Health and Welfare http://weku.fm en Summit Examines Appalachian Health Issues http://weku.fm/post/summit-examines-appalachian-health-issues <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Calibri, arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Nearly 700 people are expected in Lexington Thursday to dialogue on health disparities in Appalachia.&nbsp;&nbsp; The aim will be to explore pooling resources and researchers to attack health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and stroke.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:40:22 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 57390 at http://weku.fm Summit Examines Appalachian Health Issues Ky. House to Consider Animal Shelter Gas Chamber Bill http://weku.fm/post/ky-house-consider-animal-shelter-gas-chamber-bill <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky General Assembly is considering legislation that would ban the use of gas chambers at the state's animal shelters.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:05:14 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 56463 at http://weku.fm Ky. House to Consider Animal Shelter Gas Chamber Bill Bill Prohibiting E-Cigarettes for Minors Clears State Senate Committee http://weku.fm/post/bill-prohibiting-e-cigarettes-minors-clears-state-senate-committee <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">A bill intended to take electronic cigarettes out of the hands of many teenagers and younger children is headed to the full Kentucky Senate.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:14:49 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 56190 at http://weku.fm Bill Prohibiting E-Cigarettes for Minors Clears State Senate Committee Students to Learn about Alcohol in Federally-funded Summer Program http://weku.fm/post/students-learn-about-alcohol-federally-funded-summer-program <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A 350 thousand dollar federal&nbsp;grant&nbsp;will allow scores of undergraduate students to participate in alcohol-related research over the next five summers.&nbsp; The announcement of the new&nbsp;Summer Training in Alcohol Research or STAR program&nbsp;came yesterday at the University of Kentucky. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 56155 at http://weku.fm Students to Learn about Alcohol in Federally-funded Summer Program Lexington Fire Division Requesting Funds for New Stations. http://weku.fm/post/lexington-fire-division-requesting-funds-new-stations <p></p><p>L<span style="font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">exington fire officials are asking city leaders to consider building new fire stations over the next five to six years.&nbsp; Assistant Fire Chief Harold Hoskins estimates the cost of such a building project at about ten million dollars a year.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Stu Jphnson WEKU News 56009 at http://weku.fm Lexington Fire Division Requesting Funds for New Stations. Gov. Beshear Sets Goals to Improve State's Health http://weku.fm/post/gov-beshear-sets-goals-improve-states-health <p>Kentucky’s dismal health rankings are well-known and span generations. The state has long had the dubious distinction of being among the national leaders in cancer diagnoses, smoking rates, diabetes, heart disease and a host of other maladies. Gov.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:33:59 +0000 Kentucky Press News Service 55882 at http://weku.fm Gov. Beshear Sets Goals to Improve State's Health UK HealthCare Becomes Comprehensive Stroke Center http://weku.fm/post/uk-healthcare-becomes-comprehensive-stroke-center <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">A successful treatment of stroke-related ailments usually includes a reliance on medical technology along with an involved team of caregivers.&nbsp; That point was emphasized Monday in Lexington as University of Kentucky HealthCare becomes a Comprehensive Stroke Center.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 02:31:33 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 55746 at http://weku.fm UK HealthCare Becomes Comprehensive Stroke Center Falling Ice and Trees Remain a Threat to Power Lines http://weku.fm/post/falling-ice-and-trees-remain-threat-power-lines <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">This week’s ice storm has come and gone but its effect on electrical service may linger for some Kentucky residents.&nbsp; Some areas of the state saw about a quarter inch of ice accumulation on everything including trees and power lines.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:50:48 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 55252 at http://weku.fm Falling Ice and Trees Remain a Threat to Power Lines Ice Storm Warning in Effect Through Wednesday Morning http://weku.fm/post/ice-storm-warning-effect-through-wednesday-morning <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">The first full week of February is bringing another dose of wintry weather.&nbsp; Winter storm and ice storm warnings are posted for late this afternoon through tomorrow morning for sections of central and northern Kentucky.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:02:22 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 55185 at http://weku.fm Ice Storm Warning in Effect Through Wednesday Morning 13 Fire Deaths Reinforce Safety Emphasis http://weku.fm/post/13-fire-deaths-reinforce-safety-emphasis <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">The fact that 13 fire-related fatalities have occurred during the past week in Kentucky brings a reminder of the need for persistence when it comes to home fire safety.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:03:14 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 55131 at http://weku.fm 13 Fire Deaths Reinforce Safety Emphasis Spreading Salt in Big Numbers http://weku.fm/post/spreading-salt-big-numbers <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet has spent $27 million on snow and ice removal this season, with plenty of winter still left. The figure reflects a variety of costs, including for labor, equipment, materials and contractors. The cabinet says its nearly 2,000 maintenance crew employees have worked to keep more than 60,000 lane miles of roads open this winter.