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Flu spreads in Kentucky as the holiday season begins; health

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky has seen 785 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza since the flu season started in late September, an...
05-12-2019 16:04

Researchers find mental health of parents matters when it co

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 ca...
04-12-2019 16:04

Pharmacies could help get more teens vaccinated for a virus

Alabama Department of Public HealthThere\'s a vaccine for a virus that causes sex-related cancer, but rural teens are less likely to get it or know ...
03-12-2019 16:04

Juul Labs used research that tobacco-cigarette manufacturers

In this screenshot of an April 2016 video, recently removed from YouTube, a co-founder of Juul Labs, James Monsees, presents an R.J. Reynolds research...
30-11-2019 16:04

Bullitt County schools to sue Juul Labs, alleging it created

Bullitt Central High School Principal Joe Pat Lee watches students arrive on opening day. (BCPS photo)The Bullitt County school board voted Nov. 25 to...
30-11-2019 16:04

Kentucky state senator taken aback by 'shoutfest' in White H

State Sen. Julie Raque Adams speaks in the White House Nov. 22 as President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar listen. (Image fro...
29-11-2019 16:03

Substance abuse drives decrease in life expectancy in U.S.,

Charts from report show impact of drug overdoses; ages 45-54 showed an increase almost as steep.By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsAmericans are dying you...
28-11-2019 16:04

Louisville newspaper tracks huge, powerful and violent drug

Courier Journal illustration shows farm worker who oversaw flow of $30 million in drugs into Kentucky.The tentacles of a huge, powerful and violent dr...
28-11-2019 16:04

New state Medicaid contracts drop Passport and Anthem, which

On its way out, the administration of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has given five health-insurance companies new, five-year deals to manage the care of ...
28-11-2019 16:04

Report says Kentucky Medicaid could save nearly $240 million

Kentucky\'s Medicaid program could save nearly $240 million a year by eliminating pharmacy benefit managers and returning to its old "fee for service"...
27-11-2019 16:04

How to enjoy holiday-season foods, without the weight gain

Seasonal, calorie-rich holiday foods that show up on Thanksgiving Day and stick around until New Year\'s Day can be detrimental to the waistline. But ...
27-11-2019 16:04

State health department offers food safety tips to keep your

A properly prepared turkey and safe food handling practices go a long way in keeping friends and families safe from foodborne illness during the holid...
23-11-2019 16:04

Kentucky?s diabetes problem continues to worsen; rate now at

The number of adults with diabetes and pre-diabetes in Kentucky continues to rise, according to the 2019 Kentucky Diabetes Report. The number of adul...
23-11-2019 16:04

Words matter when writing about addiction, and wrong words i

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsASHLAND, Ky. -- The words used to describe drug addiction and those suffering from it can either perpetuate the ...
23-11-2019 16:04

Kentucky offers free service to help teens quit vaping and s

In an effort to help teenagers stop vaping, the Kentucky Department for Public Health has launched a free service called ?My Life, My Quit.?The servic...
23-11-2019 16:04

Employer-sponsored insurance health plans in Ky. more costly

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA recent analysis by The Commonwealth Fund, a foundation interested in the health-care system, shows that the ov...
23-11-2019 16:04

Ky. has improved on several measures of children's health, b

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsAlmost one in four Kentuckians are children. How goes their health"Most have health insurance, fewer teenagers a...
21-11-2019 16:04

Pushback makes Trump back off electronic-cigarette flavor ba

The industry organized opposition to the flavor ban, (Photo: Dylan Hollingsworth, Bloomberg News)President Trump has decided not to go through with th...
19-11-2019 16:04

March of Dimes gives Ky. D-minus for high rate of pre-term b

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsChildbirth, which should be one of life\'s most joyous occasions, has become more deadly for Kentucky mothers, a...
18-11-2019 16:04

'Stop using this criminal-justice hammer to address a public

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsASHLAND, Ky. ? At a day-long workshop for journalists on covering substance abuse and recovery, state Justice an...
18-11-2019 16:04

