A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Rare virus case found in KY– polio-like symptoms affect mostly children; here’s what to watch for

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Health officials are warning of a rare but serious virus with polio-like symptoms affecting mostly children, a case of which has recently occurred in Kentucky. 
 Acute Flaccid Myelitis, or AFM, affects a person’s nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, causing weakness in one or more limbs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.    From...

Making choices about your healthcare as you make choices for 2019 — here are a few tips

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Candidates in the upcoming election aren’t the only choices Kentuckians need to make this fall. Some workers will have to decide on health insurance options for 2019. 

Executive Director of United Healthcare of Kentucky Paul Brophy explains it’s the time of year when many companies set aside a two-week period for employees to select health benefits...

St. Elizabeth Physicians breaks ground on medical office building at Northern Kentucky University

St. Elizabeth, in partnership with Northern Kentucky University, OrthoCincy, the city of Highland Heights, Campbell County, and Fairmount Properties, broke ground on a new, 70,000-square-foot St. Elizabeth Physicians medical office building at the main entrance to Northern Kentucky University (NKU).   The facility, located on the north side of Nunn Drive, will offer urgent care, primary care, and...

Healthy Headlines: Can your heart get younger with exercise? Well, it can reverse the damage of inactivity

St. Elizabeth Healthcare As we get older, our bodies age – and so do our hearts. A recent study published by the American Heart Association demonstrated proof that exercise – or lack thereof – does impact your heart’s health. During the two-year study, otherwise-healthy middle-age adults were evaluated and randomly assigned to a control group or an intensive exercise group. Their cardiac and...

Rep. Wuchner leads full day of events focused on health care issues facing NKY communities

Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, will lead a series of events in Northern Kentucky today aimed to address several critical health care issues currently facing the region, and the Commonwealth. Wuchner, who co-chairs the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare, and leads the regular House Health and Welfare Committee, will begin with a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee at the Northern Kentucky...

NKY Health Department, Beat DM2 to offer free diabetes prevention program on Nov. 3

If you have prediabetes, getting type 2 diabetes does not have to be the outcome. In fact, prediabetes can often be reversed. The Northern Kentucky Health Department is collaborating with Beat DM2 (a health education company) to offer a free diabetes prevention program called “Recipe for Weight Loss” starting Nov. 3. It’s a lifestyle change program designed for people who have prediabetes or...

St. Elizabeth Healthcare partners with The Milk Bank to open new milk depot in NKY

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has partnered with The Milk Bank, a non-profit organization committed to providing babies with human milk. Premature and ill infants in the NICU benefit greatly from mother’s milk, but it’s not always possible for their own mother to supply them with it. The Milk Bank provides these fragile babies with pasteurized donor breastmilk. The donated milk is considered medicinal...

Healthy Headlines: Fashion over function? Consider the lasting damage to your feet

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Many women prefer fashion over function. You squeeze your feet into your three-inch stilettos to look great in your little black dress. Or wear pumps to work every day to look more polished in your suit. But have you stopped to consider you could be doing lasting damage to your feet? Dr. James Morrow and Dr. Bill Shamsi, Podiatrists with St. Elizabeth Physicians, agree that...

Shelley Shearer: This Halloween, start a trend and provide out-of-the box ideas for non-sugar treats

Soon it will be time for little Zombie’s, Captain America’s and a Mary Poppins or two to run from house to house eagerly awaiting Halloween treats. Since they are inevitably going to haul in a ton of chocolate and sticky candy, why not start a trend and provide some out-of-the box ideas for non-sugar treats and experiences that will position you as the cool house on the block? While the little...

Healthy Headlines: What that ringing in your ears is trying to tell you — and what you should do about it

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Do you hear a ringing or a buzzing in your ear? Are you having a hard time concentrating or focusing because you hear a noise no one else can hear? You could have tinnitus, a common condition affecting about one in five people. Dr. Stacey Woods, AuD., CCC-A, a Doctor of Audiology with ENT & Allergy Specialist explains: “Some people complain of a classic ringing in...

Kentucky AG’s Medicaid Fraud Director Rudovich elected to national association executive committee

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced that his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Director has been elected to a national associations’ executive committee that represents regions and states in recovering stolen money, punishing corrupt practitioners and prosecuting those who abuse or neglect nursing home residents. Rudovich Michelle Rudovich, of Louisville, was recently elected the Midwestern...

Thinking About Health: Medicare is complicated; look beyond premium costs, Advantage may not be best

By Trudy Lieberman Rural Health News Service Making decisions about Medicare coverage has never been easy. Over the years the task has become more complicated as Congress has moved to privatize the system. Open enrollment, the time for evaluating your coverage and making changes if you can, opens Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7 this year. This is the first of two columns that address decisions people...

Hep A cases double in Lexington; local health department calling for vaccinations

Kentucky Health News The number of hepatitis A cases in Fayette County more than doubled last month, says the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. It confirmed 13 cases in September, increasing its total in the year-long statewide outbreak to 24. Of the total, 13 were from drug use, four were homeless people involved with drug use, and two were people who were in contact with a homeless person...

Northern Kentucky Medical Society provides fees for ten pre-medical students at TMU, NKU

The Northern Kentucky Medical Society (“NKMS”) has reimbursed pre-medical students at Thomas More University and Northern Kentucky University for a portion of the costs associated with the Medical College Admission Test (“MCAT”) fees. Northern Kentucky University: Dr. Erin Strome (Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences), Logan Wagner (student), Dr. Mark A. Boyd (President, NKMS),...

Purple People Bridge fundraiser Oc. 13 helps those who can’t afford addiction treatment services

The non-profit Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) will hold its annual fundraiser on the Purple People Bridge Saturday, Oct. 13, turning the popular Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky span for one evening into the Recovery Bridge. CATFest 2018 features a hand-held luminary event called “Light The Way To Recovery  at Sunset.” Other fun activities include live music, food trucks, games for kids, face...