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2:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Airmen Return to Louisville from Ebola Relief Efforts in West Africa

Master Sgt. Duane Wariner is greeted by his three children, Alexis,11, Kiley, 8, and Liam, 2.
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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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Health
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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Health
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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Health
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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11:25 am
Mon November 10, 2014

What I Learned From Spending Time on the Job with a Louisville Colon Surgeon

Dr. Wayne Tuckson explains how he is going to treat a patient's anal fistula.

Dr. Wayne Tuckson smiles and jokes a lot.

The walls of his downtown Louisville office are lined with pictures and posters; plastic poop and bowel models sit around the room. Butt jokes are frequent. 

Tuckson is a colon and rectal surgeon and he's serious about his job and his patients. The room reflects his profession and the idea that sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.

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9:43 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Study Finds Top Universities Offering Students Tanning Services

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The top universities in the country offer students access to tanning services, according to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The study examined the top 125 universities ranked by U.S. News and World Report in 2013 and found that 48 percent of them have indoor tanning facilities either on campus or in off-campus housing. 

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Health
4:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

How to Get the Best Sleep Any Time of the Year

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It's that time of the year when most people will rejoice at the idea of getting an extra hour of sleep due to the end of Daylight Saving Time on November 2. But for others, the time change will mean a disruption in their sleep schedule.

Jay McGuire, manager of the University of Louisville Physicians Sleep Center and a registered sleep technologist,  said although the body is great at remembering an individual's sleeping habits, a disruption can make it hard for people to get some shut eye.

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