Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism http://weku.fm en Tennessee Moves Out of Top 10 Heaviest States http://weku.fm/post/tennessee-moves-out-top-10-heaviest-states <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/09/celebrate-with-salad-new-cdc-report.html">It <i>can</i> be done.</a> A determined state can move the needle on its obesity numbers. Heidi Hall of <b>The Tennessean</b> reports that widespread efforts to change Tennesseans’ diet and exercise habits mean that the state’s percentage of obese residents have dropped for two consecutive years – something that hasn’t happened in more than a decade. "A new report from the <b>Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</b> moves Tennessee out of the top 10 most obese states for the first time since 1999 – it’s now ranked 15th – and," Hall notes, "is prompting cautious optimism in leaders charged with slimming down the state."<i> (Associated Press photo)</i> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:20:46 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 32919 at http://weku.fm Tennessee Moves Out of Top 10 Heaviest States CNN Reports Medicare Bankruptcy is Unlikely http://weku.fm/post/cnn-reports-medicare-bankruptcy-unlikely <p>That giant whooshing sound you just heard is the sound of millions of baby boomers letting out of sigh of relief. That's because <b>CNN.com</b> did some much needed <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/07/politics/pol-fact-check-medicare/index.html">fact checking</a> for them on the often-cited and more often fretted about claim of Medicare’s “impending” bankruptcy. What they found is was startling -- and in a good way, for a change. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:52:36 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 32909 at http://weku.fm CNN Reports Medicare Bankruptcy is Unlikely Study Verifies Link Between Choleseterol and Cancer http://weku.fm/post/study-verifies-link-between-choleseterol-and-cancer <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/09/study-finds-that-link-between.html"><b>University of Rochester Medical Center</b> </a>scientists have verified a cholesterol-cancer link with new genetic evidence, raising the possibility that cholesterol medications could be useful in the future for cancer prevention or to augment existing cancer treatment. "The link between cholesterol and cancer is clear," senior study author Hartmut Land said, "but it's premature to say that (cholesterol-lowering drugs) are the answer." Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:48:55 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 32908 at http://weku.fm Obesity and Food Stamps Have Close Correlation http://weku.fm/post/obesity-and-food-stamps-have-close-correlation <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/09/is-there-correlation-between-food-stamp.html">"Who's getting fat off food stamps?"</a> asks <b>ABC News' </b>Alan Farnham, reporting that a record number of Americans -- 46.7 million, or nearly 1 in 7 -- now uses the benefit, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It cost $72 billion last year, up from $30 billion four years earlier. Budget hawks have targeted the program's swollen size and cost, helping prevent passage of a new Farm Bill. Now Farnham reports, "There are those who say SNAP is making two different constituencies fat -- big corporations and the poor -- the first, figuratively; the second, literally." Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:42:35 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 32726 at http://weku.fm Beshear Can Reshape Kentucky Medical Licensure Board http://weku.fm/post/beshear-can-reshape-kentucky-medical-licensure-board <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/09/in-wake-of-pill-mill-regulation-fight.html">Gov. Steve Beshear is in a position</a> to reshape a state medical board that has played a central and controversial role in recent efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse. Mike Wynn of <b>The Courier-Journal</b>&nbsp; reports that the terms of three members of the <b>Kentucky Medical Licensure Board</b> expired Aug. 31, and two other members’ terms await action after ending last year. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:40:30 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 32674 at http://weku.fm Beshear Can Reshape Kentucky Medical Licensure Board Food Security in Kentucky a Growing Issue http://weku.fm/post/food-security-kentucky-growing-issue <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/09/17-percent-of-kentuckians-have-no-food.html">More than 750,000 people in Kentucky</a> -- or 17 percent of those living in the commonwealth -- do not always know where they will find their next meal, according to <b>Feeding America</b>’s Map the Meal Gap study. Among Kentucky's children, the number of those experiencing food insecurity is astonishing higher -- at 23 percent. The Lane Report <a href="http://www.lanereport.com/10398/2012/09/17-percent-do-not-always-know-where-they-will-find-next-meal/">notes</a> this has prompted state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer to declare September as Farmers and Food Banks Fighting Hunger Month in Kentucky. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:01:36 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 32574 at http://weku.fm Food Security in Kentucky a Growing Issue Whooping Cough at Epidemic Levels http://weku.fm/post/whooping-cough-epidemic-levels <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/09/state-health-department-says-381-cases.html">The state<b>&nbsp;Department of Public Health </b></a>says whooping cough is now at epidemic levels. Department officials told Amanda Stephenson of <b>WTVQ-TV</b> in Lexington&nbsp;that 381 cases of the virus have been confirmed so far in 2012.