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Kentucky's new Medicaid program will have administrative hur

Critics of the Trump administration\'s decision to add work requirements to Kentucky\'s Medicaid program cite research to support their concerns that ...
22-01-2018 16:03

Bevin's budget boosts efforts against opioid abuse but would

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. ? Gov. Matt Bevin\'s proposed budget would boost programs that fight substance-use disorders and ...
22-01-2018 16:03

Keys to fighting opioids in Appalachia: reducing stigma, edu

The stigma of opioid addiction in Appalachia "not only keeps some from seeking help, but follows those who did ? putting them at risk for relapse," th...
22-01-2018 16:03

Bevin tells PBS requiring Medicaid enrollees to work will bu

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsIn a national television interview, Gov. Matt Bevin reiterated his assertion that the work requirements for some...
20-01-2018 16:02

Senate health committee recommends $1 increase in cigarette

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. ? What started as an information-only hearing about the benefits of raising tobacco taxes in toba...
19-01-2018 16:03

State health plan says online service has saved it $2.5 mill

The state says it has saved $2.5 million in the last two and a half years through a health-and-wellness service that allows 300,000 state employees, t...
18-01-2018 16:03

State-UK partnership creates system to track drug overdoses

Kentucky has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, but the state is trying to fight it with innovative efforts to gather more specific data about over...
18-01-2018 16:03

Analysts think Medicaid work requirements pose little politi

Bevin and President Trump (AP photo)"Kentucky is one of the poorest states in America, and its residents are among the sickest. Yet the governor\'s de...
18-01-2018 16:03

Bill requiring sex-ed classes to teach abstinence until marr

A bill requiring sex education classes in Kentucky to include abstinence until marriage passed out of a Senate committee, despite the pleas of four wo...
15-01-2018 16:03

HIV cases among N.Ky. drug users jump, sparking fear of an o

Health officials in Northern Kentucky have renewed their cry for syringe exchanges following a huge surge in cases of the human immunodeficiency virus...
15-01-2018 16:03

Federal officials approve Gov. Bevin's plan for work require

Bevin makes the announcement.(Photo: Alex Slitz, Lexington Herald-Leader)By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsSome Kentuckians on Medicaid will have to work...
13-01-2018 16:02

Foundation for a Healthy Ky. gave out almost $900,000 in 201

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky says it awarded grants in 2017 totaling almost $900,000, with more than $361,000 of it on efforts to reduce tob...
12-01-2018 16:03

Despite obstacles, more Kentuckians enrolled in Obamacare he

Despite an open enrollment period that was half as long as last year\'s, 9,000 more Kentuckians signed up for federally subsidized health insurance un...
12-01-2018 16:03

Two campaigns encourage smokers to keep trying to kick the h

Many New Year\'s resolutions have already been abandoned, but a new campaign says when it comes to kicking the smoking habit, every Monday offers the ...
12-01-2018 16:03

Federal government paves the way for Kentucky to impose Medi

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe Trump administration announced a new policy Jan. 11 that allows states to establish the first work requireme...
12-01-2018 16:03

Trump order aims to reduce suicide among new veterans

Trump before signing the executive order Tuesday (Associated Press photo by Evan Vucci)President Trump signed an executive order Jan. 9 to expand ment...
12-01-2018 16:03

Tobacco-settlement funds will subsidize summer meal programs

The state Department of Agriculture is offering a subsidy for summer meal programs in Kentucky to buy fruit and vegetables produced in the state. The...
09-01-2018 16:03

Substance abuse about as common in rural areas as urban, but

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsIn some ways, substance abuse is worse in urban areas, but rural drug users are less likely to get treatment, ac...
08-01-2018 16:03

Sen. Rand Paul cites President Trump's action on Paul's heal

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky vouched for President Trump\'s competence on CBS\'s "Face the Nation" Sunday morning, using Trump\'s embrac...
08-01-2018 16:03

Ky. leads nation in overuse of antibiotics, one reason for r

Dr. Kevin Kavanagh(Lexington Herald-Leader photo)An infection-control activist offers a dire warning about drug-resistant bacteria and offers tips on ...
07-01-2018 16:03

Another study finds teens who use non-cigarette tobacco prod

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsTeens who use electronic cigarettes and other non-cigarette tobacco products are twice as likely to start smokin...
06-01-2018 16:03

