A health department has confirmed flu cases in eastern Kentucky and is urging people in the community to get vaccinated. WYMT-TV reports the flu cases confirmed by the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department are the first cases of seasonal flu reported in Kentucky.
Legislation upheld by Australia's Highest Court will force companies to strip logos from cigarette packs in that country. Starting in December, tobacco companies will no longer be allowed to display their brand designs, logos, or colors on packs of cigarettes to be sold in Australia. Instead, packs will come in a plain shade of olive, complete with graphic health warnings and images of cancer-riddled mouths and sick children.
Bourbon and barbecue are teaming up next month in Danville to benefit Heart of Kentucky United Way. The second annual Kentucky State Barbecue Festival on Sept. 7 will feature a charity bourbon barrel auction.
So far this year, 23 children nationwide have died from being left alone in cars in the summer heat. In most cases, children are unknowingly left behind, but regardless, parents experience the life-long grief of losing a child.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has apologized to a federal judge and is asking him to drop a contempt order against the agency. U.S. Senior Judge Karl Forester held the agency in contempt last month after ruling that the cabinet did not comply with his order to process thousands of requests from Appalachian Regional Healthcare patients who wanted to switch Medicaid managed-care companies.
Experts say Lyme disease is likely underdiagnosed in Kentucky in part because it's so rarely seen in the state. The number of cases is rising nationally, but just five cases were reported in Kentucky in each of the past two years.
Summertime is always a challenge, but the American Red Cross says blood donations are at a 15-year low. To help out, a blood drive will be held in Bowling Green Friday from 10:30am to 4:30pm at Holiday Inn University Plaza and Sloan Convention Center.