Federal ban on e-cig flavors appears to have stalled; new st

President Trump and his top health officials said in September that they were planning to place a ban on flavored electronic cigarettes, but the pol...
17-11-2019 16:04

Celebrate National Rural Health Day with a week of events st

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is planning a week of events to observe National Rural Health Day on Nov. 21.Nov. 18 From 9:30 a.m. E...
16-11-2019 16:03

More action needed to protect patients from antibiotic-resis

Cover of CDC report; to download it, click here.More action is needed to protect Americans from antibiotic-resistant infections, 2.8 million of which ...
14-11-2019 16:04

With the holiday season just ahead, it's more important than

Mayo Clinic photoThe state Department for Public Health is pushing Kentuckians to get their flu shots, since the holiday season is approaching.?People...
14-11-2019 16:04

Rural weekly reports on increasing tick-borne allergy to red

Map shows cases entered by site users and is not verified. For a larger version of the map, click on it.A tick-borne allergy to red meat is becoming m...
12-11-2019 16:04

50 Kentucky hospitals get semi-annual ratings on how well th

More Kentucky hospitals are doing better at protecting patients from infections, injuries and other in-hospital threats, according to notes. Leapfrog ...
11-11-2019 16:04

Gov.-elect Andy Beshear says he'll immediately rescind Gov.

Beshear claims victory (Reuters photo by Harrison McClary)By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsGovernor-elect Andy Beshear says he will rescind Repub...
11-11-2019 16:04

Community forum in Louisville addresses teen use of e-cigs

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky students led a community forum about the epidemic of electronic cigarette use among teens at DuPont Man...
11-11-2019 16:04

First Ky. Senior Hunger Summit brings awareness to issue, se

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsOne in six Kentuckians older than 60 have faced the threat of hunger in the past year, prompting state officials...
10-11-2019 16:04

State ends advisory against recreational use of Ohio River,

The state has ended the recreational public-health advisory it issued Sept. 26 due to harmful algal blooms in the Ohio River. "Results from recent wat...
10-11-2019 16:04

Kentucky doctors and hospitals are changing the culture of o

Dr. Philip Overall in the emergency room at St. Claire Hospital in Morehead, which has cut the unit\'s opioid-prescription rates by half. (Photo by Jo...
10-11-2019 16:04

WVLK Radio will focus on the opioid epidemic from 9 a.m. to

WVLK Radio in Lexington will host a day-long program to talk about the opioid epidemic on Nov. 13 titled, "Enough: Opioid Awareness Day.""We just thou...
10-11-2019 16:04

Medicaid program that pays employer-sponsored insurance prem

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA program that will pay the premiums of working Medicaid members who have access to insurance through their empl...
08-11-2019 16:04

Is Bevin 'trying to rip health care away from our families'&

Northern Kentucky debate (Photo by Albert Cesare, Cincinnati Enquirer)By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsHealth-related issues figure prominently in some ...
04-11-2019 16:04

E-cigarette users need to watch for symptoms of lung injury

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention illustrationBy Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsIf you use electronic cigarettes, contrary to current war...
04-11-2019 16:04

Register by Friday, Nov. 8, for Covering Substance Abuse and

Friday, Nov. 8 is the deadline to register for Covering Substance Abuse and Recovery: A Workshop for Journalists, to be held in Ashland, Ky., on Nov. ...
04-11-2019 16:04

Two Kentuckians, one 13, among plaintiffs in 26-state lawsui

Two Kentuckians are suing Juul Labs, the manufacturer of the most popular electronic cigarette, claiming that the company used deceptive marketing pra...
03-11-2019 16:03

Ky. and Ohio researchers get $5.7 million grant to improve A

Researchers in Kentucky and Ohio have received a $5.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to increase colororectal cancer screenings and ...
02-11-2019 16:04

Citing 'pending legal challenge,' Indiana suspends its Medic

Indiana?s Medicaid program has temporarily suspended its work and community-engagement requirements "due to a pending legal challenge," according to a...
02-11-2019 16:04
01-11-2019 16:03

