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Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s celebrate five years of helping kids’ hearts

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Every six months, Faye DeMastes undergoes a routine echocardiogram. Her heart is strong, says mom Jenna. Faye loves gymnastics, running, swimming and climbing. At 5 years old, Faye has already seen the inside of a hospital more than most people will in their lives. Faye was diagnosed with VACTERL association, a series of birth defects that affects many of the...

Monkeypox cases in Kentucky rise to 42 with 34 cases reported last week

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The number of cases of monkeypox in Kentucky, while still small, continues to rise, according to the latest weekly report from the Department for Public Health released Thursday. The latest count of confirmed cases stands at 42 statewide, compared to 34 which were reported last week. Twenty-six cases have been in Jefferson County. Four have been reported in both Fayette...

Governor and First Lady get new bivalent COVID-19 booster, encourage all to get vaccinated, boosted

During an event hosted in the Capitol Rotunda, Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear rolled up their sleeves Wednesdsay to receive the newly updated bivalent COVID-19 booster. The Governor encouraged Kentuckians to get vaccinated and boosted and called upon leaders in government and other sectors to encourage others to get a shot of hope. “I am here to publicly take this shot of hope...

St. Elizabeth offers patients a new cancer-detecting blood test, ground-breaking for pinpointing cancers early

Patients at St. Elizabeth Healthcare now have the ability to screen for 50 different types of cancer, thanks to a new blood test launched in June 2022. This new test, known as Galleri®, detects DNA from cancer cells in the bloodstream. Because this DNA is different than DNA from the rest of the body’s normal cells, it can help identify a potential tumor that may require medical attention. The new...

Healthy Headlines: Understanding the risks and signs of concussion among student-athletes

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Back to school means back to play for many student-athletes. And that can often mean an increased risk of concussion as well. “Concussion is a traumatic brain injury, either directly to the head or neck or indirectly from a blow to the body. It’s not a structural brain injury. It affects the functioning of the brain,” said James Hahn, MD, sports medicine physician at...

Ken Rechtin: Sharing a personal story for Prostate Cancer Month, proving annual checkup is important

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Every cancer gets a month. And every cancer gets a ribbon. What’s the ribbon all about? Is it just a participation trophy? Now, every cancer gets a color too. (What’s that all about!? It’s not as though every disease deserves its own color! There are not enough colors in a rainbow for that.) We prostate owners (or ex-owners) really don’t want a...

Statewide medicine storage campaign aims to reduce accidental poisoning among Kentucky kids

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Small children are landing in the hospital because of accidental poisoning from ingesting medication meant for adults. Experts are working to give households the tools they need to keep kids out of medicines that could potentially harm them. Tonya Jernigan, licensed social worker for the Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine at the University of Kentucky Clinic,...

With fall sports season in full swing, here’s how you can support your kids in back-to-school athletics

Participating in sports can be beneficial for children’s physical and mental health, as well as a huge part of their social life. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency departments in the U.S. treat nearly 3 million youth sports injuries each year, many of these being preventable with the use of proper safety precautions. Here are a few safety precautions...

UK College of Medicine partners with Emergency Shelter of NKY for onsite health clinic

The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky (ESNKY), an immediate entrance, low-barrier shelter for adults ages 18 and up in Northern Kentucky, has partnered with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus to open an onsite healthcare clinic at the shelter. As part of ESNKY’s expanded services available to guests in its new facility that opened in February, the clinic...

St. Elizabeth advocates for patient care outcomes with new Innovation Center — to transform heathcare industry

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is launching an innovation center to spur internal innovation and propel the System to build, invest in, and/or partner with organizations transforming the healthcare industry. The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Innovation Center includes a venture fund that will invest directly in emerging healthcare companies that focus on improving the lives of patients through faster, more accurate...

JUUL Labs reaches tentative agreement to stop marketing to youth; Kentucky to get $14 million

A $438.5 million tentative agreement with electronic cigarette manufacturer, JUUL Labs, Inc. has been reached and will return at least $14 million to the Commonwealth, Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Tuesday. The proposed agreement settles claims with Juul for the company’s unlawful marketing and sales practices. “Deceptive marketing and sales practices have no place in Kentucky,” said...

Life expectancy in U.S. drops for second year in a row in 2021, according to new CDC report

Life expectancy at birth in the United States declined nearly a year from 2020 to 2021, according to new provisional data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). That decline – 77.0 to 76.1 years – took U.S. life expectancy at birth to its lowest level since 1996. The 0.9 year drop in life expectancy in 2021, along with a 1.8 year drop in 2020, was the biggest two-year decline...

Every child loves a playground, but they can be dangerous; some tips to keep your children safe

By Ashley Bush University of Kentucky Playgrounds are fun and can provide a great opportunity for exercise and family togetherness. But did you know that youths age 17 and younger are at risk for falls at the playground? These falls can result in injuries, like bruises, scrapes and some that may even require a trip to the Emergency Department (ED). (NKyTribune file) From 2016 to 2020, Kentucky youths...

COVID Update: Latest map from CDC shows slight drop, NKY still in green; new booster shots approved

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The latest COVID-19 Community Level map, issued each Friday based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a drop in both counties with a low community level and those with a high community level from last week. The Community Levels map breaks down the COVID level by county, with green for low, yellow for medium and red for high levels, which...

With rising inflation causing hardship for fixed-income Kentuckians, benefits assistance can help

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service As inflation drives up the cost of living, Kentuckians on fixed incomes are especially vulnerable. More than 2,000 federal, state and local benefits are available for older adults and people with disabilities, which can be found online at benefitscheckup.org, along with help with applications and eligibility requirements. Aisha Williams, senior director of economic...