Health and Welfare

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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4:23pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Cardiologists Gather in Louisville

Jesse Adams, Governor of Kentucky Chapter of American College of Cardiology
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Surgeons, nurses, technicians, and pharmacists focusing on heart ailments are gathering in Louisville this weekend.  It's the annual scientific meeting for the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.  Chapter Governor Doctor Jesse Adams says heart valve disease will get additional attention this weekend. 

For a time, Adams says heart surgery was the only remedy.  "There's now the opportunity to go in with catheters and put a new valve in through that catheter.  It's still a big operation or big procedure, but it's not a surgical operation," said Adams.

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6:17pm

Thu October 9, 2014
Health and Welfare

Federal Money Will Be Used to Stop Flow of Illegal Drugs into Madison County

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A central Kentucky county is receiving additional resources to fight illegal drug trafficking at the distribution level.  Madison County is now a part of the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.  The announcement came Thursday in Richmond.  HIDTA Director Frank Rapier says the additional federal money helps cut off illegal drugs coming from areas like Detroit and Atlanta.  "The big thing is the partnership it brings to all the other HIDTA federal, state, and local working together.  That's huge for us and sharing the intelligence from that," said Rapier.

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4:29pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Council Committee Votes to Ban E-Cigarette Use Inside Public Buildings

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A Lexington city council committee has unanimously approved adding electronic cigarettes to the existing indoor smoking ban.  Carol Riker with the University of Kentucky College of Nursing told council Tuesday that e-cigarette aerosols contain toxic gases and tiny particles.  

Vice Mayor Linda Gorton brought the issue to the committee.  "It's a matter of not making it illegal to sell or buy or use the e-cigarettes, it's just don't use them inside where everybody else breathes the air," said Gorton.

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4:30pm

Mon October 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

State and Local Health Officials Gather to Fine Tune Ebola Preparedness

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State and local health officials met Monday with emergency management representatives to discuss Ebola prevention and response strategies. 

More than 40 people representing a dozen agencies gathered in Lexington to consider any modifications in preparedness.  Craig Humbaugh is a state epidemiologist.  "We have a surge plan for these kinds of activities.  We haven't done it at this stage but we might have to activate our continuity planning if we needed to," said Humbaugh.

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5:37pm

Fri October 3, 2014
Health and Welfare

State Health Officials Focus Obesity Prevention Training on Pre School Centers

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Kentucky public health officials are working to reduce obesity within the state's youngest children.  The obesity prevention program is focusing on children in pre-school, head start, or child care centers.  The call to action includes staff training, family engagement, and making sure policies are aligned with best practices for diet and exercise.  Elaine Russell is Obesity Prevention Program Coordinator in the Department for Public Health.  "We know that one in five children are overweight or obese before they enter kindergarten.  So, that means we're sending the schools the obesity epid

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1:55pm

Thu October 2, 2014
Health and Welfare

Judge: VA Botched Handling of Suicidal Marine

Cameron Anestis, who served in Iraq as a Marine, committed suicide after seeking help at two Veterans Administration facilities in Lexington
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A federal judge in Kentucky has found that a Veterans Affairs hospital mishandled a suicidal Marine who went to a medical facility seeking help before killing himself.

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10:18pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Health and Welfare

UK Students Take Playful Approach to Tackle Issue of Suicide

UK Freshman Issac Orteez took a pie in the face at the suicide prevention challenge Tuesday
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A lighthearted approach to a serious issue attracted attention Tuesday at the University of Kentucky Student Center. Students there participated in the "a pie in the face challenge' for suicide prevention.

Messages written in chalk on the sidewalk leading into UK's Student Center included facts and figures about suicide. On the center patio, whipped cream pies were smashed into students' faces as part of a suicide prevention challenge, similar to the popular ALS ice bucket challenge.  Indianapolis freshman Issac Orteez took a pie in the face. 

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12:04am

Tue September 30, 2014
Health and Welfare

Four UK Football Players Suspended for Their Role in Campus Air Gun Shooting Incident

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Four University of Kentucky football players are facing a one game suspension for their role in a weekend gun incident on UK's campus.   Surveillance cameras helped authorities identify the responsible parties. 

According to university police, freshman UK football players Dorian Baker, Drew Barker, Tymere Dubose, and Stanley Williams are responsible for a Sunday evening incident on campus involving air soft pistols. Police say they received calls about gun shots near the Kirwan Blanding housing area.  UK Students were advised to stay sheltered for about two hours. 

