Science and Tech

10:28am

Mon November 7, 2011
Science/Health

Board of Health Discusses Hospital Merger Ideas

The Louisville Board of Health is continuing its deliberations on the pending hospital merger. The board held a public forum with officials from University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives last month to clear up concerns that Catholic-led supervision would affect access and availability of care.

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7:23am

Fri November 4, 2011
Science/Health

New Weather Forecasting Equipment Coming

 

 The state announced Thursday the planned installation of new weather detection technology – Automated Weather Observation Systems or AWOS – to improve safety at 14 Kentucky airports.  With AWOS, aircraft can receive weather information at altitudes up to 10,000 feet and distances up to 25 nautical miles from each installation. The airports were selected for AWOS upgrades based on recent inspections of existing airport weather observation systems.

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8:52am

Tue November 1, 2011
Science/Health

Watermelon may be Good for Heart, Weight

Watermelon: It's not just for summer picnics any more. University of Kentucky researchers have been studying the fruit's juice, and results show that it might be good for keeping your weight down and your heart strong. Sibu Saha, lead investigator on UK's project, cautions that consumers should not storm grocery stores and start juicing watermelons but should continue to eat a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables.

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10:54am

Mon October 31, 2011
Science/Health

Kentucky Switches to Privatized Medicaid Care

Kentucky’s three new managed care operators, MCOs, say they’re ready for members to switch over to privatized Medicaid care this week.  The switch on Nov. 1 is expected to save the state around $375 million over the three year contracts while managing patient care more efficiently.

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10:15am

Mon October 31, 2011
Science/Health

Three-Year-Old Fights Cancer, Family Copes

Bradlee Aguilar-Moreno, 3, of Perryville is at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis being tested for an aggressive form of cancer called anapestic ependynoma.

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for the most world-weary adult. When it is a young child, it can be downright seismic for a family and an entire community. "You're going along and things seem perfectly fine and then something like this comes and tears your whole life up," said Vicki Ruiz. Her 3-year-old grandson, Bradlee Aguilar-Moreno of Perryville, has been at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis since Aug. 30 being treated for an aggressive form of cancer called anapestic ependymoma

10:08am

Fri October 28, 2011
Science/Health

Health Insurance Compromise Okayed

Lexington's Urban County Council has approved spending $3.8 million to soften the increased health insurance costs for city workers.  The compromise came after several firefighters and other government employees protested outside City Hall and spoke at the Council's work session on Tuesday. Council member Kevin Stinnett spoke before a packed meeting Thursday night, saying the plan isn't perfect.

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10:29am

Thu October 27, 2011
Science/Health

State Investigators Detail Brain-Injured Man's Death

Staff at a Falmouth personal care home did not check on a brain-injured man for nearly three hours on the day he disappeared, according to documents from a state investigation. The man was found dead more than four weeks later. In addition, the investigation by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' Office of Inspector General into Larry Joe Lee's August disappearance revealed that Falmouth Nursing Home had no policy to ensure that residents had continuous supervision. And investigators determined "the facility failed to establish effective policies to ensure continuous supervision of residents."

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10:27am

Thu October 27, 2011
Science/Health

Over 100 Painkiller Suits Moved to Federal Court

More than 100 lawsuits filed by people from throughout the country — who claim they or their loved ones have been hurt by the pain relievers Darvon and Darvocet and other drugs containing propoxyphene — have poured into the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Kentucky since August. That's because U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves, who holds court in Covington, has been selected by a federal panel to refine the issues and streamline pretrial proceedings.

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3:29pm

Tue October 25, 2011
Science/Health

Child is First Born from Frozen Egg

Avery Lee Kennedy, 5, sat for a portrait with parents Wendy Kennedy, left, and Jared Kennedy and younger brother John Glenn Kennedy, 3. Avery is the first child born of the world's first commerc
Pablo Alcala/Lexington Herald-Leader

A 5-year-old Lexington girl was the first child born from mixing frozen eggs with live sperm. Avery is the first child born of the world's first commercial egg bank. Nonetheless, making babies from frozen eggs is still a somewhat dicey business.