Poll finds 69 percent of Kentucky voters support increasing

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsSeven of 10 Kentucky voters favor raising the state\'s cigarette tax by $1 a pack, according to a new poll relea...
05-01-2018 16:02

Poor adults on Medicaid more likely to quit smoking in expan

Corrective Notice: This is a corrected version of a story published Dec. 22, revised to reflect that 26 percent of Kentucky\'s Medicaid smokers used ...
04-01-2018 16:03

Reminders of how to deal with this week's cold weather

With Kentucky facing temperatures in the single digits, wind chills below zero and daily highs that may not get above freezing this week, the weather ...
01-01-2018 16:03

Marijuana and vaping are more popular than tobacco cigarette

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsMore American teenagers are using marijuana and vaping than are smoking cigarettes, but Kentucky teens use the t...
01-01-2018 16:03

The chronic pain of fibromyalgia, often worse in the winter,

Winter can be tough for people with fibromyalgia, "a complex, long-term illness that causes severe musculoskeletal pain and fatigue," and affects wome...
01-01-2018 16:03

Here are some expert tips for making and keeping New Year's

Dreamstime.comBy Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsIt\'s time again to make those New Year\'s resolutions. A recent national poll found that some of ...
01-01-2018 16:03

Flu blamed for deaths of three elderly people in Lexington

Herald-Leader photo by Charles BertramHealth officials have blamed influenza for the deaths of three elderly people in Lexington.Lexington-Fayette Cou...
01-01-2018 16:03

Tips for healthy holiday cooking and eating out

Eating healthy and sticking to a diet can be tough during the holidays. Here are some tips to help you enjoy holiday festivities while maintaining a h...
24-12-2017 16:03

Flu is 'widespread' in Ky., with one flu-related adult death

Kentucky\'s influenza level has just been upgraded to "widespread," prompting state health officials to redouble their advice to Kentuckians to get a ...
23-12-2017 16:02

Poor adults on Medicaid more likely to quit smoking in expan

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsLow-income adults who gained health insurance under the expansion of Medicaid like Kentucky and most other state...
23-12-2017 16:02

KentuckyOne in negotiations for sale of major Louisville fac

KentuckyOne Health could be getting close to selling several hospitals in Louisville and one in Eastern Kentucky to different investors.KentuckyOne an...
23-12-2017 16:02

UK Markey Cancer Center gets outstanding achievement award

Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center at UKThe Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky is one of 16 accredited cancer programs...
21-12-2017 16:03

GOP senator pre-files bill to raise cigarette tax by $1, use

Raising Kentucky\'s cigarette tax by $1 is one small step closer to reality, as Sen. Stephen Meredith pre-filed a bill Dec. 6 to do so. However, Mered...
21-12-2017 16:03

#SinkDiabetes campaign asks Kentuckians to shoot a trick sho

Shooting hoops to bring awareness and raise money for diabetes sounds like something Kentuckians could get excited about.The Barnstable Brown Diabetes...
21-12-2017 16:03

Marijuana, tobacco and opioids will get different types of d

Legislators will debate what to do with drugs of several types when the General Assembly opens in Frankfort Tuesday, Jan. 2. And the debates may be di...
21-12-2017 16:03

HIV outbreak in Appalachian Ky. 'just a matter of time;' maj

An outbreak of the human immunodeficiency virus, which leads to AIDS, is ?just a matter of time? in Appalachian Kentucky because of conditions in the ...
18-12-2017 16:03

Medicaid expansion had much bigger impact in rural areas; ad

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe expansion of Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act resulted in larger coverage gains...
18-12-2017 16:03

New 'bridge clinics' at UK and Northern Kentucky link emerge

Patients with opioid addictions who are treated in emergency rooms at the University of Kentucky or St. Elizabeth Hospital in Northern Kentucky ca...
17-12-2017 16:03

Bevin's lawsuit against Planned Parenthood revived

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has statement: ?The facts are clear and alarming: Between Dec. 3, 2015 and Jan. 28, 2016, Planned Parenthood?s Louisvil...
17-12-2017 16:03

10 states gave Medicaid clients incentives for prevention; K

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 10 states participated in a program that offered incentives to Medicaid clients if they engaged ...
17-12-2017 16:03

