Health and Welfare

12:53pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Health and Welfare

Recent Studies Highlight Suggestions for Preventing Childhood Obesity

Kentucky ranks high in child obesity. Parents can make sure their children maintain a healthy weight with three simple suggestions highlighted in recent studies: Serve them meals on smaller, child-size plates, pay attention to what they watch on TV, and make sure they get enough sleep.

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12:49pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Health and Welfare

UofL Dean Says Walking Could Cut Health Care Costs

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Small changes in health behavior can have a huge impact on the public's overall health and well-being, and during National Public Health Week discussions last week, Dr. Craig Blakely, the new dean of the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, talked about the important role played by public health in promoting healthy behavior, preventing disease and saving both lives and money.

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10:47am

Fri April 5, 2013
Health and Welfare

Couch Burning Poses Health Hazards

Couch burning in Morgantown, W.Va.
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The University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team will play Saturday in the Final Four, and Metro Police are warning fans to celebrate without lighting couches on fire, as fans are sometimes wont to do. West Virginia University lays claim to the tradition of lighting a couch on fire after the local team wins the big game…or loses a game…or even plays any game…ever. But the trend has spread. Last year, there was a string of couch burning across Lexington after the Kentucky Wildcats advanced throughout the NCAA tournament, and sports-related couch fires have been spotted in Michigan, California and Texas.

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4:09pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Health and Welfare

Health Care Reform Seminars Will Address Impact on Business Owners

To address possible confusion or concern of business people and the public about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," health-care reform experts will address its impact on small and large companies across Kentucky at half-day seminars in Lexington and Louisville on May 8 and 9.

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4:04pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Health and Welfare

UK Kicks Off Autism Awareness Month with Light It Up Blue Event

The University of Kentucky hosted the state's first Light It Up Blue event by illuminating Memorial Hall with blue lights on April 2nd, and this event is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism.

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3:58pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Health and Welfare

Study Finds Rising Death Rates Among Heart and Pneumonia Patients at Rural Hospitals

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Death rates are rising at rural critical-access hospitals for Medicare patients who have heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Hospitals designated as critical-access get slightly higher Medicsare and Medicaid reimbursements in exchange for limiting their size, procedures and patient stays. In 2002, they had a death rate of 12.8 percent for such ailments, under the 13 percent rate at other hospitals.

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2:57pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Health and Welfare

UK Healthcare Says Expansion is Necessary to Provide Needed Services

The University of Kentucky's health-care system has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade, becoming one of the state's largest businesses, but its boss says it must expand its geographical reach to maintain its newly raised national status and to ensure access to quality care for Kentuckians.

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4:19pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Health and Welfare

Cuts in Funding Threaten Working Families

At her daycare, Hattie Waddell only charges parents $95 a week to watch their kids for 40 or 50 hours and feed them two meals every day. This is exactly the amount most of her clients — who earn minimum wage, or something near it — receive in government subsidies. This way they don’t have to pay extra from their own pockets. But the state is making a series of cuts to the subsidies, starting Monday. After this summer, only the poorest clients will remain eligible; the rest will lose their subsidies after whenever their yearly renewal term ends.

4:16pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Health and Welfare

National Public Health Week Emphasizes Return on Investment of Services

April 1-7 is National Public Health Week, and the Kentucky Department for Public Health is working to raise awareness and help people live longer, healthier lives by promoting the 2013 week's theme: the return on investment of public-health services. Everyone likes sound, stable and high-return investments, and research shows that investing just $10 per person each year in proven, community-based public health efforts can save the nation more than $16 billion within five years. That’s a $5.60 return for every $1 invested.

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4:08pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Health and Welfare

Autism Center Stresses Early Detection to Parents

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Students with autism are more likely to go to college one year after high school than students with other disabilities, but they may be having more trouble finding work, according to research from the Kentucky Post School Outcomes Center. KyPSO--housed in the Human Development Institute and funded by the Kentucky Department of Education--researches post school data.