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:20:03 +0000 Associated Press 55113 at http://weku.fm Spreading Salt in Big Numbers Ky Livestock Under Threat of Another Artic Blast http://weku.fm/post/ky-livestock-under-threat-another-artic-blast <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Kentuckians should prepare for yet another round of Artic-like weather early next week. That's the opinion of University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon. &nbsp;Dixon says, while the Commonwealth has already experienced a couple shots of frigid weather this winter, the longer term outlook appears to be chilly as well.</span></p><p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 02:37:46 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 54741 at http://weku.fm Ky Livestock Under Threat of Another Artic Blast Ky Senate Votes to Require Abortion Consultations http://weku.fm/post/ky-senate-votes-require-abortion-consultations <p>The Kentucky Senate has once again voted overwhelmingly to modify the state informed consent law regarding abortions.&nbsp; As in years past, the senate approved a measure to require a face-to-face medical consultation at least 24 hours before an abortion is performed.&nbsp; Lexington Senator Reginald Thomas voted no.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:33:35 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU & Stu Johnson, WEKU 54641 at http://weku.fm House Panel Approves Anti Bullying Measure http://weku.fm/post/house-panel-approves-anti-bullying-measure <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Youngsters from Madison County traveled to Kentucky’s capital Thursday to tell state lawmakers about the emotional and physical brutality of bullying. One of them was Madison Middle School student Raymond Marion. He is in the school’s gifted and talented program and spoke before the House Committee on State Government.</span></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:08:05 +0000 Dan Conti Kentucky Public Radio 54437 at http://weku.fm House Panel Approves Anti Bullying Measure Common Sense, Support Groups Used To Battle Diabetes http://weku.fm/post/common-sense-support-groups-used-battle-diabetes <div style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font face="Arial Black,sans-serif">Health advocates believe a growing number of local prevention programs will help reduce the number of Kentuckians who suffer with diabetes.&nbsp;</font></div><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:24:41 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 54389 at http://weku.fm Common Sense, Support Groups Used To Battle Diabetes Growing Risk Of Hospital Infections Concerns Some Lawmakers http://weku.fm/post/growing-risk-hospital-infections-concerns-some-lawmakers <div style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font face="Arial Black,sans-serif">Hard-to-fight infections are attracting the attention of Kentucky's lawmakers. &nbsp;A public health expert recently briefed lawmakers on the growing risk.</font>&nbsp;&nbsp;<font face="Arial Black,sans-serif">Doctor&nbsp;Kevin Kavanagh with Kentucky based ‘Health Watch USA says the increasing risk of contagions, such as potentially deadly staph infections and untreatable gastro-intestinal bacteria, justify tougher measures. &nbsp;For example, Kavanagh says hospitals need to expand their use of antibiotic ointments and antiseptics.</font></div><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:50:54 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 54305 at http://weku.fm Growing Risk Of Hospital Infections Concerns Some Lawmakers Multi-Vitamins May Remain Useful In Appalachia http://weku.fm/post/multi-vitamins-may-remain-useful-appalachia <div style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font face="Arial Black,sans-serif">Many residents in Appalachia, where diets are often unhealthy, may still benefit for multi-vitamins and mineral supplements. &nbsp;A recent editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine claims multi-vitamins are a waste of money. &nbsp;However,&nbsp;University of Kentucky Clinical Nutrition Professor Travis Thomas says people in areas of deep poverty often need vitamin supplements.</font></div><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:50:03 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 54060 at http://weku.fm New Sexual Assault Awareness Initiative at Berea College http://weku.fm/post/new-sexual-assault-awareness-initiative-berea-college <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Berea College and the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center are partnering on a new class offering this week.&nbsp; Representatives from the Center and the College’s women’s studies department are co-teaching the seminar class.&nbsp; At the end of the semester, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Director Mae Suramek &nbsp;says the 17 students will be trained advocates.</span></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:22:48 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 54011 at http://weku.fm New Sexual Assault Awareness Initiative at Berea College Icy and Dangerous Cold Invades Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/icy-and-dangerous-cold-invades-kentucky <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bitter cold temperatures present dangerous and life threatening conditions outside today.&nbsp; John Jacobson with the Jackson national weather service office says some roadways, particularly in rural areas of the state, could still be iced over.</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:28:23 +0000 Stu Johnson 54006 at http://weku.fm Icy and Dangerous Cold Invades Kentucky One Ky Health Insurance Program Closes While Another Moves On http://weku.fm/post/one-ky-health-insurance-program-closes-while-another-moves <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Access program is closing to make way for the Affordable Care Act.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 14-year-old program was created to provide affordable health coverage to high-risk </span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It's ending because of a provision in the </span>ACA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that requires insurers to provide coverage to those people regardless of pre-existing conditions.