A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Older Americans need to put priority on oral care — poor dental habits affect your overall health

Special to NKyTribune Conscientious parents constantly remind children to brush and floss, and routinely schedule dental checkups to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy – and staying that way. But youngsters aren’t the only ones who need reminders. Older Americans need to put a priority on their oral health as well, and research shows that as a group they aren’t doing so. In fact, the...

Chef John Foster: Revisiting the ‘incredible edible egg;’ why they belong in balanced, healthy diet

It was at one time “the incredible edible egg,” a multi-purpose package of nutrition and energy. Capable of singlehandedly replacing everything you might choose for breakfast with a single magic bullet of goodness and light. This notion, of course, was ripe for a takedown, nothing could be this perfect. And so, like most icons it has suffered some setbacks over the years, going underground...

Center for Great Neighborhoods, BUILD NKY seek ‘Quit for Good’ applications for grants

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has the highest smoking rates of any state in the U.S., and the City of Covington and Gallatin County’s rates are double the national average.   In an effort to help community members quit smoking in these areas, BUILD NKY and The Center for Great Neighborhoods are introducing the “Quit for Good” Community Grant Program.  This program provides grant funding of $250...

Boldly going where no plant has gone before, thanks to collaboration between UK scientists, Space Tango

By Allison Perry University of Kentucky Joe Chappell’s latest venture in plant-based drug development could be described, quite literally, as “out of this world.” Chappell runs one of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s natural products labs, with the specific goal of developing new therapeutics derived from flora. Now, working with UK postdoc Chase Kempinski and a team from...

Fireworks are dangerous, even ‘sparklers;’ please don’t let kids have them — and more safety tips

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Fireworks are often synonymous with the Fourth of July, but they are also a common cause of injury, so the state Division of Fire Prevention recommends attending a community firework event instead of celebrating with fireworks at home. “Let the professionals entertain your family,” Mike Haney, state fire marshal and director of fire prevention for...

Cigarette tax now up to $1.10 a pack; health advocates say it’s a great time to quit smoking

Kentucky’s cigarette tax just went up 83 percent, from 60 cents per pack to $1.10 a pack. Anti-smoking and health advocates hope the 50-cent increase will prompt smokers to kick the habit. The increase was effective July 1. “Many more people are former smokers than current smokers today, which proves that quitting, though hard, can be done,” Ben Chandler, chair of the Coalition for...

Heat wave overtaking the state leading up to the holiday; here are some important tips for coping

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Hot and humid weather is expected throughout Kentucky leading up to the Fourth of July holiday, prompting heat advisories and words of caution from health officials.   “This has been the strangest weather year in my 32 years of forecasting,” said Joe Sullivan with the National Weather Service in Louisville, pointing out a colder than normal April, the warmest May on...

Kentucky Center for Assisted Living launched to serve as advocacy voice for residents, staff, facilities

The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF), the state’s leading voice on aging and personal care, launched the Kentucky Center for Assisted Living (KCAL) this week, to serve as the advocacy voice of residents, staff, and facilities for this growing community. The mission of the newly formed KCAL is to represent the ever-growing assisted living community in Kentucky, which currently...

New resources available to support Medicaid recipients transitioning to Kentucky HEALTH

Kentucky HEALTH, the Commonwealth’s new program for certain non-disabled adults receiving Medicaid, begins on July 1, and several state agencies are working to make the transition as smooth as possible for those recipients. Campbell County will be among the first to roll out the new PATH Community Engagement component, the work or volunteer requirement for certain Medicaid recipients. Path stands...

Mobile syringe access exchange unit to open week of July 23 at St. E locations in Newport, Covington

The Northern Kentucky Health Department will begin operating a mobile syringe access exchange program in Campbell County and Kenton County beginning the week of July 23. Dr. Lynne Saddler, Northern Kentucky District Director of Health, provided some details of the syringe exchange access program at a June 12 Heroin Impact Response Task Force (HIRT) meeting. (photo by Mark Hansel). The program’s...

How to grill and barbecue meat — and not trigger cancer-causing properties; here are precautions

Barbecue season is here and with almost three-quarters of Americans planning to grill on July 4, American Institute for Cancer Research is issuing its annual cancer-protective advice when cooking out. What We Know Grilling (broiling) and barbecuing (charbroiling) meat, fish, or other foods with intense heat on the grill leads to the formation of potential carcinogens. These substances include polycyclic...

SmartHealth: St. Elizabeth employee knows from experience information a key to conquering cancer

By Nathan Skaggs St. Elizabeth Healthcare Knowledge is empowering, sometimes even lifesaving. Amanda Laws, a St. Elizabeth Physicians Practice Manager, will tell you it likely was for her. In 2010, doctors diagnosed Laws’ mother with stage 4 ovarian cancer. Conversations about the family’s health history raised concern. Laws’ grandmother died of breast cancer in her 40s, and her great-grandmother...

Chronic medical conditions prevalent among Greater Cincinnati children, rates of asthma lower in NKY

Asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety are the most commonly diagnosed chronic conditions among children in the Greater Cincinnati region, according to data collected through the 2017 Child Well-Being Survey. The survey asked parents and guardians whether a doctor or other health care provider said their child had one of five chronic conditions: asthma, ADHD, anxiety, depression...

Judge rules in favor of St. E in appeal of decision to allow Christ Hospital to build ASC in Fort Mitchell

NKyTribune staff Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate has reversed the decision of an administrative law judge and denied The Christ Hospital’s certificate of need (CON) request to establish an ambulatory surgical center (ASC) in Fort Mitchell. In June, 2017, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services ruled in favor of The Christ Hospital,  which would have cleared the way for construction...

Foot Health: Do you feel like you’re walking on glass? You might have a deep callus

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel Special to NKyTribune Many of our patients come in with calluses on their feet, some painful and some nonpainful. But one specific type of callus that causes significant pain – a feeling of walking on glass – is called a porokeratosis. There are many forms of porokeratosis, but what we commonly see is a callus lesion with a core that extends deeper than the superficial...