Health

American Heart Association Breaks Up with Sodium on National Eating Healthy Day, Nov.5
American Heart Association Breaks Up with Sodium on National Eating Healthy Day, Nov.5

KENTUCKY — National Eating Healthy Day is Wednesday, November 5, and the American Heart Association wants people pledge to reduce their sodium intake in two easy steps: take the sodium pledge at www.heart.org/sodium and increase their fruits and vegetable consumption.. Americans typically consume about half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables, and...

Dec 17, 2020
Cigarette and Alcohol Use Low among Teens, Marijuana use Up
Cigarette and Alcohol Use Low among Teens, Marijuana use Up

WESTERN KY – Cigarette and alcohol use by eighth, 10th and 12th-graders are at their lowest point since the Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey began polling teenagers in 1975, according to this year’s survey results. However, this positive news is tempered by a slowing rate of decline in teen smoking as well as continued high...

Dec 17, 2020
Comer Cheers Launch of UK Hemp Pilot Program
Comer Cheers Launch of UK Hemp Pilot Program

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky launched its industrial hemp pilot program today when hemp seeds were planted at Spindletop Farm, marking another milestone in the drive to restore industrial hemp production to the Commonwealth.. University of Kentucky employees plant hemp seeds at Spindletop Farm near Lexington as videographers and photographers record the moment....

Dec 17, 2020
Bluegrass Pharmacy to Begin Healthy Babies Program for Expecting Madisonville Mothers
Bluegrass Pharmacy to Begin Healthy Babies Program for Expecting Madisonville Mothers

MADISONVILLE, Ky. — Bluegrass Pharmacy will offer a free 30-day supply of pre-natal vitamins to Madisonville women each month.. The new Healthy Babies Free Vitamin Program, starting in September, will help fill in nutritional gaps and will save local families hundreds of dollars per year.. Your “True Blue” Bluegrass Pharmacy wants to make it a...

Dec 17, 2020
Comer, Goodlatte, Massie, Polis Introduce Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill
Comer, Goodlatte, Massie, Polis Introduce Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. representatives James Comer (R-KY), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced federal legislation to end unnecessary and outdated regulations on industrial hemp.  The Industrial Hemp Farming Act exempts industrial hemp from the Controlled Substance Act’s definition of marijuana, creates a new category for hemp research at universities and...

Dec 17, 2020
State Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program Open
State Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program Open

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2018 growing season.. “I am proud to report that our program participants grew more than 3,200 acres of hemp this year, the...

Dec 17, 2020
Legislator’s Log: Hemp Operations Growing in State
Legislator’s Log: Hemp Operations Growing in State

KENTUCKY — More than half of Kentucky’s industrial hemp crop this year can be traced to 19 counties, 58 farmers and one company in Winchester.. With 23,000 pounds of imported hemp seed destined for 2,466 acres, Atalo Holdings is a superpower in hemp production and processing in Kentucky. Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy Executive Director...

Dec 17, 2020
Industrial Hemp Seeds Arrive in Frankfort
Industrial Hemp Seeds Arrive in Frankfort

FRANKFORT, Ky. ― The industrial hemp seeds ticketed for pilot research programs in Kentucky finally made it to the state Department of Agriculture headquarters in Frankfort today after being held in Louisville for weeks by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at the direction of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.. “This is an historic day...

Nov 10, 2020
UofL Researchers to Explore the Lifetime Effects of Cigarette Smoke, Genetics on Infertility
UofL Researchers to Explore the Lifetime Effects of Cigarette Smoke, Genetics on Infertility

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— In an effort to understand how specific genetic factors coupled with lifetime exposure to cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke may influence a woman’s ability to conceive, University of Louisville researchers have been awarded a three-year, $440,000 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.. Infertility can be...

Nov 09, 2020
Zika Virus Outbreaks Continue at Warm-Weather Vacation Destinations – Precautions Urged
Zika Virus Outbreaks Continue at Warm-Weather Vacation Destinations – Precautions Urged

FRANKFORT, Ky. — As mosquito season comes to an end and the holiday and winter travel season begins, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, urges pregnant women, those who might be pregnant and their sex partners to avoid traveling to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission.. “With...

Nov 09, 2020
E-Cigarettes Not Safe during Pregnancy
E-Cigarettes Not Safe during Pregnancy

LEXINGTON, Ky.— E-cigarettes are increasingly popular, and adult women of childbearing age are the most common users.. This is especially true in Kentucky, which has the country’s second highest rate of smoking during pregnancy. Many women try to quit or reduce their smoking while pregnant, and may turn to e-cigs under the belief that they...

Nov 09, 2020
Hopkins County What’s Really in Your Drinking Water?
Hopkins County What’s Really in Your Drinking Water?

KENTUCKY — After a nationwide examination of water contamination data reported to the Environmental Protection Agency in the calendar years of 2015 and 2016, FluksAqua has just released a highly localized analysis of health-based drinking water violations focused on the county and city level.. Using the EPA’s publicly-available Enforcement and Compliance History Online database, FluksAqua analyzed...

Mar 02, 2017
Hearing is a Gift by Brigitte Cutshall
Hearing is a Gift by Brigitte Cutshall

KENTUCKY — What?!!? Can you repeat that please?. This question gets a better response by the way.. Hearing is something we all tend to take for granted. And the longer you live, the more likely you will develop hearing loss. It’s a fact of nature.. Many people don’t seek treatment for several reasons. They don’t realize...

Feb 22, 2017
Journey to Recovery
Journey to Recovery

KENTUCKY — For Carl Varney in Greenup County, addiction began with marijuana and alcohol. Then he got in a car wreck in his mid-twenties and was prescribed opioid pain medication. “I already had an addiction in my life, and so for these to come in, a highly addictive substance, it took no time at all...

Feb 14, 2017
U.S. Dept. of Health Commits $144.1 Million in Additional Funding for Opioid Crisis
U.S. Dept. of Health Commits $144.1 Million in Additional Funding for Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded an additional $144.1 million in grants to prevent and treat opioid addiction in support of President Trump’s commitment to combat the opioid crisis. The grants will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).. “Those supporting prevention, treatment,...

Dec 17, 2016
UK CDAR Leads Research Investigating Progressive Therapies to Treat Opioid Addiction
UK CDAR Leads Research Investigating Progressive Therapies to Treat Opioid Addiction

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Even with the assistance of detoxification and rehabilitation programs, 80 percent of people attempting recovery from opioid addiction will relapse.. Opioid addiction is a complex medical disorder that impacts the entire nation, but much of the problem is condensed to disparate regions of Kentucky. This is the third and final installment...

Jul 31, 2016
Baptist Health, Four Rivers Expand Clinics to Serve All Paducah-McCracken County Schools
Baptist Health, Four Rivers Expand Clinics to Serve All Paducah-McCracken County Schools

PADUCAH, Ky. — Baptist Health and Four Rivers Behavioral Health are expanding walk-in clinics to serve all McCracken County and Paducah public schools every school day, beginning with the 2016-17 year.. Nurse practitioners will offer care for minor injuries and illnesses, as well as school/sports physicals and vaccinations. “Our goal is to provide convenient, accessible...

Jul 20, 2016