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Frontier Nursing University joins celebration of ‘International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife’

In 2019, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed that the year 2020 be designated the “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The proposal was approved by the World Health Assembly. In addition to the significance of Florence Nightingale’s birthday anniversary, the designation was made...

Kentucky’s nurses are influencing policy and public health in the “Year of the Nurse”

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The World Health Organization has declared 2020 the “Year of the Nurse” in celebration of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing. In Kentucky, nurses are expanding their roles in communities. Executive Director of the Kentucky Nurses Association Delanor Manson said the state would benefit...

Retired EKU professor earns fourth Fulbright Scholar Award, travels to Azerbaijan to teach

Coming from a Pakistani business family that for generations built and fostered relationships worldwide, she was raised and educated to think globally and, from a young age, traveled frequently and extensively. Now, Dr. Qaisar Sultana is headed to Azerbaijan with a Fulbright Scholar Award. The professor emerita of special education at Eastern Kentucky University will teach a special education course...

Study examines relationship between exercise and slowing the progression of early Alzheimer’s

By Allison Caban-Holt Special to KyForward Experts at the World Health Organization say that a sedentary lifestyle is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide. We all know that being active can reduce our risk for diabetes, heart disease or even stress. But might it also help ward off dementia? Lately, researchers have been studying the relationship between exercise and cognitive performance,...

WHO report says 20 percent tax on sugary drinks would lead to corresponding decrease in obesity

From The Rural Blog A 20 percent tax on sugary drinks would decrease obesity by 20 percent, says a report by the World Health Organization. The report also said reducing prices for fruits and vegetables would increase consumption of those products. WHO officials say “drinking fewer calorific sweet drinks is the best way to curb excessive weight and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes,...

Kentucky Department for Public Health urges travelers to take precautions against Zika virus

Kentuckians traveling to areas of the world affected by the Zika virus disease, should take steps to protect themselves and their families from this and other vector-borne diseases, the Kentucky Department for Public Health advises. The Zika virus is an infectious illness circulating in various countries. Click for larger image Like many viruses, Zika can be acquired from the bite of an infected mosquito....

World Diabetes Day: Others look to Kentucky for leadership in advocacy and awareness

  By Stewart Perry and Bob Babbage Special to KyForward   World Diabetes Day was launched in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization as an effort to engage people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. It is held every year on Nov. 14.   This year Kentuckians will mark World Diabetes Day with a mixture of concern and celebration.   Concern...

Alzheimer’s News: Deaths much higher than thought; new blood test predicts disease

Thousands walked last September in the annual march to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s in Louisville. (Photo from Ky./Ind. chapter)   By combining the results of a study published recently in the journal Neurology and another published online this week in Nature Medicine, the Kentucky and Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association believe that up to a half a million deaths a year...

UK delegation sees firsthand the pros and cons of Cuba’s unique health care system

The UK group visited Cuba as part of a Education Abroad program. (Photo from UKNow)   Derrick Meads and Sarah Geegan Special to KyForward   A delegation of 20 University of Kentucky students, hospital administrators, faculty and staff recently returned from Cuba, where through an Education Abroad program they explored the country’s unique health care system.   The delegation, led by...

Gena Bigler: Choosing a home birth may
be difficult but also may be best choice

In 27 states, Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) practice legally and some are reimbursed by Medicaid. In Kentucky, Certified Professional Midwives are not recognized and can face prosecution for assisting a birthing mother.  It is perfectly legal for a woman to give birth at home, but an attendant risks possible jail time for helping. The Kentucky Senate is currently considering a bill to recognize...

Gena Bigler: Choosing a home birth may be difficult but also may be best choice

In 27 states, Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) practice legally and some are reimbursed by Medicaid. In Kentucky, Certified Professional Midwives are not recognized and can face prosecution for assisting a birthing mother.  It is perfectly legal for a woman to give birth at home, but an attendant risks possible jail time for helping. The Kentucky Senate is currently considering a bill to recognize...