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Both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senators, Paul and McConnell, are recuperating from surgeries

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s U.S. Senators are on the mend following surgeries this week. 
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is recovering from surgery due to an injury he suffered at his Louisville home earlier this month. 

 Rand Paul, the state’s other U.S. senator, had part of a damaged lung removed earlier this month. 
McConnell tripped on the outside patio at...

Kentucky REALTORS’ Phillips: Federal Rules to allow association health plans are necessary

As an association representing approximately 11,300 real estate professionals in Kentucky, we have heard loudly from our members for years that they not only cannot afford to insure themselves, but in many cases, their families. REALTORS are sole proprietors and working small business owners. Phillips According to the US Department of Labor, 2.07 million people are employed in Kentucky. Seven percent...

Chamber to host Workplace Safety and Wellness Conference on October 15

On Tuesday, October 15, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host the 2nd Annual Workplace Safety and Wellness Conference at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Training and Education Center (3861 Olympic Blvd, Erlanger). The conference, which runs from 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m., will include panel discussions, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities with a variety of experts in occupational health,...

Washington Post’s DEA database shows KY a major source of pain pills from 2006-2012

The Washington Post recently published a story and interactive map about the Drug Enforcement Administration database that reveals the distribution patterns of opioid painkillers from 2006 through 2012, when the opioid epidemic was surging. The first map showed the number of pills by county; a new map makes them easily visible by store, and the Post did a story about the data, with a list of the pharmacies...

State Fair visitors encouraged to stop by Cabinet for Health and Family Services exhibit for health info

Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair are encouraged to stop by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit. The booth will include a wide range of CHFS services including substance use disorder resources, mental health information, children and parents programs, and other health and family assistance initiatives. The fair opens Thursday, Aug. 15, and concludes Sunday, Aug. 25 at the...

Mayfield Brain & Spine, St. E Healthcare partner to provide expanded stroke and brain tumor services

Mayfield Brain & Spine, the region’s largest independent neurosurgical physician group, is expanding its clinical partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare to provide more complex interventional stroke and brain tumor services in Northern Kentucky. Gary Blank Gary Blank, Chief Operating Officer, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, said, “We are proud to expand our partnership with one of the most...

St. Elizabeth Healthcare joins Anthem in effort to contain high-cost episodes of care or ‘shock claims’

With affordability a growing challenge in the healthcare system, one of Kentucky’s largest hospital systems and its largest health plan have partnered to help protect consumers and their employers from the potentially devastating impact of exceptionally expensive health services.   St. Elizabeth’s five hospitals are the first in Kentucky to voluntarily participate in Anthem Blue Cross and Blue...

FDA probes 127 reports of seizures or other symptoms possibly related to e-cigarettes

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating 127 reports of seizures, tremors, fainting or other neurological symptoms that may be related to electronic cigarettes, and is asking people to report if they have such symptoms, the agency announced Aug. 7. Photo from Healthline “The FDA is continuing its scientific investigation to determine if there’s...

In wake of two mass shootings in U.S., some tips for managing distress in children after traumatic events

By Ginny Sprang University of Kentucky Whether it is the local evening news or a 24-hour cable news channel, images of violence inundate our homes. These scenes can be disturbing and stressful, especially for children. It is important to manage distress and take appropriate steps in helping your children and adolescents following traumatic events. Take advantage of the teachable moment by starting...

Vice President Mike Pence comes to Ky. with $9 million in federal grants to battle opioid epidemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More than $9 million in federal grants to combat opioids in Kentucky were delivered Thursday. Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, joined Gov. Matt Bevin in southeastern Kentucky. Pence said the grants included $750,000 in training grants for the University of Pikeville, $167,000...

Bluegrass Care Navigators to complement clinical care plans with new integrative medicine program

Patients and families served by Bluegrass Care Navigators will soon have access to supportive therapies to complement their clinical care plan, through a new integrative medicine program.  Integrative Medicine brings conventional and complementary practices together in a coordinated way as part of the patient’s medical care plan. The program was developed at the recommendation of the organization’s...

Northern Kentucky Elder Maltreatment Alliance receives award for elder abuse prevention

The Northern Kentucky Elder Maltreatment Alliance (EMA) has received a Public Awareness Initiative Award. The EMA was one of two community organizations that received the award for their work to stop elder abuse. The Kentucky River Council Against Maltreatment of Elders (CAME) also received the honor, which includes a $300 award. The awards recognize the groups for showing a commitment to elder abuse...

Healthy Headlines: Heads Up: fall sports return, time to learn the ABCs of sports-related concussions

St. Elizabeth Healthcare It’s that time of year again—school is starting and so are fall sports. Although every sport carries some risk of sports-related concussions, the fall sport lineup of football, soccer and field hockey carry a high risk. Dr. Michael Miller of St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine explained the ABCs of concussions. What is a Sports-Related Concussion “When an athlete suffers a...

Health Departments have another year ’til pension hikes kick in but some are ready to raise taxes

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News While local health departments are more than grateful that legislation passed in the recent special legislative session gives them another year to manage their looming pension crisis, several counties have already asked for a tax increase as a way to help pay for it. The Kentucky Department of Public Health said in an email last week that it had received 63 of...

Healthy Headlines: Vaping, JUULing, e-Cigarettes—by any name they pose a real danger to children

St. Elizabeth Healthcare e-Cigarettes have been around since 2006, and by that name most people assume there is nicotine in the product. They are also easy to spot when people use them—they look like a fake cigarette or pipe and produce a noticeable cloud of vapor. Which is why the term vaping is used to describe them. JUULing is a newer form of e-Cigarettes that came on the market in 2017. JUUL...