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State denies Planned Parenthood abortion-clinic permit

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin\'s administration has denied an abortion-clinic license to Planned Parenthood in Louisville, saying it performed abortions ...
19-08-2019 16:05

Rural coroner made the tough calls on his town's opioid epid

Coroner Steve Talbott, in his funeral home(Photo by Michael S. Williamson, The Washington Post)How many rural coroners, witnessing death after death f...
19-08-2019 16:05

Rural hospitals are likely to be hurt by limit on payments t

Many if not most rural hospitals are likely to take a hit from an Aug. 13 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit."...
17-08-2019 16:06

'Juul-alikes' fill niche left when firm stopped selling some

New York Times photo by Brittainy NewmanPressed by the chief of the Food and Drug Administration last fall, Juul Labs "stopped selling most of its hu...
16-08-2019 16:04

The poorer the household, the more likely its kids are to in

Study charts show less exposure among older youth, who tend to spend more time outside the home.Children who live in poverty are nearly three and a ha...
16-08-2019 16:04

Baby born fine after mother monitors fetal heartbeat for doc

Tim and Greta Wright and family (UK photo by Hilary Brown)By Hilary BrownUniversity of KentuckyIn 2018, Greta Wright and her husband Tim, of Lexington...
16-08-2019 16:04

FDA proposes new, graphic warnings for cigarette packs and a

A Food and Drug Administration photo illustration shows three  of the 13 proposed warnings.The Food and Drug Administration has again published a pro...
16-08-2019 16:04

Federal grant will let former Gov. Fletcher start treatment

Dr. Ernie Fletcher spoke in Owensboro last year abouthis plan to take the Recovery Kentucky concept beyondKentucky. (Photo by Alan Warren, Messenger-I...
16-08-2019 16:04

Rule expanding definition of 'public charge' criteria to Med

Acting Citizenship and Immigration Director Ken Cuccinelliannounced the final rule at a White House press conference.Adult immigrants would find it ha...
15-08-2019 16:04

University of Louisville is buying Jewish Hospital after all

The University of Louisville is buying Jewish Hospital and associated facilities after all, with help from the state and two foundations, to head off ...
15-08-2019 16:04

Interactive map of DEA database makes it easy to spot major

Screenshot of Post map shows how to get individual pharmacy data. Added to screenshot are Ky. towns with pharmacies in top 100 of pain pills per pers...
13-08-2019 16:04

Jury awards family of Paducah nursing-home patient $2.2 mill

A jury ordered a Paducah nursing home Aug. 9 to pay more than $2.2 million in damages "for gross negligence and failure to provide proper care to a 92...
13-08-2019 16:04

McConnell, other senators targeted by misleading ads about l

The ad\'s spokeswoman criticizes a bill that she claims will help insurance companies hurt patients.Kentuckians have been seeing lots of TV ads from a...
12-08-2019 16:04

As CJ spotlights child abuse and issues of substance abuse,

On the same day the Louisville Courier Journal published a five-part series on child abuse and its link to substance abuse in Kentucky, the state\'s ...
11-08-2019 16:03

FDA probes 127 reports of seizures or other neurological sym

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating 127 reports of seizures, tremors, fainting or other neur...
11-08-2019 16:03

Workshop offers tips to keep kids safe on farms; biggest inj

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsGrowing up on a farm gives children the opportunity to play in ways that few others get to experience, and gain ...
11-08-2019 16:03

3 SW Va. counties among many suing drug makers over opioids;

L-R: Lee, Wise and Russell counties; Cityof Norton is within Wise (Wikipedia map)"Towns and cities across America are fighting back against the drug ...
09-08-2019 16:04

Study: Rural dentists show higher awareness of opioid epidem

While rural and non-rural dentists prescribe about the same number of pain pills, rural dentists do so more often in combination with ibuprofen or ace...
09-08-2019 16:04

Adair County paper fills several pages in sample-copy editio

Continuation of Page 1 story shows child with photo of his mother, who died from a fentanyl overdose.Most rural newspapers shy away from reporting on ...
09-08-2019 16:04

Anti-overdose drug naloxone (Narcan) isn't getting to enough

CDC maps show rate of naloxone prescriptions (top) and ratio of naloxone prescriptions to high-dose opioid prescriptions; darker areas are more likely...
09-08-2019 16:04

Change in Medicare reimbursement rules will mean more money

Photo: Rural Health Information HubThe Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services said Friday that it will adjust its Medicare payment formula, star...
06-08-2019 16:03

State health commissioner named White House fellow

Dr. Jeffrey HowardDr. Jeffrey Howard, the state health commissioner, is leaving to become a White House fellow, a year-long job as a full-time assista...
05-08-2019 16:04

$80,000 donation wipes out $8 million in medical debt

Hundreds of people in Appalachia, most of them in Eastern Kentucky, have had $8 million in medical debts paid off by a nonprofit organization that use...
05-08-2019 16:04

