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UK launches revamped Women’s Health & You program to make good health an ongoing priority

By Ann Coker Special to KyForward Health conditions and medications affect women’s bodies differently than men’s, so it’s important that we understand the specifics of women’s health. Heart attacks often present differently in women than men, for example. And we’re learning that medication, such as the common sleep aid Ambien, is metabolized in women’s bodies differently than in men, meaning...

UK researchers help victims of violence manage chronic pain with mobile breathing techniques app

By Jenny Wells Special to KyForward Researchers from the University of Kentucky are studying how to help victims of sexual and domestic abuse alleviate chronic pain using a smartphone application. Charles Carlson, professor of psychology in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, and Matt Russell, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, are currently conducting the first clinical trial of its kind...

UK officials release second CATS Safety Survey; many remain reluctant to report sexual assaults

By Jenny Wells Special to KyForward As part of its commitment to transparency and continuous improvement in campus safety, University of Kentucky officials have released an executive summary of the 2016 Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (CATS) survey. This summary provides results from the second year of a five year commitment by UK President Eli Capilouto and the endowed faculty of the UK Center for...

UK officials offer recommendations following first mandatory campuswide sexual assault survey

Last spring, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and endowed faculty of the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women initiated the first Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (CATS) survey, with preliminary data being released last fall that showed that more than 90 percent of UK students believe their campus is safe and officials are responsive to safety concerns. However, much work remains...

UK reaches out to other Kentucky schools
to work together on campus safety issues

Diane Follingstad, director of the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women, announced the Campus Climate Consortium that will offer all of Kentucky’s public and private colleges and universities a service of surveying their students about safety, sexual assault and overall climate of their campuses. (UKNow photo)   Earlier this week, University of Kentucky officials unveiled preliminary...

Survey: Most students believe UK is safe, but too many reluctant to report sexual assaults

  Preliminary results from a campus-wide survey of students at the University of Kentucky were unveiled today. Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (CATS) found that most students believe UK is safe, but that too many remain reluctant to report sexual assaults.   UK officials believe the university is among the first in the country to undertake a mandatory campus-wide survey regarding sexual assault...

‘Green Dot’ proven effective in reducing sexual violence in Kentucky high schools

By Keith Hautala Special to KyForward   The University of Kentucky’s “Green Dot” violence prevention program is effective in reducing sexual violence, according to preliminary findings from a five-year study evaluating the program in Kentucky high schools.   The study, led by Ann Coker at UK’s Center for Research on Violence Against Women, found a greater than 50 percent reduction...

'Green Dot' proven effective in reducing sexual violence in Kentucky high schools

By Keith Hautala Special to KyForward   The University of Kentucky’s “Green Dot” violence prevention program is effective in reducing sexual violence, according to preliminary findings from a five-year study evaluating the program in Kentucky high schools.   The study, led by Ann Coker at UK’s Center for Research on Violence Against Women, found a greater than 50 percent reduction...

Capitol Notes: Panel passes domestic violence bill, sends it to full House for consideration

Special to KyForward   Legislation that would include dating partners among those allowed to obtain domestic violence protective orders has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.   “I think about Kentucky as the only state that doesn’t offer this type of protection,” said Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, the sponsor of House Bill 8.   Carol Jordan, the director of the...