Health poll breakdown shows regional differences on drugs, s

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has released regional breakdowns of the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, which was conducted last fall. Each breakdo...
01-11-2019 16:03

Open enrollment for federally subsidized health insurance (O

Insurance Department maps, adapted by Kentucky Health News; click on either for a larger version.Open enrollment for federally subsidized health insur...
28-10-2019 16:04

Health Literacy Month reflects why Kentucky Health News exis

By Al CrossEditor and Publisher, Kentucky Health NewsKentucky Heath News is in the business of health literacy: helping Kentuckians understand how to ...
27-10-2019 16:03

As 'vaping' devices evolve, new potential hazards emerge

By Carmen Heredia RodriguezKaiser Health NewsThe smokeless tobacco industry that began with low-voltage cigarette look-alikes has evolved to include c...
26-10-2019 16:04

Albany doctor's weight-loss clinic sees big results with old

Dr. Carol Peddicord holds a model representingfive pounds of body fat. (Clinton County News photo)A doctor and pharmacist in rural Albany are seeing...
25-10-2019 16:04

Be wary of the complex pros and cons of Medicare Advantage p

By Trudy LiebermanCommunity Health News Service Along with crunchy leaves and pumpkins, fall brings a slew of advertising for insurance plans that fil...
24-10-2019 16:04

Three cases of whooping cough have been reported in Lexingt

Two cases of whooping cough have occurred in less than a month at a Lexington high school, and another Lexington high school reported a case earlier t...
24-10-2019 16:04

Nursing home's volunteer program disbands due to dwindling n

Sunrise Manor volunteers used money from fees to buy items that residents could use. Here, Tickle Ragland, second row at left, and Rebekah Okeson, sec...
24-10-2019 16:04

Lawmaker files 2 anti-vaping bills; some want a ban on flavo

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA Louisville legislator has pre-filed two bills to combat the surge of youth use of electronic cigarettes in Ke...
24-10-2019 16:04

Weekly editor-publisher, one of several speakers at Nov. 15

Sharon Burton has been getting national attention for her series "The Cost of Addiction" in her weekly Adair County Community Voice in Columbia, Kentu...
23-10-2019 16:04

Citing legal problems encountered by Kentucky and Arkansas,

Section 1115 waivers are the device being used to add work and other "community engagement" rules.Arizona has indefinitely suspended its plan to add w...
22-10-2019 16:04

Kentucky legislators have pre-filed bills to cap the cost of

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsWhile legislators and health advocates work to control the surging cost of insulin, a mother with two children a...
21-10-2019 16:04

Over 1/3 of Ky. students in violation of rule requiring hepa

Photo illustration from NaturalHealthNews.comMore than a third of Kentucky school students are in violation of the year-old state law requiring them t...
21-10-2019 16:04

Bevin and Beshear hotly debate governor's Medicaid work rule

Gov. Bevin and Attorney General Beshear debated Oct. 15. (Photo by Ryan Hermens, Lexington Herald-Leader)By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA key d...
19-10-2019 16:04

Four students at Grayson County High School taken to hospita

Leitchfield and Grayson County (Wikipedia maps)Four students at Grayson County High School in Leitchfield were taken to the local hospital Oct. 15, an...
19-10-2019 16:04

Kentucky ranks 3rd in child obesity, a disease tied to a lon

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsMore than one out of five Kentucky children between 10 and 17 are obese, ranking the state third in the nation, ...
18-10-2019 16:04

Attorney general hopefuls say they'd go after opioid makers

Both candidates for attorney general of Kentucky said Monday night that they would press legal action against manufacturers of opioids, and Democrat G...
15-10-2019 16:04

Weekly editor says he's coming to Nov. 15 workshop on drug c

Why should journalists attend a workshop on covering local drug problems""We cannot continue to wear blinders and ignore this problem that is now affe...
13-10-2019 16:03

Federal appeals-court judges indicate they are unlikely to r

Bevin is running for re-election on his Medicaid plan. Thismailer is from Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group.Federal judges were dubious F...
12-10-2019 16:03