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4:48pm

Thu March 28, 2013
Health and Welfare

Chilly Temperatures Slow Pollen Season

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Typical Spring like temperatures are arriving late in the bluegrass.  That could impact the timeline for allergy sufferers this year.  Beth Miller, Chair of UK’s Division of Allergy-Immunology, says last year’s early warmth followed by a freeze cut short the tree pollen season.  She says a late start for warmer temperatures could mean a longer life for tree pollen.  “If we want a good pollen season as far as high pollen counts, better to have a late start with a continued warm trend than have a cold spell in the middle of the spring,” said Miller.

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3:36pm

Thu March 28, 2013
Health and Welfare

Questions Still Remain About Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky

Kentucky is one of the last states to decide whether to Medicaid under federal health reform, and now that the General Assembly has gone home, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear can turn his attention to the many questions that linger. Some Republican legislators think he will expand the program, but they worry about the cost when the state would have to start helping cover the new expenses, beginning in 2017.

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11:32am

Tue March 26, 2013
Health and Welfare

Managed Care Causes Problems for Community Mental Health Centers

"Kentucky mental health centers are cutting back services and struggling to assist patients the first time they’re admitted because of ongoing struggles with Medicaid managed care," Don Weber reports for cn|2. "At the same time, they’re losing out on federal grants because of red flags caused by their administration costs being inflated by increasing contributions to the public pension system."

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11:27am

Tue March 26, 2013
Health and Welfare

State Health Department Receives Diabetes Prevention Funding

The state Department for Public Health has been awarded a $134,380 federal grant to help reduce high rates of prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes in Kentucky. “Diabetes is a tremendous public health concern that is both horrific for the individual, if unmanaged, and costly in terms of medications, various complications and long-term hospitalizations that are so often associated with the disease,” Audrey Haynes, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said in a press release.

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5:42pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Health and Welfare

Northern Kentucky is Heroin Epicenter

Northern Kentucky is the state’s epicenter for heroin, straining legal and medical systems and bringing deadly consequences that are starting to spill out to the rest of the state. Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties together accounted for nearly 60 percent of Kentucky’s heroin prosecutions in 2011, even though the three counties have just 8.4 percent of the state’s population. The counties’ rate of heroin overdose deaths is more than twice that of Hamilton County or metro Louisville.

2:19pm

Sun March 24, 2013
Health and Welfare

Medicaid Cuts Leave Children Without Dentist

Dr. Marty Gamble treats about 2,000 local children on Medicaid, give or take a few hundred. But after next week, he won’t accept CoventryCares, which will leave about three-quarters of them without a dentist. As it is, hardly any dentists in Christian County treat adults on Medicaid. And only one besides Gamble treats children. “It’s definitely a crisis,” Gamble said.

4:14pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Health and Welfare

Debate Centers on Study Suggesting Coal Causes Health Problems

A heated debate centers on new research showing that residents in Floyd County, where coal is stripped from the tops of mountains and ridges, report more health problems than those in two nearby communities without such mines, Elliott and Rowan.

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5:09pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Health and Welfare

Hound Welfare Support

A hunt club needs help with the aging dogs in its kennel.  The Iroquois Hunt Club, which organizes coyote and fox hunts, supports a hound welfare fund.  Without outside assistance, Organizer Glenye Oakford says the central Kentucky club cannot easily afford the care and feeding of dogs that can no longer hunt. “Whether it’s through age or injury, we take care of those hounds because they are no longer covered by the Iroquois Hunt budget, if they are not active hunting hounds. So, they get to stay in the kennel.  They get to be with all their friends.  They’re sort of a retirement pack, if you will that lives alongside the active pack,” said Oakford.

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11:05am

Thu March 21, 2013
Health and Welfare

Drug Overdoses Remain the Leading Cause of Death in Kentucky

Drug overdoses, driven largely by prescription drug abuse, overtook motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of unintentional deaths in Kentucky back in 2010 and remain the state's leading cause of death. From 2000 to 2010, the number of drug-overdose deaths in Kentucky rose a staggering 296 percent, highlighting the state's drug abuse epidemic that now kills more than 1,000 Kentuckians a year. But a recent poll suggests many Kentuckians are not fully aware of the state's drug problem.

