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Murray Mayor Jack Rose named Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion for efforts in smoke-free ordinance

Murray Mayor Dr. Jack Rose has been named a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for his work to improve local health by passing a smoke-free ordinance in the city. The award recognizes individuals and organizations working to improve the health of Kentuckians through policy change. Rose is now eligible for the Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion of the Year award,...

Baptist Health Lexington ranked 30th nationally, earns 2017-18 Consumer Loyalty Award

Baptist Health Lexington is ranked 30th in the Top 100 for consumer loyalty nationwide and has earned a 2017-18 Consumer Loyalty Award from patient experience firm National Research Corporation Health. The award recognizes hospitals across the country that garner extraordinary loyalty from their patients. Winners were selected based on results from NRC Health’s Market Insights survey, the largest...

Whitesburg primary care physician Dr. Van Breeding named Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion

Whitesburg primary care physician Van S. Breeding has been named a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for his leadership in fighting the substance use crisis in Letcher, Harlan, Perry, Owsley and Bell counties. The award recognizes individuals and organizations working to improve the health of Kentuckians through policy change. Dr. Van Breeding was named Healthy...

Foundation for a Healthy Ky. names Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion

Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless has been named a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for her leadership toward enacting a stronger smoke-free ordinance in the city. The award recognizes individuals and organizations working to improve the health of Kentuckians through policy change. Harless is now eligible for the Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion of the Year award,...

Two Ky. organizations received $100,000 federal grants to fight opioid abuse, childhood obesity

Two Kentucky organizations have received $100,000 grants from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration that will be used to address two different health issues that plague our state: opioids and childhood obesity. The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center will use its grant money to establish a regional Opioid Crisis Response Network in collaboration with St. Claire HealthCare,...

FHK report documents evolution from small philanthropy to ‘influential statewide advocate’

Under new leadership, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky “led or funded work to change dozens of state and local laws and policies in 2017 to help make Kentuckians healthier,” including much greater efforts to “reduce smoking and exposure to tobacco emissions,” the foundation says in its annual report. The foundation is “making tremendous strides in transitioning from...

LFCHD warning residents after bat in Lexington’s Gardenside neighborhood tests positive for rabies

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department received word Thursday afternoon that a bat found in Lexington has tested positive for rabies. The bat was discovered in the Gardenside neighborhood and there does not appear to be any human exposure. The health department posted signs in the area on Thursday to notify residents of the discovery.  LFCHD officials continue to remind residents to make...

CDC offers tips to college students for staying healthy and being safe; resources to help

Going to college is an exciting time in a young person’s life. It is a time for gaining new knowledge and experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Here are a few pointers for college students on staying safe and healthy. Eat healthy and engage in regular physical activity. Click for the Brochure • Choose your plate. Follow an eating plan with a variety of nutritious foods. Avoid foods...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to spray for mosquitos Thursday in 40502, 40509 zip codes

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities in the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning in the 40502 and 40509 ZIP codes. The spraying, which is the first in the city this summer, is due to a high mosquito population found in traps in the 40509 ZIP code region. Spraying will be done between 3-6 a.m. Thursday. For spraying to be held,...

Kentucky Rural Health Association accepting nominations for 2018 Dan Martin Award

Since 2003, the Kentucky Rural Health Association has awarded an individual with an award for their lifetime contributions to rural health in Kentucky. The award is named for its first recipient, Dr. Dan Martin of the Trover Foundation in Madisonville. Last year’s recipient was Loretta Maldaner, who had served in rural health for over 25 years before retiring in 2016 from her position as director...

UK Markey Center doctor talks about pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer that killed Aretha Franklin

This week, the world lost one of the greatest singers of all time, Aretha Franklin. She passed away after a battle with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer at her home in Detroit on Thursday surrounded by family and friends. The ‘Queen of Soul’ was 76. In the wake of her passing, there are questions about the type of cancer she had and what treatment options are available. From Wikipedia Pancreatic...

Comment period for Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid beneficiary work mandate ends midnight Saturday

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Time is short for Kentuckians to weigh in on the state’s request to mandate work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries. The deadline for a federal comment period on the Kentucky HEALTH plan is Saturday at midnight. Under the proposed waiver, Medicaid expansion beneficiaries would need to meet an 80-hour-per-month work requirement in order to continue receiving...

New list provides resources for Kentuckians looking to quit smoking; low-cost NRT products available

Kentuckians who want to quit smoking have at least two dozen sources for free and low-cost nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, such as patches, gums, lozenges and sprays, according to a list made available by the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow and developed by the Kentucky Cancer Consortium and the Kentucky Department for Public Health. NRT products are medications that help reduce nicotine...

Northern Kentucky joins statewide Hepatitis A outbreak, Newport Syndicate food handler diagnosed

A case of hepatitis A that has been diagnosed in an employee who handled food at the Newport Syndicate (18 East 5th Street, Newport). An investigation found that this employee worked for a period of time when he/she was ill or infectious, which included the dates of July 25 through Aug. 11, 2018. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant patrons to become infected with the hepatitis A virus due...

Baptist Health has two of Kentucky’s top three hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report

Baptist Health has two of Kentucky’s top three hospitals — Baptist Health Lexington, ranked second, and Baptist Health Louisville, ranked third — in the 2018-19 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Baptist Health Louisville was also named No. 1 in Metro Louisville – the sixth time in seven years that it has been either No. 1 or tied for that ranking. Both hospitals are listed...

Albert B. Chandler Hospital ranked No. 1 in Kentucky; four adult specialties ranked in nation’s top 50

UK HealthCare’s University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital remains the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region for the third consecutive year, according to the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Rankings. In addition, four major health care areas have achieved Top 50 national rankings. UK HealthCare national rankings include 33rd in Diabetes and Endocrinology, 38th...

Study shows secondhand smoke linked to school absence, ER visits and respiratory issues in teens

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News It’s long been established that exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful to babies and young children. Now a study shows that it’s bad for teenagers, too. The University of Cincinnati study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics, analyzed data from 7,389 non-smoking teens aged 12-17 who did not have asthma and had completed the 2017 Population...

UK’s Markey Cancer Center earns renewal of prestigious National Cancer Institute designation

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center announced today that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) renewed its national cancer center designation for the next five years. The UK Markey Cancer Center remains one of only 70 NCI-designated centers in the country and the only one in Kentucky.   “UK was founded for the people of Kentucky, and still today, they turn to us. Five years ago, we stood...

UK researchers track genetic trail of ALS; one form found most common around Cumberland Gap

Two University of Kentucky researchers are on the genetic trail of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Their detective story has not reached its end, but it is told in fascinating fashion by Eric Boodman of Stat, the medicine-and-science publication of The Boston Globe. The story is based around the Cumberland Gap, where Kentucky meets Tennessee and Virginia....

Kentucky making strides in treating hepatitis C with harm-reduction programs, fewer treatment limits

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Eliminating hepatitis C in Kentucky and the rest of the nation will require universal screening and non-restricted access to treatment, and because new cases of the disease are largely driven by intravenous drug use, states must also commit to increasing harm-reduction programs like syringe exchanges and medication-assisted therapies. Those were the overarching...