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Kentuckians reminded to stay alert for scams involving the nationwide shortage of baby formula

The Kentucky Attorney General’s office is warning Kentuckians of scams related to the nationwide baby formula shortage and shared tips to avoid these scams. Kentuckians should report suspected scams to ag.ky.gov/scams. “Makenze and I would do anything to ensure our four-month-old son is cared for, and we understand the stress that the nationwide formula shortage is placing on parents and caregivers,”...

COVID deaths drop significantly in Kentucky but new cases, positivity all increase

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today COVID-19 related deaths in Kentucky dropped significantly last week, according to figures released by the Department for Public Health. But new cases, hospitalizations and the state’s positivity rate all rose, as did the number of “yellow” counties. A total of 6,443 new cases were reported to state public health officials last week, bringing the pandemic total to 1,339,520,...

FHK launches campaign to educate women on risk of COVID-19 and pregnancy, promote vaccination

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHKY) – with major support from the Kentucky Association of Health Plans (KAHP) – is launching a statewide campaign to educate women on the health risks of contracting COVID-19 while pregnant and the benefits of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. (Click for larger graphic) “We know the pandemic adds extra layers of concern for expecting mothers,” said Ben...

Here’s what you need to know about baby formula shortage; rural families having harder time

The Rural Blog Families nationwide are scrambling to find baby formula amid a widespread shortage. Rural families are likely having an even harder time since there are fewer local places to buy formula, and because families who use federal assistance can only buy certain formulas. It’s even more difficult to find certain medically necessary specialty formulas. Here’s what you—and your...

DEA says fentanyl, an addictive synthetic opioid, causes unprecedented overdose deaths; teens at risk

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News In response to increase in overdose deaths caused by fentanyl, a highly addictive synthetic opioid, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration declared National Fentanyl Awareness Day last week. The goal is saving lives by increasing awareness of, and decreasing the demand for, the powerful drug. “The advent of fentanyl’s integration into street-level...

St. E. Healthcare breaks ground on new Dearborn Cancer Center, taking top cancer care to Indiana

St. Elizabeth Healthcare held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new St Elizabeth Dearborn Cancer Center in Greendale, Indiana this week. Garren Colvin The new facility will provide leading-edge cancer care to Dearborn and surrounding counties. “Indiana ranks 7th in the nation for cancer death rate,” said Garren Colvin, president and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “To address this...

Student advocates attend ceremonial signing of HB 44, allowing mental health absences to be excused

Students on the Kentucky Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council joined Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Gov. Andy Beshear at the Kentucky State Capitol for the ceremonial signing of House Bill (HB) 44, which allows local school districts’ attendance policies to include provisions for a student’s mental health or behavioral health status. “We are seeing an example...

Flags at half-staff in state to mark tragic milestone: One million American lives lost to COVID-19

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday directed flags at state office buildings be lowered to half-staff immediately and remain so until sunset Monday to mark the tragic milestone of 1 million American lives lost to COVID-19. The directive comes following a proclamation from the White House, in which President Joe Biden said, “Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19....

St. Elizabeth Healthcare to hold celebratory groundbreaking for its new Dearborn Cancer Center

St. Elizabeth Healthcare will hold a celebratory groundbreaking for the new St. Elizabeth Dearborn Cancer Center on Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Located at 1640 Flossie Drive in Greendale, IN., the new three-story, 66,000 square-foot facility will provide leading-edge cancer care to Dearborn and surrounding counties. Garren Colvin “St. Elizabeth Healthcare is committed to leading the communities...

Jim Higdon: Gov. Beshear could legalize medical marijuana with a game of constitutional chicken

Gov. Andy Beshear is the first governor in the history of Kentucky to call for legalizing cannabis. Following the failure of the Kentucky legislature to pass a medical marijuana bill last month, the governor has asked the public for input on what he can do by executive order. It’s about time that political leaders in Kentucky prioritize this issue to legalize cannabis. The vast majority of Kentuckians...

More COVID cases statewide, 167 deaths in last week, 239 in hospital; ‘yellow’ counties down to three

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Last week the number of new cases of COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations, and the positivity rate all saw increases, which is a continuing trend, according to the latest weekly report from the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The May 9 report shows there were 3,957 new cases of COVID during the past week. That compares to 3,394 during the previous week and 2,997 two...

Healthy Headlines: It’s Stroke Awareness Month; during a stroke, every second counts

By St. Elizabeth Healthcare In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, St. Elizabeth Healthcare announced that five St. Elizabeth Stroke Centers have been re-accredited by the Joint Commission for excellence in stroke care: Edgewood, Florence, Ft. Thomas, Grant and Covington. What does re-accreditation mean for those we serve in the TriState community? John Webb, MD, Neurologist at St. Elizabeth Physicians,...

Lindner Center of HOPE launches campaign for mental health center of excellence; Butler to co-chair

Lindner Center of HOPE, a national nonprofit comprehensive mental health center of excellence, announced it will launch a new, $30 million development campaign to expand its facilities, staff and services. The campaign kicked off with initial pledges of more than $6 million, including $2.5 million from William and Sue Butler and Corporex Companies, LLC, and $3.5 million from several other individual...

Chronic pelvic pain can be frustrating, here’s what women should know about the condition

By Dr. Merve Ozen UK HealthCare For many women, pelvic pain is an uncomfortable, frustrating part of their everyday life. This pain can be caused by pelvic venous congestion syndrome (PVCS), also known as pelvic venous disease. In PCVS, the pain is felt below the belly button and can worsen during menstrual cycles or just after a long day of sitting or standing. PVCS often overlooked or can be difficult...

Welcome House teams up with St. E. Healthcare to open medical respite program at old north location

Welcome House, Inc., in partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare will open a medical respite program Monday at The Pavilion, formerly the old St. Elizabeth North location in Covington (401 E. 20th St, Suite 101). Welcome House, Inc.’s mission is to provide a continuum of services that take the people served from housing uncertainty to housing stability. By expanding programming to those who are...