Health and Welfare

4:32pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Health and Welfare

Paul Says Fort Knox is Potential Site for Child Migrants, Democrat Says No

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 U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Fort Knox has been talked about as a possible site to temporarily house immigrant children pouring across the country's border. But a Democratic congressman indicates the Army post is not under consideration as a place to shelter young migrants.

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5:40pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Health and Welfare

Report Says Youth Smoking Declining in Kentucky

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According to the results of a recent federal study, teen smoking in Kentucky is on the decline.   But, the state's primary public health doctor says there's still plenty of room for improvement.   

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10:47pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Health and Welfare

Fayette Driver’s Ed Program Celebrates 500th Graduate

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Fayette County's Driver Education Program is recognizing its 500th graduate this week.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and County Attorney Larry Roberts marked the accomplishment during a news conference Wednesday.

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9:24pm

Thu July 3, 2014
Health and Welfare

Both Legal and Illegal Fireworks Expected to Light Up Lexington

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    Lots of fireworks will likely be going off the next few days in central Kentucky neighborhoods. In Lexington, there will likely be a mix of legal and illegal works.

More than a year ago, the state passed legislation to legalize flying and exploding fireworks.  Still, some individual communities, like Lexington opted to continue a ban on those types of pyrotechnics.  Most all of the counties surrounding Fayette do allow the sale of fireworks that go airborne or blow up. 

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9:29am

Wed July 2, 2014
Health and Welfare

Veteran Emergency Room Doc Says Homemade Fireworks Cause Many Injuries

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A doctor with over 30 years of experience in emergency department care says many fireworks-related injuries can be traced to homemade explosives.  University of Kentucky physician Chuck Ekerline says a male patient came in with just such injuries Monday.  He says exploding debris and shrapnel caused extensive damage to the man's arms, chest and face. 

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5:39pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Health and Welfare

UK Researchers Study Aging and Lower Back Pain

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The specific causes of lower back pain remain illusive.  Studies show eight in ten people experience back pain at some point in their lives.  A federally-funded University of Kentucky study is focusing on the mechanics of the back. Dr.  Babak Bazrgari is a biomedical engineer at UK.  He says age is a factor.  "We are seeing like as they get older, they perform activities like the way that they move their trunk is such that it impose a higher load on the spinal column," said Bazrgari.

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9:37am

Thu June 19, 2014
Health and Welfare

Local Health Officials Caution Against Possible Mosquito-Borne Virus

Health department officials caution against possible Chikungunya virus transmitted by mosquitoes.
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Outbreaks of a mosquito-borne illness called Chikungunya (pronounced CHICK-en-GUN-yeh) have been reported recently in the surrounding states of Indiana, Tennessee and North Carolina.  Although there have been no confirmed reports of the virus yet in the Commonwealth, local health officials are hoping to educate the public on ways to avoid the disease.  Keith Hall, Communications Director for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says while the department regularly sprays for mosquitoes, they recommend residents take some fairly simple precautions.

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9:09am

Mon June 16, 2014
Health and Welfare

Families Challenged to Find Doctors to Immunize Kids

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Various medical related agencies in Lexington are working together to help ensure young children get needed vaccinations. 

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3:03pm

Thu June 12, 2014
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Searching for Sites to Feed Hungry Kids

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National studies indicate only one of seven children who receive a free or reduced school lunch gets a similar meal over the summer. An official with the State Department of Education anticipates Kentucky's statistics are even more sobering.

Kathy Galliger says logistics and a scarcity of sponsoring groups, create the biggest barriers to getting food to hungry kids in the summer.  She is with the state's summer food service program. 

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10:45pm

Fri June 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Special Olympics Celebrates 20 Years in Richmond

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Kentucky's special Olympians are arriving in Richmond this afternoon for the 20th time.  EKU and the Richmond community will play host to 13 hundred athletes this weekend. 

