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Priscilla Easterling: With ‘family glitch’ fixed, working families encouraged to shop healthcare Marketplace

Open enrollment season is underway. And now is the time to check out your options for 2023 health coverage and this year, thousands of Kentuckians can save more through kynect, the state’s one-stop shop for Medicaid and Qualified Health Plans (QHPs). Individuals and families, especially public employees and those who work in small businesses or who’ve found job-based coverage too expensive in the...

Your health: At this wonderful time of the year, be aware of the toll on your mental wellness

By Gopalkumar Rakesh University of Kentucky For many, the holiday season is not always the most wonderful time of year. With work and school deadlines quickly approaching, holiday shopping expenses piling up, and back-to-back large social gatherings, this time of year can eventually take a toll on one’s mental wellness. Rakesh Gopalkumar According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),...

UK trustees approve construction of new cancer center and advanced ambulatory complex

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has approved construction of the new UK HealthCare cancer and advanced ambulatory complex, which will be located on South Limestone across from the hospital. The Board also approved an expansion of the original design for the facility to make room for other health care services and for patient growth. The revised price tag for...

Majority of Kentuckians not changing Christmas plans due to COVID; most open to annual boosters

Concerns about COVID-19 won’t keep Kentuckians from attending or hosting gatherings this holiday season. That’s according to a new poll commissioned by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. More than eight in 10 Kentuckians responded it was “not too likely” or “not likely at all” that COVID-19 would keep them from holiday gatherings. Further, compared to Healthy Kentucky’s Vaccines in...

Flu has killed 27 adults and two children in Kentucky so far this season; activity continues to increase

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s latest flu report showed a smaller jump in cases than in previous weeks, but the jump in deaths was the biggest yet this season, showing the disease’s worst possible outcome. The state Department for Public Health said last week that 29 Kentuckians (27 adults and two people under 18) have died from the flu this season, with 15 of those...

New report shows Kentucky drivers going in reverse as dangerous behavior increases traffic fatalities

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds unsafe driving behaviors, including speeding, red-light running, drowsy driving, and driving impaired on cannabis or alcohol, rose from 2020 to 2021 nationally. The most alarming increase was among drivers admitting to getting behind the wheel after drinking enough that they felt they were over the legal limit–an increase of nearly 24%....

It’s important to keep safety in mind when shopping for kids this holiday season

By Sherri Hannan University of Kentucky Approximately 50 percent of all toy purchases occur between the Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas. While parents are on a mad dash to scoop up the hottest toys, it is important to keep safety in mind when buying gifts. Each year, tens of thousands of kids are treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries; more than a third were children younger than...

Kentucky to receive $14 million as share of JUUL settlement; no promoting to underage youth

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced that the $434.9 million multi-state settlement with an e-cigarette manufacturer has been finalized and Kentucky will receive over $14 million as its share. The agreement settles allegations that JUUL Labs, Inc. violated Kentucky’s consumer protection laws by engaging in deceptive marketing and sales practices. Under the agreement,...

As winter approaches, CPSC reminds consumers of risks of carbon monoxide, fires, other storm dangers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It won’t be long before the season brings more widespread winter storms. As winter approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to protect themselves against carbon monoxide poisoning, fires, and other storm hazards. People need to be especially careful when storms knock out electrical power. Portable generators create a risk of carbon...

St. Elizabeth Edgewood named among best hospitals for maternity care in Leapfrog Hospital Survey

St. Elizabeth Edgewood has been named one of the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care according to data from Money and the Leapfrog Group. The nonprofit organization aims to help consumers make informed decisions about their health and access safe, high-value care. More than 2,200 hospitals completed the Leapfrog Hospital Survey in 2022, with only 259 hospitals making the final list. St. Elizabeth is...

University of Kentucky psychologist offers practical solutions for managing hectic holiday season

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky As jolly as we all want it to be, the holiday season can also bring the not so wanted gift of added anxiety. This time of year demands a lot — elaborate decorations, home-cooked meals and well-thought-out gifts. If your stress level is rising just thinking about it, you’re not alone. Michelle Martel, a professor and director of clinical training in the Department...

Helping adolescents who are struggling with eating disorders during the holiday season

By Dr. Alyssa Briggs and Kari Gerth University of Kentucky As we move into the holiday season, let’s take time to be grateful for the light we have in our lives and be mindful that we don’t ruin the light of others. Holidays are portrayed as a joyous time when friends and family gather.  However, adolescents struggling with eating disorders can find this time particularly stressful. We open the...

Multi-disciplinary group of experts clarify need for colorectal cancer screening, leading cause of death

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of new cancer diagnoses as well as deaths each year in the United States. Furthermore, Northern Kentucky is part of three regional hotspots in the country with higher than average incidence and death rates from colorectal cancer (lower Mississippi delta, central and western Appalachia, and eastern Virginia/North Carolina). More concerning is the trend that...

Residential foster care is physically, mentally unsafe, says new report from Kentucky Youth Advocates

By Sarah Ladd The Kentucky Lantern One young adult remembers taking a daily allergy pill upon entering a Kentucky residential foster care facility and leaving “on 13 medications within six months.” Another lost the privilege of calling their mother after a riot at their location. These were among the experiences 46 young adults shared with Kentucky Youth Advocates’ researchers, who examined the...

Governor gives update on influenza, RSV, and COVID 19; signs are encouraging but be cautious

In his weekly press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on influenza, RSV, and COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Beshear said that the spread of influenza is increasing in Kentucky. Six influenza deaths have been reported for Kentucky’s current 2022-2023 influenza season. Most influenza detections in the Commonwealth have been identified as Type A. The flu vaccine has been updated this...