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Weekly newspaper tells the story of a transgender woman, 19

Crystal Stine Hahn (CMW Photography)The Lebanon Enterprise, which under Editor-Publisher Stevie Lowery has a record of tackling sensitive subjects, br...
18-06-2018 16:03

63 percent of Kentucky's children get their health insurance

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsMore than 60 percent of American children are enrolled in Medicaid or the Children\'s Health Insurance Program, ...
17-06-2018 16:03

Fewer Ky. teens smoke, but the rate is still high, and new v

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky\'s high-school students continue to smoke at higher rates than their national counterparts, but the goo...
17-06-2018 16:03

WellCare says it reduced opioid dispensing 55% among 1,300 K

WellCare Health Plans, one of the insurance companies that manages care for Medicaid patients in Kentucky, says it cut opioid prescriptions among a ta...
17-06-2018 16:03

Military members are providing free screenings and medical c

The Kentucky Air National Guard is leading an effort to provide free medical screenings and care at four adjoining counties in Eastern Kentucky throug...
16-06-2018 16:03

Federal judge says he will rule in Medicaid lawsuit by June

After hearing oral arguments Friday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., said he will rule by June 30 whether federal law allows state Medicaid progr...
16-06-2018 16:03
15-06-2018 16:03

Woman who lost 100 lbs. gives message of hope to the 68% of

Liz Hopkins before and after losing 100 pounds(Photos submitted to the Owenton News-Herald)It took back surgery and the very real chance that she woul...
15-06-2018 16:03

People with positive attitudes about aging live longer and h

How you think about growing old can influence how well you age, says a growing body of scientific research and global data collected and analyzed by n...
15-06-2018 16:03

McConnell gets hemp in Farm Bill, after argument with Iowa s

McConnell at the meeting (Associated Press photo by Jacquelyn Martin)The Senate version of the Farm Bill contains Majority Leader Mitch McConnell\'s l...
15-06-2018 16:03
14-06-2018 16:04

Interior Department official met with coal industry lobbyist

A top official in the Department of the Interior met repeatedly with coal-industry lobbyists shortly before canceling a study on the public health eff...
14-06-2018 16:04

Half of Americans 30 and older, and almost half of Kentuckia

A person with periodontitis (Medical News Today image)Half of Americans aged 30 and older have a disease of the gums called periodontitis,¬†according¬...
14-06-2018 16:04

McConnell says whole Senate backs continued coverage of pre-

Sen. Mitch McConnell (NBC News image)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says "Everybody that I know in the Senate is in favor of maint...
14-06-2018 16:04

Farmers' market in Columbia expects to serve 2,500 children

Kasey Blue ?KB? Kessler, Emma Burton, and sisters Kennedy and Cadence Booth, inspect tomatoes at the D&D Longview Angus booth at the farmers\' market....
12-06-2018 16:06

Here's a sampling of views from health-care providers about

Louisville-based Medical News recently interviewed five health-care providers in Kentucky about the challenges that face rural health care: "Economic...
10-06-2018 16:04

Celebrity suicides raise concern about 'contagion;' Ky. rate

Association For Suicide Prevention chart, based on data to 2016; click on it to view a larger version"The suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and ...
10-06-2018 16:04
07-06-2018 16:02

Bowling Green hospital no longer releases information about

The Medical Center at Bowling Green no longer releases information about births to the news media or through social media, following recommendations f...
07-06-2018 16:02

Cancer Society says screening for colon cancer should start

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsIn response to rising rates of colorectal cancer among younger people, the American Cancer Society now recommend...
06-06-2018 16:03

Despite some improvements, Kentucky continues to rank near t

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky ranks 48th for seniors\' health in the most recent America\'s Health Rankings Report -- a potential sou...
06-06-2018 16:03

UK and Norton hospitals rank high in resistant bloodstream i

Lexington Herald-Leader table by Chris Ware, adapted by Kentucky Health News, lists safety ratings and rankings of selected Kentucky hospitals by vari...
04-06-2018 16:03

Latest Commonwealth Fund health scorecard finds Kentucky in

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky\'s ranking among the states rose from 46th to 42nd in the latest Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State H...
04-06-2018 16:03

Pikeville Medical Center, citing bad decisions by prior mana

Pikeville Medical Center, Eastern Kentucky\' largest hospital, is cutting its workforce to correct what CEO Donovan Blackburn called "poor business de...
04-06-2018 16:03

Cabinet for Health and Family Services announces appointment

Several key leadership positions were filled at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services June 1, and take affect immediately, according to a state ...
03-06-2018 16:03

Federal judge sets trial date for state's ban on most common

A federal judge has ruled that a new law banning a common abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation, or D&E, after roughly 11 weeks will not b...
03-06-2018 16:03

