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Pharmacies could help Ky. teens get vaccinated for virus that causes sex-related cancers

There’s a vaccine for a virus that causes sex-related cancer, but rural teens are less likely to get it or know about it. Rural pharmacies could help improve vaccination rates, writes Casey Daniel, a Ph.D. pharmacist who teaches in the family medicine department at the University of South Alabama. “Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection, with 80 million...

CHFS, KY Department of Education partner on framework to improve student care and wellbeing

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) are collaborating on a framework to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of Kentucky’s youth, called Kentucky CARES. Kentucky CARES is a grassroots prevention campaign aimed at addressing the risk and protective factors associated with multiple forms of youth violence in schools, homes and...

Larock Healthcare Academy, focused on allied health care, opens on Beckfield College campus in Florence

Larock Healthcare Academy –  a premier educational institution focused on providing opportunities in the allied health, healthcare administrative, and general healthcare fields – has opened its first Kentucky location on the Florence campus of Beckfield College. The Florence location at 16 Spiral Drive began enrolling in October and offers certification programs in Blood Lab Specialist, Clinical...

Randi Rering, now 18, has battled and survived a rare liver disease and wants to help others

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter “She was sick from day one. I could tell something wasn’t right,” soft-spoken Pam Rering said about her daughters’ astonishing life. Randi Rering, a vivacious young lady, was born with Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC), a very rare, genetic liver disease. Although Randi is now 18, both she and her mom have trouble explaining the disease....

Whayne Herriford: Men and mental health — if you need help or know someone who does, reach out

I recently did a Podcast about men and mental health and found some interesting data in my research, courtesy of Mental Health of America: • In the US, over 6 million men suffer from depression annually. • 3 million men have a panic disorder, agoraphobia or another phobia. • 1.5 million men are affected by bipolar disorder with an age of onset between 16 and 25 years of age. • Men account for...

Blue Grass Quality Meats recalls pork and turkey products due to misbranding, undeclared allergens

Blue Grass Quality Meats in Erlanger is recalling approximately 121,083 pounds of pork bacon and ready-to-eat turkey products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product labels. This is identified as a Class II recall. This...

Department for Public Health offers advice on how to help make safe toys a top priority this holiday season

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is recognizing Toy Safety Awareness Week by offering tips for holiday shoppers. Dr. Bada “The joy of giving a toy to a child during the holidays can be exciting and fun for everyone to enjoy,” said Dr. Henrietta Bada, Director of Maternal and Child Health. “However, the wrong toy, for the...

Report: Health insurance costs taking larger share of middle-class incomes, costs grow faster than wages 

Many working families are spending more of their incomes on health care, a new Commonwealth Fund report finds. According to Trends in Employer Health Care Coverage, 2008–2018: Higher Costs for Workers and Their Families, that’s because health insurance costs and deductibles have been growing faster than median income in all states over the last decade. Click to enlarge Sara Collins, Commonwealth...

Grant of up to $12M for behavioral health services to focus on Kentucky families in child welfare system

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has received a four-year federal grant of up to $3 million per year to support the behavioral and social health of youth through comprehensive services and community partnerships. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) has awarded CHFS the grant for its System of Care (SOC) with the goal to improve behavioral...

St. E. Medication Management Clinic, physicians team up for PrEP services for those with high HIV risk

The St. Elizabeth Medication Management Clinic has launched Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services for those at higher risk of Human Immunodeficieny Virus (HIV). PrEP is a daily HIV prevention pill that has proven highly effective for those at-risk of getting the virus. The services are the result of a collaborative care agreement between the Medication Management Clinic and Infectious Disease physicians...

Pay close attention to good hygiene practices to keep holiday gatherings safe from foodborne illness

Parties, family dinners and seasonal gatherings where food is served are a traditional part of holiday cheer. This holiday season, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), urges consumers to take precautions in purchasing and preparing food items, and to pay close attention to good hygiene practices to combat foodborne illness this Thanksgiving...

Tracking influenza-like illnesses in schools; activity started early, heightened prevention effort needed

Kentucky Teacher Cases of influenza already have been documented in Kentucky this fall.  Because flu activity has stared earlier than usual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending a heightened effort to promote flu prevention. Flu vaccine clinics and reporting flu like activity are encouraged to promote this effort. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky...

Healthy Headlines: Cancer impacts the entire family but there are resources to help everyone cope

St. Elizabeth Healthcare When a loved one is going through cancer, it impacts the entire family. St. Elizabeth Healthcare, knows this can be an overwhelming and stressful time, and its staff is here to help. The St. Elizabeth Cancer Center is working with local nonprofit organizations Cancer Family Care and Cancer Support Community to offer comprehensive support services to cancer patients and their...

Sen. McConnell and fellow co-sponsors advocate legislation classifying fentanyl analogues narcotics

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cosponsored legislation that would permanently list all types of fentanyl-like substances (analogues), as Schedule 1 narcotics. Fentanyl — a synthetic opioid that is 50-to-100 times stronger than heroin — continues to be the most lethal drug for Kentucky, killing 786 Kentuckians last year alone.Sen. Mitch McConnellFentanyl analogues are created...

Beckfield College launches nine month medical assisting, medical billing and coding diplomas

Beckfield College is launching two Allied Health program diplomas. Beckfield is expanding its Allied Health program by offering new nine-month diplomas in Medical Assisting and Medical Billing and Coding that will provide the same job opportunities as programs that take longer to complete. Wolfer “Beckfield College is focused on providing career training programs that benefit their students and...