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6:00am

Mon September 29, 2014
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Bloodhounds Ready to Track Wildfire Arsonists

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    In their effort to crack down on arsonists, state forestry officials are calling upon the services of bloodhounds.  The new initiative is a joint project from the Division of Forestry, Kentucky State Police, and the Bell County Forestry Camp.

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5:07pm

Thu September 25, 2014
Health and Welfare

Study: 75% of Food Insecure People Get Help from Food Banks

God's Pantry Warehouse in Lexington

A study released Thursday shows 190,000 people in central and eastern Kentucky seek food assistance.  

One of the state's best known food banks is doing its part to meet the needs of the hungry.

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10:48pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Hundreds of Kentucky Students Observe Mock ATV Emergency Response Activity

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All-terrain vehicles will be the focus of Kentucky's annual Farm Safety Week program. Hundreds of high school students are gathering this week for mock ATV emergencies.

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12:24pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Kentuckians Can Get Protection From Four Flu Strains This Fall

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Mid September marks a key point in the flu shot season across Kentucky.  So, health officials are urging all central Kentuckians over six months old to get vaccinated.  Lois Davis, Fayette County Health Department Public Health Nursing Manager says her agency has administered about three thousand shots during each of the last few years.  "It's stayed about the same, I think because of there are more opportunities in the community to get flu shots.  Most of the pharmacies, they are offering flu shots and plus when you go to the grocery stores, those pharmacies are offering flu shots, which

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3:06pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Health and Welfare

Lexington Officials Launching Pilot Program on Drug and Violence Intervention

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Lexington city officials are initiating a pilot program on substance abuse and violence intervention.  The aim is to advance communication among police, treatment officials, and families directly impacted by drugs and violence.  Social Services Commissioner Beth Mills says five subcommittees will delve into issues like victim services and gun violence.  "Each subcommittee will come up with projects for the community and then we will also do post incident review of drug overdoses, deaths from gun violence, so that law enforcement is talking to the treatment community who's talking to the gr

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8:49am

Thu September 18, 2014
Health and Welfare

Emergency Responders from 10 Counties Participate in Chemical Stockpile Drill

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A simulated release of nerve agent at the Blue Grass Army Depot Wednesday prompted an emergency response from officials in 10 central Kentucky counties. 

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4:43pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Health and Welfare

Health Officials Looking for Link to E. Coli Infection in 5 Kentucky Children.

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    Four Kentucky children remain hospitalized after suffering what's believed to be an E. coli infection.  The cluster of cases is being investigated by the Lincoln Trail District Health Department based in Elizabethtown. 

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12:00pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Health and Welfare

Health Group Working to Combat Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

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A health care group is taking action against the rising number of Kentucky newborns exposed to narcotics during pregnancy.

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3:03pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Health and Welfare

Beshear Appoints Anti-Bullying Task Force

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Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed a 22-person committee to study bullying and how to stop it.

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4:09pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Health and Welfare

Violence Prevention Program Showing Results in KY High Schools

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Self-reported instances of sexual violence in 13 Kentucky public high schools dropped by more than half over the past five years, according to a new $2 million study based on more than 80,000 anonymous student surveys.

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12:40pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Health and Welfare

11th Annual World Suicide Prevention Day

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Wednesday marks the 11th annual World Suicide Prevention Day. 

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9:00am

Mon September 8, 2014
Health and Welfare

Emergency Management Officials Urge Kentuckians to Establish a Plan during “Disaster Preparedness Mo

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Governor Steve Beshear has declared September "Disaster Preparedness Month" in the Commonwealth. Officials with Kentucky Emergency Management are hopeful citizens take time this month to consider the risks posed by natural disasters.

Buddy Rogers with Kentucky EMS says rain, wind, and snow can be more than a nuisance.  "We're at risk every day and the greatest risk that we face in Kentucky is from weather.  Since Governor Beshear's administration, we've had 11 presidentially declared disasters and each of those were due to weather," said Rogers.

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11:18am

Fri September 5, 2014
Health and Welfare

UK "Teal-gaters" Aim to Raise Awareness About Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer awareness will be highlighted in Lexington this weekend. A "teal-gate" event will take place Saturday in the Markey Cancer Center's Whitney Henderson parking lot, just prior to the University of Kentucky football game. Teal is the color associated with ovarian cancer awareness campaigns. 

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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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