Health and Welfare

5:30pm

Fri August 29, 2014
Health and Welfare

Number of Fatalities Down, Excessive Speed Remains an Issue on Kentucky Highways

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The official Labor Day driving period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and traffic along Kentucky's interstates is sure to pick up.  A declining fatality rate does not diminish concerns associated with excessive speed on the state's highways.

The number of people killed on Kentucky roadways has declined in recent years.   Still, with 638 fatalities in 2013, law enforcement officials would like to see more days of what they refer to as "zero days." That's a day when no one dies on Kentucky highways. 

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5:49pm

Tue August 26, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington's Homelessness Prevention Office Moves Forward with 'Housing First' Program.

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Lexington is proceeding with a new program to provide permanent housing for the city's homeless.  The $200,000 "Housing First" project is being coordinated through the new Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.

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10:47pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Health and Welfare

Boats of All Sizes Expected on Kentucky Waterways This Holiday Weekend

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It may sound quieter this weekend on Kentucky’s waterways but there could be more boaters than usual. State Fish and Wildlife Boating Education Coordinator Zac Campbell says, increasingly, kayaks and canoes are becoming popular on Kentucky lakes and rivers.

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10:29pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Health and Welfare

Judge Uses Drug to Aid Addicts’ Recovery

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In an effort to help drug addicts kick their habit, an Ohio municipal judge is offering medicated assisted treatment in his drug court.

Judge Fred Moses presented his caseThursday before a panel of Kentucky lawmakers.

In southeast Ohio, Judge Fred Moses overseas one of the few Vivitrol  drug courts in the country.  Vivitrol is an opioid receptor antagonist. Injected monthly, it blocks brain receptors from feeling opiate effects. If recovering addicts attempt to get high while on Vivitrol, they can not.

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5:32pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Nonprofit Launches New Effort to Combat Workplace Stress

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    A Lexington charitable group begins workshops this week aimed at impacting corporate attendance, violence, stress, and relationships. 

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1:47pm

Tue August 12, 2014
Health and Welfare

Kentucky's Child Care Assitance Program Reopened

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Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program has been reopened for new applicants after a budget shortfall closed it 16 months ago.

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4:21pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Health and Welfare

Report: Kentucky One of Worst States for Underprivileged Children

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The director of Kentucky Youth Advocates says the most important challenge facing the state's children is poverty. 

Terry Brooks is responding to a report just released by WalletHub, a personal finance social network.  In it, Kentucky ranked 44th nationally in the percentage of children living in households with below poverty level income. 

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4:35pm

Fri August 8, 2014
Health and Welfare

State's Top Social Worker Addresses Undergrads

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Social work students from eleven Kentucky universities got a pep talk Friday from the head of the state's child welfare system.

The future social workers were in attendance at the Public Child Welfare Program Conference at Eastern Kentucky University. 

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5:34pm

Thu August 7, 2014
Health and Welfare

New Drug Delivery System Could Aid Fight Against Heroin Overdoses

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    A drug designed to reduce heroin related overdoses has received a makeover.  A year from now, a prescription for Naloxone may come in the form of a nasal spray.

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5:28pm

Thu August 7, 2014
Health and Welfare

State Highway Official Says DUI Arrests Down Slightly

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Messages about designated driving are working to lower drunken driving crashes. That's according to the director of the state's office of highway safety. 

Bill Bell admits, though, the drop in recent years has been slim.  "It's come down a little bit each year, fractionally," said Bell.

Bell says Kentucky registers about 25-thousand arrests each year for driving under the influence.  He says alcohol related fatalities make up about 20 percent of all highway deaths annually.  

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10:53pm

Mon August 4, 2014
Health and Welfare

Ceremony Marks Startup of Caregiver Misconduct Registry

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Kentucky's new Caregiver Misconduct Registry is gearing up.   Legislation establishing the new effort, aimed at protecting vulnerable adults, went into effect two weeks ago.  Governor Beshear participated in a ceremonial bill signing Monday at Lexington's Christian Care Adult Day Center.

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4:13pm

Thu July 31, 2014
Health and Welfare

Overdose Numbers Frustrate State Drug Czar

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A new report out Thursday says drug overdose deaths remained virtually the same in Kentucky over the last couple of years. 

A study by the Office of Drug Control Policy shows 1,007 people died in Kentucky from drug overdose in 2013, compared to 1,004 people in 2012.

Van Ingram, Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy, calls the report “frustrating.”

"While we've made some in-roads in prescription drug deaths, increases in heroin deaths kind of evened us out and plateaued and deaths remained largely the same," said Ingram.

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11:00pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Health and Welfare

Summit Focuses on Links Between Childhood Obesity and Learning

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    Education and health advocates are brainstorming ways to increase physical activity in school without diminishing academic focus.

Participants met Wednesday during a Lexington summit.

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4:46pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Health Rulings Won't Affect Kentucky

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 Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says rulings Tuesday on President Barack Obama's health care law won't affect enrollees in Kentucky's state-run health exchange.

Beshear said in a statement released by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that premium assistance that Kentucky enrollees have qualified for also won't be affected.

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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

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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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