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8:34 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Hoosier State Smoking Ban Could Advance This Week in Legislature

The Indiana Senate is expected to take up a proposed statewide smoking ban this week. For the first time in six years, a House-passed smoking ban has advanced past the Senate committee level.

The Public Policy Committee voted 8-2 last week for the measure after hearing some four hours of public testimony.

Indianapolis-area tavern owner Wanda Goodpastor told the panel a ban would harm her business, as 80-percent of her customers are smokers.

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Affiliation Agreement Signed
2:21 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center and Norton Sign Affiliation Agreement

The Leitchfield-based Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center and Norton Healthcare held a news conference to announce a formal affiliation agreement. Officials say the agreement will provide the staff at Twin Lakes access to on-line courses and training available through Norton University, and will lead to better coordination and continuity of care for patients who require specialized or tertiary care.

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Fighting Lung Cancer in Kentucky
1:20 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Kentucky Lung Cancer Patients Have New Technology at Their Disposal

Dr. Neal Dunlap and the TruBeam radiation machine

New technology being unveiled in Louisville will offer faster and more accurate treatment for lung cancer patients. The TrueBeam machine allows doctors to deliver radiation more accurately to tumors in the lungs. University of Louisville radiation oncologist Dr. Neal Dunlap says TrueBeam offers two ways for doctors to more accurately see what's going on inside a cancer patient.

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Health
8:34 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Indiana Smoking Ban Clears One More Legislative Hurdle

The Indiana Senate will soon take up a statewide smoking ban. The bill passed the Indiana Senate Policy Committee on an 8-2 vote Wednesday, following the measure’s passage in the House. The smoking ban contains numerous exemptions, including those for casinos and private clubs.

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Health
1:31 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana in Top 5 Nationally for Meth Lab Busts

Barren County Drug Task Force

Methamphetamine lab seizures rose nationally again in 2011, further evidence the powerfully addictive and dangerous drug is maintaining a tight grip on the nation's heartland, according to an Associated Press survey of the nation's top meth-producing states.

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Health
10:22 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Health Experts Urge HPV Vaccine for Boys

Gardasil, the HPV vaccine

For several years, the vaccine for Human Papillomavirus has been recommended for young females.  Now, the Centers for Disease Control is going a step further by recommending the HPV vaccine for boys, as well.

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Smoking Ban Debate
4:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Mrs. Kentucky USA Backs Smoking Ban Effort

Advocates for a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky are getting some high profile help. Mrs. Kentucky USA is lending her support to the measure this week. Kathy Polston-Dalton was born with a heart disease that flares up when she’s around secondhand smoke.

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Health
4:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Indiana Man Latest to Receive Hand Transplant in Louisville

Surgeons at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital have performed another hand transplant. Fifty-six year old Ronald Thurman of Marion, Indiana became the eighth recipient of a hand transplant at Jewish in a 15-and-a-half hour operation that ended early Thursday morning.

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Health
3:35 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Feds Address Emergence of Synthetic Marijuana in Region

New data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that one in nine high school seniors has used synthetic marijuana within the past year.  Sold as a legal alternative to marijuana, the synthetic products carry a greater health risk, and in some case, have resulted in deaths.

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Health
8:30 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Kentucky Pharmacists Say Many Problems Still Remain with New State Medicaid System

Kentucky's Medicaid Managed Care Organizations say they have fixed a number of issues with reimbursements to pharmacists. CoventryCares, WellCare and Kentucky Spirit took over management of the state's Medicaid system last year. Since then, doctors and pharmacists have come forward to say the organizations are poorly managed and the reimbursements for care are too low.

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