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Getting Fit: Six ways to stay active and healthy over the Holidays as you enjoy food and activities

By Heather Thomas Special to NKyTribune It’s that time of year again! Through the end of the year, your schedule will likely be filled with festive activities which usually include delicious treats that even the most disciplined find hard to turn down. Not making the time to fit in exercise, combined with an overindulgence of food, will disrupt your normal weight-control intentions. While it is important...

SmartHealthToday: ‘Falling back’ time change may have an impact on your health; be aware of risks

By SmarthHealthToday Changing the times on our clocks was simple, but falling back may have more of an impact on your health than you realize. A study released last year at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting found daylight saving time transitions may be tied to a temporary increase in the risk of ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke is the most common kind of stroke, accounting for...

Lifeline Home Health of Northern Kentucky receives recognition from two national rating organizations

NKyTribune staff Lifeline Home Health of Northern Kentucky  has been named a top agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 12 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Lifeline Home Health of Northern Kentucky, a...

ACA enrollment is open only through Dec. 15 — sign up early for assistance and compare plans

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Sign up early, make sure you compare costs and plans and make an early appointment with your “application assister.” That was the advice given on an Oct. 31 Kaiser Family Foundation webinar offering open enrollment advice to consumers in Kentucky, as well as in Tennessee and Virginia. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 for 2018 health insurance plans sold...

Attny. Gen. Andy Beshear continues assault against pharmaceutical companies, sues Endo for Opana ER

In 2016, more than 190 Kentuckians died from a drug overdose caused by a powerful prescription opioid three times stronger than morphine. Many of those victims were service members or veterans. The drug is Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended release), manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions. Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against Endo for violating state...

House passes bill to renew Children’s Health Insurance program; now goes to Senate

The House has passed a bill to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, community health centers and other public health programs, GOVERNING reports. Advocacy organizations and state officials have been clamoring for Congress to act to extend funding for CHIP, community health centers and a number of other safety net programs. Most still had some money to keep operations going...

Avoiding premature births starts with prenatal care for fewer newborn deaths, less childhood disability

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and childhood disability. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is promoting preterm birth prevention as a part of Prematurity Awareness Month. In Kentucky, the preterm birth rate in 2015 for Kentucky babies was 10.8 percent, higher than the national rate of 9.6 percent. Unfortunately,...

SmartHealthToday: Cold vs. Flu — what you need to know; both viral infections rarely need antibiotics

By Kristen Mees SmartHealthToday It’s that time of year — you notice a woman on the elevator sneezing and you look for an escape, or one of your co-workers insists on coming to work even though he is coughing and sneezing.  Then, you wake up one morning and you are feeling sick but you aren’t sure if it is a common cold or the flu. There is one tell-tale sign of the flu — fever with body aches...

Reports show importance of integrating oral health and primary care — especially when dentists are rare

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Three studies reported in the autumn edition of The Journal of Rural Health show different ways a regular health care provider can help patients get access to dental care, and all three articles say that integrating oral health and primary care would benefit patients. The first study, using data from more than 26,000 participants in the 2012 Medical Expenditure...

As children age out of a coverage for life-changing drug Stiripentol, families desperately seek options

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter Carrie Riehemann and her daughter Ashlee have been down a long and arduous road together, in and out of hospitals, determining a diagnosis, and finding medications that respond to Ashlee’s seizures. Carrie and Ashlee Riehemann (provided photo) Just when things finally seem on track in treating Ashlee for what was diagnosed as Dravet Syndrome, Riehemann learned...

St. Elizabeth hospitals in Edgewood, Ft. Thomas get ‘A’ grades from Leapfrog for high patient safety

The independent national hospital watchdog group, The Leapfrog Group, announced its fall 2017 hospital safety scores. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. St. Elizabeth Edgewood and Ft. Thomas were both awarded an “A” for their commitment to keeping patients safe and...

Foundation looking for nominees for ‘Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion of the Year’ award

Do you know someone who is a tireless advocate for health policy changes in your community or in Kentucky? A new award announced by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will recognize individuals and organizations from every corner of the Commonwealth working to enact local or state policies or laws that improve health. The Foundation will present up to two Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion awards...

SmartHealthToday: Exercise and stretching can help reduce joint pain — here’s what to do

By Kristen Mees SmartHealthToday Did you know, exercise can help reduce joint pain caused by degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis? It sounds crazy, right?  You are probably thinking that exercise makes your muscles and joints sore. But the truth is, regular low-impact exercise and stretching is important for lowering inflammation, increasing flexibility, strengthening muscles, boosting...

Trump’s top health official makes KY first stop after declaring opioid epidemic a public-health emergency

The day after declaring the opioid epidemic a national public-health emergency without allocating more money for it, President Trump’s top health official came to Kentucky and heard pleas for funds to meet the challenge. In a visit that wasn’t publicized in advance, acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric D. Hargan visited a Lexington clinic Friday afternoon to meet with doctors,...