Shots - Health News
12:30 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Despite Many Warnings, Antibiotics Are Still Overprescribed

Unless it's strep throat, antibiotics are unlikely to help you get over a sore throat.

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 4:25 pm

We've known for years that antibiotics don't help in most cases of bronchitis or sore throat. And for decades, public health officials have tried to stop doctors from overprescribing antibiotics.

None of that seems to have made a difference, though: Antibiotics are still being prescribed when they don't help — and could hurt, a study says.

Primary care and emergency room doctors are prescribing antibiotics for a sore throat about 60 percent of the time, according to national health surveys between 1997 and 2010.

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Siri, Who Are You? She Won't Say, But Her ID's Been Blown

Voice actor Susan Bennett, talking to herself (or, rather, Siri) for CNN.

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:43 am

We tried Friday morning to get Siri to confirm CNN's report that a real woman named Susan Bennett is the "classic" American voice of Apple's virtual assistant.

But all Siri would do is tell us, repeatedly, that "this is about you, not me." As for whether she does have a "real" voice, Siri would only say that "I guess I don't have one."

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Violin Star Midori Plays Brahms with Louisville Orchestra

Credit Greenfield Sanders

When violinist Midori made her debut with the New York Philharmonic, she was only 11 years old, and in the 30-odd years since, she's developed an amazing career in international performance, musical outreach (her 21-year-old nonprofit Midori & Friends brings music education to underserved kids in New York) and higher education as chair of University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music strings department.

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Local News
8:53 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Louisville's Untold Stories Focus of Project with Shawnee High Students


The Louisville Story Program helps historically underrepresented Louisville residents write and publish books about their lives and neighborhoods, and pays them for their work. Their first project highlights student from Shawnee High School.

Darcy Thompson is the founder and director of the Louisville Story Program, and the Managing Director of Research for Teach for America. He was inspired after seeing the impact of a similar project in New Orleans.

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The Salt
7:08 am
Fri October 4, 2013

CDC: Shutdown Strains Foodborne Illness Tracking

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's PulseNet service monitors clusters of sickness linked to potentially dangerous strains of foodborne pathogens such as E.coli or salmonella.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:38 am

As we reported Tuesday, the government shutdown is pushing the nation's food safety system to its limits.

For instance, there is normally a team of eight people overseeing the critical foodborne illness tracking database PulseNet. This team identifies clusters of sickness linked to potentially dangerous strains of pathogens such as E. coli or salmonella.

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Local News
6:42 am
Fri October 4, 2013

VA’s Opiate Overload Feeds Veterans’ Addictions, Overdose Deaths

On July 29, after a fight landed Tim Fazio in a VA emergency room, an agency doctor prescribed oxycodone. “I opened (the bottle) up a couple of times a day for three or four days to take one out,” but never swallowed a pill, he said. He later flushed the pills down the toilet.
Credit Adithya Sambamurthy/The Center for Investigative Reporting

This reporting will be explored further on air at 1 p.m. today on Reveal, a news special produced by the California-based Center for Investigative Reporting. Tune in to 89.3 to stream at

Because of a technical issue, we're rescheduling Reveal. It's air at 9 p.m. Friday.

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Local News
10:30 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

First Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Handed Out in Louisville

Credit Ira Rosenberg / Wikimedia Commons

Tonight was big night for Muhammad Ali. Actually, tonight was about everyone but the man himself, because for the first time the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards and Six Core Principal awards were presented to nine others working to make the world a better place. 

“Usually when I come to do something for my father it’s more about him. But this is about other people that have been inspired by him and people like him and they’re young and they’re giving back to the world,” Laila Ali, Muhammad Ali's daughter, told WFPL.

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6:42 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Fischer Administration Official: 'Ban The Box' Would Complicate Metro Louisville's Hiring Process

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Saying Louisville Metro has a policy not to ask about criminal records on job applications, Metro Human Resources Director Kellie Watson warned council members the so-called "ban the box" ordinance could complicate the city's hiring process.

But supporters believe the legislation is still needed in order to give convicted felons a fair chance when seeking employment.

The council's Labor and Economic Development Committee held its first hearing on the measure Thursday to gather more information about the proposal.

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Local News
4:09 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Financing Options Discussed for New Northern Kentucky Bridge

The Brent Spence Bridge

Transportation officials in Kentucky and Ohio are working on a financing plan for a new bridge linking Covington and Cincinnati. 

They say the bridge, with an estimated cost of $2.5 billion, is needed to ease congestion on the 50 year old Brent Spence Bridge, which carries Interstate-75 and 71 traffic over the Ohio River.  

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Chuck Wolfe says that bridge remains sound and would still carry northbound I-71 traffic.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Theatre [502]'s 'Auctioning the Ainsleys' Is a YPAS Family Affair

Cara Hicks, Neill Robertson, Leah Roberts, Pat Allison, Lucas Adams, and Erica McClure in Theatre [502]'s "Auctioning the Ainsleys." Roberts, Robertson, and McClure all studied with Allison at Louisville's Youth Performing Arts School.
Credit Theatre [502]

It’s been said that actors don’t retire— they just open their next act.

Pat Allison taught drama at Louisville’s Youth Performing Arts School for 31 years before hanging up her grade book last year. Now, she’s back on stage in the upcoming Theatre [502] production of Laura Schellhardt’s “Auctioning the Ainsleys,” a dark comedy about a family of auctioneers. She plays Alice, the matriarch of the Ainsley family.

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