Health and Welfare

4:50pm

Wed December 17, 2014
Health and Welfare

Blue Grass Army Depot Considers Nerve Agent Disposal Changes

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Discussions are underway regarding proposed changes in the process of disposing chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot.

The contractor is suggesting the elimination of a rinsing technique to reduce the chance of the processed nerve agent congealing. 

Project Manager Jeff Brubaker says rusty pipes are another concern.  "Water has been shown to react with GB agent and result in a very acidic material which could be corrosive to the internal piping systems," said Brubaker.

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4:19pm

Tue December 16, 2014
Health and Welfare

Health Officials Warn of Rise in Shigellosis Cases in Fayette County

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Fayette County Health Providers have seen a big increase this year in cases of shigellosis.  The gastrointestinal illness is a highly contagious form of diarrhea that is easily transmitted by person to person contact. 

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4:42pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Health and Welfare

Flu Activity Across Kentucky Reaches 'Widespread' Level

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State public health officials have reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu illnesses are now widespread.  That means increased flu-like activity or outbreaks are found in at least half of the regions in the state. 

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4:41pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Council Investigates Combining Health and Fitness Services for City Employees

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Lexington's Council is examining combining health, pharmacy, and fitness services for city workers.  Currently, employees utilize a health clinic and pharmacy situated off Leestown Road.  Council member George Meyers believes a comprehensive center could save tax dollars and improve employee health.  "And the more opportunities and reasons that we have for families to go work out, the more they're gonna do that, the healthier they are gonna be and the less it's gonna cost us, the taxpayer, in the long run," said Meyers.

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12:03am

Fri December 5, 2014
Health and Welfare

Report: 1 in7 Kentuckians Need Emergency Food Assistance

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One in seven Kentuckians or more than 600 thousand people seek emergency food assistance each year.  That's according to a report released Thursday by the Kentucky Association of Food Banks. 

Association Director Tamara Sandberg says a hunger-free Kentucky is possible, but research confirms food banks can't do it alone.  "We believe that together we can solve hunger in Kentucky, but it's gonna require all of us to come together and do our part from policy makers, to business owners, to farmers, to charities," said Sandberg.

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4:20pm

Wed December 3, 2014
Health and Welfare

Number of Flu Cases Increasing in Kentucky

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With the holiday season often comes an increase in the number of flu cases across Kentucky.  Over the last week state officials report rates of the flu virus jumped from 'sporadic' to a 'regional' designation. 

State Epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says getting a flu shot remains the primary recommendation.  "Each flu season unfortunately, thousands of Americans die from flu or flu-related complications and the flu shot is folks best protection against influenza," said Humbaugh.

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11:18pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Health and Welfare

UK Heart Institute Opens New Inpatient Unit

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The University of Kentucky Hospital this week unveiled a brand new cardiovascular inpatient unit.  Patients will move in to the new addition this weekend.

UK officials say the 64 bed inpatient unit is one of the largest cardiovascular intensive care facilities in the country.  It features a combination of the latest medical technologies as well as lots of windows to the outside world.  Officials say it's that view which can help the recovery process.  

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3:13pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Health and Welfare

Child Abuse Panel Recommends Drug-Testing Parents

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A panel reviewing severe child abuse cases has released nine recommendations to improve protective services, including drug-testing parents who have a child die unexpectedly in their care.

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11:16pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Health and Welfare

Healthier Options for Thanksgiving Dinner

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    Many folks are likely finalizing their menus for Thanksgiving Day.  There are a few ways to lessen health concerns when it comes to preparing the star of the meal.

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5:24pm

Mon November 24, 2014
Health and Welfare

High Winds Cause Kentucky Power Outages

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Strong winds Monday wreaked havoc on power lines across many sections of Kentucky.  An official with Kentucky Utilities says the central portion of the state seems to have borne the brunt of the blustery conditions.