Kentucky Special Olympics President Trish Mazzoni says there is also an emphasis this year on the national competition. "There are national games for Special Olympics and actually this happens to be one of those years.  So we have these games, next week we take a team of 55 athletes and coaches to New Jersey to part in the 2014 U.S.A games," said Mazzoni.

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4:29pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Health and Welfare

Veteran Foster Care Recipient Says Last Friendships Help With Transition Out of Care

Ian Rosser
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Some 150 foster youth from across the state gathered this past weekend for fellowship, mentoring and inspiration. Lexington resident Ian Rosser (ROSS-er) helped lead the conference at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

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9:48pm

Mon June 2, 2014
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Tobacco Research Continues to Focus on Reference Cigarette

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Investigators with the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center continue their work with a reference cigarette.  Center Director Dr. Orlando Chambers says the standard lab cigarette can lead to changes in the makeup of tobacco products.  Chambers says there's a list of 93 potentially harmful constituents in tobacco products.  "Over time regulation would require that those be lowered or they could set some levels for certain compounds. Then it allows a standard set number than could be compared to over time," said Chambers.

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11:27am

Mon June 2, 2014
Health and Welfare

Cases of Serious Skin Cancers Surging Over the Last 80 Years

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Tanning season is upon us and so is the increased risk of skin cancer.  University of Kentucky Associate Professor of Pediatrics John Dorazio is among those researchers trying to determine why ultraviolet rays cause melanoma.  He says tanning can affect the brain as well as the skin.  "Tanning can actually be a true addictive kind of behavior and there's a physiological reason for this.  The same pathway that makes the skin tan also gives us beta endorphins and those endorphins act like little bits of morphine in the skin and gets absorbed in the bloodstream and it makes you feel good," sa

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10:24pm

Sun May 25, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington VA Participates in National Internal Audit

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Lexington's Veterans Administration Hospital is undergoing an internal audit.  It's part of a national assessment by the VA.

Following national news reports focusing on delays in medical appointments for some veterans, the VA is reviewing its healthcare facilities.  Lexington spokeswoman Desti Stimes says an audit team is in the middle of a two week stop in the community.  "We are confident that the audit will show that our employees are following the national scheduling guidance that has been provided to us by VHA," said Stimes.

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3:54pm

Tue May 20, 2014
Health and Welfare

Drug Settlement Money to Go to Study Adolesent Drug Use

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Funds from a civil settlement with two drug companies will help the University of Kentucky develop an "addiction medicine fellowship."  UK is being awarded one and a half million dollars over two years to establish a substance abuse prevention and treatment plan for adolescents. 

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9:16pm

Thu May 15, 2014
Health and Welfare

UK Mining Engineer Says There May Be Lessons Learned From Turkey Tragedy

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Recovery operations continue as rescuers search for survivors of a mine explosion in Turkey earlier this week. At the time of the blast, there were reportedly just under 800 miners inside the western Turkey mine. 

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11:52pm

Tue May 13, 2014
Health and Welfare

Hundreds of Families Impacted by Family Care Center

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Lexington's Family Care Center is celebrating its silver anniversary.  

In 25 years, the center has helped hundreds of single mothers and their children.

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11:48pm

Tue May 13, 2014
Health and Welfare

New, Expanded YMCA Coming to Lexington

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The YMCA of Central Kentucky is moving forward with plans for a new facility in Lexington's Hamburg area. 

President and CEO David Martorano says the new center will be built on Old Rosebud and should open in 2016.  "The Hamburg facility will be a full facility, amenity wise, very similar to some of our other Y's, similar to the Beaumont facility.  We'll have a full gymnasium, health and wellness center, group exercise studios, a lap pool, in addition to a warmer therapeutic pool with a recreational slide," said Martorano.

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9:41pm

Sun May 11, 2014
Health and Welfare

Candidate Q & A: Sixth Congressional District, Geoff Young

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With the May Primary Election just a week away, we begin a week-long series of reports focusing on some of the political races.  Today, we hear from sixth district congressional candidate Geoff Young.   Mr. Young is one of two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Republican Andy Barr.

