The Kentucky Department of Public Health say five adults and one child have died as the result of flu this season.
Dr. Kraig Humbaugh of the department told WKYT-TV in Lexington the flu in Kentucky is considered widespread and has been for four weeks. Humbaugh says that's earlier than normal with widespread activity normally occurring between January and March.
He says anyone who hasn't had a flu shot yet should have one. He says the very young and the very old are most vulnerable to the flu.
Humbaugh says the average course of flu is seven to 10 days.
Parties and New Year's Eve have gone together for a long time. Increased awareness of intoxicated driving has led to more use of designated sober drivers on nights of heavy celebration. But, Kentucky State Police Trooper Brad Arterburn says drinking and driving enforcement remains a major part of police work, "We still arrest a lot of drunk people every year and our fatalities this year, well over a hundred of them involved alcohol, so we do still have a problem of drinking and driving.” Arterburn says people are starting to realize that, if they do drink, it's easier just to stay wher
One of the most pressing issues before state lawmakers in 2015 relates to heroin addiction. In the last few years, drug overdose deaths have been a priority concern in many Kentucky cities and increasingly in rural communities.
It's been 30 years since the first successful artificial heart implant. Southern Indiana patient Bill Schroeder received the device in 1984 at the former Humana Hospital in Louisville. He died in August 1986.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.