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Kentuckians urged to prevent coronavirus by same protocols as influenza; virus can spread rapidly

The Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky are urging Kentuckians to practice known flu prevention protocols in light of Tuesday’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warning that the novel coronavirus is expected to spread within communities in the United States. “While novel coronavirus presents a low...

Here are eight food tips to boost the immune system and help avoid illness during flu season

Flu season is here – and food is one of your best ways to fight back. More than 2.6 million flu illnesses are estimated nationwide so far this flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. While the flu vaccine can help prevent the flu or weaken its impact, an immunity-boosting diet is also beneficial. Here are eight dietary tips to help you avoid getting the flu. The sunshine...

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....

Erin Calipari making a name for herself, as researcher on vulnerability of women to addiction and relapse

Erin Calipari is getting noticed, and no longer just because she’s the daughter of University of Kentucky coach John Calipari. As a researcher at Vanderbilt University, she has “dedicated herself to making groundbreaking discoveries about women’s vulnerability to drug cravings and the immune system’s role in the fight against the opioid crisis,” reports Jessica Bliss of...