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Kentucky’s 988 suicide prevention lifeline marks six months, records 26% increase in monthly calls

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 988 service, which allows Kentuckians in crisis to connect with suicide prevention, mental health and substance abuse counselors in their area by calling the three-digit number from any phone, is being touted as a success. “It is providing help to more people than ever before,” said Gov. Andy Beshear in marking the six-month anniversary of 988 service in Kentucky....

Research is an important part of improving healthcare; learn how you can participate

By Denece Forenback University of Kentucky We’ve heard a lot about health research in recent years during the pandemic. Health research changes lives. It’s how we learn about health conditions and make discoveries to improve treatments, care, and diagnostics. Every medicine or tool used — from vaccines to pacemakers — was developed through a process of rigorous research with strict...

Governor Andy Beshear urges KY communities to become ‘Recovery Ready’ to fight drug epidemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear is encouraging communities across Kentucky to strengthen their fight against the drug epidemic by having them apply for certification as a “Recovery Ready Community.” In June 2022, the governor announced the creation of the Recovery Ready Communities program. Since then, the Office of Drug Control Policy, the Advisory Council for Recovery Ready Communities,...

Latest Department for Public health report shows flu cases continue to decline across Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today This is normally the heart of the influenza season in Kentucky, but after seeing an early spike in the 2022-2023 season, there has been a consistent decrease in cases since the week following Thanksgiving, according to the latest report. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) says during the period January 8-14, 2023, which is the most recent report available, there...

WalletHub says smoking not only takes a toll on your health — but also a big bite out of your pocket

Staff report Smoking takes a toll on your health — and makes a big dent in your wallet as well for the 34.2 million tobacco users in the U.S. A study by WalletHub calculated the potential monetary losses — including the lifetime and annual costs of a cigarette pack a day, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. WalletHub...

Weekly COVID-19 report shows decline in cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and positivity rate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was plenty of encouraging news in the weekly COVID-19 report issued on Monday, as the number of new cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and Kentucky’s positivity rate all saw significant declines during the last seven days. The Kentucky Department for Public Health January 23 report says there were 4,913 new cases during the past week. This is down significantly from...

Friend Nicole Runion holds fundraiser for cancer-survivor Krista Walker and the crowd kept coming

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter She got lucky – not once, but twice. Krista Walker rang the bell January 9th – after some 20 radiation treatments for breast cancer – she rang the bell prompting Cancer Free at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas. Krista Walker Krista was one of the lucky ones. Very lucky. In fact, she admitted she had never had a mammogram prior, but her doctor found a lump...

What you should know about diabetic retinopathy and how to prevent its devastating effects

By Dr. Joseph Brown University of Kentucky Diabetes is a disease so prevalent in the United States that it is considered to be an epidemic. (NKyTribune file) In the state of Kentucky, according to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 13.6% of the adult population has been diagnosed with diabetes, with another 33.8% who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Diabetes can result in devastating...

OneSource Center offering health insurance, retirement service, and more to area nonprofits

Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati nonprofits now have access to healthcare and retirement benefits through the help of a local nonprofit organization. OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence is Greater Cincinnati’s only nonprofit resource hub, focused solely on helping support nonprofits in achieving their missions. The nonprofit itself has recently expanded its membership offerings, allowing...

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles to host ‘Serving Up Solutions’ dinner to benefit KY’s hungry

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles will host a Kentucky Hunger Initiative dinner in February to benefit food-insecure Kentuckians. “Throughout the years, our Serving Up Solutions benefit dinners have served to raise awareness about hunger and funds to combat food insecurity across our state,” Quarles said. “Even a state, such as Kentucky that has a large agricultural base, can...

Kentucky Voices for Health to offer free, virtual forum with legislative leaders discussing health policy

Kentucky Voices for Health will present a special legislative forum on Tuesday, January 31. The forum is scheduled for 3 p.m. (ET) and will be virtual and free to attend. Legislative leaders from across the Commonwealth will join in for this unique opportunity to dive into some of the most important issues facing the 2023 Kentucky General Assembly. Don’t miss this chance to learn about health...

KY records rise in COVID-19 cases, deaths over past week, decrease in hospitalizations, positivity rate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky saw an increase in new cases as well as deaths due to COVID-19 over the past seven days, while decreases were seen in hospitalizations and the positivity rate, according to the latest report released Tuesday afternoon. State public health officials say there were 7,559 new cases over the past seven days. That is a significant jump from 6,208 last week, and 3,532...

After early spike, latest report shows Kentucky flu cases have declined over the past month

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today This is the heart of the influenza season in Kentucky, but after seeing an early spike in the 2022-2023 season, there has been a decrease in cases over the past month, according to the latest report. The Kentucky Department for Public Health says during the period January 1-7, 2023, the most recent report available, there were 967 new confirmed flu cases, bringing the seasonal...

Quitting smoking is a popular New Year’s resolution, medication can make it easier to achieve

Dr. Audrey Darville Unviersity of Kentucky Most people who smoke attempt to quit at least once a year, so it’s no surprise that quitting smoking is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions year after year. If you plan to quit in 2023, there are support tools available that can set you up for success, including medications that can help minimize uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and cravings...

COVID numbers in state bounce up and down but nearly half of counties are at low level

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was a big improvement in the weekly COVID Community Levels map released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and issued by the Kentucky Department for Public Health Friday. The CDC breaks the state down by county based on whether they have a high, medium or low level of COVID, which are shown on their maps as either red, yellow or green, respectively. While...