States use only 3 percent of tobacco revenue for tobacco pre

When cigarette manufacturers agreed in 1998 to pay billions of dollars to settle a lawsuit by states seeking reimbursement of health costs related to ...
15-12-2017 16:03

Kentucky ranked 42nd in America's Health Rankings this year,

Kentucky moved up three notches in the latest America\'s Health Rankings, from 45th to 42nd, but its improvement stemmed mainly from gains in the fact...
15-12-2017 16:03

We're in the final few days of open enrollment for insurance

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsYou have just a few days to enroll in a 2018 health-insurance plan on Open enrollment under the ...
11-12-2017 16:04

Flu and pneumonia, which can result from flu, are 8th larges

Flu season is here and will last through February or longer, prompting state health officials to encourage Kentuckians to get their flu vaccinations.?...
09-12-2017 16:04
08-12-2017 16:03

Providing healthier food for students can require new equipm

Jefferson County Public Schools photoAlmost all Kentucky schools are serving meals that meet federal "standards for strong nutrition, but in order to ...
06-12-2017 16:04

Group pushing $1-a-pack increase in state cigarette tax make

The group promoting a $1-a-pack increase in the state cigarette tax and local ordinances to ban smoking in workplaces has a new infographic to remind ...
06-12-2017 16:04

Speaker uses experiences with depression, suicide to help st

"When Drew Bergman asked students at a packed Graves County Middle School assembly on Thursday how many of them knew someone who had attempted or died...
06-12-2017 16:04

FDA approves new shingles vaccine; may be available in 2018

If you had chicken pox as a child, as 99.5 percent of Americans now over 40 did, you still have the virus, and it can cause a painful rash called shin...
04-12-2017 16:04

Tax bill would repeal requirement to have health insurance,

Reporters interviewed Sen. Mitch McConnell between negotiationson the tax bill. (Associated Press photo by J. Scott Applewhite)The tax-reform bill the...
04-12-2017 16:04

U of L opens clinic to treat hepatitis C, a disease for whic

The University of Louisville Hospital has opened a new center to treat hepatitis C and expects to have more than 2,000 patient visits in its first yea...
04-12-2017 16:04

USDA nixes further reduction of salt in school lunches

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Nov. 29 that it\'s halting an Obama-era plan to gradually reduce the amount of salt in school lunches e...
02-12-2017 16:04

Two decades of data show Kentucky communities with strong sm

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky communities with strong laws against smoking in workplaces have fewer cases of lung cancer, according t...
02-12-2017 16:04

Study: Combination of a low-salt and heart-healthy diet is a

A new study finds that cutting back on salt and following the heart-healthy DASH diet can lower blood pressure, a disease that affects almost two out ...
01-12-2017 16:05

Even if Obamacare automatically re-enrolls you, check out yo

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThis is the first year that more than 80,000 Kentuckians with a 2017 health insurance plan on the federal exchan...
01-12-2017 16:05

Here are some holiday dining tips for people who have diabet

Diabetes UK photoThe food and festivities that are part of the holiday season can make it hard to eat healthy, especially if you are one of the almost...
01-12-2017 16:05

Central Ky. newspapers endorse $1-a-pack hike in cigarette t

The Lexington Herald-Leader\'s editorial was accompanied by anan X-ray from the American Lung Association showing lung cancer.Two Central Kentucky new...
27-11-2017 16:03

Progression of Alzheimer's disease can be slowed, even thoug

People with Alzheimer\'s disease can do something about it.That statement may surprise you, because no cure has been developed for the disease, and we...
27-11-2017 16:03

Many Kentuckians with Obamacare plans got premium notices th

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsWith a shortened enrollment period, huge cuts in advertising and in-person assistance, and ongoing efforts to re...
27-11-2017 16:03

State health department declares outbreak of hepatitis A, a

State and local health officials are working to contain an outbreak of hepatitis, comprising 31 cases in 13 counties, largely in the Louisville area b...
23-11-2017 16:04

Kentucky School Boards Association says it will support any

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsUsually opposed to statewide mandates on schools, the Kentucky School Boards Association says it will support an...
23-11-2017 16:04

Secretary of State Grimes forms group to push for legalizati

A task force to get medical marijuana legalized in Kentucky held its first meeting Nov. 21 and plans to meet again in December to review legislation t...
23-11-2017 16:04

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