Foundation for a Healthy Ky. will help state keep people cov

Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the health foundation,with Gov. Matt Bevin (Courier Journal photo by Matt Stone)By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health N...
31-05-2018 16:03

Grant for coolers from Southeast U.S. dairy group helps food

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced the gift.Clients of the God\'s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington and Winchester have greater access to fre...
30-05-2018 16:03

New services tax includes memberships in fitness centers and

Will memberships in fitness programs at YMCAs, like this one inLexington, be taxed" The state isn\'t sure. (Lane Report photo)"Kentucky, which has the...
30-05-2018 16:03

Children are at risk of death from being left in hot cars; h

Image from Huffington PostEvery summer, children die from heat stroke because they are unintentionally left in a hot car, with the majority of these d...
28-05-2018 16:04

Summer's here, which means it's time to protect our skin fro

Chart from Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health; click on itto view a larger version; to download a full-size version, click here.Friday, June ...
28-05-2018 16:04

Operation UNITE uses comprehensive approach to keep Appalach

Preventing kids from falling into addiction is a major goal for Operation UNITE, a nonprofit serving 32 counties in Eastern Kentucky -- a region where...
28-05-2018 16:04

As black lung surges in Appalachia, so do lung transplants

A new study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine shows that, as black-lung cases have surged in the Central Appalachian coalfield,...
26-05-2018 16:03

Grant program for children's health enters final year; found

As a five-year, $3 million grant that focuses on children\'s health moves into its final year, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is gearing up to ...
26-05-2018 16:03

State urges hepatitis shots for everyone in 10 counties with

Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard (left) andCabinet for Health and Family Services spokesman Doug Hogantalked about the hepatitis A outbre...
26-05-2018 16:03

Pharmacists play major role in getting rural seniors vaccina

WebMD photoBy Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsPharmacists play a significant role in getting rural people vaccinated for pneumonia, and presumably ...
25-05-2018 16:03

Tick season has arrived in Ky.; here are the most common tic

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentuckians are finally heading outdoors to enjoy the warm weather, but the higher temperatures also means that ...
24-05-2018 16:04

Poll: 72% of Ky. adults had problems paying for health care

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsLEXINGTON ? After learning that nearly three-fourths of Kentucky adults reported having had one or more problems...
21-05-2018 16:04

Obese kids in rural Ky. are heavier than obese kids in urban

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsLEXINGTON ? Obese children and adolescents in rural Kentucky weigh more than their obese counterparts in the sta...
21-05-2018 16:04

As hepatitis A outbreak continues in Kentucky, health offici

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsSince state officials declared an outbreak of hepatitis A in November, Kentucky has had 577 confirmed cases of i...
20-05-2018 16:04

New law to encourage safe disposal of unused painkillers tak

A new law to encourage the safe disposal of unused painkillers, and to make it easier to do so properly will take effect in mid-July.Sen. Alice Forgy ...
19-05-2018 16:05

Bevin names Adam Meier, who as his deputy staff chief oversa

Adam Meier (picture providedto the Cincinnati Enquirer) Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Adam Meier secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Servi...
19-05-2018 16:05

Another report on the upsurge of methamphetamine in Kentucky

Methamphetamine image from Drug Enforcement AdministrationWhile most of Kentucky\'s focus has been on finding ways to combat the state\'s heroin and p...
19-05-2018 16:05

UK gets contract that will let it expand to rural Kentucky a

Women with opioid-dependence problems during and after pregnancy will get more help from the University of Kentucky through a $4.9 million contract fr...
14-05-2018 16:04

Medicaid work requirements to begin in Northern Kentucky thi

Kentucky\'s new work requirements for "able-bodied" Medicaid recipients will be phased in slowly, with the three main Northern Kentucky counties leadi...
12-05-2018 16:03

Rural Health Journalism Workshop in North Carolina June 8; d

The Association of Health Care Journalists is hosting a click here. To request a travel stipend ...
12-05-2018 16:03

Hepatiis A cases continues to spread across state; proper ha

New cases of hepatitis A, a highly contagious liver disease, continue to be reported in Kentucky, with 43 new cases and one death being reported betwe...
10-05-2018 16:04

Law allowing petition for involuntary drug and alcohol treat

Information about Casey\'s Law can be found atcaseyslaw.org/KY_Files/About.htmA law that allows families and others to file a petition to request invo...
10-05-2018 16:04

Polk maintains he quit for health reasons, denies knowing he

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFormer state health commissioner Hiram Polk told Kentucky Health News at the end of April that he left his posit...
10-05-2018 16:04

