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Sherri Hannan: Keep safety at top of mind when shopping for kids toys this holiday season

There are few things more top of mind for kids during the holiday season than toys. Approximately 50% of all toy purchases occur between the Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas. While parents are on a mad dash to scoop up the hottest toys, it is important to keep safety in mind when buying gifts. NKyTribune file Each year, tens of thousands of kids are treated in emergency rooms for toy-related...

Governor reports 60% of Kentuckians have had at least one dose of COVID vaccination; more needed

Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday that 60% of all Kentuckians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. At least 2,682,277 Kentuckians have been vaccinated: 64% of all Kentuckians five and older, and 72% of all Kentuckians 18 and older. “I want to acknowledge that 60% of Kentuckians vaccinated is not enough, but this has never been done in the history of the world before,” said Gov....

Northern Kentucky University students support Care Net of NKY with annual drive-thru fundraising event

By Tessa Redmond Kentucky Today A Northern Kentucky University Students for Life group organized a drive-thru donation for Care Net of Northern Kentucky, a pregnancy support center with three locations. The November event marked their second year supporting the pregnancy center’s Cold Spring location. Clare Birkeland, president of Northern Right to Life, said the idea of a drive-thru fundraiser was...

Kentucky ranks first in lung cancer cases, but screening, treatment, prevention are easier now

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Lung Cancer Awareness Month falls in November, but in Kentucky, the promotion of prevention and early detection of lung cancer is needed all year because the state leads the nation in lung cancer cases and has a death rate from the disease that is 50 percent higher than the national average. A year-long multimedia campaign, led by the Kentucky Medical Association,...

Giant public art mural honors ‘Healthcare Heroes’ unveiled by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Artworks

St. Elizabeth Healthcare and ArtWorks, an award-winning nonprofit that has created public art throughout the Greater Cincinnati region, will celebrate a 59-foot-tall by 91-foot-wide mural this morning to honor the heroic efforts of healthcare workers worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Simultaneously, this year marks the 160th anniversary of St. Elizabeth Healthcare so this mural also...

Smokers can reduce (maybe erase) risk of dying of lung cancer by quitting at young age; younger better

Kentucky Health News Smoking’s negative health consequences are well known, but smokers can reduce ― or even erase ― their risk of dying from lung cancer by quitting at a young age, and the younger the better. A new study led by the American Cancer Society analyzed data on more than 410,000 Americans participating in an ongoing federal health survey between 1997 and 2014, and the researchers...

Jessica Klein: Kentuckians are thankful for this year’s food relief, but hunger isn’t off the table

The holidays are aa time of celebration for families across the Commonwealth. With an increase in statewide vaccination rates, Kentuckians safely gathered with friends and loved ones over Thanksgiving. There are many reasons to give thanks, including a year of essential state and federal assistance alleviating food insecurity and childhood hunger. Having enough food year-round has been an ongoing critical...

Healthy Headlines: What you need to know about massage guns, including how to use one and when

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Five years ago, a massage gun was something you’d only use with a personal trainer. It was a tool on the sidelines or in the locker room used as part of a warm-up or cool-down. But now, massage guns are popping up in local gyms, office cubicles, and homes. They’re becoming more accessible to the average individual and no longer restricted to sports medicine specialists. “Use...

Region’s childhood obesity rates have increased putting kids at greater risk of severe COVID-19

By Cororinne Boyer Ohio Valley ReSource In October, University of Kentucky Children’s hospital reported a substantial rise in children hospitalized for COVID-19. The escalation began in July. Dr. Sean McTigue, medical director for pediatric infection prevention and control said all hospitalized children had one thing in common. “So our number one driver of risk for admission to the Children’s...

Thanksgiving is often associated with ‘too much,’ here are five healthy ways to say thanks this holiday

Photo from St. Elizabeth Healthcare Thanksgiving has gotten a bad rap. Too often it’s associated with too much food, too much alcohol and too little activity. It doesn’t have to be that way. “I love cornbread stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie as much as the next person,” says Dr. Aleah Gibson, a family physician with St. Elizabeth Physicians. “Working hard all year just to blow it...

Some tips to help maintain healthy habits as the ‘holiday eating season’ gets into full swing

By Tami Ross University of Kentucky The “holiday eating season” has arrived — those days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day where food is a big focus. The average person consumes an extra 500-600 calories a day in this time frame. That can translate into a 6-pound weight gain by the time the New Year rings in! Holiday eating events can bring the added challenge of managing blood glucose...

Beshear provides COVID update, guidance to stay safe as families gather for Thanksgiving holiday

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday wished all Kentuckians a happy Thanksgiving and provided guidance on how to stay safe and protect loved ones during the holiday week. “Hospitalizations and requests for monoclonal antibody infusions are ticking up,” said Gov. Beshear. “We do not want to see that. We need to be really careful with Thanksgiving this week, as well as Christmas coming up. But unlike last...

Health commissioner says more virus surges likely, encouraging vaccines important despite resistance

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky will continue to see coronavirus surges from time to time, and because Covid-19 still has the potential to overwhelm the healthcare system, it’s too early to start treating it as just another infection to live with, state Health Commissioner Steven Stack told Kentucky Health News in an interview. “Covid is here to stay,” Stack said....

Q&A with UK expert: Tobacco prevention is important to KY, which has highest rate of lung cancer

By Grace Colville University of Kentucky November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, the American Cancer Society names the third Thursday of the month as The Great American Smokeout — a day when people who smoke across the country take the first step toward a healthier life. According to the American Lung Association (ALA), Kentucky has the highest incidence rate of lung cancer in the...

Turkey Day is coming; how to safely prepare your favorite Thanksgiving bird to keep everyone healthy

By Sandra Bastin University of Kentucky During the holidays, cooking is a very common activity when gathering with family or friends. It is important to instill healthy habits while cooking to ensure a safe and delicious holiday, including proper handling and cooking of your Thanksgiving turkey to avoid foodborne illnesses. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has some tips on how to...