Health and Welfare

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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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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12:29pm

Sun October 28, 2012
Health and Welfare

Rural States Have Increasing Incidence of Whooping Cough

In the state that once had the highest immunization rate, Vermont's medical community is not so proud of anymore. Fewer people are vaccinating their children in the nation’s most rural state, reports Dr. Wendy Mahoney, a private practioner in the state. But Vermont isn't alone. Stories about declining immunization have come in from across rural America, Mahoney writes in the Daily Yonder, and they "come in the midst of a pertussis outbreak the likes of which Vermont has not seen in years, if ever." Pertussis is whooping cough.

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4:06pm

Fri October 26, 2012
Health and Welfare

Trauma Center Needs in Kentucky

The head of the University of Kentucky’s Trauma Center would like to see a doubling of such facilities statewide.  There are currently ten hospitals in Kentucky designated to treat severely injured patients.  Dr. Andrew Bernard would like to see another ten in place over the next five years.  He says three more level three trauma centers would benefit rural areas.

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12:36pm

Fri October 26, 2012
Health and Welfare

CaldWELL Co. Group Campaigns for Smoking Ban

A committee dedicated to the wellness of Caldwell County, which makes the most of the county's name, is pushing for a smoking ban. The CaldWELL Committee's internal acronym stands for Wellness Education through Local Leadership, and members did some of that Tuesday when the group asked the county Fiscal Court for an ordinance banning cigarette smoking indoors in public buildings.

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4:41pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Health and Welfare

Safety Issues Worry Hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control has reported that nearly 1 million patient-safety incidents, including infections that patients acquired in hospitals, occurred among Medicare patients over the years 2006, 2007, 2008. In all, the incidents -- which represented 2.3 percent of Medicare admissions -- were associated with $8.9 billion in costs. One of every 10 patients involved died as a result, the "HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals" study reported.

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1:23pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Health and Welfare

Wellness Programs Appeal as Business Investments

Businesses should like these numbers a lot: Invest $1, get $3 back. That's the latest math on the return on employee wellness programs and experts are saying that may just be the start for the financial returns they can expect from targeted prevention efforts. Mark Green of The Lane Report writes that no less of an expert than Dr. William Frist of Nashville -- doctor, policy specialist, former U.S. Senate majority leader and venture capitalist -- has said: “No question in my mind, if we are to invest a dollar to have the greatest value in terms of outcome and results, we should put that dollar in prevention and wellness."

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1:18pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Health and Welfare

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Women with BRCA1 and BRCA2, the genes most commonly involved in breast cancer, have up to an 80 percent chance of getting the disease.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although Kentucky's breast cancer rate is slightly lower than the nationwide rate, almost 600 women die every year from breast cancer in the Commonwealth. The American Cancer Society predicts approximately 3,160 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Kentucky this year. Early detection and prompt treatment can significantly reduce suffering and death from the disease.

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1:12pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Health and Welfare

Group Forms to Combat Heroin Use in Northern Kentucky

Ashel Kruetzkamp with a vial of Naloxone HCl, used to treat those who overdose on heroin. (Photo by Patrick Reddy)

Heroin use is reaching such high levels in Northern Kentucky that experts are calling it "a plague." The problem is so dire that local agencies are coming together to form the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact and Response Workgroup. Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Terry DeMio reports that the group includes leaders from St. Elizabeth Healthcare, law enforcement, addiction treatment programs, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and those who have been impacted by heroin.

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1:05pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Spirit Sues to Break Medicaid Contract

Struggling Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit has followed through and is suing to end its contract with the state. Kentucky Spirit announced last week it was leaving the commonwealth, because it could not operate without massive losses.  Now, it is suing in Frankfort courts to make it official.

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12:53pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Health and Welfare

Medicaid Operator Sues the State

Struggling Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit has followed through and is suing to end its contract with the state.  Kentucky Spirit announced last week it was leaving the commonwealth, because it could not operate without massive losses.  Now, it is suing in Frankfort courts to make it official.  In the lawsuit, the Medicaid operator claims it has lost $120 million since it first started in November 2011.

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3:48pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Health and Welfare

Peak Deer Period Along Kentucky Highways

This is the time of year when deer are likely to be crossing many Kentucky roadways.   There are ways to reduce the risk of car versus deer collisions.   Kentucky State Police report almost fifty percent of all vehicle collisions with deer occur between September and November.   Last year, three of these crashes involved fatalities for vehicle occupants.  Sargent  Rick Saint-Blancard says don’t think a car or truck will be able to sustain a collision with a deer.

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3:45pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Health and Welfare

Door to Door Health Survey

Representatives of the Fayette County Health Department will be knocking on doors in Lexington neighborhoods this week.  The trained staff members will be conducting a survey about home and health hazards.  Communicable Disease Manager, Jessica Cobb says the 50 questions cover everything from indoor air quality to household products and lead.

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12:00am

Mon October 22, 2012
Health and Welfare

Medicaid Operators Look to Take Place of KY Spirit

As the fallout continues from the announced departure of statewide Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit, many other Medicaid operators are already looking to take their place. Kentucky Spirit announced last week they would break their contract with the state early. State officials say they won’t re-open those statewide contracts to replace Kentucky Spirit until the current contracts expire.

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3:24pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Health and Welfare

Health Care Reform Unpopular in Nine Swing States

Party labels affect what rural voters think about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to the latest National Rural Assembly and Center for Rural Strategies poll of rural voters in nine swing states in the presidential election, reports Bill Bishop of the Daily Yonder, which the center publishes.

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1:19pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Health and Welfare

UK Study Shows Correlation with Pseudoephedrine Sales and Meth Production

A University of Kentucky research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week shows a direct correlation between pseudoephedrine sales and methamphetamine production in Kentucky counties. Pdeudoephedrine, the main ingredient in Sudafed and similar decongestants, is the key feedstock for meth labs. The General Assembly further limited its sale this year.

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1:16pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Health and Welfare

Child With National Following Succumbs to Rare Cancer

A 13-year-old McLean County boy whose fight with a rare cancer gained national attention died last night. The death of Lane Goodwin was announced to 342,000 followers on his "Prayers for Lane" Facebook page, report Rich Suwanski and Megan Harris of the Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro.

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