Health departments get another year before pension hikes kic

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsWhile local health departments are more than grateful that legislation passed in the recent special legislative ...
05-08-2019 16:04

Conference speakers call for a more aggressive approach to e

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsElimination of the three main types of hepatitis is possible, but will require a more aggressive approach that i...
05-08-2019 16:04

Opioid panel in Mayfield says most new addictions start with

Attorney General Andy Beshear moderated a panel in Mayfieldabout opioids. (Photo by Liam Niemeyer, WKMS-FM)A panel of addiction specialists and healt...
04-08-2019 16:05

Carolyn Richey of Allen County Health Department named lates

Carolyn Richey receives the Healthy KentuckyPolicy Champion award from Ben Chandler,CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.(Photo by Foundation ...
04-08-2019 16:05

Appalachian Regional Commission, working on substance abuse

The Appalachian Regional Commission held six listeningsessions about substance abuse and workforce issues,including one in March in Pineville, Ky. (Ph...
04-08-2019 16:05

Sham charity in Nashville, caught in 7-state probe prompted

A tip from a hospice employee in Maysville led Kentucky\'s attorney general and those in seven other states to shut down a sham charity that said it w...
02-08-2019 16:04

UK HealthCare again named best Ky. hospital in U.S. News & W

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsSix Kentucky hospitals have been named among the nation\'s "Best Regional Hospitals" in the annual rankings by U...
31-07-2019 16:05

Scores of reported cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in

Kentucky Health NewsRocky Mountain spotted fever, the main tick-borne disease in Kentucky, has affected scores of people in the area served by the Eli...
29-07-2019 16:04

Health departments and their employees making tough choices

Bevin at bill signing (Lexington Herald-Leader photo by Alex Slitz)Kentucky\'s health departments and their employees face some difficult decisions in...
29-07-2019 16:04

Deepest study yet finds only 36% of those who'd be affected

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsGov. Matt Bevin says "hundreds of thousands" of able-bodied adult Kentuckians on Medicaid should be working but ...
27-07-2019 16:04

3 children die, 33 are injured per day in accidents on U.S.

The National Children\'s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety will host a workshop will be held in Lexington Aug. 6-7 on preventing inj...
24-07-2019 16:04

Republican legislators propose taxing electronic cigarettes,

By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsKentucky would tax electronic cigarettes just like other tobacco products for the first time, under a proposal endorsed...
24-07-2019 16:04

Michael Rust retires as head of Kentucky Hospital Associatio

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsMichael T. Rust, who led the Kentucky Hospital Association for 24 years, has retired.Rust said it was a privileg...
21-07-2019 16:04

Health experts say not to 'vape' around children, because se

Evolving research shows that electronic cigarettes\' secondhand aerosol (it\'s not vapor, despite what the industry says) is not without health risk, ...
21-07-2019 16:04

Opinion: Politicians are playing with fire when they erode s

OPINIONBy F. Douglas Scutchfield and Al CrossPublic health is the nexus of science and politics. Unfortunately, the two frequently do not mix well. A ...
20-07-2019 16:04

Jewish Hospital quits heart transplants; U of L says there's

Jewish Hospital is in downtown Louisville.Financially ailing Jewish Hospital, which was once a national leader in heart transplants but has done only ...
20-07-2019 16:04

OD deaths in Ky. dropped nearly 15% in 2018; officials credi

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky saw a nearly 15 percent drop in drug-overdose deaths in 2018, the first decline since 2013, and almost ...
19-07-2019 16:07

Opioid distribution database shows Ky. was 2nd for most lega

Washington Post map; report for The Washington Post. And rural counties, especially in Appalachia, received some of the highest shares of pain pills ...
18-07-2019 16:04

After receiving 600 public comments, health cabinet removes

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe state Cabinet for Health and Family Services has updated its requirements for tattoo studios in Kentucky, a...
17-07-2019 16:05

State health department warns about danger of getting rabies

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsPublic health officials are reminding Kentuckians about the dangers of rabies exposure from bats and other wildl...
17-07-2019 16:05

In e-cigarette documentary, on CNBC tonight, CEO of Juul Lab

Juul Labs CEO Kevin Burns, left, and NBC reporter CarlQuintanilla tour a Wisconsin Juul facility. (CNBC photo)A new CNBC documentary exploring the in...
16-07-2019 16:04

State says it won't tolerate bad treatment of independent ph

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky legislators were assured at a July 8 meeting that the state is committed to resolving the payment issue...
15-07-2019 16:03

Bevin touts Medicaid proposal, claims 'hundreds of thousands

By Al CrossKentucky Health NewsGov. Matt Bevin gave a vigorous defense of his plan to require work or other activities by "able-bodied" adults without...
15-07-2019 16:03

As Jewish Hospital struggles, so does its organ-transplant p

"Jewish Hospital?s pioneering transplant program is in trouble, and its demise could produce far-reaching repercussions" on the greater Louisville are...
14-07-2019 16:04