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10:16pm

Thu November 20, 2014
Health and Welfare

Health Advocates Rallying Again for Passage of Statewide Smoking Ban

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The chair of Kentucky's Smoke Free Coalition hopes a tobacco-free state government policy will prompt lawmakers to pass a statewide indoor workplace smoking ban. 

Governor Beshear's executive order prohibiting tobacco products both inside and outside state buildings went into effect Thursday. 

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9:57pm

Mon November 17, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Commuter Habits Reflect National Trends

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As recent as a decade ago, the number of people in the U.S. commuting via car was steadily on the rise. Those numbers have begun to come down, and the city of Lexington is on par with national trends.

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5:27pm

Mon November 17, 2014
Health and Welfare

Caffeine and Viagra Among Treatments for Premature Babies

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Monday is National Premature Awareness Day in the United States. University of Kentucky Neonatologist Doctor Hubert Ballard says he is seeing an increase in the Commonwealth in the number of infants born prematurely.

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10:40pm

Thu November 13, 2014
Health and Welfare

Laundry Detergent Pods Harmful to Children Who Play with Them

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A University of Kentucky pediatric pharmacist is applauding attention given this week to health concerns associated with laundry detergent pods. Findings are being released following a two-year study conducted by researchers with Ohio's Nationwide Children's Hospital.  According to the review, between 2012 and 2013, more than 17,000 children in America under the age of six were exposed to detergent pods.

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4:53pm

Wed November 12, 2014
Health and Welfare

UK & U of L Partner to Fight Lung Cancer

Governor Beshear Announces Lung Cancer Collaboration in the Capitol Rotunda
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Studies show Kentucky has more cases of lung cancer than any other state and the number of lung cancer related deaths in the Commonwealth is almost 50 percent higher than the national average. 

A $7 million grant announced Wednesday is expected to help reduce Kentucky's lung cancer mortality rate.  The program is called Kentucky LEADS- Lung Cancer. Education, Awareness. Detection. Survivorship.

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4:48pm

Wed November 12, 2014
Health and Welfare

Cardinal Hill Hospital Unveils Its Latest Piece of Rehab Technology

Three Year Old Dalton Baker on G-EO at Cardinal Hill Hospital
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Cardinal Hill Hospital in Lexington is officially unveiling its newest piece of rehabilitation equipment.  It's called G-EO and hospital officials say Cardinal Hill is only the second rehab facility in the U.S. to offer the technology.  The G-EO is a robotic gait training system.  Dr.

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4:40pm

Wed November 5, 2014
Health and Welfare

State Enacts Mandatory Electronic Death Reporting

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In the months ahead, Kentucky families who lose loved ones should be able to attain death certificates sooner. In January, the state is moving to an all-electronic death reporting system.  Paul Royce, who heads Vital Statistics, says e-filing can speed up the death certificate acquisition from about a month to two weeks or so.  "When you lose a member of your family, you've got to have a copy of that certified death certificate in order to settle most estates, enroll in benefit plans, entitlement plans, cash insurance policies.  You know, those types of things," said Royce.

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1:54pm

Fri October 31, 2014
Health and Welfare

Six Months After Legislature Allows CBD Trials for Epilepsy, Doctors Still Jumping Through Hoops

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More than six months after Kentucky lawmakers passed legislation allowing limited trials for cannabidiol epilepsy treatments, doctors have not been able to begin them.

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5:37pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Health and Welfare

Fayette Safe Kids Working to Reduce Halloween Pedestrian Injuries

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The excitement and enjoyment of gathering candy door-to-door can be dashed by tragic neighborhood accidents. 

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10:41pm

Sun October 26, 2014
Health and Welfare

50 Years of Organ Transplantation in Kentucky

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It's been half a century since the first organ transplant operation was performed in the commonwealth.  The University of Kentucky last week commemorated the milestone during the 50th Anniversary Transplant Symposium.

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4:35pm

Wed October 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Seniors Asked About Ways to Improve Livability

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Lexington area senior citizens are being asked for suggestions on ways the city can help improve their quality of life.  The Livable Lexington Survey will be sent to seniors this week.

