Kentucky’s dismal health rankings are well-known and span generations. The state has long had the dubious distinction of being among the national leaders in cancer diagnoses, smoking rates, diabetes, heart disease and a host of other maladies. Gov.
A successful treatment of stroke-related ailments usually includes a reliance on medical technology along with an involved team of caregivers. That point was emphasized Monday in Lexington as University of Kentucky HealthCare becomes a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
This week’s ice storm has come and gone but its effect on electrical service may linger for some Kentucky residents. Some areas of the state saw about a quarter inch of ice accumulation on everything including trees and power lines.
The first full week of February is bringing another dose of wintry weather. Winter storm and ice storm warnings are posted for late this afternoon through tomorrow morning for sections of central and northern Kentucky.
Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet has spent $27 million on snow and ice removal this season, with plenty of winter still left. The figure reflects a variety of costs, including for labor, equipment, materials and contractors. The cabinet says its nearly 2,000 maintenance crew employees have worked to keep more than 60,000 lane miles of roads open this winter.
Kentuckians should prepare for yet another round of Artic-like weather early next week. That's the opinion of University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon. Dixon says, while the Commonwealth has already experienced a couple shots of frigid weather this winter, the longer term outlook appears to be chilly as well.
The Kentucky Senate has once again voted overwhelmingly to modify the state informed consent law regarding abortions. As in years past, the senate approved a measure to require a face-to-face medical consultation at least 24 hours before an abortion is performed. Lexington Senator Reginald Thomas voted no.
Youngsters from Madison County traveled to Kentucky’s capital Thursday to tell state lawmakers about the emotional and physical brutality of bullying. One of them was Madison Middle School student Raymond Marion. He is in the school’s gifted and talented program and spoke before the House Committee on State Government.
Hard-to-fight infections are attracting the attention of Kentucky's lawmakers. A public health expert recently briefed lawmakers on the growing risk. Doctor Kevin Kavanagh with Kentucky based ‘Health Watch USA says the increasing risk of contagions, such as potentially deadly staph infections and untreatable gastro-intestinal bacteria, justify tougher measures. For example, Kavanagh says hospitals need to expand their use of antibiotic ointments and antiseptics.
Many residents in Appalachia, where diets are often unhealthy, may still benefit for multi-vitamins and mineral supplements. A recent editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine claims multi-vitamins are a waste of money. However, University of Kentucky Clinical Nutrition Professor Travis Thomas says people in areas of deep poverty often need vitamin supplements.
Mae Suramek, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Director
Berea College and the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center are partnering on a new class offering this week. Representatives from the Center and the College’s women’s studies department are co-teaching the seminar class. At the end of the semester, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Director Mae Suramek says the 17 students will be trained advocates.
Bitter cold temperatures present dangerous and life threatening conditions outside today. John Jacobson with the Jackson national weather service office says some roadways, particularly in rural areas of the state, could still be iced over.
"But, the biggest threat out there today and what’s going on now is kind of like a flash freeze. We’ve got all that rain that came down last night, out ahead of that front and so everything is just freezing very quickly and so any untreated road is gonna be very, very treacherous” said Jacobson.
The Kentucky Access program is closing to make way for the Affordable Care Act.The 14-year-old program was created to provide affordable health coverage to high-risk Kentuckians. It's ending because of a provision in the ACA that requires insurers to provide coverage to those people regardless of pre-existing conditions.
Over a hundred contract workers with Kentucky Utilities spent much of the Christmas holiday in Michigan, assisting with power restoration. K-U’s Cliff Feltham says icy power lines north of Kentucky are somewhat rare.
Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Paul Blanton says the number of highway fatalities in the state this year is the lowest since 1947. Blanton credits stepped-up enforcement and education programs as well as motorists who are vigilant about wearing seat belts, reducing speed and using designated drivers.
For the first time in more than four decades, Kentucky has recorded a December tornado. A National Weather Service investigative team has confirmed. A level E-F-1 tornado touched down in Harrison County late Saturday night.
The deadline for Kentuckians to enroll in a health insurance plan through the state’s health exchange has been pushed back until Tuesday. Kentuckians will have until midnight Tuesday to sign up for a new health care policy through KYnect (Connect). It must be done in order for the policy to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
Some 150 Kentucky National Guard medics will make rounds through the emergency room at the University of Kentucky Hospital. It’s part of a collaborative agreement between UK and the Guard. Doctor Roger Humphries chairs the Emergency Medicine Department.
One of the largest grants ever awarded to the University of Kentucky focuses on better understanding the link between obesity and heart disease. Much of the eleven million dollar federal grant will go to study physical causes and consequences of obesity. UK Barnstable-Brown Diabetes Center Director Philip Kern says there are also behavioral and mental issues related to weight gain.
The proposed construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline through central Kentucky continues to attract the attention of religious groups. A statewide Christian organization is calling for responsible government oversight.
With cold wintertime conditions, comes a ripe environment for stomach viruses, just in time for the holidays. State Epidemiologist Craig Humbaugh says it’s a hand to mouth ailment which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.
Audrey Haynes, Secretary, Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
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While Kentucky’s on-line marketplace for health insurance is running well, some questions remain about its long term costs. Louisville Republican Julie Denton, who chairs the Senate’s Health and Welfare Committee, still worries too many newly-insured Kentuckians will have costly health care needs.
The University of Kentucky is about to launch a clinical study into an existing medication as a treatment for Alzheimer Disease. Researchers at UK’s Alzheimer Disease Center think a cholesterol-lowering class of drugs known as fibrates can also prevent the deadly disease. Clinical Director Greg Jicka says fibrates apparently interact with a person’s RNA. Inside the cell, ribonucleic acid helps its cousin DNA determine a person’s physical characteristics.
A volunteer with the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter which burned down on Friday night says all of the 21 dogs that made it out have found a home. But the nonprofit that runs the shelter could use donations to help rebuild. Theresa Martin said they do not yet know what caused the fire that killed one dog and 34 cats.
Kentucky parks officials are allowing a limited harvest of ash trees at General Butler State Resort Park. Many trees are feeling the effects of the emerald ash borer. Parks officials say the project will take place during the winter when the northern Kentucky park has fewer visitors.
As Kentuckians prepare their Thanksgiving feast, they’re advised to add fruits to the menu. As for concerns about the presence of pesticides and other farm chemicals, University of Kentucky Extension Specialist Rick Bessin says farmers have long been urged to assess the need for such chemicals and minimize their use.
A team of doctors at the University of Kentucky will investigate new treatments for patients with Parkinson’s disease. It potentially could reverse the brain damage done by Parkinson’s.
The current clinical trial focuses on transplanting a nerve taken from a patient’s ankle and implanting it in the brain. So far, five patients have undergone the procedure. Principal investigator Craig van Horne says the newly grafted nerves are also stimulated by electrodes. Over time, Van Horne says the hope is, the brain will heal.
Hyperactivity in children is often not a straight forward diagnosis. So says long time child psychologist Joe Edwards. The Louisville counselor was recently honored by the Kentucky Psychological Association. For those adolescents with properly diagnosed hyperactivity, Edwards says medicine alone is often not enough.