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SD1 and EPA agree to extension of Clean Water Act Consent Decree until January 1, 2040

The Sanitation District No. 1 Board of Directors Tuesday approved an Amended Consent Decree with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The amendment extends the deadline for Northern Kentucky’s sewer overflow mitigation improvements to January 1, 2040. In 2005, in order to comply with federal law under the Clean Water Act of 1972, SD1 entered into a...

New House health committee chair, NKY’s Kim Moser: ‘Health care too important to leave to chance’

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The new chair of the state House Health and Family Services Committee has been a legislator for less than two years and two months, but says she’s uniquely qualified for the position because of her background in health care and her willingness to speak out about important issues. Rep. Kim Moser, a Republican from Taylor Mill, told Kentucky Health News...

KY Health News: Half of U.S. adults don’t know symptoms of heart attacks; KY high in heart attacks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News About 50 percent of American adults don’t know the five common symptoms of a heart attack, even though a heart attack happens about every 40 seconds in the U.S., according to a recent study. The five common symptoms of heart attack are pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back; feeling weak, lightheaded or faint; chest pain or discomfort; pain or discomfort...

U.S. Department of Agriculture, HHS partner to create addiction recovery housing in rural communities

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz announced USDA and HHS will partner to create addiction recovery transitional housing in rural communities. “Strong and healthy communities are foundational for prosperity...

Rallying primary care physicians to refer high-risk patients to lung screening program — it saves lives

St. Elizabeth is committed to leading Northern Kentucky to become one of the healthiest communities in America. As part of this initiative, St. Elizabeth is making waves as a leader in the lung cancer screening field. This nationally-recognized program is one of the ways St. Elizabeth is flipping the script on the alarming lung cancer rates in the state of Kentucky, focusing efforts on a coordinated,...

Dr. Donald Saelinger: To fix healthcare system, get down to specific problems and specific solutions

Second of two parts The number of hospital admissions has decreased significantly over the last few years with many treatments and surgical procedures moving to the outpatient setting. Additionally, financial support that hospitals have traditionally received from the government for drugs (called 340B) and physician fee support (called OPPS) is about to dissipate. More, the Certificate of Need regulation...

Dr. Donald Saelinger: American healthcare system is broken for patients and healthcare stakeholders

First of two parts Healthcare cost and quality are important concerns for Americans. The healthcare value issue was the major concern for voters in the midterm elections and is beginning to receive significant attention from politicians. Why is it broken; why does it cost so much; who should pay for it; why is the quality less than excellent; who can fix it; how can it be fixed; is it a political/government...

Flu cases hit new high for the season in state’s latest report, with two deaths confirmed week of Feb. 2

The number of influenza cases confirmed in Kentucky hit the highest level of the season, by far, in the week ended Feb. 2, according to the latest surveillance report from the state Department for Public Health. The department’s laboratory confirmed 1,876 cases that week, for a total of 7,285 in the season. All 17 health regions of the state have confirmed cases, and only one region did not...

Sickweather.com warns of strep throat outbreaks in Midwest; Kentucky ranks 6th — get medical attention

Sickweather is currently observing an outbreak of Strep Throat reports throughout the U.S. The company reports that the Midwest and Southwest are the most active per capita for strep throat illnesses. Recommendations for those experiencing symptoms like fever or sore throat include seeking medical attention and requesting a rapid throat culture for diagnosis. Here are the Top 10 States by activity...

DPH continues to promote Hepatitis A vaccination; statewide outbreak continues, more deaths reported

People who are considered high risk for exposure to the Hepatitis A virus should get vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid contracting the virus and lessen the spread of the disease. High risk groups include individuals who use illicit drugs, close contacts of illicit drug users, and homeless people. The Department for Public Health (DPH) is making this recommendation as part of its efforts to respond...

Healthy Headlines: New Year’s resolutions are a fine idea, but unplanned exercise can lead to injury

New Year’s resolutions are filled with good intentions. You may have started on January 1 by running three miles, even though you haven’t exercised in six months. Maybe you went to an advanced Crossfit class remembering what you could do three years ago. Often when you try too much too soon, your enthusiasm can quickly lead to injury. Brad Bolte, head athletic trainer at St. Elizabeth Healthcare...

Medical experts define addiction as a disease, but Cinci-NKY residents want no excuses

The vast majority of Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky residents know that medical experts define addiction as a disease, but slightly more than one out of every two locals who responded to a Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) questionnaire still place blame on people with addiction. In a true-false questionnaire from CAT, 81% of responding residents correctly answered that the American Medical Association...

KHIP: Region is mobilizing against the complex issues around epidemic of substance abuse

Nearly a third of Kentucky adults (31%) reported that they have a friend or family member who has experienced problems in the past 12 months as a result of using drugs, according to data released from the 2018 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). The KHIP data is consistent with other statistics showing the prevalence of substance use disorders in the Commonwealth: Kentucky reported 1,566 overdose deaths...

Shelley Shearer: The A.B.C.’s of caring for your baby’s teeth; start good, healthy habits early

One of the biggest decisions new parents face is when a baby should first see a dentist. Should it be when the first tooth breaks through or when the youngster turns one? Or is it best to wait until all the baby teeth have grown in? As a mother and a dentist, I have experienced firsthand the lingering questions involving tooth and mouth development. Here, for all young parents, are my ABCs of baby...

St. E, OrthoCincy Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine partner to keep student athletes healthy, on the field 

The Orthopaedic Institute at St. Elizabeth has launched an injury prevention program, the region’s first data-driven database of injuries sustained by high school student-athletes that can be broken down by school, team, sport and gender. Dr. Miller The data collected will help athletic trainers develop programs to stop similar injuries before they happen. The Orthopaedic Institute at St. Elizabeth...