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Toxic chemicals known as PFAS detected in many of Kentucky’s municipal water treatment plants

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Chemicals called PFAS have been found in Kentucky’s drinking water. Known as emerging contaminants, PFAS are found in the Teflon in non-stick cookware, food bags, some brands of dental floss and in fire fighting foam. There is evidence that PFAS can accumulate in the body over time, and are linked to cancer and disruption of the thyroid and immune system....

KY Youth Advocates, Foundation for Healthy KY warn of surge in teen e-cigarette usage; it’s not safe

A new infographic from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates highlights the surge in e-cigarette usage among teens seen across the Commonwealth and the nation. While youth cigarette smoking in Kentucky has steadily declined, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, known as vapes and Juuls, is putting a new generation of teens at risk of nicotine addiction. “Kentucky...

Keven Moore: Food trucks the new rage for urban eating, but are restaurants on wheels safe?

Restaurants on wheels are the new rage when comes to urban eating. On the surface, they threaten the brick-and-mortar restaurants as they have been eating into their profits. Some complain that these mobile businesses have an unfair advantage because they don’t have to maintain a building, pay the same in rent/mortgage, utilities, insurance and property tax. It’s easy to understand their concerns,...

With Farm Safety and Health Week in September, Quarles urges farmers, motorists to take extra care

Farmers put their health, and even their lives, on the line to provide the food and fiber we all depend on, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in proclaiming the week of Sept. 16-22 as Farm Safety and Health Week. “Farmers encounter many hazards in their work from machinery, livestock, chemicals, extreme weather, and other factors,” Quarles said. “A death or injury on the farm is a tragedy...

SmartHealthToday: Youngsters not the only ones at risk of accidental home poisonings, so take precautions

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Poisoning is the No. 1 cause of injury-related death in the United States. “It’s not just little ones that are in danger it’s adults as well,” notes Dr. John LaCount, a pediatrician with St. Elizabeth Physicians’ Florence office. How severe is the problem? In 2015 Americans called a poison control center 2.2 million times about people exposed to dangerous...