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University of Kentucky researchers launch antibody testing to help understand immunity to COVID-19

By Elizabeth Chapin University of Kentucky University of Kentucky researchers have launched antibody testing that will help to understand what immunity to COVID-19 really means. Several research labs and core facilities within UK’s Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy will be testing the antibodies of recovered COVID-19 patients for a study to see how long they protect against reinfection. The research...

UK researchers receive $2.6 million grant to educate Kentuckians on risks from radon, tobacco smoke

Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing’s BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments), in conjunction with the Kentucky Geological Survey, the UK College of Public Health, Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), and other community partners in Kentucky were awarded a $2.6 million grant from the National Institute...

Harvard researchers say ‘Prolonged or intermittent’ social-distancing measures likely needed until 2022

According to a study by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, “Prolonged or intermittent” social-distancing measures may be needed until 2022 to keep resurgent cases of COVID-19 from overwhelming the U.S. health-care system. “Social distancing measures may need to last for months to effectively control transmission and mitigate the possibility of resurgence,” they...

Research finds parent’s mental health matters when it comes to childhood obesity, especially in rural areas

As more of the nation’s children become overweight or obese, especially in rural areas, researchers are beginning to look beyond some of the known causes, like inactivity and a poor diet, to other contributors, like the mental health of their parents. One such study, using data from 14,733 children between the ages of 10 and 17 in the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, found that...

UK research project evaluating whether in-furrow fertilizers are cost-efficient for corn producers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In a time when many grain operators are tightening their belts on input costs, producers want to make sure the ones they purchase give them the most favorable results. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers are evaluating whether in-furrow fertilizers provide enough yield increase to offset their costs for Kentucky corn...

Anti-hunger advocates from across the nation make summit on rural child hunger in Kentucky a success

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign gathered anti-hunger advocates from across the country, including Kentucky, to look for ways to reduce hunger among children in rural communities during a national conference March 21-22 in Louisville. The national anti-hunger organization featured educators, researchers, food bank leaders, government officials, and others at its first Rural Child Hunger...