Health

Diet Drug Settlement Case
10:35 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Appeals Court Rules Against Fen-Phen Attorneys

A Federal Appeals court has upheld the convictions of two former attorneys serving time for scamming clients out of more than $94 million  from a $200 million settlement over the diet drug known as fen-phen. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that a trial judge did not err in the case of 61 year old William Gallion and 57 year old Shirley Cunningham, Jr.

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Health
8:55 am
Tue May 1, 2012

"Horses and Hope" Using Kentucky Derby Week to Encourage Breast Cancer Screenings

Anita Cauley's filly On Fire Baby

The owner and breeder of a top contender in this Friday's Kentucky Oaks horse race is using the event to draw attention to breast cancer screenings. Anita Cauley is a member of Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear's Horses and Hope program, an effort that helps trackside workers obtain cancer screenings. One eye-catching way Cauley is raising awareness is by having the barn used by her filly "On Fire Baby" painted pink.

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Pill Disposal Activities
6:14 am
Sat April 28, 2012

State Police and DEA Support "Take Back Initiative"

The fourth national "Take Back"initiative is collecting unwanted prescription medications today at State Police Posts across Kentucky. The Kentucky State Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency are working together on the effort, which is designed to help reduce prescription abuse .

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Health
7:38 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Tennessee Newborn Recovering From Heart Transplant

More than 110,000 men, women, and children in the U.S. are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives. Thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplants to restore their mobility and sight. April is National Donate Life Month, and one Tennessee couple is celebrating in a big way. 

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Health
9:56 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Warren County Doctor Says There is Legitimate Concern over Proposed Kentucky Pill Bill

A Bowling Green doctor says the Kentucky House Speaker should stop pretending he knows what the majority of physicians, nurses, and dentists thinks regarding a prescription drug bill. Dr. Robert Emslie told WKU Public Radio he's concerned about comments made by Speaker Greg Stumbo about doctors' support of a measure that would put the state's prescription pill monitoring program under the control of the Attorney General.

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Health
9:04 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Tennessee School Will Participate in Depression Study

Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville will participate in a nationwide clinical study about the use of deep brain stimulation as an intervention for patients with major depression. The stimulation uses mild pulses of current to regulate specific areas of the brain, much like a pacemaker uses pulses of current to regulate the heart.

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Health
10:06 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Tennessee House Passes Synthetic Drug Bill

The Tennessee House has approved a measure that would make it a felony to sell or manufacture synthetic drugs. The products, which are often called bath salts, imitate controlled substances. The issue has drawn increasing attention in recent months in several states.

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Health
8:23 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Supporters Optimistic about Effort to Toughen Kentucky's Prescription Pill Laws

Supporters of a bill that would put more restrictions on prescription pills say they believe the measure will pass soon, despite increased lobbying efforts by doctors to weaken the bill. The bill would move the KASPER prescription tracking system to the Attorney General’s office and strengthen restrictions on pain clinics.

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Health
3:49 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Governor Beshear Urges More Cooperation from Other States in Drug Fight

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is encouraging his peers to join him in fighting prescription pill abuse. Beshear sent that message Tuesday at a prescription pill conference in Florida sponsored by Operation UNITE.

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Health
2:45 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Funding Will Help Kentucky Researchers Battle Heart Disease

Dr. Roberto Bolli of the University of Louisville

Research being done in Kentucky to treat one of the great health crises of our time is getting a major boost. Monday the University of Louisville announced a new seven year, $3.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health aimed at finding cures for cardiovascular disease.

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