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As support for medical marijuana in Kentucky increases, a re

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsAs support for legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes grows in the General Assembly, legislation has a...
16-12-2018 16:03

Court of Appeals OKs release of court records that could rev

The state Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a Pike County judge?s ruling to release secret records about the marketing of OxyContin, the branded form ...
15-12-2018 16:02

Kentucky's spending on tobacco prevention and cessation goes

Kentucky leads the nation in smoking and tobacco-related health costs, but ranks 35th in how much it spends from tobacco-tax revenue and the millions ...
15-12-2018 16:02

If Ky. teenagers' use of e-cigarettes continues at its curre

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky teachers have plenty to keep up with in the schools, which can cause an issue like teenagers\' vaping o...
15-12-2018 16:02

Dwain Harris of Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Cent

Dwain HarrisDwain Harris, director of the Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center in Mount Vernon for the past 14 years, has been named the fi...
14-12-2018 16:03

State and national officials urge Kentuckians to sign up for

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsJust days before the end of open enrollment on, national and state officials are encouraging Kent...
12-12-2018 16:02
11-12-2018 16:03

This is the last week to sign up for health insurance on Hea

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsWith just a few days left to enroll in a health-insurance plan on, it\'s time to sign up if you w...
10-12-2018 16:03

E-cigarette use in Lexington schools surges; disciplinary in

Nick Gregory, 26, a manager, vaped on a Juul at Botany Bay inLexington. (Photo: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader) Electronic cigarette use am...
10-12-2018 16:03

UK to pay dental professor $620,000 to settle lawsuit allegi

The University of Kentucky has agreed to rehire a former dental professor and pay him $620,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging he was taken off the payro...
10-12-2018 16:03

Number of Ky. parents claiming religious exemption for child

Lexington Herald-Leader photoMore Kentucky children are not being immunized "for medical and religious reasons," Ashleigh Mills reports for Spectrum N...
08-12-2018 16:03

As more lack health insurance and signups lag, Modern Health

The share of Kentucky children without health insurance rose last year."This shouldn\'t be happening," Editor Merrill Goozner writes in a Modern Healt...
07-12-2018 16:03

Advocates worry Medicaid plan will cause the most vulnerable

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsAs Kentucky moves toward implementing a stricter Medicaid plan, a group of providers, consumers and health advoc...
07-12-2018 16:03

U of L withdrawal of some services from Jewish Hospital puts

Jewish Hospital has a prominent place alongInterstate 65. (Courier Journal photo by Sam Upshaw)"The University of Louisville may soon stop providing i...
07-12-2018 16:03

News media welcome at Dec. 10 half-day e-cigarette conferenc

The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow will hold a half-day conference on electronic cigarettes Dec. 10 in Louisville, and has added two more remote ...
06-12-2018 16:03

Resources and volunteers: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky,

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation have joined to...
04-12-2018 16:03

Jewish Hospital's finances remain shaky, increasing worries

Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville has 462 beds.Louisville\'s Jewish Hospital continues to lose money, apparently raising the chances that it coul...
04-12-2018 16:03

UK College of Dentistry fighting oral cancer in Eastern Ky.

Getty Images"The University of Kentucky?s College of Dentistry is launching a project to eradicate oral cancer in Eastern Kentucky," Dr. Stephanos Kyr...
04-12-2018 16:03

The best defense against the flu is a vaccine, but many don'

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsHealth officials encourage everyone six months and older to get a flu shot every year, because it\'s your best d...
03-12-2018 16:03

Among the 50 states, Kentucky, which is 26th in population,

Kentucky had the fourth highest rate of drug overdoses among the states in 2017, fifth when the District of Columbia is added to the list, according t...
01-12-2018 16:03

Deadline to sign up for health insurance on i

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsWith just two weeks left to sign up for federally subsidized health insurance for 2019, time is running out. The...
01-12-2018 16:03

'It's not about losing coverage, it's about having fewer mem

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe administration of Gov. Matt Bevin changed very little in the Medicaid plan that was recently re-approved by ...
01-12-2018 16:03

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise, even as fundi

Health officials are worried about this strain of gonorrhea thatresists antibiotics. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  photo)"Health offic...
28-11-2018 16:03

3 more hepatitis cases reported among Lexington food workers

Lexington Herald-Leader graphicThree more restaurant workers in the Lexington area have been found to have hepatitis A, but the state still has no foo...
28-11-2018 16:03

Romaine lettuce is OK to eat unless it was grown in the Cent

Romaine lettuce (Photo from Getty Images)After urging Americans not to eat any romaine lettuce, two federal agencies have limited their warning to let...
28-11-2018 16:03

Pikeville Medical Center creating children's hospital, expan

Pikeville Medical Center announced Tuesday that it would spend $7 million to relocate and expand its inpatient pediatrics clinic into a children\'s ho...
28-11-2018 16:03