&nbsp; The <b>Lexington-Fayette County Health Department</b> is reporting 50 cases so far this year. That's double the 26 cases they'd seen in the previous five years. Estill County health officials have seen a quadrupling of cases since July. (<a href="http://www.wtvq.com/content/localnews/story/Whooping-Cough-Reaches-Epidemic-In-Bluegrass/JswFOE_vjUuvH4GL3W1raw.cspx">Read more</a>) Thu, 06 Sep 2012 20:58:12 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 32519 at http://weku.fm Census Releases Health Insurance Data Estimates http://weku.fm/post/census-releases-health-insurance-data-estimates <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/08/census-data-show-every-countys-numbers.html">The <b>U.S. Census Bureau</b></a> released data this week showing 2010 estimates of health insurance coverage for all 50 states and each of the nation’s counties. The data are exactly what journalists need to do their own stories about the problem of the uninsured and the potential impact of Medicaid expansion under federal health reform. Laura Ungar of <b>The Courier-Journal</b> in Louisville used the data to show what parts of Kentucky have the most uninsured and which would benefit most from Medicaid expansion. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:00:50 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 32247 at http://weku.fm Census Releases Health Insurance Data Estimates Female Life Expectancy Declines in Rural Areas http://weku.fm/post/female-life-expectancy-declines-rural-areas <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/08/female-life-expectancy-in-9-eastern-ky.html">The life expectancy of the average U.S. female</a> increased 1.7 years from 1999 to 2009 -- 79.6 to 81.3 years. Good news on the whole, but <b>Daily Yonder</b> reporters Bill Bishop and Robert Gallardo went a little farther in their analysis of the data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the<b> University of Washington.</b> They found that rural women hardly kept up, and some even lost ground in the decade while their urban sisters obviously gained from widespread health advances. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:47:28 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 32235 at http://weku.fm Female Life Expectancy Declines in Rural Areas Tobacco Use Higher in Rural Areas http://weku.fm/post/tobacco-use-higher-rural-areas <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/08/targets-of-tobacco-marketing-rural.html">Tobacco use is higher</a> among rural communities than in suburban and urban areas, and smokeless tobacco use is twice as common. According to the<b> American Lung Association</b>, rural youth are more likely to use tobacco and to start earlier than urban youth, perpetuating the cycle of tobacco addiction, death and disease. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:39:44 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 31970 at http://weku.fm Tobacco Use Higher in Rural Areas Doctors Confused by Pill Mill Bill http://weku.fm/post/doctors-confused-pill-mill-bill <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/08/some-doctors-find-law-to-fight-pill.html">&nbsp;Dr. Alvarado's medical practice </a>in Winchester has prescribed controlled substances to 1,800 patients in Central Kentucky over the past three years. But he and other doctors in the practice decided to put down their pens four weeks ago. That’s because, Mike Wynn of <b>The Courier-Journal</b> reports, "The standards imposed under a new Kentucky law designed to crack down on prescription drug abuse are so strict and complex that he would go bankrupt in a month -- or worse -- if he were to continue prescribing controlled substances." Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:50:51 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 31644 at http://weku.fm Doctors Confused by Pill Mill Bill 10 Swine Flu Cases Linked to Ohio Fair http://weku.fm/post/10-swine-flu-cases-linked-ohio-fair <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/08/cdc-ten-swine-flu-cases-reported-last.html"><b>Centers for Disease Control</b></a> officials in Atlanta say 29 human cases of the new strain of the H3N2 swine flu have been confirmed in the last year, including 12 last week. Ten of the new cases were linked to the <b>Butler County Fair</b> in southwest Ohio. Butler County is just north of Cincinnati&#39;s Hamilton County. The fair ended last weekend. None of the cases have been tied to human-to-human transmission and all 12 of the new patients had close contact with swine prior to getting sick. The two other new cases occurred in Hawaii and Indiana. (CBS News photo) Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:44:11 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 30787 at http://weku.fm 10 Swine Flu Cases Linked to Ohio Fair Smoke Free Kentucky Coalition Launches Tour http://weku.fm/post/smoke-free-kentucky-coalition-launches-tour <p><a href="http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2012/08/smoke-free-kentucky-coalitions-mulit.html">Backers of an effort to ban smoking</a> in all public places in Kentucky took their message on the road this week in hopes of getting legislation passed in the 2013 legislation session. <b>The Smoke Free Kentucky Coalition </b>swept through the state&#39;s largest cities to gather support for a final punch to be delivered at the annual Fancy Farm political picnic in Graves County Saturday. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 21:03:00 +0000 Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism 30561 at http://weku.fm