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10:33am

Thu March 21, 2013
Health and Welfare

Analysis Says Oldham is Kentucky's Healthiest County

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Oldham is the healthiest county in Kentucky. The least healthy? Floyd County in eastern Kentucky. The ranking of health outcomes among Kentucky's 120 counties considers tobacco use, diet and exercise, access to healthcare and other factors. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute did the analysis.

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5:19pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Health and Welfare

County-by-County Health Rankings Released

Frankfort - Oldham County has the healthiest residents in Kentucky, according to the fourth annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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5:17pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Health and Welfare

State Receives Funding to Fight Epidemic of Pre-Diabetes

FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Department for Public Health has been awarded a federal grant to help curb rates of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes among residents of the state. The award, worth $134,380, comes from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Similar awards will also go to seven other states.

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12:27pm

Tue March 19, 2013
Health and Welfare

Legislature Eases Physician-Assistant Rules

The Kentucky General Assembly has joined other states in easing the restrictions on physician assistants’ medical practice, but has held up a similar move for advanced registered nurse practitioners. Both issues relate to the shortage of medical practitioners in many Kentucky counties, and the quality of medical care.

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12:24pm

Tue March 19, 2013
Health and Welfare

State Receives an F Grade for Low Funding of Mental-Health Services

Kentucky's supply of mental-health services is much lower than demand for those services, in terms of state funding, and the state spends only 45 percent of the national average in mental-health funding per person. In 2010, Kentucky dedicated about $232 million to mental-health services, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which is $54 per person, compared with a U.S. average of $121 that year. That ranks Kentucky among the bottom 10 states without including individual mental health reimbursements for Medicaid, reports Chris Kenning of The Courier-Journal.

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12:16pm

Tue March 19, 2013
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Hospitals Gave $1.96 Billion to Communities in 2011

In 2011, despite economic and financial obstacles, Kentucky hospitals' estimated value of benefits to their communities up 17 percent from the year before, to $1.96 billion. So says the Kentucky Hospital Associated 2011 Community Benefits Report, compiled by the Kentucky Hospital Association with data submitted by hospitals. (Chart gives a breakdown of hospitals' total community benefits and services expenditures in 2011.)

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1:06pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Health and Welfare

Forums Presented on Recognizing Prescription Drug Abuse

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FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with Appalachian Regional Commission and Operation UNITE, will present workshops to educate medical providers about prescription drug abuse and diversion at four locations across Kentucky this spring.

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12:49pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Health and Welfare

Northern Kentucky Health Department Looks at Smoking Ban

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The Northern Kentucky Health Department has taken a step toward considering regulations to prohibit smoking in public places. Board members voted Wednesday to request information from the Bullitt County Health Department and review them in committees for consideration and a possible recommendation. Bullitt County introduced regulations on smoking in public places, which have yet to be implemented because of legal challenges. The Northern Kentucky Health District includes Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties.

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4:51pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Health and Welfare

New Colon Cancer Screenings for Low Income Residents

A half million dollars in state money will colon cancer tests for the low income residents of ten counties.  Kentucky Pink Connection is administering the screening in Fayette County.  Executive Director Vicki Blevins-Booth says they’ve tried to make it easy.  "There’s really no excuse not to have this, either the fit test or colonoscopy, if needed.  We provide great support, education, transportation is provided,” said Blevins-Booth.

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3:48pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Health and Welfare

Conway Signs Letter Asking FDA to Require Generic Pain Pills to be Abuse-Resistant

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Generic versions of popular pain relievers must be made harder to abuse, in order to curb prescription drug abuse that is epidemic in many states, Attorney General Jack Conway and 47 other attorneys general said in a letter sent to federal officials Monday.

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3:29pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Health and Welfare

Poll Shows Health-Care Providers Often Fail to Discuss HIV Testing

A new poll suggests that most Kentucky health-care providers follow guidelines for discussing HIV screening with their patients, despite the the importance of early treatment to prevent its progression to AIDS. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine HIV screenings for most patients, just 32 percent of Kentucky adults aged 18 to 64 report discussing HIV testing with their medical provider, according to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll.

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