Health and Welfare

12:52pm

Wed November 14, 2012

12:46pm

Wed November 14, 2012

1:04pm

Tue November 13, 2012

12:59pm

Tue November 13, 2012

2:49pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Health and Welfare

Stronger Quake Possible Some Day

Saturday’s earthquake in southeast Kentucky may have some residents worried about the potential for a stronger quake. While considered  light, Saturday’s four-point-three earthquake, which was centered near Whitesburg, could be felt in Lexington and Cincinnati.  Compare that to the six-point-oh quake that hit Virginia last year….damaging structures in Washington D-C.   Kentucky Geological Survey Geologic Hazards Director Zehnming Wang says such a strong quake here cannot be ruled out.

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3:30pm

Fri November 9, 2012

11:17am

Fri November 9, 2012
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Blood Donations go to Disaster Areas

Blood donations have been in high demand since Super Storm ‘Sandy’ struck the eastern seaboard.  As part of a national network, blood gathered by the Lexington-based Kentucky Blood Center has been sent to disaster areas.   Blood Center spokeswoman Denise Fields says some blood products collect in the commonwealth have already been sent to New York.

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1:15pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Health and Welfare

Study Finds Pacifiers Carry Disease-Causing Bacteria

Oklahoma State University researchers report that they have found a wide range of disease-causing bacteria, fungus and mold on pacifiers that young children had been using. In research presented at the American Society for Clinical Pathology, scientists have shown that pacifiers can also grow a slimy coating of bacterial film that alters the normal bacteria in a baby or toddler's mouth, increasing the likelihood of colic and ear infections.

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1:09pm

Thu November 8, 2012

12:18pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Health and Welfare

Sandy Experience for Red Cross Volunteer

Wintery weather continues to hamper relief efforts in states like West Virginia, which were hit hard by ‘Super Storm Sandy.’    A Kentucky Red Cross volunteer got an up close view of weather-related problems in two West Virginia communities.  Southern Kentucky resident Ron Shipman helped with food preparation at shelters in Beverly and Kingwood.  “Sandy” dropped two feet of snow on Beverly.  Shipman says the biggest issue facing most residents was the loss of electricity.

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12:38pm

Wed November 7, 2012

12:33pm

Wed November 7, 2012

12:00am

Mon November 5, 2012
Health and Welfare

Rule Continues Medicaid Burden on Independent Pharmacists

A recent decision by a statewide Medicaid operator has independent pharmacists upset again. Back in January, it was a group of pharmacists who blew the door off the hinges when it comes to problems with Kentucky’s Medicaid managed care system. Then, they were angry over a lack of co-pays on drugs. Now, operator Coventry Cares has reversed course, claiming it will now charge co-pays.

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1:14pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Health and Welfare

Baptist Health Buys Trover Health

Following the nationwide trend of large hospitals taking over smaller ones in light of health care reform demands in a slow economy, Louisville-based Baptist Health added an eighth hospital to its statewide network this week by acquiring Trover Health System in Western Kentucky. Andy Sears, vice president of planning and system development for Baptist Health,  told Laura Ungar of The Courier-Journal that Trover contributed its total assets to Baptist Health, which took over its liabilities, making the deal worth about $120 million.

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1:11pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Health and Welfare

Study Finds Smoke Free Workplace Leads to Fewer Heart Attacks

Mayo Clinic researchers have found a 33 percent drop in heart attack rates in a Minnesota county after public smoking bans were enacted. This, while rates of hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity remained the same or even increased after the ban was put in place, reports The New York Times. The conclusion: “I think the bottom line is this should turn the page on the chapter discussing whether or not secondhand smoke is a risk factor for heart attacks,” said Dr. Richard D. Hurt, an author of the study and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

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1:06pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Ranks High in Heart Attack Deaths

Because cardiovascular disease kills more Kentuckians than anything else, and because what mostly kills them is a heart attack, and because if you can get help within 90 minutes of that heart attack your chances improve dramatically, this state needs a vastly improved way to get heart attack patients to the right hospital in a short amount of time.

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12:46pm

Fri November 2, 2012
Health and Welfare

Passport Files Formal Complaint over Louisville Medicaid Contracts

Kentucky officials are once again facing the prospect of lawsuits over efforts to expand managed health care within  Medicaid. This time, it's Passport Health Plan that is threatening to sue, based on what they call broken rules and promises made to them.