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4:29pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Health and Welfare

Red Cross May Close Local Chapters as Part of Restructuring Plan

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The American Red Cross is looking to restructure its presence nationwide by merging some of its smaller chapters, which could mean the closure of some in the region.

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4:54pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington's Safety City Reopens

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After a five year hiatus, Lexington's Safety City is back in business. The program aims to educate elementary school children about motor, personal, and social media safety. 

For almost 20 years, Safety City offered youngsters instruction on a variety of issues.  The facility, located at Red Mile Place, shut down in 2009 due to budget constraints.  Children from Mary Todd Elementary and local officials gathered to celebrate a new day at Safety City.

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3:42pm

Mon October 13, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Breaks Ground on New Senior Citizens Center

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A dozen years in the making, ground has been broken in Lexington on a new senior citizens center.  Monday's ceremony at the Idle Hour Park site attracted a standing room only crowd, mostly senior citizens. 

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4:40pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Residents Urged to Gather Up Household Hazardous Waste

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Even a small amount of used oil or insecticide can harm land and waterways.  In an effort to drive residents to properly dispose of such chemicals, Lexington is again holding a 'Fall Haul." The event is planned for Saturday, October 18th at the city's former landfill site on Old Frankfort Pike. 

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4:23pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Cardiologists Gather in Louisville

Jesse Adams, Governor of Kentucky Chapter of American College of Cardiology
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Surgeons, nurses, technicians, and pharmacists focusing on heart ailments are gathering in Louisville this weekend.  It's the annual scientific meeting for the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.  Chapter Governor Doctor Jesse Adams says heart valve disease will get additional attention this weekend. 

For a time, Adams says heart surgery was the only remedy.  "There's now the opportunity to go in with catheters and put a new valve in through that catheter.  It's still a big operation or big procedure, but it's not a surgical operation," said Adams.

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6:17pm

Thu October 9, 2014
Health and Welfare

Federal Money Will Be Used to Stop Flow of Illegal Drugs into Madison County

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A central Kentucky county is receiving additional resources to fight illegal drug trafficking at the distribution level.  Madison County is now a part of the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.  The announcement came Thursday in Richmond.  HIDTA Director Frank Rapier says the additional federal money helps cut off illegal drugs coming from areas like Detroit and Atlanta.  "The big thing is the partnership it brings to all the other HIDTA federal, state, and local working together.  That's huge for us and sharing the intelligence from that," said Rapier.

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4:29pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Council Committee Votes to Ban E-Cigarette Use Inside Public Buildings

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A Lexington city council committee has unanimously approved adding electronic cigarettes to the existing indoor smoking ban.  Carol Riker with the University of Kentucky College of Nursing told council Tuesday that e-cigarette aerosols contain toxic gases and tiny particles.  

Vice Mayor Linda Gorton brought the issue to the committee.  "It's a matter of not making it illegal to sell or buy or use the e-cigarettes, it's just don't use them inside where everybody else breathes the air," said Gorton.

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4:30pm

Mon October 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

State and Local Health Officials Gather to Fine Tune Ebola Preparedness

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State and local health officials met Monday with emergency management representatives to discuss Ebola prevention and response strategies. 

More than 40 people representing a dozen agencies gathered in Lexington to consider any modifications in preparedness.  Craig Humbaugh is a state epidemiologist.  "We have a surge plan for these kinds of activities.  We haven't done it at this stage but we might have to activate our continuity planning if we needed to," said Humbaugh.

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5:37pm

Fri October 3, 2014
Health and Welfare

State Health Officials Focus Obesity Prevention Training on Pre School Centers

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Kentucky public health officials are working to reduce obesity within the state's youngest children.  The obesity prevention program is focusing on children in pre-school, head start, or child care centers.  The call to action includes staff training, family engagement, and making sure policies are aligned with best practices for diet and exercise.  Elaine Russell is Obesity Prevention Program Coordinator in the Department for Public Health.  "We know that one in five children are overweight or obese before they enter kindergarten.  So, that means we're sending the schools the obesity epid

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