Rising drug prices put more pressure on Congress to act; adv

By Trudy LiebermanCommunity Health News Service Maybe ? just maybe ? Americans will get some relief from the relentlessly rising prices of pharmaceuti...
10-10-2019 16:04

Illnesses and deaths from e-cigarettes are still on the rise

As health officials try to figure out the exact cause of more than 1,000 cases of illness related to Americans\' use of electronic cigarettes, Kentuck...
10-10-2019 16:04

Ky. Rural Health Association 21st annual conference will be

The 21st  annual Kentucky Rural Health Association conference will be held in Bowling Green Nov. 14-15 at Western Kentucky University\'s Knicely Cent...
10-10-2019 16:04

Study concludes 16 rural hospitals in Ky. at high risk of cl

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsMany rural hospitals across Kentucky are struggling to keep their doors open. And though the numbers vary on jus...
07-10-2019 16:04

Study finds almost all who would be affected by Ky. Medicaid

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsIf the courts allow Kentucky to put work and community engagement requirements in its Medicaid program, only 3 p...
05-10-2019 16:04

New beverage recommendations for children to age 5 say to av

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsHealth experts from four of the nation\'s most prominent health organizations have created a new set of beverage...
05-10-2019 16:04

91% of Kentucky's school districts are now tobacco-free; fou

 Districts in white are not tobacco-free. For a larger map, click on it.Only 15 of Kentucky\'s 172 school districts, or 8.7 percent, have not passed ...
05-10-2019 16:04

October is Farm to School Month, prompting observations acro

School districts throughout Kentucky will hold special events throughout October to celebrate Farm to School Month.?Farm to School helps Kentucky stud...
05-10-2019 16:04

Louisville campaign works to decrease high suicide rate amon

A new campaign in Louisville is working to decrease the high suicide rate among high school students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgend...
03-10-2019 16:04

Registration is open for a free substance-abuse and addictio

The Kentucky Rural Health Association is hosting the Western Kentucky Regional Community Education Day, designed to educate and stimulate community di...
03-10-2019 16:04

Nov. 15 workshop in Ashland will help rural journalists cove

The epidemic of opioid use and other substance abuse has hit many rural communities hard, but rural news media have a hard time covering this difficul...
02-10-2019 16:04

Kentucky libraries have become key partners in helping rural

An information board in the Pulaski County Public Library hasmuch material about health. (Photo by Sarah Baird for Stateline)Libraries in rural Kentuc...
02-10-2019 16:04

Algal bloom warning issued for Ohio River above Louisville

The state Division of Water and Department for Public Health are warning people not to swim, wade or ski in the Ohio River from the McAlpine Dam at Lo...
30-09-2019 16:04

Burkesville hospital open, similar one 24 miles away in Tenn

OpenStreetMap contributors, via The Daily Yonder, adapted by Ky. Health NewsAlong the Cumberland River in Southern Kentucky and Middle Tennessee are t...
30-09-2019 16:04

Bevin wants 'inaccurate and defamatory' Democratic ad taken

Gov. Matt Bevin has asked TV stations to take down what his campaign calls a "factually inaccurate and defamatory" commercial that says Bevin has trie...
30-09-2019 16:04

Rural hospitals, already cut by Medicare, are about to get t

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsHospitals in Kentucky and across the nation are getting a reprieve, maybe a short one, from a new formula cuttin...
30-09-2019 16:04

Ben Chandler awarded Kentucky Medical Association's advocacy

Dr. Bruce Scott (L), Ben Chandler (R)Kentucky Medical Association photo.  The Kentucky Medical Association awarded Ben Chandler, president and CEO o...
29-09-2019 16:04

Schuster wins top health policy advocacy award for more than

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsSheila Schuster, who has spent more than four decades advocating for those with mental illness and other disabil...
29-09-2019 16:04

After VA fired him for 'egregious' misconduct, doctor was hi

Gov. Matt Bevin\'s administration hired a physician to lead the state infectious-disease office soon after he had been dismissed by the U.S. Departmen...
28-09-2019 16:04

