A nasal spray developed a Kentucky researcher is designed to reduce the number of heroin related overdoses. The invention by University of Kentucky pharmacy professor Daniel Wermeling has been fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration and is in its final round of clinical trials.
Wermeling’s goal was to create an easier way to administer the drug Naloxone, which can reverse potentially fatal heroin overdoses. He has been working on the nasal spray since 2009, with support from a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, with additional funding from the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp.
If the F.D.A gives final approval to the product, it could be available by prescription as early as next year.
Wermeling believes the nasal spray will be a much easier way to treat patients, as opposed to injecting them with the drug.
The newest appointee to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission comes with an undergraduate degree from WKU and bipartisan support.
Henry Stephens has been a professor at the Chase School of Law at Northern Kentucky University since the early 1980s. He received his bachelor’s degree from WKU in 1975 before earning his law degree from UK.
On Monday, he was appointed to the state’s legislative ethics commission by both Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Republican Senate President Robert Stivers. Stephens’ appointment fills a spot that’s been vacant for two years.
The commission came under fire earlier this year when not all members were present to hear the first ethics trial of former state representative John Arnold. Arnold was found guilty of sexual harassment at a second trial, although he continues to deny the charges against him.
Vernie McGaha resigned from the commission earlier this year and he was replaced in May by former state Sen. Charlie Borders.
An area of cancer research at the University of Kentucky is focusing on exercise for mothers during pregnancy to help prevent cancer in their children.
Second year grad student Alyssa Jarrel is involved in conducting the study. She says the research has focused so far on mice, but could very well have implications for humans.
"Pregnancy is such a short term intervention and it can have long term benefits for the offspring. So, we're talking nine months for an intervention for the mom to have lifetime benefits for the child," Jarrel said. She adds the benefits could be seen with moderate exercise three to four times a week in a reduced risk for a high Body Mass Index, reduced risk for cardio-vascular disease and reduced risk for the development of types one or two diabetes.
Jarrel says the research has focused on skin cancer but investigators believe it can translate to a reduced risk of cancer in general. She says researchers are seeing reduced inflammation and increased anti-oxidant response in the offspring.
The researcher says a long term grant proposal would follow mother from pre-conception through pregnancy and then monitor the children for several years.
The University of Kentucky is set to allow alcohol on campus with specific guidelines yet to be determined. The announcement came this afternoon from UK President Eli Capilouto. UK has been an alcohol free campus for more than a decade. UK Student Government Association President Roshan Palli served on the Student Health and Safety Workgroup which compiled the report.
"We want our students on campus when they're engaging in social activities and when they're not, so we don't want alcohol to be an issue that we choose to force off our campus,” said Palli. “Exactly where, you know, that's a good question. I think that's definitely what the implementation committee gonna be having to explore."
Palli hopes the revised alcohol policy can be implemented by the beginning of the fall semester. The report also calls for extending the Code of Student Conduct beyond the campus boundaries.
Officials with Norton Healthcare have rejected the University of Louisville’s request that they end their recently announced pediatric services partnership with UK Healthcare.
University of Louisville’s health care entity partners with Norton, which owns Kosair Children’s Hospital. The hospital sits on state-owned land and under state rules it must be used for the benefit of U of L and the citizens of the Commonwealth.
U of L officials say Norton’s partnership with UK violates that agreement, and last week they sent Norton a letter demanding that they end the agreement with UK within 30 days and instead negotiate a new contract with U of L.
This week Norton sent its own letter saying there are no legal grounds for the demands, adding there’s nothing in the agreement with the state that gives U of L a monopoly on Kosair Children’s Hospital.
U of L is threatening legal action once the 30 days are up and has requested that the Attorney General’s office look into the matter.
Kentucky has gained new clout in its fight against cancer, resulting from the rising status of the cancer center at its flagship university.
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center in Lexington on Friday earned the designation as a National Cancer Institute facility. It becomes the 68th medical center in the country to receive the prestigious title and the only one in Kentucky.
The designation has the potential to bring millions of dollars of additional research funding to the Markey Center.
It also means patients will have access to new drugs, treatment options and clinical trials offered only at NCI centers.
UK President Eli Capilouto says it signals that Kentucky will "no longer indulge the scourge of cancer."
Kentucky is at or near the top nationally in several cancer rates.
It’s not uncommon for college coaching staffs to send scores of letters to top high school prospects they are recruiting.
If the number of letters sent by Kentucky coaches to one Hardin County prospect is any indication, the Wildcats REALLY want to land the services of the 360-pound defensive tackle.
The Courier-Journal reports John Hardin’s Matt Elam received 182 recruiting letters from UK Monday. Elam said he was home when the mail carrier called him out to her truck to see the crate of letters the school had sent him.
Elam is storing all of his college recruitment letters in his size 16 shoe boxes. So far he’s filled up ten and he says the 182 letters Kentucky yesterday will take up half of an eleventh box.
Elam is also being recruiting by Louisville, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.
Tuition at the University of Kentucky is expected to rise 3% next year, the smallest increase since 1997. The finance committee of the UK Board of Trustees approved the suggested tuition hike without any discussion. The full board later approved it also. The increase still has to go to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education for final approval.
The average in-state undergraduate student will pay $10,110 in the 2013-14 school year. It will be the first time that annual tuition has topped $10,000. Tuition at UK, the state's largest public university, has jumped 150% in the past decade.
The University of Kentucky Senate Council says UK President Eli Capilouto has created a budget crisis. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported the faculty group sent a memo to Capilouto on Thursday in which members said they recognized dwindling state financial support was part of a cutback, but said the current budget crisis is largely due to presidential priorities that include more than $50 million in new spending.