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As school nurse programs are threatened, medicaid money made available for physical, behavioral health

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Many of Kentucky’s school districts have long struggled to pay for school nurses, let alone professionals in behavioral health care. And now some health departments may no longer be able to provide nurses because they will have to pay more into their employees’ pension system. Deputy Secretary Kristi Putnam (Photo from KHN) But schools are about to...

Ambassadors announced for American Cancer Society’s ResearchHERS – Women Fighting Cancer

Last week, the American Cancer Society (ACS) launched ResearcHERS – Women Fighting Cancer at the University Club at the University of Louisville. ResearcHERS is a new initiative that brings together female leaders and influencers from across Kentucky – known as ambassadors – who will work together to raise funds to support female-led cancer research, serve as role models, and build awareness...

Effort mounted to identify, treat cases of Hepatitis C to stop spread; many don’t know they’re infected

“A multimillion-dollar effort to fight hepatitis C was introduced Thursday in Louisville with the help of Gov. Matt Bevin as well as medical professionals and health advocates,” Darla Carter reports for Insider Louisville. The five-year, five-state project in Kentucky and four other states will use screenings, community partnerships and prevention programs, and strengthen the health-care...

Dr. Mark Goulston: ‘Yes, your kid’ — every child is at risk for suicide, and it just keeps happening

(Editor’s note: Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Kentuckians aged 15-54. More than twice as many people die by suicide in Kentucky annually than by homicide. Teen suicides are dramatically on the rise. According to the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 15 percent of Kentucky high school students (1 in 7) reported having seriously considered...

State’s air quality receives mixed grades for particle and ozone pollution in 2019 ‘State of the Air’ report

The American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report found the Louisville/Bardstown metro region ranked 26th as the most polluted city in the nation for ozone (smog) pollution. The region experienced more high ozone days and retained the ranking it received last year. However, the metro area ranked tied for 30th most polluted for year-round particle levels, a marked improvement...

Bluegrass Care Navigators celebrates one-year anniversary of UK Healthcare Hospice Care Center

Bluegrass Care Navigators is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the hospice care center at UK HealthCare this month. Since its opening in spring of 2018, more than 500 patients have benefitted from this dedicated hospital space for hospice care. The care center provides a comforting place for patients and families to have quality time together while facing the final stages of a serious illness,...

KSP, DEA to team up to take back potentially dangerous prescription medicines on April 27

The Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are partnering on April 27 to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely. “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue by providing a convenient way for citizens to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” said KSP...

First-ever felony criminal charges filed against distributor, execs for illegal distribution of opioids

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Ray Donovan, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), announced Tuesday criminal charges against Rochester Drug Co-Operative, Inc. (“RDC”), one of the 10 largest pharmaceutical distributors in the United States. Berman Also charged were Laurence...

‘I Just Didn’t Know’: KY students share what they’ve learned about dangers of e-cigarettes for youth

A Kentucky peer education campaign is designed to debunk the false beliefs held by many adolescents and teens that using e-cigarettes is either harmless or at least healthier for them than smoking. The I Just Didn’t Know campaign, developed by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, includes public service announcements featuring Kentucky students sharing what they’ve learned about the...

Healthy Headlines: Learn CPR, it helped Karen Carr save husband Jeff’s life; he choose healthier lifestyle

St. Elizabeth Healthcare It should have been a quiet evening at home watching TV. “There was no warning, no nothing,” Karen Carr recalls of the December evening her husband’s heart stopped beating. Jeff Carr, a tall, lean construction worker at age 52, felt uncomfortable on the couch and decided to go upstairs to lie down. Karen, who followed him, describes, “He lay down and that was it. He...

Appalachian residents more likely to die from smoking-related diseases; how to decrease smoking

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News It’s well documented that people in Appalachia die sooner than other Americans, and are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases. It doesn’t have to stay that way; a new report offers a detailed list of strategies and policies proven to decrease smoking, the cause of many premature deaths. The report was created by Appalachian Regional...

CHI Saint Joseph Medical expanding health care services in Winchester; expected completion in 2020

Construction began earlier this year on a new medical office building in Winchester that will house offices for physicians from the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group. NexCore Group is building the one-story, 24,693-square-foot facility that will help CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group continue expanding health care services into the growing central Kentucky market.   “We are excited to expand our services...

Kosair Charities’ Face It Movement brings together partners, leaders committed to ending child abuse

The Kosair Charities Face It® Movement brought together community partners and leaders committed to ending child abuse during a special luncheon this week, featuring keynote speaker Rachel Denhollander. Initiated in 2013, the movement was founded by Kosair Charities in response to the number of child abuse deaths in Kentucky. The luncheon, held at the Kentucky Science Center, serves as the culminating...

Feds indict 60, some doctors, in Appalachia (including KY) for illegal prescribing of pain pills

Feds indict 60 for illegal prescribing in Ohio, W.Va., Ky., Tenn. and Ala.; some doctors allegedly traded sex for drugs Sixty health professionals in five Appalachian states were charged Wednesday with “illegal prescribing of more than 32 million pain pills, including doctors who prosecutors said traded sex for prescriptions and a dentist who unnecessarily pulled teeth from patients to justify...

Kentucky Harm Reduction Summit focuses on reducing negative consequences of illegal drug use

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A crowd of more than 500 came from throughout the Commonwealth to Covington last week for the 2019 Kentucky Harm Reduction Summit. The list of speakers included Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Adam Meier, Department for Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Jeff Howard and other public health representatives, harm reduction experts and response...

KY residents affected by national Salmonella outbreak, public advised to discard pre-cut melons

The Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that 16 Kentuckians have tested positive with a strain of Salmonella Carrau that has been linked by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pre-cut melon including cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew. DPH is advising that the public should discard any pre-cut melon or fruit salads that contain pre-cut melon. Caito Foods from Indianapolis,...

William Burton, 12, collapses on Grayson ball field; survives through family’s faith and Cinci Children’s

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Her oldest son was lifeless on a hospital gurney in the trauma room as doctors tried desperately to figure out how to save him. 
Amy Burton knew who was ultimately in charge. 
“It was chaos. So much was happening, and he was in bad shape. These medical professionals, who were fantastic and are great, had no idea what to do but Amy knew exactly,” said her pastor,...

CDC says ground beef probably caused E.coli outbreak but source unknown; KY has most cases

Kentucky Health News Investigation of people stricken by the recent outbreak of E. coli “suggests that ground beef is the source of this outbreak,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. “At this time, no common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has been identified.” The outbreak, centered in Kentucky, has sickened 109 people and sent 17...

CHI Saint Joseph Health Maternity Education Programs offer classes on childbirth, breastfeeding

Preparing for a new baby is exciting, but parents-to-be may feel overwhelmed with the idea of bringing a new life into the world. Obtaining the best available knowledge and hands-on practice is the most effective way to relieve stress surrounding childbirth and parenting a newborn. CHI Saint Joseph Health wants to make sure that all expecting and new mothers feel empowered and prepared for the exciting...

Mayor finds short-term solution to keep Community Paramedicine operating, needs long-term fix

Mayor Linda Gorton said Lexington will keep its community paramedicine program open through the end of the year to give the City time to develop community partnerships to help support the program long-term. “When I presented my proposed budget to the Urban County Council on Tuesday I thought we could not fit community paramedicine into our tight budget,” Gorton said. “But we’ve found a way...