Joshua Walkup of Richardsville poses Sept. 15 for a portrait at the Daily News. Walkup had recently been released from the hospital after spending almost a month recovering from injuries he suffered Aug. 10 in a car accident.
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If Joshua Walkup wants to say the Pledge of Allegiance, he will have to put his hand under his armpit. That’s where his heart sits, barely beneath the surface. When Walkup, 26, lifts his shirt, his heartbeat is visible through his skin. The patchwork of scars all over Walkup’s torso looks like a railroad map to nowhere. But the scars tell the story of a man who journeyed to hell and is making his way back to redemption. Walkup is another casualty of 7H, a product that is marketed and sold as herbal potpourri in hookah lounges and convenience markets. However, many people such as Walkup are smoking the product as a cheap, legal alternative to marijuana, but with disastrous results.
Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear are calling on all Kentuckians to protect themselves against flu this season. Both recently received their influenza vaccinations from the local First Onsite Clinic nurse practitioners, who provide health care services for state employees in several state office clinics. “The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a vaccine each season,” Gov. Beshear said. “The availability and affordability of the vaccine make it easier than ever to protect yourself.”
IBM’s Watson computer is using its technology to explore how it can help government agencies and hospitals. Watson appeared in front of a crowd at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts for Louisville’s IdeaFestival. Watson is best known for its success in the game show Jeopardy. IBM researcher David Shepler explained to a crowd Watson’s successes, and its limitations.
Kentucky Medicaid recipients preparing to switch to one of three private providers will have to wait another month to see the effects of the new privatized system. Earlier this year the state signed contracts with CoventryCares of Kentucky, Kentucky Spirit Health Plan and WellCare of Kentucky and then automatically enrolled Medicaid members with one of these providers. The managed-care approach to Medicaid is part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s budget-balancing plan and privatizing Medicaid will save the state $1.3 billion over the three-year contracts, said officials.
A Lexington police officer whose doctor has restricted her to permanent light duty has been denied an occupational disability retirement. The Police and Fire Pension Board heard the appeal of Officer Jennifer Crabill last week. She has suffered various injuries in nearly ten years on the police force. Crabill was waiting to go back to full duty in July of last year when she went skydiving and rode a roller coaster at Cedar Point amusement park.
New regulations that would allow optometrists in Kentucky to perform certain laser eye surgeries are making their way through state legislature. The regulations are a response to Senate Bill 110, which paves the way for optometrists to perform procedures previously done only by ophthalmologists, who are medical doctors. It was signed into law earlier this year as a way of expanding patient access to care. But first, the state must approve regulatory changes for specific procedures.
Frankfort - Attorney General Jack Conway announced Wednesday the indictment and arrest of a former employee of Community Alternatives of Kentucky-Somerset in connection with the alleged abuse of a mentally disabled male resident.
Humana is adding 200 customer service jobs to the Medicare sector of its downtown Louisville headquarters. Despite the company’s 2010 cuts of nearly 1,500 positions certain sectors have seen growth, said John Brown, vice president of Humana’s Medicare service operations. “But for Medicare Advantage that has been growing steadily over the past several years so any of the reductions noted in prior years was separate from that in the senior space,” said Brown.
The opening of Cardinal Hill's new building was an emotional one for former patient, Judy Hale Everett. "Now with the addition of this new wing, the circle is complete. A top-notch facility to match the top-notch staff," she said. Since her first visit in 1976 after a motorcycle accident, Everett has watched Cardinal Hill grow from a facility caring for only a handful of patients in cramped rooms to the complete rehabilitation center it is today. The expansion brings more private rooms, larger therapy gyms, and a new aquatic center. Hale says her first tour left her impressed.
Lt. Marty Hodge, Police Chief Ray O'Neal and Officer Bobby West inventory items seized from the smoke shop.
Police executed a search warrant at 1 p.m. CDT Monday at a Marion tobacco shop on Sturgis Road after an informant purchased 7H, an alleged synthetic marijuana. Despite its labeling, police throughout Kentucky are finding people who have smoked the product, which some police have likened to LSD.
Health officials in Virginia this week consider emergency regulations which could severely restrict abortion clinics in that state. The regulations are in response to a bill signed into law by Governor McDonnell earlier this year. It requires the state to draft emergency regulations to treat abortion clinics as hospitals. If approved, the regulations would go into effect December 31st and would be in place until permanent regulations are enacted. It’s an effort to make the clinics safer, says Chris Freund of the Family Foundation of Virginia.
A complaint has been filed against the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners saying a task force it created never complied with state law before deciding optometrists could perform certain laser eye surgery procedures.
If you want to avoid the sneezing, fever, and body aches associated with the flu, doctors say now would be a good time to get a flu shot. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced Thursday that it is once again offering flu shots at the Public Health Clinic North on Newtown Circle. The vaccine is recommended for people ages 6 months and older.
A Kentucky health advocacy group has joined about 50 similar organizations across the country in urging Congress to open hospital accreditation surveys for public access. The group includes Kentucky-based Health Watch USA; Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports magazine; and Mothers Against Medical Error. Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, a Somerset physician who heads Health Watch USA, contends that making the survey results public would give patients more information about hospitals' operations, including their efforts to prevent hospital-acquired infections, and foster greater transparency.
