A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announces data from ongoing Phase I BXQ-350 clinical trial

 Covington-based Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on rare brain and solid tumors, discussed data from 17 patients enrolled in the Phase Ia portion of its ongoing Phase I Safety Trial at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting Poster Session, held in Chicago June 1-5. In the poster presentation entitled, “First-in-class Phase...

Kentucky Health News: Celebrity suicides raise concerns; Kentucky rate higher than most states

“The suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain just days apart . . . have mental health professionals worried about the potential for what’s known as a ‘contagion’ effect, but at the same time they say media coverage may lead people to seek help,” Marek Mazurek and Laney Ruckstuhl report for The Boston Globe. Click to enlarge “Anytime there’s...

Beshear fighting temporary injunction request seeking to halt nation’s health care system

Attorney General Andy Beshear is fighting a request for a temporary injunction filed this week by a group of states seeking to halt the nation’s health care system while an ongoing lawsuit on the issue plays out in federal court. Beshear Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are intervening in the lawsuit – Texas et al. v. United States et al. – that claims the ACA is unconstitutional...

New study shows region’s children are generally healthy, but disparities reported by income and race

Parents in the Greater Cincinnati region report that their children are in excellent or very good overall health, according to data collected through the Child Well-Being Survey. Click to enlarge When asked to rate their child’s health as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor, 8 in 10 (82%) parents and guardians in the region said their child’s health was excellent or very good. This is slightly...

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services recognizes human services employees

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has recognized several human services staff from across the state for their exemplary service to the commonwealth. The employees, part of the CHFS Department for Community Based Services, were honored at the Governor’s Mansion this week for leadership and accomplishments over the past year. CHFS Secretary Adam Meier told the honorees they...

Operation UNITE uses comprehensive approach to keep Appalachian kids off drugs

From Kentucky Health News Preventing kids from falling into addiction is a major goal for Operation UNITE, a nonprofit serving 32 counties in Eastern Kentucky — a region where the average age for first drug use is 11, Laura Ungar reports for the Louisville Courier Journal. “Experts say UNITE’s approach — encompassing families, schools, and communities — is supported by research and...

NKY Health Department launches hepatitis A prevention plan in wake of state’s declared outbreak

The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) has initiated efforts to prevent the statewide spread of Hepatitis A from expanding to the region. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus. Dr. Saddler When infected, the liver becomes inflamed or damaged and does not work properly. Although rare, death can occur from this infection. The Kentucky Department for Public...

Medicaid to require some to participate in community engagement; learn more at CHFS forum in Covington

On July 1, Campbell County will become the first county in Kentucky that requires some Medicaid enrollees to participate in community engagement activities to keep their health care benefits. Enrollees, health care professionals and others interested in learning more about community engagement are encouraged to attend a state-hosted Stakeholder Advisory Forum at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Radisson Hotel...

Shelly Shearer: Mom Was Right; there is a right and wrong way to brush your teeth

Quick. What do bass and tooth care have in common? Dr. Shearer If you answered that they both require a thin line to get the job done, you are partially right. While we’re fishing for the right answer, we’re not talking about using your pole in the nearest lake. Dentists across the world thank Dr. Charles Bass for introducing the best technique for brushing and flossing your teeth. Interestingly,...

Colon Cancer Prevention Project continues work to save lives; ACS cuts recommended screening age

The American Cancer Society responded to the increasing rates of early age onset colon cancer by pragmatically lowering the age of initial colon cancer screening for normal risk individuals from 50 to 45. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancers that effect both men and women with 43 percent of young onset patients diagnosed between the ages of 45-49. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky,...

CHFS names Howard Commissioner of Dept. for Public Health; announces additional changes

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has made the following announcement regarding key leadership positions in various departments. Dr. Howard Dr. Jeffrey Howard, M.D. is now Commissioner for the Department for Public Health (DPH). Dr. Howard has been acting Health Commissioner since November 2017. Dr. Howard attended Union College, University of Louisville School of Medicine and the...

Cleveland Fed releases report saying drug overdoses now leading cause of death for under-50 age group

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. And in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia – states that lie wholly or in part within the region served by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland — opioid overdose deaths are occurring at rates that exceed the national average. In a brief released by the Cleveland Fed, Kyle Fee, a senior policy analyst,...

Learn how to manage diabetes at free class offered by Northern Kentucky Health Department June 26

Diabetes educators from the Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) will provide practical tips on how to better control diabetes at a free class on Tuesday, June 26. The comprehensive education session, Healthy Living with Diabetes, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Grant County Extension Office (105 Baton Rouge Rd, Williamstown).  Registration is required, and participants are...

Have tax questions, submit to state website; applying taxes to nonprofit fitness centers, like YMCA?

Kentucky Health News “Kentucky, which has the seventh highest rate of obesity in the U.S., will begin to tax fitness center and Weight Watchers memberships on July 1,” Chris Otts of WDRB notes in a report on the expansion of the state’s 6 percent sales tax to several services. A YMCA in Lexington “But is the YMCA – a nonprofit organization – required to collect the tax,...

Kentucky HEALTH to partner with Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Medicaid waiver program

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has announced a partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in preparation for the launch of Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long-Term Health), the state’s innovative Medicaid waiver program. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, a statewide nonprofit focused on health policy and advocacy, will support Kentucky HEALTH’s community engagement...