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Healthy Headlines: Pregnant? You need a basic knowledge of foods to eat (or avoid) for healthy baby

St. Elizabeth Healthcare We all know about pregnancy cravings like pickles and ice cream in the middle of the night. But if you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, it’s important to have a base knowledge of foods to eat and avoid during pregnancy. Pickles and ice cream are fine – in moderation! “I like to advise my pregnant patients to eat whole foods and minimize eating anything...

Registration open for free forum Sept. 23 on policy considerations regarding medical marijuana

Kentucky Health News Registration is now open for a statewide forum on medical marijuana to be held September 23 in Lexington. The forum is not intended to change minds about whether marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes, but to share facts to inform how best to promote health, well-being and safety as state lawmakers consider new policies around medical cannabis, said Ben Chandler, CEO...

Protect yourself from the heat: State health officials offer safety guidelines; children, seniors vulnerable

Health officials with the Department for Public Health (DPH), located within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), urge the public to take steps to avoid injury and illness during periods of extreme summertime heat.  “During summer we often spend long periods of time outside. However, with warmer extreme temperatures comes the risk of overexertion, so we advise the public to take steps...

Fidelity Investments employees receive Citizen Lifesaver Awards for rendering aid to coworker

When a Fidelity Investments employee collapsed and went into cardiac arrest while walking from the parking lot to the building on April 22, his co-workers jumped into action. EMS Director David Geiger presents Citizen Lifesaver Awards to, from left, Steve Templeton, Eric Funk, Sami Peterson, Melissa Kavanaugh, and Linda Strong, all from Fidelity Investments (provided photo). Financial Associate Melissa...

Ticks: Pesky and dangerous, they are spreading to new areas and taking diseases with them

The Rural Blog It’s the peak time of year for ticks, and they are spreading to new areas of the U.S. as the planet warms, bringing with them infectious diseases that can hurt or kill humans like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, Nina Pullano reports for InsideClimate News. Warming helps ticks and other pests spread since warmer winters don’t kill them off. Click to go to...

After years of steady increases, Kentucky’s overdose deaths declined in 2018; first time since 2013

Kentucky’s targeted approach to protecting its citizens from drug overdose deaths has resulted in the first decline since 2013. There were 233 fewer drug fatalities in the Commonwealth during 2018 than there were in 2017. A report released today by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy indicates lethal overdoses totaled 1,333 in 2018. That is down from an all-time high of 1,566 in 2017. The...

CTI signs MOU for partnership with South Korea’s Samsung Medical Center; announces staff additions

Covington-based CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (CTI), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Samsung Medical Center (SMC), located in Seoul, South Korea. CTI is a multi-national, privately held, full-service contract research organization The purpose of the Memorandum is to affirm both CTI’s and SMC’s commitment to identifying and developing opportunities for...

KY has 59 operating syringe exchanges and six in the wait; public-health advocates credited for increase

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky is lauded nationwide for its embrace of syringe exchanges to thwart the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among intravenous drug users, but getting them approved locally continues to be a challenge and generally only happens after months, or even years, of educating the public. Van Ingram, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy,...

Protect your eyes: Don’t forget a hat and big, good sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays

Next time you step outside to enjoy the summer sun, don’t forget to bring a pair of sunglasses. Most people know that the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays are bad for the skin. But did you know that too much sun on unprotected eyes increases the risk of eye diseases? This summer, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons  and the American Academy of Ophthalmology remind you that...

State health department sending nurses to jails, shelters, treatment centers with Hepatitis A vaccine

The state Department for Public Health has sent a team of nurses to give hepatitis A vaccinations at county jails, state probation-and-parole offices, homeless shelters, treatment centers and drug stores, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced in a press release. “Since April, the team has provided more than 2,100 vaccines at 40 different sites,” the release says. “The...

Healthy Headlines: Things you need to know about chest pains, calling 911 — every moment counts

St. Elizabeth Healthcare It’s the moment of truth: your chest hurts and you’re having a hard time catching your breath. Your loved one wants to call 911 but you’re not so sure – it could just be indigestion or something minor. You decide to have your loved one drive you over to the ER. After all, 911 is for emergencies – and surely your chest pain isn’t an actual emergency, right? Wrong....

CAST’s Spring Awakening show to be followed by talkback sessions with Lindner Center of HOPE

When the curtains close on Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre’s (CAST’s) upcoming Spring Awakening production, the show’s participants and audience will be left with difficult questions about mental health issues raised in the performance. Tracy Cummings, MD, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Lindner Center of HOPE, and Dr. Lorene Walter, MD, Medical Director of Mindful Transitions...

More children in Kentucky getting breakfast, lunch through federally funded summer nutrition programs

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service More children in Kentucky are getting their breakfast and lunch through federally funded summer nutrition programs, according to a report released by the Food Research and Action Center. The state has expanded the sites where children can get free summer meals beyond schools – to libraries, YMCAs, churches and parks – to nearly 2,000 locations. That’s...

Charter Senior Living is new manager of senior living community formerly know as Brookdale Edgewood

Charter Senior Living, one of the nation’s leading senior living management firms, has been selected as the new management team for Brookdale Edgewood, located in Edgewood. The community will be renamed Charter Senior Living of Edgewood. This management acquisition expands the number of Charter Senior Living communities to 14 across nine states. “We are pleased to welcome the residents, families,...

Kentuckians continue losing Medicaid coverage for unexplained reasons; bureaucratic hurdles an issue

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Some Kentuckians are losing Medicaid coverage, and don’t know why. According to the health care consumers group Families USA, the percentage of Medicaid enrollees in Kentucky dropped by 4 percent between 2017 and 2018, mirroring a national trend. Authors of a report by the group say that annual, or even monthly, eligibility re-determination processes, which...