1:55pm

Fri October 21, 2011
Science/Health

Caring Today for the Terminally Ill

End of life care known as hospice has changed a great deal over the centuries.  The clinical type of caring for the dying and their families began in the 17th century.  Hospice relies on a team of care-givers and may include a doctor, nurse, social worker, and chaplain.  Hospice of the Bluegrass chief medical officer Todd Cote says the approach may seem simple, but can be complicated.

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10:42am

Fri October 21, 2011
Science/Health

U of L Partners with International Diabetes Research Team

The University of Louisville’s Department of Pediatrics is joining an international research team to explore ways to treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes.  The department is a participant in TrialNet, which is made up of clinics throughout the world that study the disease. U of L will work with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, which acts as one of TrialNet’s 18 primary clinical centers.

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2:35pm

Thu October 20, 2011
Science/Health

Ovarian Cancer Screening Project Expands

Local officials and University of Kentucky representatives Thursday announced the expansion of an ovarian cancer screening program that will provide free services to women in northeastern Kentucky Appalachian counties. The UK Markey Cancer Center Ovarian Cancer Screening Project will establish a satellite facility for the program at the Greenup County Health Department.

6:00am

Thu October 20, 2011
Science/Health

Chamber President Backs Smoking Ban

The president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has thrown his support behind a proposed statewide smoking ban in the workplace. Dave Adkisson testified before a legislative panel in Frankfort Wednesday. He says ten years ago, it would have been unthinkable for the chamber to take such a position.

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1:32pm

Tue October 18, 2011
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Florida Docs can now Check Patients' Pill Use

Florida has finally implemented an electronic database where the state's doctors can check their patients' prescription drug history. It's hoped the information will curb doctor shopping and other pain pill abuses.  The Palm Beach Post reported that the Electronic Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substances Evaluation system went online Monday. The bill establishing the system was nearly killed by Florida's Republican governor and other influential GOP lawmakers.

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12:30pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Science/Health

Parallels to Kentucky in Colorado’s “Merger Mania”

The merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives isn’t the only hospital consolidation pending in the U.S. Colorado Public Radio reports that this could be a record year for hospital mergers.

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6:52am

Tue October 18, 2011
Science/Health

Changes Recommended at Lex. Health Department

 A report released from the state auditor's office says the Fayette County Health Department should make more of an effort to collect unpaid bills and shore up working agreements so that an 11.7 million dollar federal grant for the construction of a new primary care facility is not lost. The report released Monday, encourages the agency to do more to collect, rather than write off, unpaid patient fees, and work quickly to make sure an 11.7 million dollar federal grant to construct a primary care facility is not lost through inaction.

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10:21am

Mon October 17, 2011
Science/Health

U of L Research Grant Renewed

A University of Louisville scientist has been awarded a $2.6 million federal grant to continue his research into treatment of lung injuries caused by exposure chlorine gas.  Dr. Gary Hoyle says the National Institutes of Health is especially interested in the effects of chlorine because of the large amounts of the chemical that are produced and transported in the U.S.

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6:25am

Mon October 17, 2011
Science/Health

NIH Renews Grant for U of L Research

A University of Louisville scientist has been awarded a $2.6 million federal grant to continue his research into treatment of lung injuries caused by exposure chlorine gas. Dr. Gary Hoyle says the National Institutes of Health is especially interested in the effects of chlorine because of the large amounts of the chemical that are produced and transported in the U.S.

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1:37pm

Fri October 14, 2011
Science/Health

'Free Flu Friday' Underway

Free Flu Friday
Josh James Kentucky Public Radio

The Fayette County Health Department's "Free Flu Friday" is in full swing at the department's Public Health North Campus. The staff has seen a steady run of visitors since 9:30 this morning.  Visitors lining up for their free flu shots sign in and then walk through a roped off areas before they reach the tables where the shots are administered, some by University of Kentucky nursing students.

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11:20am

Fri October 14, 2011
Science/Health

Thousands Expected at "Race For The Cure" Activities

Thousands of runners, walkers, and onlookers are expected to turn downtown into a sea of pink tomorrow morning for the annual Race for the Cure Event. Mary Allison Belshoff is the Executive Director of the Lexington affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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9:55am

Wed October 12, 2011
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'Fake Marijuana' Skirts Laws

Jennifer Allen (left) and her mother, Patricia Allen, with a photo of Jennifer's son, Chris Allen, 19, who is in a mental hospital. They blame his mental health problems on his use of a product sold under names such as "Dead Man Walking," which he smoked.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

Some convenience stores, head shops, liquor stores and gas stations across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati are selling what officials describe as "synthetic marijuana." If the mother and grandmother of 19-year-old Chris Allen can change that, they will. The young man they raised in Florence and Independence went on a two-day binge three weeks ago that led him into a Kentucky state psychiatric hospital with delusions and paranoia. The two are on a mission of informing parents how dangerous and deadly the stuff can be.

