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This year's influenza vaccine is more effective than last ye

Flu vaccinations are easy to get. (Photo from year\'s flu vaccine is more effective than last year\'s and up to three months remai...
18-02-2019 16:03

New House health committee chair says she asked for the job

Rep. Kim Moser in her Capitol Annex office (Photo by Al Cross)By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe new chair of the state House Health and Family...
18-02-2019 16:03

Gov. Matt Bevin says he would support a medical marijuana bi

Gov. Matt Bevin greeted Lincoln County citizens beforehis forum in Stanford. (Photo from The Interior Journal)Gov. Matt Bevin said he would be "happy"...
17-02-2019 16:03

Half of U.S. adults don't know the five symptoms of a heart

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsAbout 50 percent of American adults don\'t know the five common symptoms of a heart attack, even though a heart ...
17-02-2019 16:03

Some advice for rural residents about getting to physical th

Living in a rural area makes it much harder to access physical therapy, to the point where "sometimes it takes sheer cussed determination and good nei...
16-02-2019 16:04

Passport sues state over reduced reimbursements, says offici

Passport CEO Mark Carter testified before a legislativecommittee in Frankfort last month. (Image from WDRB)Kentucky\'s only nonprofit manager of Medic...
16-02-2019 16:04
16-02-2019 16:04

Tobacco-free schools bill hits a snag; prospects still appea

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- The bill to get tobacco out of all Kentucky schools has hit a snag.House Bill 11 passed unani...
15-02-2019 16:03

Jump in teenagers' use of e-cigarettes erases years of progr

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsTeens\' use of electronic cigarettes is overwhelmingly responsible for erasing years of progress in reducing tee...
14-02-2019 16:04

47 Ky. counties have syringe exchange programs, but only hal

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky leads the nation in the number of syringe exchange programs, but passing such programs continues to req...
11-02-2019 16:04

Flu cases hit a new high for the season in the state's lates

The number of influenza cases confirmed in Kentucky hit the highest level of the season, by far, in the week ended Feb. 2, according to the latest sur...
11-02-2019 16:04

Tobacco-free school bill moves to full House; Franklin Count

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. ? A bill to make Kentucky school properties tobacco-free passed unanimously out of the House he...
10-02-2019 16:04

What state-level strategies work against the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is a major issue in every state, but not all are tackling it in the same ways. The National Academy for State Health Policy, a no...
07-02-2019 16:04

Poll: Reported heroin, methamphetamine and painkiller use ha

Overall, 31 percent reported drug abuse by friend or relative in the last year.Nearly a third of Kentucky adults reported having a family member or fr...
07-02-2019 16:04

Gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen endorses statewide smoki

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsAdam Edelen, a Democratic candidate for governor, has endorsed a statewide ban on smoking in indoor workplaces a...
07-02-2019 16:04

Ambulance tax in Trigg County getting hospital into the blac

"Trigg County?s new ambulance tax has already reaped benefits for the Trigg County Hospital" in Cadiz, Tonya S. Grace reports for the Kentucky New Era...
04-02-2019 16:04

Financial straits of hospital in Breckinridge County illustr

Breckinridge Memorial Hospital, with 25 beds plus 18 nursing-home beds, is in financial straits.By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsHARDINSBURG, Ky....
02-02-2019 16:03

House health panel's new chair starts fast, with bills to ba

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsState Rep. Kim Moser plans a busy first meeting as chair of the House Health and Family Services Committee on Th...
02-02-2019 16:03

1 in 5 Kentucky households delay or forgo medical care due t

One in five Kentucky households delay or forgo medical care because of the cost, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll, taken Aug. 26 th...
01-02-2019 16:03

Program trains treatment specialists to help 'persistent smo

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA program offered by the College of Nursing at University of Kentucky is training tobacco-treatment specialists...
01-02-2019 16:03

How to stay safe in bitterly cold weather

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services news releaseWith zero to sub-zero temperatures predicted later this week around the state, many Kentuc...
30-01-2019 16:05

Ambulances report fewer overdose calls, say trend is partly

Your local ambulances may be getting fewer calls for drug overdoses, but that doesn\'t necessarily mean that your local drug problems are decreasing.T...
28-01-2019 16:03

Are you struggling with addiction, or know of someone who is

By Anne M. HerronDirector, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment,...
27-01-2019 16:04

Managed-care firms and legislators do another Groundhog Day,

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFRANKFORT, Ky. -- Medicaid managed care organizations and others in the health-insurance industry spent the firs...
26-01-2019 16:03

Fewer Kentuckians worry about losing health insurance, and m

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsAbout 90 percent of Kentucky adults have health insurance and fewer of them are worrying that they might lose it...
25-01-2019 16:03

Specialists give parent-education campaigns credit for big d

Fewer babies in Kentucky are dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and wellness specialists are crediting a multi-pronged educational campaign by h...
25-01-2019 16:03

KentuckyOne Health in Central and Eastern Kentucky reverts n

The brand was removed from University of Louisville Hospitallast year, and will be removed from other facilities in the cityonce they are sold or clos...
24-01-2019 16:03

Is this the year Ky. lawmakers throw tobacco and e-cigarette

Rep. Kim Moser spoke at the tobacco-free-schools rally.(Photo by Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader)At a Jan. 22 rally in the state Capitol, stu...
23-01-2019 16:02

Counties where drug makers did more marketing had higher rat

Counties where doctors got more attention and favors from drug manufacturers were more likely to have a higher rate of overdoses from prescription opi...
22-01-2019 16:02

Federal shutdown delays lawsuit against state Medicaid chang

The acronym in the name of the state\'s plan stands forHelping to Engage and Achieve Long-Term Health.The partial shutdown of the federal government h...
19-01-2019 16:03