2017 Kentucky law to allow mentally ill to be ordered into t

Faye Morton, left, joined other supporters of Tim\'s Law, namedfor her son, to push for it in 2017. (Photo: John Cheves, Herald-Leader)"Nobody is usin...
26-11-2018 16:03

Op-ed aims to inform adults about dangerous new e-cigarettes

In an effort to inform Kentucky adults about the dangers of the latest electronic cigarette devices, called mod-pods, Ben Chandler and Dr. Pat Withrow...
25-11-2018 16:03

Study finds genes linked to body's use of cholesterol and fa

A study of more than 1.5 million people found that some of the genes that increase the risk for heart disease also increase the risk for Alzheimer\'s ...
24-11-2018 16:03

Another reason to not ignore hearing loss: Study shows it wi

Untreated hearing loss in older adults affects more than just their ability to communicate. It can also increase their health-care expenses.Medical Ne...
24-11-2018 16:03

Ky. has a high premature birth rate, but 2 programs are redu

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsOne in nine Kentucky babies are born prematurely, one of the nation\'s highest rates ? so high that the March of...
23-11-2018 16:02

Trial of lawsuit challenging legislature's attempted ban of

A five-day trial over a Kentucky law that bans the most common method of second-trimester abortion is over. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley, who h...
22-11-2018 16:03

CDC says don't eat any romaine lettuce while it investigates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising Americans to not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants to not sell it, whi...
22-11-2018 16:03

Federal officials re-approve state's plan for changes in Med

By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsFederal health officials have again approved Gov. Matt Bevin\'s plan to revamp the state Medicaid program by introducin...
22-11-2018 16:03

Ky. has 78 confirmed flu cases and 2 deaths from it this sea

Kentucky is one of three states under an influenza threat defined as "regional," with confirmed cases in 11 of the state\'s 17 regions. During the 201...
19-11-2018 16:03

Weather preparedness tips for hypothermia, carbon monoxide p

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsAs the full brunt of winter approaches, the state Department for Public Health offers tips on cold-weather prepa...
18-11-2018 16:04

FDA cracks down on e-cigs, noting use by youth more than dou

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention graphicBy Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed Thursday to ban...
17-11-2018 16:04

State Supreme Court strikes down medical review panels for s

Filtering medical-malpractice lawsuits through panels of health-care professionals is unconstitutional, a unanimous Supreme Court of Kentucky ruled Th...
16-11-2018 16:03

Institute taking applications through Dec. 18 for assistance

The Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky, which provides research and leadership training, funding and technical support for health-related rese...
16-11-2018 16:03

Study of Ky. kids' well-being finds less smoking in pregnanc

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky continues to make progress in expanding the number of children with health insurance, having fewer low-...
16-11-2018 16:03

National Rural Health Day is Thursday, Nov. 15

Rural communities have unique health-care needs: accessibility, a lack of providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number ...
12-11-2018 16:04

Cigarette smoking rates among U.S. adults are at a historic

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsCigarette smoking rates have hit their lowest level ever, but 47 million Americans still use some type of tobacc...
12-11-2018 16:04

Study shows e-cigs don't keep teens from smoking cigs; healt

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsTeens who use electronic cigarettes end up smoking traditional cigarettes at about the same rate as teens who fi...
10-11-2018 16:06

Larger Kentucky hospitals' average grade for patient safety

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA nonprofit group that rates hospitals has released its latest grades for keeping patients safe, giving Cs to mo...
10-11-2018 16:06

Electronic health records, touted as tool for efficiency and

Illustration by Ben Wiseman for The New YorkerElectronic health records were supposed to "make medical care easier and more efficient," says The New Y...
09-11-2018 16:08

Drane named Ky. regional CEO of behavioral-health nonprofit

Abby DraneAbby Drane has been named Kentucky regional CEO for Centerstone, a non-profit organization that cares for patients with mental, development...
09-11-2018 16:08

Food-service employee at UK hospital diagnosed with hepatiti

A food service employee at the Albert B. Chandler Hospital at the University of Kentucky has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, a highly contagious live...
09-11-2018 16:08

E-cigarette conference in Louisville Dec. 10 is full; remote

The Coalition for a a Smoke-Free Tomorrow will hold a half-day conference on electronic cigarettes Dec. 10 in Louisville, and offer remote viewing loc...
07-11-2018 16:03

FDA says it may limit sale of flavored e-cigarette products

As teen use of Juul products continues to soar, the head of the Food and Drug Administration says all options are on the table, including limiting sal...
07-11-2018 16:03
07-11-2018 16:03

