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5:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Health Official Wants Fort Campbell to Work With the State

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Tennessee's top health department official is recommending that Fort Campbell use the state lab facility for testing for specific diseases, including Ebola.

Dr. John Dreyzehner, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, told a round table discussion at the military post that the state lab is close to Fort Campbell and could provide assistance.

Some Fort Campbell troops recently deployed, as the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) assumed a role as the Headquarters Unit for the military mission in Liberia. The troops joined soldiers from all five services who are providing engineering, health care training and logistical support to USAID, the armed forces of Liberia and the government of Liberia.

The round table was held between military and civilian health administrators at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell.

Health
2:42 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

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Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:51 pm

The hunt to find genes that cause autism has been a long slog, one hampered by a lack of technology and families willing to be tested.

But the effort is starting to pay off. On Tuesday, researchers at more than 50 laboratories said they had identified more than 100 genes that are mutated in children with autism, dozens more than were known before.

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3:57 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

What's My Risk Of Catching Ebola?

Data sources: David Ropeik/Harvard University, National Weather Service, World Health Organization, Northeastern University Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-Technical Systems, National Geographic, United States Census
Adam Cole and Ryan Kellman NPR

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 9:57 pm

Health officials are saying it. Scientists are saying it. Heck, even many journalists are saying it: "The risk of Ebola infection remains vanishingly small in this country," The New York Times wrote Wednesday.

But what does that mean? Are you more likely to be struck by lightning or catch Ebola?

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Health
1:27 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kentucky Creating Website to Store Online Patient Records

Kentuckians will soon be able to access their personal medical records online. The patient portal called myhealthnow will eliminate the need for obtaining paper records from doctors’ offices. 

"We're working with health care providers to develop the patient portal so that patients don't have to request those paper records anymore and don't have to actually go into the office," says Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokeswoman Beth Fisher.  "They can create an account, store, and access all of their records online."

The goal is to help medical facilities improve record keeping and patient care, and help patients become more engaged in their health care.  The portal should be running statewide by the end of the year. 

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield and Logan Family Practice in Russellville are among several healthcare facilities statewide participating in the pilot phase.

Health
5:45 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

American Red Cross Consolidations Could Impact Kentucky Offices

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The American Red Cross is looking to restructure its presence nationwide by merging some of its smaller chapters, which could mean the closure of some offices in Kentucky.  

A recent memo from Red Cross leadership indicates that the non-profit humanitarian organization providing emergency assistance, disaster relief and health education will be undergoing a transformation to create a stronger and more cost-efficient Red Cross by 2017. The plan includes consolidating smaller chapters into larger ones to cover a greater geographic area.

But Regional Communications Director Amber Youngblood says decisions on specific closures within Kentucky haven't been finalized.

"For any and all chapters, many discussions have been had with local community partners, and board members and division leadership to best see what we can allocate and what can do best moving forward," Youngblood said. "Right now the plans are underway but there has been no final organizational decision that has been reached at this time for the chapters across the state in Kentucky."

Kentucky has 13 Red Cross chapters, including locations in Bardstown, Bowling Green, Fort Campbell, Glasgow, and Madisonville.

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Health
5:43 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Owensboro Company May Hold the Key Against Ebola

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A spokesman says an Owensboro company is hiring more people and is working around the clock on an experimental medicine that was recently used on  American aid workers who contracted Ebola.

Reynolds American Inc. acquired Kentucky BioProcessing in January. Reynolds spokesman David Howard said the company has put its full focus on the compound ZMapp. Kentucky BioProcessing was contracted by San Diego based drug maker Mapp Biopharmaceutical to produce ZMapp. It makes the compound using tobacco plants.

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Health
11:41 am
Fri October 10, 2014

32 Myths About The Flu Vaccine You Don't Need To Fear

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 7:14 am

Brace yourselves: Flu season is coming. And along with the coughing, fevers and aches, you can expect a lot of unreliable or downright wrong information about the flu vaccine.

Many people underestimate the health risks from flu. Thousands of Americans die from flu-related complications in a typical year, and last season's H1N1 strain hit young adults particularly hard.

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5:58 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Kentucky's First Flu Case Reported

The Kentucky Department for Public Health  is reporting the first positive lab-confirmed influenza case this week, indicating the presence of flu circulating in Kentucky.   The case was from Jefferson County.

DPH officials are reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts.  Kentucky’s flu activity will be classified as “sporadic,” the lowest level indicating flu activity.  

The flu season in Kentucky typically begins in October or November.  

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Health
3:53 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

New Program in Kentucky Seeks to Distribute Used Hearing Aids to Those Who Can't Afford Cost

The SHARP program is collecting used hearing aids for Kentuckians who need the help.
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A new program is seeking to collect, refurbish, and distribute used hearing aids to Kentuckians who need assistance.

The Statewide Hearing Aid Assistance and Reuse Program—or SHARP—accepts hearing aids of any age of condition. The donations will be evaluated and refurbished to like-new condition, or will be used for parts.

Jimmy Brown, director of the Kentucky Assistive Technology Service, the group SHARP, says providing hearing aids to someone who can’t afford them will transform their lives.

“Communication is the key. Individuals with a hearing impairment, whether they’re completely deaf or hard of hearing, that communication is key, and being able to provide that component to that individual is going to open many doors, whether it’s for education, or for work, or for their everyday community living-type access.”

Medicare and most health insurance plans don’t cover the cost of hearing aids, and Brown says the average cost of a pair of hearing aids is prohibitively high for many Kentuckians who need the help.

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Health
8:30 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Glasgow Physician: Americans Need Better Understanding of Health, Academic Impacts of Lack of Sleep

Research shows that the average teen needs over nine hours of sleep to function at a high level academically and athletically.
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As researchers learn more about the human brain and body, we’re starting to understand more about the importance of sleep. For many in the health field, getting enough sleep ranks alongside diet and exercise in terms of importance.

For Dr. Phillip Bale, increasing the understanding of the importance of sleep is crucial to improving health, as well as the academic performance of children. Bale is a Family Physician from Glasgow where he serves as the Medical Director and Founder of the Bale Center for Prevention of Heart Attack, Stroke & Diabetes. He spoke to WKU Public Radio about his concerns over the quantity and quality of sleep the average American is getting—especially young Americans.

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