Lexington Herald-Leader wins grant for reporter to cover hea

The Lexington Herald-Leader has won a grant to hire a reporter to cover health and social services in Kentucky, with special attention to the state ag...
18-01-2019 16:02

University of Louisville in talks with Nashville hospital fi

Jewish Hospital casts a shadow across Louisville\'s Interstate 65. University Hospital is to the east.(Google Maps image, looking south; for a larger ...
18-01-2019 16:02

UK removes dean who was defendant in suit ending in payment

Stephanos Kyrkanides (University of Kentucky photo)The University of Kentucky has removed the dental-school dean whose alleged retribution to a facult...
17-01-2019 16:03

Most Ky. adults for statewide smoking ban and raising legal

A majority of Kentucky adults continue to support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law and favor raising the legal age to buy tobacco products fro...
17-01-2019 16:03

Foundation for a Healthy Ky. adds 28 new members to its Comm

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has added 28 new members to its Community Advisory Council, bringing its total up to 49.Of the new members, 27 w...
17-01-2019 16:03

Study finds that mothers who smoke during pregnancy could in

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy could increase the likelihood that their child will be obese later in life, a University of Kentucky study has fo...
16-01-2019 16:03

Kentucky abortion-bill backers hope their measures might lea

State Sen. Damon Thayer (Northern Kentucky Tribune photo)Kentucky legislators\' recent filing of anti-abortion bills isn\'t just about the state; the...
16-01-2019 16:03

16 Kentuckians on Medicaid sue Trump administration again ov

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky\'s new Medicaid program, which includes controversial work and community engagement requirements was re...
16-01-2019 16:03

Flu numbers jumped 65% in first week of year; about half of

By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsThe number of influenza cases confirmed in Kentucky rose by 65 percent in the first week of 2019, adding nearly 1,000 c...
14-01-2019 16:03

Chain that robbed Fulton of its hospital continues to abando

In politics, if you want to know where things are coming from and where they are headed, one maxim is to "follow the money." That could apply to the e...
13-01-2019 16:03

2 anti-abortion bills are already moving through the Republi

Sen. Matt Castlen spoke at a Pro-life Caucus event in theCapitol. (Lexington Herald-Leader photo by John Cheves)In the first week of the 2019 legislat...
12-01-2019 16:03

Bill would make Ky. 34th state to legalize medical marijuana

Lawmakers announced their introduction of a bill to legalizemarijuana for medical purposes on Jan. 9. (WDRB image)Kentucky lawmakers have introduced a...
12-01-2019 16:03

2/3 of registered voters in Ky. poll on Medicaid oppose Bevi

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA poll conducted for a group opposing Gov. Matt Bevin\'s coming changes to the Medicaid program shows that two-t...
11-01-2019 16:02

After state cigarette tax rose 50 cents, half of of Kentucky

Kentucky Health NewsHalf of Kentucky\'s adult smokers say they smoked less, or considered or tried to quit smoking, following the increase in the stat...
10-01-2019 16:03

UK professor who won whistleblower settlement for loss of po

Raynor MullinsWhen he retired from the University of Kentucky dental school several years ago, Raynor Mullins, now 74, continued working for UK on eff...
08-01-2019 16:02

Quitting smoking is a top New Year's resolution, but can pro

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsOf the 44 percent of American adults who said they would make a New Year\'s resolution this year, 12 percent sai...
06-01-2019 16:03

Man who got rich recovering part of plaintiffs' awards for h

George Rawlings(PoloLine photo via Courier Journal)A man who became wealthy getting money for hospitals from people who won large legal settlements af...
05-01-2019 16:02

Flu activity increases in Kentucky; health officials urge al

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky\'s influenza level has just been updated to "widespread," prompting health officials and advocates to e...
05-01-2019 16:02

Low-income, rural kids may be at higher risk of second- and

A newly published study in Nicotine & Tobacco Research found that young children from low-income, rural homes could be at a higher risk of exposure to...
04-01-2019 16:03

Poll: 73% of Ky. voters support state excise tax on e-cigare

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA new poll shows that nearly three-fourths of registered voters in Kentucky support a statewide excise tax on el...
03-01-2019 16:03

Breckinridge County rejects tax for struggling hospital, whi

The Breckinridge County Fiscal Court has unanimously ...
29-12-2018 16:03

Poll shows plurality in Kentucky still favors Obamacare; Cha

Kentuckians remain divided about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but for the second straight year more of them clearly favor it than o...
29-12-2018 16:03

U of L looking for a partner to help it rescue Jewish Hospit

Jewish Hospital is near University of Louisville Hospital.The University of Louisville is looking for a partner with which to buy Jewish Hospital, Bor...
29-12-2018 16:03

Altria, No. 1 U.S. cigarette maker, buying 35% of top e-cig

Photo by Eva Hambach, Agence France-Presse, via Getty Images"Altria Group Inc. is nearing a deal to take a 35 percent stake in e-cigarette startup Juu...
23-12-2018 16:02

Ky. drops three spots, to 45th, in America's Health Rankings

By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross, Kentucky Health NewsKentucky dropped three spots in the latest ...
23-12-2018 16:02

Most on Medicaid will have co-payments starting Jan. 1; foes

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsStarting Jan. 1, most adult Medicaid beneficiaries in Kentucky will be required to make co-payments for many of ...
22-12-2018 16:03

Good news: About 1/2 of Ky. adults got a flu shot in the pas

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA new Kentucky Health Issues Poll found that about half of Kentucky adults got a flu shot in the last 12 months....
21-12-2018 16:02

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