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Pew Trusts: Hemp cannabidiol products may be natural, but does that mean they are safe?

By Sophie Quinton Pew Charitable Trusts At a recent conference Denver, city and Colorado public health officials recounted their scariest hemp CBD manufacturing stories to a packed hotel ballroom. There was the woman who was making hemp oil in her kitchen crockpot and selling it online. The manufacturing facility with no sinks for workers to wash their hands. The facility where dogs ran underfoot....

Kentucky Teacher: Taking on electronic cigarettes, students join forces to stop the epidemic

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky teacher E-cigs. E-vape. E-hookah. Electronic cigarettes may have many aliases, but it can’t hide from the alarming statistics. According to the Kentucky Incentives for Prevention 2018 statewide trends report, electronic cigarette use doubled or nearly doubled in 6th-, 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students, the only grades that were included in the survey, from 2016 to...

Bevin announces allocation of more than $15 million in excess coal severance revenue to 49 counties, 122 municipalities

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday that more than $15 million in excess coal severance tax revenue will be allocated to 49 counties and 122 municipalities that qualify to receive funds from the Local Government Economic Assistance Fund (LGEAF) coal severance program. Enacted by the 2018 General Assembly, HB 200 (as amended by HB 265) directs that if actual coal severance tax revenue collected for the...

Constance Alexander: Celebrating a birthday happy, healthy, and blessed and marveling in life’s miracles

Celebrated my birthday last week, July 1, same day as the births of Princess Diana, Olivia De Havilland, Tommy Dorsey, and Esteé Lauder. The day also marked the invention of sunglasses in China in the year 1200, and the start of the bloody Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. In 1898, the Rough Riders stormed San Juan Hill, and in 1916 Ike and Mamie Eisenhower said “I do” in Denver, Colorado. On the...

Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange awarded Art Works grant of $45,000, announces 2019 Learning Cohort

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) has been awarded an Art Works grant of $45,000 by the National Endowment of the Arts for Art of the Rural. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking and will award 95 grants in the Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works category of Art Works, which is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. “These awards, reaching...

Climate Change: A look at the latest National Climate Assessment report — and a heads up

Staff report Thirteen federal agencies released findings this week in a 1,600-page report on climate change. The U.S. Global Change Research Program is a consortium of 13 federal agencies that include the Department of Defense, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency. The fourth National Climate Assessment is the latest of required reports on federal research into climate change. Mandated by...

Both of state’s Affordable Care Act providers seek rate hikes; Anthem to return to some counties

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The two health insurers offering government-subsidized health plans in Kentucky’s individual market for 2019 are both requesting an overall rate hike, the most popular one seeking increases averaging 3.5 percent and the other asking for 19.4 percent. Insurers offering plans for small groups under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are asking...

Overwhelming percentage of public comments opposed Bevin’s new Medicaid proposal, report says

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Nearly 1,750 Kentuckians submitted comments about Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan for Medicaid during the federal public comment period that ended Oct. 8 and the vast majority of them opposed it. The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, after removing repeated comments submitted over the same names, and the responses that were left blank or were not related to the...

Bevin administration submits revised Medicaid waiver proposal to federal government

Gov. Matt Bevin submitted the Section 1115 demonstration waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Sylvia Burwell Wednesday. The waiver will put Kentuckians on a path to better health outcomes, ensure long-term sustainability of the Medicaid program and familiarize members with commercial...

Constance Alexander: A look at health issues the candidates should be talking about this election cycle

Murray, Ky. has been recognized as a retirement community, a friendly town, home of an affordable regional university with a reasonable cost of living, and ample access to outdoor recreation at nearby Land Between The Lakes. Besides that, Calloway County has more residents over the age of 65 than all the other Area Development Districts in Kentucky. In fact, when compared to the rest of the Commonwealth,...

Rep. Mike Denham: State is seeing success across the board, outperforming other states

  FRANKFORT – As states look for ways to improve their quality of life, the first thing they usually do is see how well they stack up with the rest of the country.   An annual publication known as “State Rankings” makes that relatively easy by bringing together more than 500 comparisons from a variety of sources. While some of the information can be dated – the most recent edition...

2012 Review: Our Health stories, columns focused on positives, identified challenges

When it comes to Kentucky’s health and well-being, the bad news sometimes threatens to overshadow the good. And while we at KyForward would be remiss to ignore the health challenges our state faces, we take seriously our commitment to showcase the success stories as well. Whether it’s a report about the first Total Artificial Heart implant, the story of a Central Baptist Hospital nurse...

Don McNay: Health and exercise require same time commitment as creating wealth

“Feel the city breaking and everybody shaking and we’re staying alive, staying alive.”   – The Bee Gees   I’m 50 pounds lighter than I was last Christmas. I’ll be down another 50 by Christmas 2013.   It took me until this year to realize that health and exercise require the same time and resource commitment as creating wealth. People who become wealthy...