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Kentucky’s drinking water demonstrates continued excellence in quality, according to annual report

Kentucky’s 2018 Drinking Water Compliance Report shows that the Commonwealth’s 434 public water systems consistently produce excellent quality water, and have a high rate of compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements. The annual report, released Monday by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW), summarizes compliance data and monitoring results of public water systems. Kentucky’s...

Northern Kentucky Health Department joins regional health officials in promoting measles prevention

With vaccine preventable diseases on the rise in the city of Cincinnati, and the continued increase in measles cases across the U.S., NKY Health joins other regional health officials to remind the public of the importance of staying up-to-date on vaccinations. Northern Kentucky has not identified any measles cases at this time, but Kentucky has had two confirmed measles cases since January 2019....

CDC reports significant annual increase in Crypto cases; many are linked to treated swimming water

Outbreaks of Cryptosporidium (Crypto) in the United States increased an average 13 percent each year from 2009-2017, according to a report published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Photo courtesy of the CDC Crypto, a parasite, is spread through the feces of infected humans or animals. People can get sick after they swallow the parasite in contaminated water or food or after contact...

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds NKY Health’s actions to control chickenpox outbreak

NKyTribune staff The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) calls the Kentucky Court of Appeals’ Order issued on June 26 in the Kunkel litigation a resounding victory for public health in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of CDC The Court of Appeals upheld the Boone County Circuit Court’s finding that the control measures implemented by the Northern Kentucky Health Department in response to the...

Kentucky Health News: One Affordable Care Act insurer wants 12% rate hike next year; other one, -4.5

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News One of the two insurers offering government-subsidized individual health plans in Kentucky for 2020 is asking for a 12 percent increase, while the other is asking for a 4.5% decrease. Insurers offering plans for small groups under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are asking for average hikes of 10.5%. These overall percentages reflect an average...

Beyond the Beam: Share your story about cancer at St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s new website

Due to the overwhelming response of thousands of signatures from patients, family members, doctors, hospital associates and anyone touched by cancer at the new Cancer Center beam signing last week, St. Elizabeth Healthcare is now inviting the community to share their cancer care story to be memorialized and remembered in “Beyond the Beam.”  St. Elizabeth Healthcare video includes highlights...

Northern Kentucky residents urged to reduce risk of rabies exposure by avoiding bats

This time of year, Northern Kentucky families may discover some unwelcome and potentially dangerous visitors in their homes – bats. Since bats can carry the rabies virus and expose people and their pets to this fatal, but preventable disease, residents need to know what to do if they are bitten, scratched, or otherwise come into direct contact with a bat. Photo courtesy of the CDC “The Health Department...

Ky. Chamber urges employers to update policies, lobby for reduced penalties during opioid summit

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is calling on the state’s business community to update its drug and alcohol policies to bring more help to their employees who suffer from addiction, and keep working to get state legislators to downgrade criminal penalties for simple drug possession. At an “opioid summit” in Lexington June 24, the business lobby also announced that its Kentucky Chamber...

Positive outlook helps colon cancer survivor focus on making the most of his new lease on life

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter “I want to be a victor, not a victim,” declares Jacob Paff, a colon cancer survivor. His genuinely nice and even-tempered personality undoubtedly helped him in the fight of his life and continues to help him succeed in his career. Five months after the birth of his son Elijah, Jacob received his diagnosis. He didn’t know it at the time, but he...

Last beam placed at St. Elizabeth Cancer Center topping out is beacon of hope for patients, families

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor St. Elizabeth Healthcare reached another milestone Tuesday in its effort to make Northern Kentucky one of the healthiest communities in the country. The last beam for the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center project, filled with thousands of signatures, awaited placement Tuesday. Click to enlarge (photos by Mark Hansel). Stakeholders, community leaders and former patients...

Kentucky health officials advise taking precautions to avoid ticks: Protect, check, remove and watch

With the arrival of warmer weather and tick season underway in Kentucky, officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health are reminding people to take precautions against tick bites, which can transmit serious and potentially deadly illnesses. “Spring and early summer are peak times for tick bites, which coincide with people venturing outdoors in the warmer weather,” said Jeff D. Howard,...

Kentucky Health News: Rural hospitals continue to be at risk of closing; federal policy complicates pay

Kentucky Health News Rural hospital closures are a growing trend, and federal policies don’t support a model that would include a scaled-back version of services. But that’s what many rural hospitals need to do in order to ensure their future, Mary Meehan reports for Ohio Valley ReSource, a public-radio partnership that covers Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, especially their Appalachian...

Shelley Shearer: It’s June and the season for Bridal Botox and teeth whitening for those weddings

The venue is selected, dresses purchased, bridal showers planned and now it’s time to rejuvenate the face and teeth at the dentist’s office. The dentist? Of course. Dentists’ advanced training in the oral and maxillofacial areas (the face from chin to forehead) makes them the ideal healthcare professionals to deliver Botox to brides-to-be. We already know that dentists are the go-to pros for...

Kentucky REALTORS joins national organization’s amicus briefs supporting Association Health Plans

Kentucky REALTORS (KYR) President Rip Phillips has announced that KYR has joined the National Association of Realtors amicus brief in defense of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Association Health Plan rule. Amicus briefs are legal documents filed in appellate court cases by non-litigants that have a strong interest in the subject matter in question. Earlier this year, a federal court ruled that provisions...

Milestone for new $130m St. Elizabeth Cancer Center; sign the special topping-out beam by June 24

St. Elizabeth Healthcare invites the community including patients, families, partners, St. Elizabeth associates, and anyone touched by cancer to become a lasting part of the new Cancer Center in Edgewood. All are welcome to sign the steel beam that will complete the structure of the new, five-story Cancer Center. The beam will be available to sign until June 24 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 3B Cancer...