</span></p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:22:50 +0000 Jonathan Meador Kentucky Public Radio 53798 at http://weku.fm One Ky Health Insurance Program Closes While Another Moves On K-U Power Crews Return Home from Ice Storm http://weku.fm/post/k-u-power-crews-return-home-ice-storm <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over a hundred contract workers with Kentucky Utilities spent much of the Christmas holiday in Michigan, assisting with power restoration. K-U’s Cliff Feltham says icy power lines north of Kentucky are somewhat rare.</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:50:35 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 53781 at http://weku.fm K-U Power Crews Return Home from Ice Storm Kentucky Statewide Fatalities Down http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-statewide-fatalities-down <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; line-height: 150%;">Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Paul Blanton says the number of highway fatalities in the state this year is the lowest since 1947. Blanton credits stepped-up enforcement and education programs as well as motorists who are vigilant about wearing seat belts, reducing speed and using designated drivers.</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:23:55 +0000 Associated Press 53756 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Statewide Fatalities Down Unusual December Tornado Strikes in Harrison County http://weku.fm/post/unusual-december-tornado-strikes-harrison-county <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time in more than four decades, Kentucky has recorded a December tornado. A National Weather Service investigative team has confirmed. &nbsp;A level E-F-1 tornado touched down in Harrison County late Saturday night.</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:18:56 +0000 Stu Johnsons WEKU News 53555 at http://weku.fm Unusual December Tornado Strikes in Harrison County More Time Given to Sign Up for Health Insurance http://weku.fm/post/more-time-given-sign-health-insurance <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The deadline for Kentuckians to enroll in a health insurance plan through the state’s health exchange has been pushed back until Tuesday. Kentuckians will have until&nbsp;midnight&nbsp;Tuesday to sign up for a new health care policy through KYnect (Connect).&nbsp; It must be done in order for the policy to take effect&nbsp;Jan. 1, 2014.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:59:06 +0000 Jonathan Meador Kentucky Public Radio 53549 at http://weku.fm More Time Given to Sign Up for Health Insurance National Guard Medics Train To Treat Trauma In Emergency Room http://weku.fm/post/national-guard-medics-train-treat-trauma-emergency-room <p>Some 150 Kentucky National Guard medics will make&nbsp;rounds through the&nbsp;emergency room at the University of Kentucky Hospital.&nbsp; It’s part of a collaborative agreement between UK and the Guard.&nbsp; Doctor&nbsp;Roger Humphries chairs&nbsp;the Emergency Medicine Department.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:46:46 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 53350 at http://weku.fm Tracking Causes of Obesity in Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/tracking-causes-obesity-kentucky <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the largest grants ever awarded to the University of Kentucky focuses on better understanding the link between obesity and heart disease.&nbsp;&nbsp; Much of the eleven million dollar federal grant will go to study physical causes and consequences of obesity.&nbsp;&nbsp; UK Barnstable-Brown Diabetes Center Director Philip Kern says there are also behavioral and mental issues related to weight gain.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:13:04 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 53310 at http://weku.fm Tracking Causes of Obesity in Kentucky Council of Churches Seeking Pipeline Impact Statement http://weku.fm/post/council-churches-seeking-pipeline-impact-statement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The proposed construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline through central Kentucky continues to attract the attention of religious groups.&nbsp; A statewide Christian organization is calling for responsible government oversight.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:07:23 +0000 Stu Johnson Kentucky Public Radio 53245 at http://weku.fm Council of Churches Seeking Pipeline Impact Statement Stomach Bug Could Crash Holiday Events http://weku.fm/post/stomach-bug-could-crash-holiday-events <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With cold wintertime conditions, comes a ripe environment for stomach viruses, just in time for the holidays.&nbsp; State Epidemiologist Craig Humbaugh says it’s a hand to mouth ailment which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:52:58 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 53089 at http://weku.fm Stomach Bug Could Crash Holiday Events Kentucky Senate Republicans Want More Control Over Health Care Reforms http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-senate-republicans-want-more-control-over-health-care-reforms <p>While Kentucky’s&nbsp;on-line marketplace for&nbsp;health insurance&nbsp;is running well, some questions remain about its long term costs. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Republican&nbsp;Julie Denton, who&nbsp;chairs the Senate’s Health and Welfare Committee, still worries too many newly-insured </span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will have&nbsp;costly&nbsp;health&nbsp;care needs.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:58:42 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 52984 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Senate Republicans Want More Control Over Health Care Reforms Old Cholesterol Drug Promises To Prevent Alzheimer Disease http://weku.fm/post/old-cholesterol-drug-promises-prevent-alzheimer-disease <p>The University of Kentucky is about to launch a clinical study into an&nbsp;existing medication&nbsp;as a treatment for Alzheimer Disease.&nbsp; Researchers at&nbsp;UK’s Alzheimer Disease Center think a&nbsp;cholesterol-lowering&nbsp;class of drugs known as fibrates&nbsp;can also prevent&nbsp;the deadly disease.&nbsp;Clinical Director&nbsp;Greg Jicka&nbsp;says fibrates apparently interact with a person’s RNA.&nbsp; Inside the cell, ribonucleic acid helps its cousin DNA determine a person’s physical characteristics.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:21:46 +0000 Stu Johnson & WEKU News 52677 at http://weku.fm