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12 medical professionals, including a NKY dentist, face criminal charges for distribution of opioids

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Fourteen people, including 12 medical professionals, face criminal charges in Kentucky and five other states, for their alleged involvement in crimes related to the unlawful distribution of opioids, it was announced on Wednesday. During a press conference in Cincinnati, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, said...

New Food and Drug Administration head says ‘Misinformation is now our leading cause of death’

Newly confirmed Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf says “the issue that keeps him up at night… is the proliferation of false and misleading health information, particularly online — and the distrust in institutions, data, and expertise that it has wrought.” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D., speaks with an attendee at the event. (AHCJ photo by Paola Rodriguez) So...

COVID making a comeback: 3,394 new cases, nine counties (including 3 NKY) report 50+ cases

COVID-19 appears to be coming back in Kentucky as the weekly figures released Monday showed an increase in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, as well as the positivity rate, although the community level remained in the green for 116 counties. A total of 3,394 new cases were reported to state public health officials for the week ending Monday, up from 2,997 the previous week, which itself was...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Louisville seize shipment of 15 pounds of illegal ketamine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville recently intercepted a shipment containing 15 pounds of illegal ketamine. The shipment, originating from a residence in Germany was manifested as professional make-up. The parcel was heading to a residence in Queenstown, New Zealand. Officers opened the shipment and found six plastic bottles labeled as Kryolan (Liquid Latex Clear) containing...

Kim Moser: A recap of the legislative actions on quality health care, a session priority

As the dust settles on the legislative session and preparation begins for the interim period, I find myself reflecting on the bills and resolutions passed by the state legislature. Most will take effect on July 14, with the exception of those that have emergency clauses or include a specific date. In a state that leads the nation in cancer, high blood pressure, and so many other health conditions,...

Still need to get COVID vaccine booster? NKy Health Dept. is urging everyone 12 and older to get one

The NKY Health Department is urging everyone who hasn’t yet received their COVID vaccine booster shot to get them. The boosters are recommended for everyone aged 12 and older. Schedule at nkyhealth.org/boosters. They are free.

Louisville Slugger finishing pink bats for Major League Baseball players to use on Mother’s Day

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Employees at Louisville Slugger spent Thursday finishing pink bats for Major League Baseball players to use on Mother’s Day, May 8, as part of the “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative created by Louisville Slugger and Major League Baseball in 2006. Louisville Slugger getting ready for Mother’s Day with pink bats. (Photo from Kentucky Today) MLB stars...

DEA National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday to offer free disposal of unneeded medications

The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, offering free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 locations nationwide, including 60 in Kentucky. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local time, at police stations, health departments, and pharmacies, among others; so you have plenty of time...

Tick season is on the horizon; ten percent carry debilitating disease, quick action is key to prevention

Kentucky Health News Ticks are a threat in Kentucky year-round, but especially in the summer months. The next time one bites you, stop and think before flushing it down the toilet. You could help other people by mailing it to the University of Kentucky’s entomology department to see if it carries disease or not. Here’s how: If you find a tick on yourself or your pet, remove it with tweezers,...

Do you suspect a child has been the victim of abuse? Here are some rules to follow if you see red flags

Christina Howard UK Healthcare Kids are kids, sometimes they play in ways that result in minor cuts, scrapes and bruises. Skinned knees and elbows and bruises on shins and foreheads are all part of being an active kid. However, there are other types of bruises that should be a red flag for possible abuse. (Photo by fiorigianluigi, iStock/Getty Images Plus, via University of Kentucky) To recognize child...

Ky. gets $4.19 million to expand AmeriCorps work in public health, with hope of driving interest in the field

Kentucky Health News Kentucky has received nearly $4.2 million to expand the public-health role of the AmeriCorps program in the state. The grant comes from the American Rescue Plan Act, last year’s pandemic relief bill. “This funding will support the recruitment, training and development of a new generation of public health leaders,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news release. “The funding...

All counties now green on COVID; cases uptick slightly but hospitalizations down and cases milder

While cases of COVID-19 have seen a slight uptick this week, there are several other measurements that show Kentucky is in a good place at this point of the pandemic, according to Gov. Andy Beshear and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The governor said during a Capitol press conference that the positivity rate has also risen slightly for the second straight week, but the hospital...

Kenton among eight KY counties to realize major impact of UK’s HEALing Communities Study

By Elizabeth Chapin University of Kentucky More than two years into the University of Kentucky’s $87 million HEALing Communities Study (HCS) to address the opioid epidemic in Kentucky, it is possible to see the life-changing impacts it has already made in the eight counties of the study’s first wave. Launched in 2019, the ambitious four-year study includes a multidisciplinary team of more than...

Dr. Heidi Murley, esteemed surgeon, breast health expert, named president of St. Elizabeth Physicians

Heidi Murley, MD, has been named president and CEO of St. Elizabeth Physicians, the St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s multi-specialty physician organization with more than 750 providers throughout Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana, and Southwestern Ohio. A longtime leader at
 St. Elizabeth, Dr. Murley brings 25 years of experience in the region and aims to create a meaningful impact on community...

First-ever Nurse Aides Apprentices program in NKY at St. E Healthcare is big success, funded by state

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Seven area high school seniors became a special group of new associates of St. Elizabeth Healthcare as the first-ever healthcare apprentices in Northern Kentucky. The good news is that this 2021 inaugural class of apprenticeship Nurse Aides have now passed the state test, are fully employed at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and are about to graduate from high school. Count...