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New report shows obesity rates on the rise among Kentucky teens, improving for younger kids

A new report shows fewer young Kentuckians are obese, but the opposite is true for local adolescents. According to latest State of Obesity Report, more than 20 percent of Kentucky teens are obese, the third-worst rate in the country. That number has grown from just more than 18 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, obesity rates for younger kids are improving. Roughly 13 percent of Kentucky children ages...

Ky. ranks next to last in exercise, the closest thing to a wonder drug, say Centers for Disease Control

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky adults rank next to last for getting the recommended amount of exercise, followed only by Mississippi, according to a recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, based on CDC polling that asks people about their exercise habits and health. The poll found that only 14.6 percent of Kentucky adults reported getting the amount of...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Move with heart to better your health during American Heart Month

As part of American Heart Month in February, the Department for Public Health encourages Kentuckians to increase their levels of physical activity to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. To get involved, use the hashtag #MoveWithHeart on social media to connect with others and search for posts about exercise, physical activity and improving cardiovascular health. Heart disease is the second...

Study shows combination of low-salt, heart-healthy diet as good as drug therapy for high blood pressure

A new study finds that cutting back on salt and following the heart-healthy DASH diet can lower blood pressure, a disease that affects almost two out of every five Kentuckians. “Our results add to the evidence that dietary interventions are as effective as—or more effective than—anti-hypertensive drugs in those at highest risk for high blood pressure, and should be a routine first-line treatment...

SmartHealthToday: For young father Matt Richard, world’s smallest pacemaker was big solution

SmartHealthToday Life threw a dramatic curve ball to Matt and Krissy Richard of Fort Thomas. The drama started on a Thursday morning, as Krissy prepared breakfast for their four, young children. When Matt walked downstairs, she quickly realized something was very wrong. “He was very confused. He kept saying, ‘I woke up at the wrong point. I feel like I need to go back to sleep,’” remembers...

UK Gill Heart Institute partners with The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati for heart treatment trial

The University of Kentucky’s HealthCare’s Gill Heart Institute and The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati have partnered to test a new treatment for adults with congenital heart disease. The COMPASSION Trial will test the efficacy of the Sapien 3 valve as a replacement for a diseased pulmonary valve. The Sapien 3 has already been approved for replacement of the aortic valve. The COMPASSION...

U of L cardiologist to test biomarker that may predict heart disease in women

Heart disease is the leading cause of mortality in women worldwide, including in the United States. Although deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in men have declined since the 1970s, the rates of death for women have not followed. University of Louisville cardiologist Andrew DeFilippis, M.D., M.Sc., may be on the verge of a breakthrough in detecting cardiovascular disease before a heart attack...