900 participants in study aimed at eliminating hepatitis C i

Participants in a University of Kentucky study aimed at eliminating the liver disease hepatitis C in one county will get their medicine in a device th...
14-07-2019 16:04

Perry County becomes the 35th Kentucky community with a comp

The Perry County Fiscal Court unanimously passed a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance on June 18, becoming the 35th community in Kentucky to do so.The...
13-07-2019 16:04

State health department is sending nurses to jails, treatmen

Nurses administered vaccinations at the Fayette CountyDetention Center. (Cabinet for Health and Family Services photo)The state Department for Public...
13-07-2019 16:04

Ky. has 59 operating syringe exchanges and six in the wait;

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsKentucky is lauded nationwide for its embrace of syringe exchanges to thwart the spread of HIV and hepatitis C a...
13-07-2019 16:04

Kentucky opens first sober-living unit in a medium-security

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsBURGIN, Ky. ? Kentucky again leads in ways to deal with drug abuse, this time with a pilot program that provides...
11-07-2019 16:04

Registration open for free, day-long forum Sept. 23 on publi

Registration is now open for a statewide forum on medical marijuana to be held September 23 in Lexington.The forum is not intended to change minds abo...
11-07-2019 16:04

If you're digging, using sharp tools or handling plants with

Photo from MountainX.com"Gardening this summer"" Medicare asks. "Did you know that gardeners can be prone to tetanus infections" Tetanus lives in the ...
11-07-2019 16:04

After appeals-court arguments in case challenging Obamacare,

"A panel of federal appeals court judges on Tuesday sounded likely to uphold a lower-court ruling that a central provision of the Affordable Care Act ...
10-07-2019 16:04

State could owe 58 hospitals 'hundreds of millions of dollar

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsFor about nine years, the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services used a formula to reimburse hospitals fo...
06-07-2019 16:04

Plan to change how some rural hospitals are paid would hike

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA Trump administration plan to change the way Medicare pays hospitals, and perhaps keep some rural hospitals fro...
06-07-2019 16:04

Study shows a link between frequent exposure to insecticides

Teenagers with frequent exposure to the most widely form of insecticide may have an increased risk of depression, according to a study published in th...
06-07-2019 16:04

Providers, advocates and academics file court briefs against

"Dozens of provider groups, advocates and academics are urging a federal appeals court to rule against" Gov. Matt Bevin\'s plan to require work or oth...
05-07-2019 16:04

Caregiving costs aren't just for the elderly, health columni

By Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News ServiceIs the U.S. ready for a discussion about paying for caregiving, an increasingly vexing and costly problem...
02-07-2019 16:07

Ky. Hospital Assn. gets grant for emergency-room software th

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsThe Kentucky Hospital Association has been awarded a $250,000 grant to equip Kentucky\'s emergency departments w...
01-07-2019 16:04

State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, Bevin's running mate and a physic

State Sen. Ralph Alvarado and Gov, Matt Bevin bumped fistsas they filed in January. (Photo: Mark Mahan, Lexington Herald-Leader)Gov. Matt Bevin\'s run...
30-06-2019 16:04

Picnic season has arrived, which calls for extra food-safety

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsSummer picnic and barbecue season is in full swing, which also means it\'s the season for an uptick in the numbe...
30-06-2019 16:04

One Affordable Care Act insurer in Kentucky wants a 12% rate

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsOne of the two insurers offering government-subsidized individual health plans in Kentucky for 2020 is asking fo...
30-06-2019 16:04

Program that addresses childhood trauma and teaches resilien

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA pilot program in several Louisville elementary schools that focused on building resiliency in children who suf...
30-06-2019 16:04

McConnell bill to raise tobacco age to 21 passes first hurdl

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsU.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell\'s bill to raise from 18 to 21 the nationwide minimum age to buy all...
28-06-2019 16:03

National foundation study estimates Medicaid work rules woul

Commonwealth Fund chart, adapted by Kentucky Health News; click on it for a larger versionIf Kentucky and eight other states persuade federal courts t...
28-06-2019 16:03

At opioid summit, Chamber urges employers to update policies

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is calling on the state\'s business community to update its drug and alcohol policies to bring more help to their em...
27-06-2019 16:04

Tick-borne disease in Ky. is relatively rare, but does occur

Top three tick posters from a contest held by the Kentucky Department of Public Health and Northern Kentucky Health Department, which attracted more t...
26-06-2019 16:04

Study: Medicaid work rules caused coverage losses, no job ga

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsA study led by experts at Harvard University found that work requirements in Medicaid, like those proposed in Ke...
24-06-2019 16:04

Ky. children among least vaccinated for cancer causing human

Did you know there\'s a vaccine that can prevent certain types of cancer" Many Kentuckians don\'t know. As part of a statewide effort to educate them,...
23-06-2019 16:04

Bevin joins appeal of judge's decision to vacate new associa

By Melissa PatrickKentucky Health NewsWould association health plans, a type of insurance that makes it easier for small employers to band together, f...
21-06-2019 16:04
 



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