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UK Markey Cancer doctor talks about pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer that killed Aretha Franklin

University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center This week, the world lost one of the greatest singers of all time, Aretha Franklin. She passed away after a battle with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer at her home in Detroit on Thursday surrounded by family and friends. The ‘Queen of Soul’ was 76. In the wake of her passing, there are questions about the type of cancer she had and what treatment...

Deadline near to speak on Kentucky HEALTH work mandate for Medicaid beneficiaries; comment now

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Time is short for Kentuckians to weigh in on the state’s request to mandate work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries. The deadline for a federal comment period on the Kentucky HEALTH plan is Saturday at midnight. Under the proposed waiver, Medicaid expansion beneficiaries would need to meet an 80-hour-per-month work requirement in order to continue receiving...

Nicotine replacement therapy products available for Kentuckians who want to quit smoking

Kentuckians who want to quit smoking have at least two dozen sources for free and low-cost nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products. This includes patches, gums, lozenges and sprays, according to a list made available by the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow and developed by the Kentucky Cancer Consortium and the Kentucky Department for Public Health. NRT products are medications that help reduce...

Northern Kentucky joins statewide Hepatitis A outbreak, Newport Syndicate food handler diagnosed

A case of hepatitis A that has been diagnosed in an employee who handled food at the Newport Syndicate (18 East 5th Street, Newport). An investigation found that this employee worked for a period of time when he/she was ill or infectious, which included the dates of July 25 through Aug. 11, 2018. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant patrons to become infected with the hepatitis A virus due...

Foot Health: Here’s your complete beginner’s guide to eliminating smelly feet

By Dr. Amy Barko Special to NKyTribune When our feet sweat, bacteria and fungi will throw a party in your shoes. It’s time to crash that party. Bacteria and fungi look for a cozy, warm, moist and dark environment… aka, your shoes. The key to prevention is to keep your feet nice and dry. Show your feet some lovin’ by following these easy tips: Clean your feet We often forget about cleaning...

UC study shows secondhand smoke is bad for teenagers; more likely to miss school due to illness

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News It has long been established that exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful to babies and young children. Now a study shows that it’s bad for teenagers, too. The University of Cincinnati study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics, analyzed data from 7,389 non-smoking teens aged 12-17 who did not have asthma and had completed the 2017 Population...

Personal stories at groundbreaking for St. E Cancer Center emphasize need for comprehensive care

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The need for comprehensive care was visible everywhere one looked at the groundbreaking for the new St. Elizabeth Healthcare Cancer Center in Edgewood last week. Kristi Nelson, co-chair of the funding campaign for the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center, shared her personal struggle with the disease at last week’s groundbreaking (photos by Mark Hansel). Several...

UK’s Markey Cancer Center earns renewal of prestigious National Cancer Institute designation

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has announced that the National Cancer Institute renewed its national cancer center designation for the next five years. The UK Markey Cancer Center remains one of only 70 NCI-designated centers in the country and the only one in Kentucky. “UK was founded for the people of Kentucky, and still today, they turn to us. Five years ago, we stood together...

Progress report from ACS affiliate indicates Kentucky falling short on cancer-fighting public policies

Kentucky is falling short when it comes to implementing policies and passing legislation to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer according to the latest edition of How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.  “This report shows that we must do more to reduce suffering and death from cancer. But we have the power...

The Kroger Co., Inclusion Companies, singer-songwriter Jewel launch Wellness Your Way Festival

Inclusion Companies LLC, in partnership with The Kroger Co., has announced the first Wellness Your Way Festival, taking place October 4-7 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. Kroger launched the Wellness Your Way platform at its nearly 2,800 grocery stores earlier this year to encourage people to adopt a more holistic approach to health – from their food and nutrition to their exercise...

St. Elizabeth breaks ground on new Cancer Center, Dr. Doug Flora becomes Executive Medical Director

St. Elizabeth Healthcare broke ground for its new Cancer Center in Edgewood today. An exterior rendering of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Cancer Center in Edgewood that is scheduled to open to the public in 2020. During the event, Dr. Doug Flora was named Executive Medical Director of Oncology Services. The groundbreaking represented the first milestone in St. Elizabeth’s goal to expand cancer prevention,...

Healthy Headlines: Back-to-school means backpacks; choose well to protect against long-term damage

St. Elizabeth Healthcare It’s back-to-school time, which means shopping for school supplies and making sure your children have what they need to get through the school day. More than 40 million students head off to class each day with backpacks slung over their shoulders. About 20 million of those students are carrying twice the recommended weight on the back which can lead to stress injuries and...

Shelley Shearer: Mouthguards are an essential back-to-school item to protect student-athletes

You don’t have to be a LeBron James to wear a mouthguard when participating in sports activities. With fall sports practices starting this month, student-athletes and their parents should heed the advice of the American Dental Association. It recommends that anyone participating in a sport with a high risk for injury (think football, basketball, hockey, soccer, wrestling, and basketball) have a...

Foot Health: Heart connected to sole; foot and leg pain may be tied to heart disease — check it out

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel Special to NKyTribune Your foot and leg pain can be related to heart disease. In honor of the many men and women who are diagnosed with heart disease, we thought we’d talk about the connection between the feet and heart. Coronary artery disease is narrowing of the arteries in the heart where peripheral artery disease (PAD) is narrowing of the arteries in the extremities and feet....

Pew Trusts: Kentucky among several red states willing to expand Medicaid in exchange for work

Editor’s Note: This story is part of Stateline’s 2018 Legislative Review. By Christine Vestal Pew Charitable Trusts Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says he doesn’t want more able-bodied poor people to get Medicaid in his state unless a portion of them are required to work. And when Republicans in Virginia agreed to expand Medicaid this year, they also said recipients who are able...