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NKU launches Health Innovation Accelerator; goal is to meet needs, make Commonwealth healthier

Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) has launched SoCap Accelerate, a Health Innovation Accelerator for Northern Kentucky. The six-week program targets companies looking to solve a health problem in an innovative way who have a beta version of their product ready for testing. SoCap Accelerate will help these companies grow and scale their businesses. Structured around...

House passes bills to help health departments on pensions; may mean increased public-health taxes

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Two bills that were presented as part of a “three-phase approach” to create a sustainable solution to local health departments’ pension crisis passed the state House Feb. 13. The third part of the plan involves the state budget. The budget committee chair, Republican Rep. Steven Rudy of Paducah, cautioned House members that passage of the bills...

Flu cases creep up for third week in a row; nine more Kentuckians have died from it; get a flu shot

Kentucky Health News Amid all the headlines about the novel coronavirus, health experts warn that there is a much more prevalent and potentially deadly virus killing people in Kentucky: influenza. Through the week ended Feb. 8, Kentucky had reported 17,203 cases of flu this season, with 50 deaths from it, four of them people under 18, according to the state Department for Public Health. In an op-ed...

Federal appeals court unanimously strikes down Medicaid work requirements as ‘arbitrary, capricious’

Kentucky Health News A federal appeals court ruled Friday against the work requirements that then-Gov. Matt Bevin tried to impose on Medicaid enrollees who were not “medically frail” and had no dependents. The Trump administration was arbitrary and capricious when it approved Bevin’s plan and one in Arkansas, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...

NKYEC’s Youth Mental Health Summit to be presented Feb. 28-29 at Florence Baptist Church

The 3rd Annual Youth Mental Health Summit will take place Friday, February 28, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, February 29, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Florence Baptist Church, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence. It is presented by the Northern Kentucky Education Council. 
 Both days will include a meal, keynote speakers, and various workshops and seminars, led by national, state and local experts in the areas of youth mental...

Medical marijuana bill passes easily out of committee and is going to House; Rep. Moser is lone dissenter

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky easily won passage in a House committee on Wednesday. 
“We want to get this to as many sick people as we possibly can,” said Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, the main sponsor of the bill, which has undergone much fine-tuning before coming before the House Judiciary Committee.   
“As part of that, 13.5 percent...

Online portal for Kentucky residents to register as organ donors is now live; will simplify process

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life (KCCCTFL) announce that Tuesday marked a new day in the Commonwealth’s ongoing initiative to register more organ and tissue donors. The all-new online registration portal is now live at The Kentucky Online Gateway at https://kog.chfs.ky.gov . The new online registration –  the result of Kentucky’s groundbreaking...

Shelley Shearer: How to enjoy Valentine’s Day without those red tooth-stain worries

As we approach Valentine’s Day, we think of red hearts, chocolate-covered cherries, boxes of assorted chocolates and red wine to start off special dinners. Unfortunately, red is a color that doesn’t pair well with teeth. From trendy beet salads and delectable raspberry tarts to your favorite cabernet, merlot, pinot noir or malbec, there is a list of foods and drinks that stain your teeth. Here’s...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky: Major gap in new FDA regulations governing flavored e-cigarettes   

A partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes that went into effect nationwide last week has a major loophole that keeps kid-friendly flavored products on the market, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The Food and Drug Administration policy bans most flavors of cartridge-based e-cigarettes, but doesn’t apply to disposable devices. Following is a statement from Ben Chandler, president...

Federal grant creates Northern Kentucky University’s Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Program

Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) announces a new federal grant funded program to continue addressing the opioid epidemic in rural Kentucky. NKU received $750,000 to help reduce opioid overdoses for those who come in contact with law enforcement or are involved in the criminal justice system. The Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Centers for Disease Control and...

New nutrition labels use larger portion sizes and list added sugar; know what your eating

Kentucky Health News Nutrition fact labels are the primary source of information about what’s in the food we eat, and they recently got their first update in 20 years. The Food and Drug Administration says it based the changes on “updated scientific information, new nutrition and public health research, more recent dietary recommendations from expert groups, and input from the public.” Manufacturers...

Region’s coronavirus scare put to rest for now, but concerns remain as more travelers return from China

NKyTribune staff With the announcement this week that two Miami University students tested negative for the coronavirus, the immediate threat in the region has been minimized. There continue to be concerns, however, in other parts of the country and around the world, especially in the province in China where this strain of the virus originated. CDC image The two Miami University students, who recently...

KHIP: New poll shows most Kentucky adults favor legalizing marijuana for medical purposes

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Nine in 10 Kentucky adults favor legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report, and nearly six in 10 say pot should be legalized under any circumstances.  In addition, four in 10 Kentucky adults said they know someone who regularly uses marijuana. KHIP, an annual telephone poll of Kentucky adults about...

Healthy Headlines: What is a sick person to do? It’s cold and flu season and you have a cough?

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Each year – especially during cold and flu season – millions of people head to the doctor to address their bothersome cough symptoms. We’ve all been there – the sore, scratchy throat, the dry tickle that keeps you awake half the night and the congested cough that makes everyone nearby want to take cover. What’s a sick person to do? Dr. Drew Byers, Primary Care Physician...

KSP Trooper Teddy Bear is a great Valentine’s gift; every purchase supports the Trooper Teddy Project

Valentine’s Day is soon approaching and Kentucky State Police hope people will consider buying a Trooper Teddy Bear for their sweetheart. The bears go on sale today and will sell for $14.99 through February 14th. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Trooper Teddy Project, which provides teddy bears to children in traumatic situations such as a car crash, exposure to drugs, or domestic abuse cases...