Founding dean of UK College of Public Health, Dr. Douglas Sc

F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D.Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield, a retired public-health professor at the University of Kentucky, is the recipient of this year...
28-09-2019 16:04

It's flu season, and 154 Kentuckians have already been diagn

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe beginning of fall means it\'s also the beginning of flu season, prompting health officials to remind Kentuck...
28-09-2019 16:04

Sellout crowd at first major Ky. forum on medical cannabis h

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe health benefits of medical marijuana haven\'t been proven and more research is needed, according to a leadin...
26-09-2019 16:04

Juul stops all ads, gets a new CEO, and says it won't lobby

Juul products (Photo by Bill O\'Leary, The Washington Post)The leading manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, Juul Labs, suspended advertising its pro...
26-09-2019 16:04

Lexington man's lawsuit says Juul Labs leads users of its de

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23-09-2019 16:04

Trump 'stunned' electronic cigarette industry with plan to b

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump listened asacting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless talks about a planto ban most flavored e-cigarettes. (As...
23-09-2019 16:04

Ky. has one of 5 highest death rates in U.S.; UK public-heal

Kentucky is one of the top five states for the highest death rates, according to a new study that compared mortality patterns between the five states...
23-09-2019 16:04

New state health chief cautions against all e-cigarette use;

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsHAZARD, Ky. -- At her first public speaking engagement as state health commissioner, Dr. Angela Dearinger spoke ...
23-09-2019 16:04

Health-care interests, using TV ads that hide who's paying f

This ad claims the bill would help insurance firms and hurt patients.Unknown people and businesses are giving millions of dollars to kill legislation ...
23-09-2019 16:04

New Children's Health Coalition will advocate 'policies, pro

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky has a new, statewide coalition to work on improving children\'s health in school settings.It was establ...
21-09-2019 16:03

State offers new website that links to addiction and recover

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky state government has a new, user-friendly website called "Hope and Help" that brings addiction and reco...
21-09-2019 16:03

Nominations are sought by Friday, Sept. 20. for award recogn

Since 2003, the Kentucky Rural Health Association has presented an individual with an award for lifetime contributions to rural health in Kentucky. Th...
20-09-2019 16:04

Six Kentucky health centers awarded more than $1.7 million i

Six health centers in Kentucky have received more than $1.7 million in competitive federal grants to be used toward improving oral health.The Health R...
20-09-2019 16:04

Ky. River District Health Department director named a Ky. he

Scott LockardThe Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named Public Health Director Scott Lockard of the Kentucky River District Health Department its...
20-09-2019 16:04

Adult obesity in Ky. reaches all-time high of 36.6%, fifth i

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky adults just keep getting larger, reaching an all-time high for the number of obese adults in the state,...
16-09-2019 16:04

Reported $12 billion settlement by Purdue Pharma prompts Bev

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin spoke to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, as Democratic Secretary of State Alison Grimes seemed to react, before B...
15-09-2019 16:04
15-09-2019 16:04

State investigating 3, probably 5, cases of e-cigarette lung

The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services is investigating three cases, and two probable cases, of a lung illness linked to electronic cigare...
15-09-2019 16:04

Legislator questions state loan of $50 million to U of L for

U of L Health CEO Tom Miller spokeat the meeting. (Photo by Melissa Patrick )By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky lawmakers asked a Universi...
15-09-2019 16:04

More than 100 people gather in Owensboro to talk about meth;

Crystal methamphetamine (Drug Enforcement Administration)The methamphetamine problem is so bad in Owensboro that the city commissioner hosted a commun...
13-09-2019 16:04

Trump moves to ban most flavored electronic cigarettes

A young person uses an electronic cigarette. (Getty Images)Citing his 13-year-old son as an example, President Trump signaled Wednesday that his admi...
12-09-2019 16:05

Bank buys bankrupt Pineville hospital, says it will probably

Pineville Mayor Scott Madon and others celebrated the takeoverand renaming of the hospital during its bankruptcy proceedings.(File photo by Ray Welch,...
12-09-2019 16:05
 



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