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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday; find a prescription surrender site near you

A twice-yearly opportunity to safely surrender prescription drugs will be held Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at locations nationwide. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a good way to combat opioid abuse, according to Anne Hazlett, senior adviser for rural affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Many of the more than 70,000 Americans who died from drug overdoses...

First-ever felony criminal charges filed against distributor, execs for illegal distribution of opioids

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Ray Donovan, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), announced Tuesday criminal charges against Rochester Drug Co-Operative, Inc. (“RDC”), one of the 10 largest pharmaceutical distributors in the United States. Berman Also charged were Laurence...

‘I Just Didn’t Know’: KY students share what they’ve learned about dangers of e-cigarettes for youth

A Kentucky peer education campaign is designed to debunk the false beliefs held by many adolescents and teens that using e-cigarettes is either harmless or at least healthier for them than smoking. The I Just Didn’t Know campaign, developed by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, includes public service announcements featuring Kentucky students sharing what they’ve learned about the...

Healthy Headlines: Learn CPR, it helped Karen Carr save husband Jeff’s life; he chose healthier lifestyle

St. Elizabeth Healthcare It should have been a quiet evening at home watching TV. “There was no warning, no nothing,” Karen Carr recalls of the December evening her husband’s heart stopped beating. Jeff Carr, a tall, lean construction worker at age 52, felt uncomfortable on the couch and decided to go upstairs to lie down. Karen, who followed him, describes, “He lay down and that was it. He...

Appalachian residents more likely to die from smoking-related diseases; how to stop smoking

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News It’s well documented that people in Appalachia die sooner than other Americans, and are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases. It doesn’t have to stay that way; a new report offers a detailed list of strategies and policies proven to decrease smoking, the cause of many premature deaths. The report was created by Appalachian Regional...

Bexion Pharmaceuticals announces the opening of study using BXQ-350 in treatment of rare tumors 

Covington-based Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage oncology company, has announced the initiation of an open-label Phase 1 Safety Study of BXQ-350. The first U.S. site is Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. This clinical trial will evaluate the safety of BXQ-350 and determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) in the pediatric population with recurrent solid tumors, brain tumors...

UK gets historic 4-year $87m grant to lead HEALing Communities opioid project; includes NKY counties

By Kristi Willett University of Kentucky In the largest grant ever awarded to the University of Kentucky, researchers from UK’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and across campus — in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) — will lead a project as part of the HEALing Communities study. The four-year,...

Hemp industry booms on CBD’s reputed health benefits, supported by users but not much science

Hemp industry booms on CBD’s reputed health benefits, supported by users but not very much by science The reputed health benefits of cannabidiol are the main driver of hemp’s nationwide boom, but scientific research still doesn’t support the claims, Liam Niemeyer reports for Ohio Valley ReSource. The problem is that hemp hasn’t been widely legal for very long, and only nationally...

OAG says fraudulent medical billing scams targeting Kentuckians; families urged to provide information

Following reports from Kentuckians, Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert to warn of medical billing scams targeting families. Beshear Louisville residents have reported a suspicious van driving around paying Medicaid participants $20 for a DNA sample and health insurance information, while other senior Kentuckians are receiving calls offering medical devices through Medicare. One Warren...

New app aims to improve addiction treatment in the region by building network of peer support

Realworks, in conjunction with Interact for Health, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, InquisitHealth and local substance abuse treatment providers, today announced the launch of a new app to improve the role of peer supporters for addiction recovery in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. The PeerStrong app will be rolled out in two phases. The first, beginning now, is designed to build a network for...

William Burton, 12, collapses on Ashland ball field; survives through family’s faith and Cinci Children’s

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Her oldest son was lifeless on a hospital gurney in the trauma room as doctors tried desperately to figure out how to save him. 
Amy Burton knew who was ultimately in charge. 
“It was chaos. So much was happening, and he was in bad shape. These medical professionals, who were fantastic and are great, had no idea what to do but Amy knew exactly,” said her pastor,...

CDC says ground beef probably caused E.coli outbreak but source unknown; KY has most cases

Kentucky Health News Investigation of people stricken by the recent outbreak of E. coli “suggests that ground beef is the source of this outbreak,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. “At this time, no common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has been identified.” The outbreak, centered in Kentucky, has sickened 109 people and sent 17...

Kentucky ophthalmologists urge eye protection for recreational and professional sports

New research shows that about 30,000 people in the U.S. go to emergency departments each year with sports-related eye injuries, a substantially higher estimate than previously reported. This April during Sports Eye Safety Month, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology remind the public that the right protective eyewear is the best defense against...

Healthy Headlines: Heart attack symptoms for women are just different from men’s — know them

St. Elizabeth Healthcare The pressure between her shoulder blades would not let up. And when Karen Lugo, who is always cold, started sweating, her son called 911. “I had no idea that I was having a heart attack,” said Lugo. She’s young (just 54), in good shape, and had no cardiac history. “I never had chest pain. My arm didn’t hurt.” No sharp shooting pains, just pressure. “Everybody...

Shelley Shearer: Bad breath? How to avoid this social embarrassment — and achieve good dental hygiene

A collective moan from dentists around the country occurred when a Super Bowl commercial debuted with a seemingly successful “close talker” whose obnoxious feat is due to using a particular toothpaste. While brushing is indeed part of the solution to combating bad breath, dentists know that the remedy is more complicated than a mere tooth brushing. Are people avoiding you? Do your dinner companions...