4:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

University of Louisville Nutritionist Offers Tips on Eating Healthy on the Holidays

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Is it possible to enjoy favorite holiday foods without hurting your health? 

Nancy Kuppersmith, nutritionist at the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville, says it is.

"If people decide to savor the food and really enjoy it, they won't have to eat as much because they'll actually taste it," she said.

She said with so many diet fads, some people may begin to feel guilty after eating foods that they feel are off-limits. 

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2:01 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Laundry Pods Pose Danger to Children, Study Says

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Parents may want to reconsider the type of laundry detergent they buy, according to a study by Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Researchers found that between 2012 and 2013, 17, 230 children under the age of 6 were reported to have swallowed, inhaled and been exposed to chemicals in laundry pods. Researchers examined the number of calls to U.S. poison control centers and the number of hospitalizations due to exposure.

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1:10 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

State Officials Hopeful 2014 Can Beat Last Year's Health Insurance Enrollment Numbers For Kynect

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Kentucky's health insurance exchange was off to a good start in the first nine days of open enrollment this year, Executive Director Carrie Banahan said on Friday.

"We have not had any systems problems or issues, the system is not slow. Things are going extremely well," she said.

By Friday afternoon, the Kynect website had 72,235 unique visitors and 4,107 people had newly enrolled or renewed their enrollment in a qualified health plan, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office. 

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2:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Airmen Return to Louisville from Ebola Relief Efforts in West Africa

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A dozen National Guard Airmen returned to Louisville from Senegal on Thursday evening after assisting with the international effort to battle Ebola. 

Members of the 123rd Contingency Response Group established a processing cargo hub in Dakar, Senegal, in support of Operation United Assistance.

Technical Sgt. Jarrod Blanford is an air transporter.  In eight-year career with the National Guard, he has completed missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Dominican Republic and Haiti in 2010 to assist with earthquake relief efforts. 

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7:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Kentucky State Employees Can Say Goodbye to Smoke Breaks on State Property

Smoke breaks just got much more difficult for Kentucky state employees—an expanded tobacco-free workplace policy goes into effect today for state buildings.

And a state official said the new policy affects thousands of state employees who smoke, and officials are hopeful it will help convince some employees to enter smoking cessation programs.

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4:26 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kentucky National Guard Airmen Return From Ebola Mission in West Africa

Airmen with the 123rd Contingency Response Group file through in-processing after landing at the Kentucky National Guard Air Base in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 19, 2014.

The Kentucky Air National Guard reports that nearly 50 airmen have returned to Louisville Wednesday from West Africa, where they were helping battle the spread of Ebola.

The 123rd Contingency Response Group established a processing cargo hub in Dakar, Senegal, in support of Operation United Assistance, the global effort to combat Ebola. 

The hub is designed to accept large quantities of cargo arriving by aircraft. It will also process the material and then ship it to affect areas.

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3:01 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

The Latest Numbers for Health Care Enrollment Through Kynect

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Since open enrollment began Saturday, 19,839 people have conducted preliminary screenings through Kynect, Kentucky's state health care exchange established through the Affordable Care Act.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office issued the most recent numbers in a news release on Monday afternoon. As of 4 p.m. Monday:

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2:59 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Kentucky Health Department Proposes New Regulations For Reporting Infections

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health is proposing new regulations for reporting infections patients contract from healthcare facilities while receiving treatment.

Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, senior deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said the infections are often caused by multidrug-resistant organisms that make infections more difficult to treat. He said the bacterial infections caused by those organisms threaten the safety of patients at hospitals, nursing homes, doctors' offices and elsewhere.

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6:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Kentucky's Premature Birth Rate Is Slowly Improving

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Kentucky's premature birth rate is slowly declining, but it still falls above the national average, according to a report released Thursday.

The report, called the March of Dimes Premature Birth Rate Report Card, gave Kentucky a "C" grade. 

The state's premature birth rate was 12.6 percent in 2013; in 2012 it was 12.7 percent.

The national rate in 2013 was 11.5 percent.

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2:39 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Smokers Experience More Chronic Back Pain Than Non-Smokers, Study Says

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Smokers are three times more likely than non-smokers to develop chronic back pain, according to a new study.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. This is the first time research has linked smoking and chronic back pain with the part of the brain associated with addiction and reward.

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