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High School students are invited to apply for the St. Elizabeth Healthcare MOON Program

St. Elizabeth Healthcare invites high school students interested in a career in the medical field to apply and participate in the 2019 MOON (Medical Observation Opportunity Network) program. Created by St. Elizabeth Healthcare general surgeon Dr. Ryan Moon, the MOON program is a five-day opportunity to introduce teens to careers in the medical field through observation of a physician’s day-to-day...

UK, DPH collaboration aims to eliminate new HIV infections in the Commonwealth; NKY is launch point

NKyTribune staff A collaborative program aimed at preventing new HIV infections in Kentucky, as well as expanding education and care for persons living with HIV, is being launched in Northern Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth. Public Health officials announced a statewide collaborative program aimed at preventing new HIV infections in Kentucky at the Northern Kentucky Health Department office...

Shelley Shearer: Get the royal dental treatment with a crown to restore tooth’s function, appearance

You don’t have to be a king or queen to proudly wear a crown. Just ask your dentist. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. Teeth that have more filling than tooth left are prime candidates. Basically, if a dental filling is 2/3 or more of the width of the tooth, that tooth has little support and can crack. And wow, will that ever hurt! Crowns are used to restore...

U.S. Senator Majority Leader McConnell, White House Drug Czar, tour Kenton County Detention Center

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) welcomed Jim Carroll, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), commonly known as the “Drug Czar,” to Kentucky today. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, addresses the media at the Kenton County Detention Center Monday. Behind McConnell are, left to right,...

Survey: Almost half of KY adults favor needle exchange; program education increases support

As leaders in Kentucky continue to implement strategies to reduce the harm of injection drug use, needle exchange programs are becoming more common throughout the Commonwealth. Click to enlarge Data from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services show that more than 50 such programs are currently operating in the state. To better understand public opinion about these programs, which are also...

Legislature passes four abortion bills in last days of session; judge blocks one hours after Bevin signs it

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Since Republicans took complete control of Kentucky lawmaking in 2016, the General Assembly has passed several bills to restrict or eliminate abortion, and this year is no different. Four anti-abortion measures passed in the last days of the session and one more is likely to pass on the final day, March 28. The bills take several measures to limit or monitor...

Carespring’s new healthcare, rehabilitation facility, Boonespring, to open next week in Boone County

A decade after purchasing nursing home beds in Northern Kentucky, Carespring will open its 143-bed, 94,000 sq. ft., $25 million healthcare and rehabilitation facility near Union on Tuesday, March 19, with a ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. With the creation of 200 jobs, top state and local elected officials will be on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new...

Outbreak at Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy appears to be chickenpox; precautions taken

Students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy in Walton are experiencing an outbreak of an illness characterized by a blister-like rash presumed to be chickenpox (varicella). There are currently 32 cases at the school. Chickenpox is a vaccine-preventable illness with a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness and fever that can last 5-7 days. Chickenpox can be a very serious illness. Chickenpox...

NKY students from 26 schools learn about food sustainability by participating in Healthy Challenge 

Students at 26 schools in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties are participating in the annual Healthy Challenge for a designated week between March 4 and 22. The Challenge encourages students and school staff to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables and get at least thirty minutes of physical activity five out of the seven days of their Challenge week. This year, there are also...

NKU’s Kaufman candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2019 Man of the Year

Northern Kentucky University’s Jim Kaufman has been named as one of the candidates for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2019 Man of the Year. Jim Kaufman and his son, Liam, pose with the LLS Man of the Year sign (provided photos). Kaufman’s fundraising campaign is very personal, focusing on his 9-year-old son, Liam. In 2015, Liam was diagnosed with leukemia. Kaufman, director of Real...

Kentucky sets stage for legalization of medical marijuana for certain medical conditions

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky lawmakers have taken the first steps toward legalizing medical marijuana. House Bill 136 is up for a House vote. It would allow patients with certain medical conditions to be prescribed medical marijuana by their physician and would permit marijuana plants to be grown in the state by licensed growers and dispensaries. Under House Bill 136, Kentuckians...

Kentucky vaccination rate for cancer-causing HPV on the rise, but still lags compared to rest of nation

“Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the nation . . . but Kentucky children remain among the least vaccinated in the U.S.,” Caroline Eggers reports for the Bowling Green Daily News. The HPV vaccine is the only one that can prevent any form of cancer. “There are more than 100 types of HPV,” Eggers notes. “Most infections go away on their...

Ban on tobacco in schools still alive; may pass House with measure raising to 21 legal age to buy

By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News With just three days left to pass bills, lawmakers in the state House are still working on measures that would protect Kentucky’s youth from tobacco and electronic cigarettes, efforts that health advocates have said could stop nearly one in three Kentucky students from ever smoking. David Osborne A bill to ban the use of tobacco at all public...

Flu activity is widespread in Kentucky, says DPH; 44 flu-related deaths reported; not too late to get a shot

The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reports flu activity in Kentucky is at “widespread” for the 10th consecutive week. Widespread is the highest level of flu activity, indicating increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the state’s regions.   “With the traditional flu season running from October through...

St. E. Healthy Headlines: Should you be taking an aspirin a day; other questions about benefits, risks

For many years, healthy adults have been taking an aspirin a day to reduce their risk of heart disease and common types of cancer. In April 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended a low-dose aspirin daily for healthy adults over the age of 50. But in October 2018, a large study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, involving nearly 20,000 people 65 and older changed...