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6:42am

Thu November 1, 2012
Health and Welfare

Central Kentucky Assistance in West Virginia

Understandably, much of the attention regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy focuses on New England.  But, many people in adjoining West Virginia are facing tough times.  Ron Shipman is a Red Cross volunteer from Central Kentucky.  He’s helping out with cooking at a shelter in Beverly West Virginia where Hurricane Sandy brought two feet of snow to the area.

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12:56pm

Wed October 31, 2012

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Wed October 31, 2012

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Wed October 31, 2012

3:11pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Health and Welfare

Health Care Ranks High Among Voter Concerns

Health care ranks high among the concerns of Kentucky voters, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll taken for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The poll, taken Sept. 20 through Oct. 14, asked registered voters to name the two most important issues in the Nov. 6 presidential election. The economy was mentioned by 65 percent; health care was second, with 42 percent. Foreign policy was a distant third, at 21 percent. The error margin on the sample of 1,160 voters is plus or minus 2.88 percentage points.

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1:44pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Health and Welfare

10 Hospitals Become First in Trauma Care System

FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Department for Public Health designated the first 10 hospitals as part of the Kentucky Trauma Care System at a ceremony last week at the Kentucky Trauma Symposium in Lexington.

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2:49pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Health and Welfare

Program to Help Veterans Suffering from Substance Abuse

Kentucky veterans suffering from substance abuse who are charged with crimes will soon be able to enter a treatment program through a new statewide partnership. The Veterans Treatment Court is starting in Louisville. It’s a partnership by the statewide drug courts, Morehead State University and the veterans’ administration.

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1:14pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Health and Welfare

Bluegrass Response to Sandy

Even before the full impact of Hurricane Sandy is known, some Kentucky volunteers are on their way to lend a hand.  The Bluegrass Chapter of the Red Cross has sent out six trained responders.  Two of them are helping out in New York, one in New Jersey, and two others are being positioned in West Virginia.  Red Cross Spokesman Winn Stephens says the idea is to get close to storm, but stay out of its path.

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10:46am

Mon October 29, 2012
Health and Welfare

Train Derailment Near Louisville

The shelter-in-place warning from the train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County has been expanded to 2  miles, EMA/MetroSafe said.

No further evacuations have been ordered.

Update: 9:30 a.m.

The flammable chemical butadiene is leaking Monday morning after a train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County near Dixie Highway, said Jody Duncan, a spokeswoman for EMA/MetroSafe.

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5:29am

Mon October 29, 2012
Health and Welfare

Animal Care During Natural Disaster

Severe weather can create stress for pet owners.  It’s during times of natural disaster, such as the impending storm heading toward New England, that pet and owner can be separated.  Lexington officials are working to develop new protocols for emergency sheltering of animals.  Officials with the Lexington Humane Society, the city’s Animal Care and Control group, and Emergency Management are working to develop the guidelines.

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12:00am

Mon October 29, 2012
Health and Welfare

Pennyroyal Center Links to National Crisis Number

Mental health service provider The Pennyroyal Center has linked its phone lines to a national crisis number. People in the Pennyroyal Center’s eight-county service region who call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number will route back to the local agency's RESPOND call center. Quality Management Director Jamie Nichols says Louisville used to be the closest national crisis line link.“Our staff are knowledgeable about what resources are available in the region, and we can be more helpful in trying to link them to those resources," said Nichols. "If they called a center that was in Louisville or they got linked to somewhere else per se, they would not know what was available to the people in our region.”

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12:35pm

Sun October 28, 2012
Health and Welfare

Statewide Trauma System Established

Ten Kentucky hospitals have been recognized as part of the state's first official statewide trauma system. The announcement came during the 2012 Statewide Trauma and Emergency Medicine Symposium Friday in Lexington. Dr. Andrew Bernard, a University of Kentucky trauma surgeon and chair of the State Trauma Advisory Committee, called this "the most significant advancement in the health of Kentuckians in the last 20 years and lives will be saved because of it."

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12:31pm

Sun October 28, 2012
Health and Welfare

Child-Welfare Indicators Added to Kids Count Data Site

Kentucky Youth Advocates has added four new child welfare indicators to the agency's Kids Count Data Center. These four new indicators provide Kentuckians and those who report on them with more information on vulnerable children and families in the state.

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