by...

Thousands of UK vaccine clinic openings remain available as community works toward immunity

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky It’s a mission the University of Kentucky strives to live up to each and every day – to be the University of, for and with Kentucky. Now, you can be part of that mission to meet this unprecedented moment and help create a healthier, safer community. Kentuckians, regardless of the phase they fall into, are encouraged to request an appointment for a COVID-19...

McConnell urges Republican men to get vaccine; Beshear asks other GOP leaders to follow his lead

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News After touring the mass-vaccination site at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field Monday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell urged Kentuckians to get vaccinated, especially Republican men, who polls have found are some of the most reluctant to get a shot. “I saw on some program last week that Republican men, curiously enough, might be reluctant...

Pastor Richard Gaines, Consolidated Baptist Church named 2021 Public Health Hero award winners

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Pastor Richard Gaines and Consolidated Baptist Church as the 2021 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero award winners. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week...

Experts discuss the importance of touch as more get vaccinated and opportunities to reconnect increase

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News After a year of pandemic-forced isolation, when the simple act of touching became dangerous almost overnight, the arrival of highly effective vaccines means it’s OK for fully vaccinated people to touch again — and experts say it’s important we do. That’s because touching is how we show each other compassion and love, and because it is necessary...

Kentucky’s COVID positive-test and new-case numbers head in the right direction Saturday

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s pandemic numbers continued their relatively flat roller-coaster ride Saturday, as the positive-test and new-case averages both declined — after a week in which they increased most days. The share of Kentuckians testing positive for the novel coronavirus in the last seven days was exactly 3 percent, after rising to 3.08% on Friday. The state reported...

COVID cases decline on Friday: 690 cases, 3 deaths, positivity rising to 3.08%; vaccines opening to more

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Following an increase in new cases of COVID-19 every day this week, Friday finally saw a decline, as well as a drop in new deaths.

 690 cases were reported to state public health officials. That is the lowest number since the 310 on Monday, and down from Thursday’s 972. This raises Kentucky’s total to 428,527 positive cases since the first one was reported in...

Dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs during Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 24

The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy is urging Kentuckians to rid medicine cabinets of unwanted and unused prescriptions during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled nationwide on April 24. “In 2019, we lost 1,316 Kentucky residents to overdose deaths, with a significant number of those overdose deaths caused by opioids,” said Gov. Andy...

Study shows bias, conflicts of interest with doctors hired by coal companies to read black lung x-rays

By Curtis Tate Ohio Valley ReSource Doctors hired by coal companies in black lung cases are far less likely to diagnose the disease in X-rays than are independent doctors or those who are hired by coal miners, a new study has concluded, pointing to conflicts of interest in the system that sick miners use to receive assistance. The doctors who worked for coal companies to read the chest X-rays of miners...

Recent study reveals gaps in behavioral health services for Louisville’s vulnerable youth

Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, conducted 10 virtual focus groups and disseminated an online survey to learn more about behavioral health supports and services available to youth in Louisville, along with gaps in services and proposed solutions to close those gaps. “The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence is dedicated to improving the health...

Pike, Woodford, Perry, Fayette and Floyd counties lead state in full vaccination according to CDC data

Screenshot of Washington Post interactive map (Click for larger image)(Click here for interactive version) By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Two pairs of very different Kentucky counties – Pike, Woodford, Perry and Fayette – have the highest percentages of their populations fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data published Sunday...

Kentucky eye physicians applaud bill requiring basic vision screening for driver’s license renewal

Gov. Andy Beshear signed House Bill 439 into law, which requires a basic vision screening for a driver’s license renewal in Kentucky, beginning on July 1, 2024. The Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (KAEPS) has worked with legislative leadership for more than five years to advance this legislation. The bill, which passed the House and Senate with overwhelming majorities, has been...

Special open enrollment period for health insurance extended to Aug. 15; new rules expand who qualifies

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The special open enrollment period for people to buy government-subsidized health insurance on the federal marketplace has been extended by three months to Aug. 15. President Joe Biden made the announcement to extend the special enrollment period on March 23, the 11th anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act becoming law. It was originally...

Beshear reports 646 cases, 27 deaths; on Monday all Kyians 40 and older are eligible to be vaccinated

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has declined to 2.8% and he continued to encourage eligible Kentuckians to get vaccinated. On Monday, all Kentuckians 40 and older will become eligible for three highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, in addition to all individuals in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C. By April 12, all Kentuckians 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19...

Harm-reduction strategy supporters say campaign against e-cigarettes may have unintended effects

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s $160 million, three-year campaign to fight youth use of electronic cigarettes by young people may have had its intended effect, but some experts think it has had unintended effects, including scaring young people away from e-cigarettes and toward traditional tobacco cigarettes. “Others who have worked for decades to reduce deaths from smoking say the ongoing...