A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

SmartHealthToday: First, eat breakfast; second, it’s never too late to make changes for good health

By Kristen Mees SmartHealthToday Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — right? Everyone has read articles that say eating breakfast can help you lose weight, give you energy for the day, or help you focus more in school. Now, the American College of Cardiology released a study that provides evidence that skipping breakfast has a direct correlation to hardening of the arteries. The...

SmartHealthToday: Difference between Alzheimer’s, dementia — Alzheimer’s is a specific disease

By Kristen Mees SmartHealthToday Many times you hear people use Alzheimer’s and dementia interchangeably, but they are not the same. Dementia is a description of a group of symptoms, while Alzheimer’s is a specific disease. Many diseases or conditions can cause dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common — with 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases due to Alzheimer’s. “Dementia is a word used...

Stress doesn’t take a holiday; don’t let it sap the joy out of the season for you

Stress doesn’t take holidays off. In fact, the opposite is often true: Stress saps the joy out of the season for too many people. Stress is manifest in many forms of poor health or bad lifestyle habits during the holidays, when people typically put a long list of errands, shopping, baking and parties ahead of being good to their own bodies. They might get sick as a result – or expedite a path to...

Department of Public Health declares outbreak of acute hepatitis A — cases found in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky.    In total, 31 cases of acute (rapid onset with symptoms of illness) Hepatitis A  have been reported throughout Kentucky in 2017, a 50 percent increase above the average of 20 cases per year reported over the past 10 years.  Jefferson County has had 19 confirmed...

St. Elizabeth Healthcare donates $250,000 to NaviGo College and Career Prep Services to grow programs

St. Elizabeth Healthcare will invest $250,000 toward NaviGo College and Career Prep Services, a division of Children, Inc. Colvin NaviGo, powered by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, will help grow the overall mission of NaviGo programs. NaviGo connects high school students with NaviGo coaches, and has a mission to empower for life beyond high school. “Our vision of becoming one of the healthiest communities...

Here’s a primer for open enrollment for subsidized health plans, which ends December 15; share this

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News About a third of Americans haven’t heard anything about open enrollment for federally subsidized health insurance, and nearly half of them say they are hearing less about it this year than last year, according to a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. That’s a problem, especially in Kentucky, where about 265,000 people had no health coverage...

Chamber Business Impact Award: Bexion Pharmaceuticals in Covington seeks cure for cancer

Bexion Pharmaceuticals has been awarded the Northern Kentucky’s Business Impact Award in the “Micro Business” category. Located in Covington, Bexion’s mission is to find a cure for cancer. Dr. Ray Takigiku is its president and CEO. Previously director of Discovery Core Technologies, Analytical and Bioanalytical for Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals.

The scoop on controlling blood pressure as Thanksgiving holidays intrude (hint: moderation)

New blood pressure guidelines — all 481 pages of them — are being discussed a lot, but being read infrequently. Many news reports are simply rehashing the old Puritanical admonition, “avoid everything pleasurable.” Since that’s not what the research recommends, it’s important to know what’s both real and new in the guidelines — for your health and happiness. “Overall, a...

KY has high rates of lung cancer and high rates of smoking; lung cancer can be prevented and treated

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout has come and gone — but puts the spotlight on the high incidence of lung cancer in Kentucky.   In Kentucky, both men and women have significantly higher rates of lung cancer than other state in the U.S. More Kentuckians have died from lung cancer than all of the next seven leading causes of cancer death combined.     Smoking tobacco...

SmartHealthToday: Tips for student-athletes moving indoors for new season; be aware, avoid injury

By Kristen Mees SmartHealthToday Football, cross-country and soccer season are coming to an end, and student-athletes are moving indoors to the hardwood for the basketball and volleyball season. Here are five tips from athletic trainer Chris Unkraut, MHA, ATC, CSCS, Head Athletic Trainer for St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine, to keep you healthy as you transition from the soft outdoor surface, to the...

The real sweetness of sweet potatoes is the health benefits and it’s not just a food for the holidays

By Joy Stephenson-Laws Special to the NKyTribune Sweet potatoes, not to be confused with yams, have been cultivated for thousands of years. These root vegetables are believed to have originated in Central and South America. North Carolina, which is now the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the United States, claims the sweet potato as their state vegetable. There are more than 400 varieties of...

It’s World Diabetes Day — and here is some helpful information about how to manage your diabetes

In recognition of World Diabetes Day today, the Kentucky Department Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Families Services (CHFS) is bringing attention to diabetes and its impact on  hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians. Diabetes is a common, lifelong medical condition where the body does not make or properly use insulin. One in 8 – or 13.1 percent – of Kentucky adults...

600,000 sign up for ACA health insurance, beating prior year’s pace, about 23% new to marketplace

“More than 600,000 people signed up last week for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, significantly beating the pace of prior years as consumers defied President Trump’s assertion that the marketplace was collapsing,” Robert Pear reports for The New York Times. Sign-ups averaged more than 150,000 per day last week, compared to 77,600 per day during the first week of...

Still without insurance, not Medicaid eligible, you might qualify for free policy; deadline Dec. 15

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Premiums are higher for health insurance through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but federal subsidies mean the total cost will be about the same. And many people will qualify for subsidies large enough to completely pay for a low-cost “bronze” plan — or make it less than the penalty for not having health insurance. To find an...

Chamber Spotlight: Addiction Services Council is a call away, anytime — find help and hope

The Addiction Services Council is just a call away. If you know someone who needs help, start here.