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St. Elizabeth Healthcare partners with SOS to share surplus medical supplies with needy countries

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is now partnering with SOS to lower disposal costs and reduce their environmental impact. SOS, a Louisville-based global health organization, partners with hospitals and other medical institutions in the region to recover surplus medical supplies and equipment that would otherwise go into landfills. Once processed and tested, the supplies are then redistributed to medically...

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the silent killer, properly working detectors, devices, can save lives

With recent temperatures below freezing, the Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), wants to remind residents to take action to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning (CO). “Carbon monoxide poisonings are more likely during colder weather, so it is very important that Kentucky residents make sure their heating sources and carbon monoxide detectors...

KHIP: Report shows uptick in prescription pain medicine misuse — and we all know someone

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky A new Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report shows an uptick in prescription pain medicine misuse last year, while heroin and methamphetamine use remained a steady problem. Nearly two in five Kentucky adults in 2019 said they knew someone who misused prescription pain meds, compared to about one in five for meth and heroin, according to the KHIP report. KHIP, an...

St. Elizabeth opens new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit to help those living with challenges of the disease

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has opened an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) to expand care to people in Northern Kentucky living with the challenging disease of epilepsy. Nearly four percent of the population will experience the challenges of epilepsy in their lifetime. The new EMU at St. Elizabeth Edgewood will help diagnose people with seizures and epilepsy so they can get more effective treatment and...

Region’s first potential cases of coronavirus reported at Miami University: CDC says risk remains low

NKyTribune staff Earlier today, Miami University Student Health Services notified the Butler County General Health District (BCGHD) of two possible cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Both possible cases had recently traveled and returned from China. Both possible cases are not severely ill and currently in isolation to keep the illness from spreading. Samples were sent to the Centers for...

Keep kids safe around home fireplaces; prevent accidental burns with these safety tips

By Sherri Hannan University of Kentucky Healthcare Fire can be friend or foe. We often think about fire as it relates to warmth thereby making it our friend during those long winter months. As the cold temperatures arrive, fire used to heat our homes may be a daily occurrence. When we use fire as heat source, we have to mindful of how dangerous it can be and take the appropriate actions to keep everyone...

Medicare Advantage is in open enrollment period; Legal Aid of the Bluegrass can answer your questions, provide help

Each year, between January 1 and March 31, is the Medicare Advantage open enrollment period. During this time of the year, current Medicare Advantage plan members can leave their plan and return to Original Medicare as well as enroll in a Part D prescription drug plan to supplement their Original Medicare. SHIP is ready to help. Members also have the option to switch to a different Medicare Advantage...

Mental health first-aid training bill passes state House, headed to Senate; Kim Moser sponsors it

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill to create a training program for mental-health first aid has unanimously passed the state House and is in the Senate. House Bill 153, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, would train people in how to best address the needs of someone experiencing a mental-health or substance-use crisis. “The Mental Health First Aid Act will put this evidence-based...

Healthy Headlines: Truck driver, farmer learns valuable lessons in heart health, shares his story

St. Elizabeth Healthcare With a long history of driving a dump truck and farming on the side, Mike Adams knows the meaning of hard work. That’s why he became worried at age 46 when he was too weak to change a tire on his truck – something his 12-year-old son did with no problem. Adams Adams hadn’t seen a doctor in years, but he walked into a local clinic and discovered his blood pressure was...

CDC: Most EVALI patients used THC-containing products as new cases continue to decline

*Editor’s note: The Northern Kentucky Health Department and other community partners are presenting a forum titled, “Prevent the Next Generation of Addiction: A Forum to Stop Youth Vaping” tonight from  6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ignite Institute in Erlanger. Click here for details. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released two reports on e-cigarette, or vaping, product...

Healthy Headlines: Before jumping on the diet bandwagon it’s a good idea to learn before you leap

St. Elizabeth Healthcare It’s that time of year. The beginning of a new year rolls around and everyone is standing around the water cooler at the office talking about which diet they are starting. Rachel Wagner, a licensed dietitian at St. Elizabeth Physicians Weight Management Center says, “The latest diet trend always promises rapid weight loss, but the truth is, most people don’t keep the...

AG Cameron says Kentucky Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has received $300k in ResMed settlement

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that the Kentucky Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has returned more than $300,000 to the state and federal Medicaid program as part of a joint settlement with other states and the federal government with ResMed Corp. (“ResMed”). ResMed is a provider of health care goods and services, including manufacturing and selling positive airway pressure...

Shelley Shearer: Oral cancer may be more common than you think; self-check and consult your dentist

There are nearly 50,000 new cases of oral cancer in the United States each year, accounting for three percent of all cancer diagnoses. Most are discovered in a dental office. Oral cancer is caused by the uncontrolled growth and reproduction of cells in some regions of the mouth. It can occur inside the cheeks, under the middle and front of the tongue, or on the tissue lining of the mouth or gum. That’s...

Whayne Herriford: Establishing and maintaining boundaries in relationships is key to mental health

For many of my clients, one of the sources of both depression and anxiety is their ability to establish and maintain boundaries with other people. In therapy, boundaries are the limits or rules we set for ourselves and others in relationships. It’s based on our understanding what we want or need in our lives and how we are willing to allow people to help us fulfill them. Boundaries often are developed...

Smoking while pregnant: learn more about the risks and why you are putting yourself, baby at risk

By Nancy Baker Childmode For women, pregnancy is a perfect time to quit smoking. Smoking cessation during pregnancy will help you have more energy and feel better through your pregnancy. It will also help you reduce future health risks like cancer, heart disease, and other lung problems. Smoking during pregnancy puts both you and the baby at risk. Over 1000 babies in the United States pass away every...