Kentucky gets approval to expand and improve treatment for s

Kentucky has gained more flexibility to provide substance-use-disorder (SUD) services for people on Medicaid as part of the state\'s new Medicaid plan...
07-11-2018 16:03

2 more deaths linked to hepatitis A, making outbreak toll 16

Hepatitis A has been blamed for two more deaths, both in Franklin County, bringing to 16 the statewide toll in the outbreak of the contagious liver di...
05-11-2018 16:05

Kids who quit pot for a month improved memory, study finds

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon, Unsplash.comA small-scale study suggests that when young marijuana smokers stop for a month, their memory improves. "The r...
05-11-2018 16:05

FDA approves painkiller 10 times stronger than fentanyl, ove

The Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful new painkiller Friday over the objections of a Kentucky doctor who co-chairs its advisory committ...
03-11-2018 16:06

Open enrollment on is open until Dec. 15; sub

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsIt\'s again time to sign up for federally subsidized health insurance through Open enrollment f...
03-11-2018 16:06

Study finds 9.2% drop in annual rate of opioid-overdose deat

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsAs national and state reports showed the number of deaths related to opioids may be at a plateau, or declining, ...
03-11-2018 16:06

Parents of addiction victims, including some who died of ove

By Sarah LaddUniversity of Kentucky School of Journalism and MediaGEORGETOWN, Ky. ? A warm scene in a Georgetown home Monday night turned the focus of...
02-11-2018 16:06

Agreement signed to help Kentuckians with severe mental illn

The state has reached an agreement with an independent agency that advocates for people with disabilities that should allow more people with severe me...
01-11-2018 16:05

UK students say they're becoming addicted to Juul electronic

Liz Donohoe puffs from a Juul while posing at UK\'s School of Art & Visual Studies. (Photo by Quinn Foster)The nation\'s most popular brand of electro...
31-10-2018 16:06

KET will air three hours of programs on youth mental health

Kentucky Educational Television will host a six-part series called "You Are Not Alone," aimed at raising awareness around the issue of mental health...
31-10-2018 16:06

Reporter writes about beating breast cancer, but perhaps mos

One day each year, many newspapers go pink -- with pink ink or pink paper -- to increase awareness of breast cancer and support research to find a cur...
28-10-2018 16:05

Study predicts number of Kentuckians who drop off Medicaid w

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe federal-state Medicaid program provides health coverage to about 1.4 million Kentuckians, or about one in th...
27-10-2018 16:05

Only syringe exchange in Lincoln Trail health district is a

This editorial appeared in The Kentucky Standard, Bardstown, on Oct. 25.Nelson County should take pride in its syringe exchange.That might sound stra...
27-10-2018 16:05

Feds form strike force to fight opioid abuse in Appalachia

The U.S. Department of Justice is forming a strike force to fight opioid abuse in Appalachia."Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski says th...
26-10-2018 16:05

Local outbreak of hepatitis A declared in Madison County, ca

Madison County health officials have declared a local outbreak of hepatitis A and called on all local residents to get vaccinated for the liver diseas...
26-10-2018 16:05

Seniors can save lots of money by shopping around for Medica

Chart shows average premiums for most popular stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plans.Seniors could save millions of dollars by shopping around f...
26-10-2018 16:05

Average premiums on most popular Obamacare plan in U.S. will

Chart from Insider LouisvilleThe average premium for the most popular health insurance policy on the federal exchange, called the "silver plan," will ...
22-10-2018 16:05

UK gets $15 million grant to treat 900 drug users with hepat

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe University of Kentucky has received a five year, $15 million grant along with a $50 million donation in drug...
22-10-2018 16:05

Analysts tell health advocates that Medicaid budget 'shortfa

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe warning from the administration of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin that some Medicaid benefits may need to be cut...
22-10-2018 16:05

As the FDA plans to approve sale of a super-strong painkille

By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsA Kentucky doctor with expertise in the field is objecting to the Food and Drug Administration\'s plan to approve for s...
22-10-2018 16:05

Parent firm of most Roman Catholic hospitals in Kentucky get

The parent firm of most Roman Catholic hospitals in Kentucky, Catholic Health Initiatives, has received conditional approval from church officials to ...
21-10-2018 16:04

UK Rural and Underserved Health Research Center symposium No

The Rural and Underserved Health Research Center is holding a free half-day symposium to discuss research in a wide range of topics, including: rural ...
21-10-2018 16:04

Medicare open enrollment runs through Dec. 7; here's advice

"For those approaching Medicare or already covered by it, now is a critical time of year to review health benefits," Get What?s Yours for Medicare: Ma...
21-10-2018 16:04
21-10-2018 16:04

Ky. Rural Health Association's annual conference to be held

The 20th annual conference of the Kentucky Rural Health Association will be held in Bowling Green Nov. 15-16 at Western Kentucky University\'s Knicely...
17-10-2018 16:05

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