Health and Welfare

5:31pm

Wed December 31, 2014
Health and Welfare

Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Kentucky

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 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.

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5:25pm

Wed December 31, 2014
Health and Welfare

Fort Campbell Soldiers Returning from Ebola Mission

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Fort Campbell soldiers will soon begin returning home from their Ebola-fighting mission in West Africa.

WPLN-FM reports the World Health Organization will retake the lead in training health care workers in how to handle Ebola patients beginning Jan. 1.

Since arriving in late October, Defense Department teams have trained some 1,500 doctors, nurses and other workers.

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4:46pm

Wed December 31, 2014
Health and Welfare

New Year's Driving Worries Include Beltless Drivers

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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

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3:00pm

Mon December 29, 2014
Health and Welfare

7 Heroin Related Bills Pre-filed for 2015 KY Legislative Session

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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. 

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2:56pm

Mon December 29, 2014
Health and Welfare

30 Years After First Artificial Heart Implant, Technology Improves Devices

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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. 

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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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