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Health experts warn those with asthma, chronic lung conditions to be careful when spring cleaning

Kentucky Health News Spring has arrived in Kentucky, prompting many to tackle the annual chore of spring-cleaning, but health experts caution people who suffer from asthma or other chronic lung conditions to proceed with caution because some cleaning supplies can be hazardous to your health, according to a Penn State Health news release. The key to cleaning safely, if you have one of these conditions,...

As school nurse programs are threatened, Medicaid money made available for physical, behavioral health

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Many of Kentucky’s school districts have long struggled to pay for school nurses, let alone professionals in behavioral health care. And now some health departments may no longer be able to provide nurses because they will have to pay more into their employees’ pension system. Deputy Secretary Kristi Putnam (Photo from KHN) But schools are about to...

National Mental Health Month: 20% of Americans struggle with mental illness or mental health issues

An estimated one in five, 20% of Americans, struggle with mental illness or other mental health issues. In conjunction with Mental Health Month, in May, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is joining behavioral health organizations around the state and nation to increase public knowledge and spur action to boost mental health and general wellness. The Department for Behavioral Health,...

St. Elizabeth nursing officer, engineering and IT department honored with advanced ICU Care Awards

Benita Anderson, St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas and Florence Chief Nursing Officer, and a partnership of the Clinical Engineering and Information Technology departments were each selected as recipients of the 2019 I See You Care awards presented by Advanced ICU Care. Advanced ICU Care is the nation’s leading provider of high-acuity telemedicine services. Now in its fourth year, the recognition highlights...

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? HealthDay cites risk of skipping the morning meal

Think breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day? HealthDay suggests Think again, say researchers behind a new study that found the risk of heart-related death rises dramatically for folks who skip the morning repast. Reporter E.J. Mundell writes for HealthDay that compared to people who always ate breakfast, those who say they never did had an 87% higher odds of dying from heart-related...

Healthy Headlines: You or a loved one want to quit smoking — here are five reasons for doing that

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Maybe you’ve been thinking about quitting for a while but unsure if you can stick to it. Or perhaps you’d like to encourage a loved one or friend to kick their smoke habit for good. No matter what your reason is – it’s important to get the facts and the support in place before you take the leap. Dr. Royce Calhoun, Thoracic Surgeon at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, says people...

Some good news from state health officials about Hepatitis A outbreak, but no declaration of victory yet

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – State health officials reported some good news regarding the Hepatitis A outbreak affecting Kentucky, but aren’t ready to declare it at an end yet. 
There has been a significant decline with 29 cases reported during the period April 7-13, 2019, which is the lowest number in just over a year. Compare that to the period Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2018,...

Dr. Mark Goulston: ‘Yes, your kid’ — every child is at risk for suicide, and it just keeps happening

(Editor’s note: Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Kentuckians aged 15-54. More than twice as many people die by suicide in Kentucky annually than by homicide. Teen suicides are dramatically on the rise. According to the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 15 percent of Kentucky high school students (1 in 7) reported having seriously...

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday; find a prescription surrender site near you

A twice-yearly opportunity to safely surrender prescription drugs will be held Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at locations nationwide. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a good way to combat opioid abuse, according to Anne Hazlett, senior adviser for rural affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Many of the more than 70,000 Americans who died from drug overdoses...

First-ever felony criminal charges filed against distributor, execs for illegal distribution of opioids

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Ray Donovan, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), announced Tuesday criminal charges against Rochester Drug Co-Operative, Inc. (“RDC”), one of the 10 largest pharmaceutical distributors in the United States. Berman Also charged were Laurence...

‘I Just Didn’t Know’: KY students share what they’ve learned about dangers of e-cigarettes for youth

A Kentucky peer education campaign is designed to debunk the false beliefs held by many adolescents and teens that using e-cigarettes is either harmless or at least healthier for them than smoking. The I Just Didn’t Know campaign, developed by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, includes public service announcements featuring Kentucky students sharing what they’ve learned about the...

Healthy Headlines: Learn CPR, it helped Karen Carr save husband Jeff’s life; he chose healthier lifestyle

St. Elizabeth Healthcare It should have been a quiet evening at home watching TV. “There was no warning, no nothing,” Karen Carr recalls of the December evening her husband’s heart stopped beating. Jeff Carr, a tall, lean construction worker at age 52, felt uncomfortable on the couch and decided to go upstairs to lie down. Karen, who followed him, describes, “He lay down and that was it. He...

Appalachian residents more likely to die from smoking-related diseases; how to stop smoking

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News It’s well documented that people in Appalachia die sooner than other Americans, and are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases. It doesn’t have to stay that way; a new report offers a detailed list of strategies and policies proven to decrease smoking, the cause of many premature deaths. The report was created by Appalachian Regional...

Bexion Pharmaceuticals announces the opening of study using BXQ-350 in treatment of rare tumors 

Covington-based Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage oncology company, has announced the initiation of an open-label Phase 1 Safety Study of BXQ-350. The first U.S. site is Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. This clinical trial will evaluate the safety of BXQ-350 and determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) in the pediatric population with recurrent solid tumors, brain tumors...

UK gets historic 4-year $87m grant to lead HEALing Communities opioid project; includes NKY counties

By Kristi Willett University of Kentucky In the largest grant ever awarded to the University of Kentucky, researchers from UK’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and across campus — in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) — will lead a project as part of the HEALing Communities study. The four-year,...