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Thomas More University dedicates new nursing skills lab named to honor legacy of nurse Kathleen McLane

Thomas More has officially named a nursing skills lab located at the Center for Health Sciences — in partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare — the “Kathleen McLane Nursing Skills Lab” after the late Kathleen McLane, a devoted nurse who served the Northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati community. The dedication of the lab was possible due to a gift from Mary (McLane) ’73 and S....

New poll shows half of Kentuckians believe the COVID-19 pandemic is over in their own lives

(Click for larger graphic) Despite a climb in COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth, about a third of Kentucky adults believe the pandemic is over, according to a new “Insights on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Vaccines in Kentucky Poll” sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The poll also found that about half of Kentucky adults believe the pandemic is over as it pertains to their personal...

WHO declares monkeypox a health emergency; here’s how it spreads and the symptoms

By Ilhem Messaoudi University of Kentucky The World Health Organization recently declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern as the virus is now spreading throughout North America and Europe where it is not usually found. The monkeypox virus As of Aug. 1, there are more than 5,800 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the U.S. and eight of these cases have been confirmed in Kentucky....

Data shows Ky. remains at 37th in child well-being, with many kids suffering from mental health issues

The latest available data show that as the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting Kentucky and the rest of the nation, the Commonwealth was showing progress in some areas of child well-being as well as ongoing challenges, according to the 2022 Kids Count Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. While the 50-state report on how children and families are faring shows measurable improvements...

West Nile virus detected in Kentucky, transmitted through mosquitoes; how to protect yourself

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today West Nile virus has started appearing in Kentucky once again this year, and although there are no vaccines to prevent it nor medications to treat it, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are steps you can take to prevent infection. The Culex pipiens mosquito, important in the West Nile Virus transmission cycle. (CDC photo) Louisville Metro Health...

UK students make Ecuadorian village’s water clean; Lakeside Park’s Dylan Buckingham designed system

By Jordan Strickler University of Kentucky In Ecuador, the Tsáchila people have long endured myriad health problems linked to contaminated water. University of Kentucky Professor Wayne Sanderson and a group of students from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment may have found a likely solution to the dilemma. Among the students is NKYian Dylan Buckingham of Lakeside Park, a 2022 biosystems...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes more than $50,000 lethal doses of fentanyl in Louisville

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville seized a shipment Thursday morning containing multiple pills of the lethal narcotic fentanyl, enough to kill 50,200 people. CBP officers detained a shipment arriving from India manifested as medicine. When officers inspected the package, they found five pill bottles. The pills tested positive for fentanyl properties. The shipment was...

St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas Emergency Department honored with Lantern Award for second time

St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas Emergency Department has been honored as a Lantern Award recipient for the second time. The Lantern Award is presented by the Emergency Nurses Association, the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing. The Ft. Thomas Emergency Department is among 29 national Lantern Award recipients for 2022. As the first to receive this...

Eastern Kentucky flooding disruptions may explain downtrend in state COVID cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The weekly COVID-19 report issued Monday by the Kentucky Department for Public Health is one of the most positive ones in several weeks, showing drops in new cases, deaths, and the state’s positivity rate. A total of 14,654 new cases were reported to the state for the seven-day period ending Sunday. That was a decrease of 1,230 cases from the previous week and breaks...

Latest study shows 1.9 million lives were saved by the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. alone

Kentucky Voices for Health In the latest study, published in The Lancet, it is reported that nearly 20 million lives were saved in the first year of COVID-19 vaccines being available to even just a portion of the population worldwide from December 2020 to December 2021. In the United States, that number is estimated to have been at least 1.9 million lives saved thanks to the availability of the COVID-19...

NKCAC accepting applications for LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program through September 30

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC) is accepting applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Summer Cooling Program: Subsidy and Crisis Components. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through September 30, or until designated funds are depleted. NKCAC collectively operates outreach offices in Kenton, Campbell, Boone, Pendleton,...

Suffering a stroke can have a significant impact on vision; some warning signs that affect the eyes

Dr. Padmaja Sudhakar University of Kentucky The visual pathway is very long and goes from the eyes to the occipital lobe, which is the region in the cerebral hemisphere that processes vision. Since the visual pathway goes through the cerebral hemisphere on each side, stroke affecting certain areas of the cerebral hemisphere will impact the visual pathway and produce visual field loss. Dr. Padmaja Sudhakar Patients...

Newest COVID report says cases increasing — Boone, Kenton in red zone — and masks are advised

Kentucky’s latest weekly COVID Community Level map, released Friday and based on information received from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows no counties are in the green, meaning a low level. Forty, or one third of Kentucky’s 120 counties, are now yellow, meaning a medium level, while the remaining 80 counties, or two-thirds, are red, which indicates a high level of COVID. Boone...

Americans with Disabilities Act is 32 years old; legislators hope to keep disabled in their homes

Lawmakers across the country celebrated National Disability Independence Day on the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, this week. The Americans with Disabilities Act established a comprehensive ban on discrimination based on disability, granting those with disabilities equal access to the opportunities everyone in the general public already had. This act...

Healthy Headlnes: Why do mosquitoes seem to prefer some people more than others

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Ever wondered why you get covered in mosquito bites every summer and some of your friends come away without one? Some humans really are more “appetizing” than others. To learn why mosquitoes bit some people more than otehrs check out this New York Magazine video: Remember, even if you don’t get bitten too frequently, it’s still a good idea to wear bug...