WEKU'S Stu Johnson asked the one-time state Division of Energy employee and long time political activist what role should the federal government play in helping those in need.

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9:25am

Tue May 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

Study Shows Many Children Living with Grandparents Suffered Some Form of Earlier Abuse

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    Many Kentucky children living with their grandparents at some point suffered some form of trauma or abuse.  That finding is contained in a University of Kentucky report from the Center for Trauma and Children. 

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10:01pm

Sun May 4, 2014
Health and Welfare

New UK Office to Focus on Policies for Protecting Women

Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women Director Carol Jordan
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A new office at the University of Kentucky is expected to focus on policies aimed at reducing sexual assault.  Carol Jordan, who's worked for decades on women's safety issues, heads the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women. 

Jordan anticipates working with officials in state government agencies.  "And I think having opportunities to share data and to share policy research can also be of assistance when they're trying to look for funding priorities, I think we can be in the business of providing them with assistance in that as well," said Jordan.

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10:51pm

Sun April 27, 2014
Health and Welfare

Bus Crash Film Part of DUI Offender Class

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Mandatory classes for those convicted of DUI will one day include a documentary film about the nation's worst drunk driving crash.  A preview came Friday during a one day training event at Eastern Kentucky University.

The film "Impact: After the Crash" examines the 1988 Carrollton bus crash through the eyes of survivors and family from the Radcliff community.   Lee Etta Cummings is the State DUI Program Manager.  She says the aim is to integrate the documentary into the DUI classes.

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6:00am

Thu April 24, 2014
Health and Welfare

SOAR Working Groups to Plot Strategies

Dentist Nikki Stone of the UK Center for Rural Health
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The next step in the "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" or SOAR initiative is scheduled to take place today.  Ten working groups will be mapping out strategies and preparing to take more suggestions from eastern Kentuckians.

The ten SOAR working groups cover everything from agriculture to broadband to business recruitment.   Dentist Nikki Stone with the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health heads up a group examining health issues. 

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5:12pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Health and Welfare

Hunger Continuing As Major Issue in Kentucky, Meal Gap Study Reports

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    Hunger issues continue to complicate life for many Kentucky families.  This reality is reflected in the just-released "Map the Meal Gap Report".

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5:03pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Health and Welfare

Youth Being Sought as Violence Reduction Mentors

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Young adults are being sought to help fellow teens steer clear of violence.  The mentoring initiative is being launched by Youth Alert, a non-profit organization founded two years ago in Kentucky. 

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6:40am

Thu March 27, 2014
Health and Welfare

Summit Examines Appalachian Health Issues

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Nearly 700 people are expected in Lexington Thursday to dialogue on health disparities in Appalachia.   The aim will be to explore pooling resources and researchers to attack health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and stroke.

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5:05pm

Thu March 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

Ky. House to Consider Animal Shelter Gas Chamber Bill

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The Kentucky General Assembly is considering legislation that would ban the use of gas chambers at the state's animal shelters. 

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4:14pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Health and Welfare

Bill Prohibiting E-Cigarettes for Minors Clears State Senate Committee

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A bill intended to take electronic cigarettes out of the hands of many teenagers and younger children is headed to the full Kentucky Senate.

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6:00am

Thu February 27, 2014
Health and Welfare

Students to Learn about Alcohol in Federally-funded Summer Program

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A 350 thousand dollar federal grant will allow scores of undergraduate students to participate in alcohol-related research over the next five summers.  The announcement of the new Summer Training in Alcohol Research or STAR program came yesterday at the University of Kentucky.  

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6:00am

Mon February 24, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Fire Division Requesting Funds for New Stations.

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Lexington fire officials are asking city leaders to consider building new fire stations over the next five to six years.  Assistant Fire Chief Harold Hoskins estimates the cost of such a building project at about ten million dollars a year.

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