Health

Louisville, Ky – Kentucky's most innovative HIV researcher says he's excited about the news concerning a recent clinical trial involving 16,000 adults in Thailand. Dr. Kenneth Palmer is a Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville. He says many in the field of HIV prevention had given up hope that a vaccine was possible. The Thailand study showed those who took a combination of vaccines had a 31% decreased risk of contracting the virus that causes AIDS.

Nashville, TN – One researcher who contributed to the 2009 Tennessee Women's Health Report Card says the results show the state is paying for unhealthy lifestyles. The first-of-its-kind effort in Tennessee gives the state failing or near-failing grades in categories such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. We spoke with Dr. Katherine Hartmann, Director of Women's Health Research at Vanderbilt University, and Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Collins.

Bowling Green, Ky – The use of robots in surgical procedures is increasing across the US, as more surgeons look for ways to perform less invasive procedures. Dr. Matthew Rutter is the leader of the Da Vinci Surgical Team at The Medical Center in Bowling Green. He spoke to our Dan Modlin about how the new system works.

Bowling Green, Ky – An Elizabethtown-based group that serves 42 Kentucky counties is trying to get food to hungry children. Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland is trying to rally support for its "Adopt-A-Backpacker" program, which provides basic food items for children to take home on the weekends. Each Friday, school personnel put a bag of food in the child's backpack. The organization's Development Director, Tami Delaney, says this is done to avoid stigmatizing the child. Kevin Willis reports.

Owensboro, Ky – Groundbreaking HIV research ongoing in Owensboro could one day impact the lives of people in the developing world. Dr. Kenneth Palmer is leading a study that has successfully grown an HIV-blocking protein in the Kentucky tobacco plant. Kevin Willis visited Dr. Palmer's offices in Owensboro to learn about the research and how it could one day save lives by preventing the spread of the virus that causes AIDS.

Elizabethtown, Ky – More than 3,000 children in a 21 county region in Kentucky are now receiving backpacks full of food on the weekend. Through a program of the Elizabethtown-based group known as Second Harvest, school children are given food items to make sure they have something to eat when they aren't at school. Dan Modlin recently spoke with Tami Delaney about the program, and has this report.

Owensboro, Ky – The Boulware Mission in Owensboro may very well be one of the best kept secrets in Kentucky. The homeless shelter/substance abuse treatment center has gained a reputation for graduating clients--many of whom return to help at the mission. Boulware is in the process of renovating an abandoned nun convent where the mission will be able to house triple the number of clients it currently serves. Kevin Willis visited Boulware and has this report.

Bowling Green, Ky – Drug task forces across the US are predicting devastating consequences about an impending 67% reduction in federal funding. Tommy Loving of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force says he fears a rise in the number of meth dealers if the group's budget is cut. Lisa Autry has our report.

Owensboro, Ky – Inmates at the Daviess County Detention Center are being offered free HIV testing. The program is a new effort to identify the virus and educate those who are infected. Research shows that those who know they are HIV positive are much more likely to curtail or stop their risky behaviors. Kevin Willis recently traveled to Owensboro to learn more about the program.

Fort Mitchell, Ky – A unique public-private partnership in Kentucky and Ohio is being credited with changing the lives of at-risk mothers. The "Every Child Succeeds" program provides intensive home visits for moms who are pregnant with--or who have just had--their first child. Kevin Willis of Western's Public Radio visited one Kentucky town where the program works.

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