4:14pm

Tue October 11, 2011
Science/Health

Bikes and Bikeways Across Kentucky

 

More and more bikers are likely to make their way across Kentucky’s landscape in the years ahead.  It’s an issue which is foremost on the minds of the state’s Bike and Bikeway Commission.  The group’s annual meeting is coming up later this fall in Lexington.  State transportation engineering branch manager, Lynn Soporowski says each new stretch of pavement receives cycling attention.

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7:24am

Tue October 11, 2011
Science/Health

Free Flu Shot Friday

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department officials expect to give up to 2000 flu shots Friday. The special one-day event serves a dual purpose: vaccinating citizens against the flu and training health department workers for emergencies. Kevin Hall with the Health Department says the clinics helped the city handle the H1N1 outbreak in 2009.

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1:52pm

Mon October 10, 2011
Science/Health

Kentucky Nobel Prize Connection

 

A Western Kentucky University professor found out last week that several members of a research team he’s a part of were awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. Louis-Gregory Strolger, an associate professor in WKU’s physics and astronomy department, has played a significant role in researching the universe’s expansion for more than a decade. Three leading researchers with whom Strolger works will receive the Nobel Prize

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10:48am

Mon October 10, 2011
Science/Health

Lex. Mayor Leads Sedentary Parade

By design, a lot of nothing was going on Sunday afternoon during Lexington's Sedentary Parade, which poked fun at the city being named America's least active by Men's Health magazine. Mayor Jim Gray led the "parade" sitting on a couch atop an electric cart, complete with a table for putting your feet up.

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10:06am

Wed October 5, 2011
Science/Health

Henry Co. Vet Clinic Tests Stem Cell Therapy

Dr. Clark Slone
Jonna Spelbring Priester

When researchers in Australia were developing what would become adipose stem cell therapy, they tested the procedure on goats. And since introducing the procedure to the world, it’s been used to repair tissue damage in a wide variety of animals: cats, dogs, horses, even camels and a parrot. But until last week in Henry County, despite initially being tested on goats, the procedure had never been done in clinic on a goat anywhere in the world.

3:45pm

Thu September 29, 2011
Science/Health

Flu Season is Upon Us

The changing colors of leaves don’t just signal the onset of fall.  They’re mark the beginning of flu season in Kentucky.  State health officials are urging everyone over six months of age to get vaccinated this fall.  State epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says there is no reported case of flu yet in Kentucky.  That is likely to change in the coming weeks.  The H1-N1 flu pandemic a couple of years ago resulted in thousands of deaths worldwide.  Humbaugh says H1-N1 is expected back this year, but flu shots offer protection against the virus.

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10:17am

Thu September 29, 2011
Science/Health

Tobacco Inspections Target Sales to Kids

The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been awarded a $428,278 contract by the Food and Drug Administration to enforce provisions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009. Under the law, tobacco retailers will be inspected to ensure they are complying with new marketing and sales standards. The FDA contract is awarded on an annual basis.

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10:11am

Thu September 29, 2011
Science/Health

Flu Season Here Again

State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get the flu vaccine now to reduce the spread of illness this coming flu season. “We recommend that Kentuckians get their flu vaccine now to protect themselves and their families as we move into flu season,” Dr. Steve Davis, acting commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said. “Getting the flu vaccine each year is the best way to protect against the flu’s spread and severity.”

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10:20am

Wed September 28, 2011
Science/Health

Mobile Teaching Lab Visits Murray Hospital

Murray-Calloway County Hospital was one of only two hospitals in Kentucky that received a visit from a mobile operating room, as part the Covidien Innovation Tour showcasing the minimally invasive SILS procedure. The tour is stopping in 80 cities nationwide. The technique leads to faster recovery times for patients, and less scarring, according to Covidien surgical device representative Jamie Smith.

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