Health and Welfare

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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9:33pm

Thu February 20, 2014
Health and Welfare

Gov. Beshear Sets Goals to Improve State's Health

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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.

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9:31pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Health and Welfare

UK HealthCare Becomes Comprehensive Stroke Center

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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.

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7:50am

Thu February 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

Falling Ice and Trees Remain a Threat to Power Lines

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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.

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5:02pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Health and Welfare

Ice Storm Warning in Effect Through Wednesday Morning

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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. 

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4:03pm

Mon February 3, 2014
Health and Welfare

13 Fire Deaths Reinforce Safety Emphasis

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The fact that 13 fire-related fatalities have occurred during the past week in Kentucky brings a reminder of the need for persistence when it comes to home fire safety.

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7:20am

Mon February 3, 2014
Health and Welfare

Spreading Salt in Big Numbers

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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.

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9:37pm

Fri January 24, 2014
Health and Welfare

Ky Livestock Under Threat of Another Artic Blast

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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.

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9:33pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Ky Senate Votes to Require Abortion Consultations

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.

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5:08pm

Thu January 16, 2014
Health and Welfare

House Panel Approves Anti Bullying Measure

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 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.

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4:24pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Health and Welfare

Common Sense, Support Groups Used To Battle Diabetes

FRANKFORT— Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, speaks during a meeting of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Health advocates believe a growing number of local prevention programs will help reduce the number of Kentuckians who suffer with diabetes. 


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4:50pm

Mon January 13, 2014
Health and Welfare

Growing Risk Of Hospital Infections Concerns Some Lawmakers

MRSA thriving in a petri dish.
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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.
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12:50pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Health and Welfare

Multi-Vitamins May Remain Useful In Appalachia

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.

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8:22am

Mon January 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

New Sexual Assault Awareness Initiative at Berea College

Mae Suramek, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Director
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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.

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7:28am

Mon January 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

Icy and Dangerous Cold Invades Kentucky

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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.

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7:22am

Tue December 31, 2013
Health and Welfare

One Ky Health Insurance Program Closes While Another Moves On

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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.

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4:50pm

Mon December 30, 2013
Health and Welfare

K-U Power Crews Return Home from Ice Storm

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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.

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7:23am

Mon December 30, 2013
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Statewide Fatalities Down

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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.

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5:18pm

Mon December 23, 2013
Health and Welfare

Unusual December Tornado Strikes in Harrison County

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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.

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2:59pm

Mon December 23, 2013
Health and Welfare

More Time Given to Sign Up for Health Insurance

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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. 

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