Owenton convenience store pulls synthetic urine used to pass

Following inquiries by the local newspaper and police chief, an Owenton convenience store has stopped selling "controversial items such as U-Pass, a b...
10-05-2018 16:04

Ky.s oldest working dentist dies at 97; may have been nation

Dr. J.M. StephensonJulius Middleton Stephenson, who was Kentucky\'s oldest working dentist when he retired last year at 96, and may have been the olde...
09-05-2018 16:04

Paducah cardiologist Pat Withrow receives a Healthy Kentucky

L-R: Chris Roty, president, Baptist Health Paducah; Dr. Pat Withrow; Ben Chandler, president/CEO, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky;Charlie Ross, i...
05-05-2018 16:03

Polk says he resigned as health commissioner due to lack of

Dr. Hiram PolkBy Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsDuring his 14 months as state health commissioner, Dr. Hiram Polk was on a dogged mission to imple...
04-05-2018 16:03

Kentucky's gains in health care are overshadowed by greater

"Kentucky improved its standing in many health measures in recent years but still ranks near the bottom nationally, in part because of a troubling inc...
04-05-2018 16:03

Most Ky. adults support court-mandated treatment for first o

Most Kentucky adults favor court-mandated treatment programs for people with a first or second drug offense, programs that can be ordered in place of ...
03-05-2018 16:03

Kentucky Public Health Association honors 10 public-health l

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and their communities, largely through surveillance and prevention programs, and much of what...
03-05-2018 16:03

Baptist Health closing deal to buy E'town hospital from coun

Hardin Memorial Hospital on Dixie Boulevard in ElizabethtownBaptist Health, Kentucky\'s largest hospital operator, is buying 300-bed Hardin Memorial H...
02-05-2018 16:03

Bevin lawyers defend Medicaid changes, say beneficiaries who

The Trump and Bevin administrations, defending the latter\'s forthcoming work requirements for Kentuckians on Medicaid, say the 16 beneficiaries who c...
02-05-2018 16:03

Meth is top drug problem in West Ky.; Paducah Sun story also

"In Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois, law enforcement and rehabilitators see methamphetamine as the drug of choice, responsible for a large majo...
02-05-2018 16:03

Girl, 13, tells crowd of 100 about dealing with mental-healt

A 13-year-old eighth grader with a long list of mental-health issues told nearly 100 attendees at the third annual West Kentucky Health and Wellness S...
30-04-2018 16:04

43% of Ky. medical-school students become primary-care physi

Kentucky seems to be dealing with the shortage of primary care physicians more effectively than the rest of the nation, but it\'s still uncertain if t...
30-04-2018 16:04

As Senate committee OKs package to fight opioid epidemic, Mc

As the U.S. Senate\'s health committee sent the chamber a bipartisan bill aimed at the nation\'s opioid epidemic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConn...
29-04-2018 16:03

Hepatitis A outbreak prompts warning in Ind. about travel to

The increasing number of hepatitis A cases in Kentucky has prompted the state health commissioner to do a video saying it\'s safe to visit the state, ...
29-04-2018 16:03

FDA cracks down on sale of e-cigarettes to youth, sends 40 w

Smoke-shop manager Cathleen McCarthy demonstrates theJuul device. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter, The Boston Globe)"The Food and Drug Administration on Tue...
29-04-2018 16:03

Most Kentucky adults believe addiction is a disease but a fo

It is widely understood by health professionals that addiction is a disease, and a recent poll found that most Kentucky adults believe that, too. But ...
26-04-2018 16:03

More large to medium Kentucky hospitals rated low for patien

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA nonprofit group that rates hospitals has released its latest patient-safety grades, once again giving most Ken...
26-04-2018 16:03

Regional oral-health coalitions getting $1 million in grants

In response to a 2016 study of the oral health of Kentucky\'s children, Delta Dental of Kentucky has given $1 million to launch five regional oral-he...
22-04-2018 16:03

As new Medicaid plan nears, various sources offer ways to fi

Kentucky will be phasing in its new Medicaid program in July, so the state and other stakeholders have created tools and "explainers" to help Medicaid...
22-04-2018 16:03

Rural family physicians in practices that follow model for c

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsRural family physicians who work in patient-centered medical homes generally provide more services and procedur...
22-04-2018 16:03

Oldham County adds e-cigarettes to smoking ban, partly at th

Oldham County has expanded its anti-smoking ordinance that it passed in 2006, the second jurisdiction to do so this month.The Oldham County Fiscal Cou...
22-04-2018 16:03

Humana continues move away from fee-for-service model, towar

Health insurer Humana Inc. "has reached an agreement to pay five maternity-care providers, including three near Louisville, based at least in part o...
22-04-2018 16:03
 



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