Health

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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Health
11:13 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Governor Addresses Kentucky Medicaid Managed Care Problems

Governor Steve Beshear says the problems with Kentucky’s new Medicaid Managed Care system will be resolved.
 Beshear pushed for the managed care system last year to take some of the administrative burden of Medicaid off of the state. But earlier this week, doctors, pharmacists and hospital officials told lawmakers there were significant problems with the system.

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Stomach Ailment Spread at Basketball Tournament
9:39 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Health Officials Say Spread of Stomach Ailment is Linked to Recent Basketball Tournament

Spalding

Health officials in Lexington say a stomach ailment has spread from last weekend's basketball tournament at the Kentucky Basketball Academy. The Fayette County Health Department has received dozens of complaints about nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting from people who attended the event.

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Health
2:50 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Told New State Medicaid System a "Nightmare"

Kentucky’s private Medicaid providers say they need immediate changes in the state Medicaid system. Kentucky turned the system over to managed care providers four months ago. And Wednesday,  doctors, pharmacists and hospital executives told a Senate committee how disastrous the change has been.

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Health
2:03 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

USDA Grant Clears the Way for "Telemedicine" in Leitchfield

A US Department of Agriculture grant will make it possible to expand telemedicine services to Grayson County. Through the use of this technology, some medical specialists at Norton Healthcare in Louisville will be able to provide diagnosis to patients at Twin Lake Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield.  Twin Lakes CEO Steve Meredith believes the program can help to control some medical costs, by avoiding duplication in testing, and by reducing the number of trips to Louisville for some patients.

Health
7:45 am
Wed February 1, 2012

First Statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Summit to be Held Today

Leaders from the fields of law enforcement, education, and medicine will meet today in Lexington, for the first Statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in Kentucky. The issue has become a very serious concern across the state, as the number of people dying from prescription overdoses has increased. In fact, more people now die in Kentucky from prescription overdoses than are killed on the state's highways each year.

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Health
9:44 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Specialists Encourage New Approaches for Dealing with Dementia

EDCON training materials on display at recent seminar in Kentucky

Bowling Green,KY – As the number of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia increases, some experts in the field are offering advice for caregivers. They say trying to maintain a sense of humor and knowing when to ask for help are keys.Dan Modlin has this report, titled "Dealing with Dementia."

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