A Winchester nursing home has been placed on the federal government's list of troubled facilities in the United States, joining nursing homes in Lexington and Pikeville on the roster. Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation in Winchester has been on the list more than two months, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Appalachian Regional Commission is joining with Kentucky’s higher education community, in hopes of improving dental health in eastern Kentucky. In addition to the A-R-C, the partnership involves the University of Kentucky, the University of Pikeville, and Morehead State University. The main goal is to increase the number of practicing dentists in Appalachia through better training, recruitment and educational assistance.
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center released statistics Tuesday saying that it has a much higher rate of long-term survival for an array of cancers than Kentucky at large — and in some cases, higher rates than patients treated nationwide. UK officials, including Dr. Mark Evers, director of the Markey Cancer Center, said that the numbers, collected from 1995 to 2007, are significant because Markey as an academic medical center often treats patients who have advanced or complex cancers.
The world population is expected to reach nine billion in the next 50 years. On top of that, the growing middle class in China and other developing countries is adapting a western-style diet…the type of diet that many healthy food advocates say isn’t sustainable, not for humans and not for the environment. Slow Food International is one organization that’s pushing for a return to more traditional eating styles. The head of the organization, Paolo di Croce, visited slow food advocates in Louisville this week. He also sat down with WFPL’s Gabe Bullard to discuss the global lifestyle changes that need to take place in order to foster good, clean and fair food.
The debate over sharing medical records via the internet continues tomorrow during a summit in northern Kentucky. A deputy director with the Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information says a quick exchange of information can save lives and money.
Being diagnosed with is a scary experience, but Suzi Shoemaker of Midway says a screening program at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center saved her life. In 2006 doctors discovered she had ovarian cancer. "I had the advantage of a team of people who could find out what was wrong and give me the best possible chance for survival at that initial point."
The two sides in a longstanding health care contract dispute have announced an agreement. Humana, Incorporated and University Physicians Associates say they’ve reached a contract that will become effective October 1. UPA is a group of hundreds of doctors affiliated with the University of Louisville.
Bullitt County is waiting to hearing whether smoking will be banned in restaurants, bars and other public places. A county judge is expected to make a decision before Sept. 19, when the ban is scheduled to take effect. The Bullitt County Health Department passed a smoking ban that puts restrictions on where people may smoke, citing health reasons for the ban. But the county government says it can’t do that.
Boyle County Senior Citizens Center may soon become a testing ground for using computer technology to bridge mental and generational divides for the elderly. On Tuesday, Jack York, founder and president of It’s Never 2 Late, gave a presentation for the staff and community members to show what his company has been doing at nursing homes for many years. The Colorado-based company uses 23-inch Hewlett Packard touch screens with large icons leading to interactive programs that can be accessed by even those with severe cases of dementia.
The hospital merger that is meant to enhance care across Kentucky will result in some procedures being moved to facilities outside of the merger.The University of Louisville has expanded its decade-old partnership with Baptist Hospital East to relocate procedures that will eventually be banned at U of L Hospital. The hospital is merging with Jewish Hospital and a division of Catholic Health Initiatives. Afterward, all doctors will have to follow Catholic care directives in merged facilities. That means women will not be able to have their tubes tied at University Hospital.
Gov. Steve Beshear will welcome leaders from multiple Appalachian states to Prestonsburg next week to consider the best ways to improve health for the families and children of Appalachia. The annual Appalachian Regional Commission Conference will be held at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Sept. 7-9. This year’s conference theme, “Healthy Families: Healthy Futures,” will focus on the unique health challenges of the Appalachian region. Health experts and community leaders from across Appalachia will examine key health issues and highlight successful health-care programs throughout the multi-state area.
The Owen County school system has stopped using an old building as its athletic teams field house after concerns surfaced that at least two cases of MRSA could be traced down to the building. For now, school sports teams are using the cafeteria of a former middle school until the district can build a new field house.
Officials at Maysville Community and Technical College are advising faculty and students to be aware bed bugs have been discovered in the college's tutoring center in the Administration wing of the Maysville Campus. MCTC President Dr. Ed Story sent a notice out Friday, alerting personnel and students the Buffalo Trace Health Department was contacted. The tutoring center and surrounding areas were closed Friday and being treated by exterminators.
FRANKFORT – About 25,000 Kentucky children in Appalachia will receive preventive oral health services through a new pilot program called Smiling Schools, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday. The program is funded through a $1 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and $250,000 in state general fund dollars.
Because they developed and implemented innovative practices in both process improvement and management, Kentucky River Community Care recently picked up a pair of national awards. The Jackson-based private, non-profit Community Mental Health Center was the only organization from Kentucky to win the awards, and one of five groups who took the six national honors. They were recognized as leaders in the field of behavioral healthcare, and presented with the second annual “iAward”.
Kentucky state Sen. R. J. Palmer answers one of the questions posed to him and the other state legislatures participating Tuesday in a forum on aging at Rose Mary C. Brooks Place.
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Of all the issues facing the elderly today, Kentucky Commissioner of Aging and Indpendent Living Deborah Anderson said apathy is the one that she fears the most. “It’s actually apathy that scares me to death,” Anderson said. The commissioner spoke in Winchester at a panel discussion about senior citizen issues.