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2:09 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

65 Percent of Kentuckians Support a Statewide Smoke-Free Law, Survey Says

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Support for a statewide smoking ban is at its highest level in Kentucky since annual polling on the issue began in 2010, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

In fact, 38 percent of Kentucky smokers support a statewide smoke-free law said the Kentucky Health Issues Poll results released Thursday.

Among all Kentuckians surveyed, 65 favor a statewide smoking ban—up from 48 percent in 2010.

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7:49 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Number of Kentuckians Who Must Upgrade Health Plans Under Obamacare Lower Than Expected

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The number of Kentuckians who have to upgrade their health insurance plans under the new federal healthcare law is lower than expected.

Initial reports indicated that about 280,000 insured Kentuckians would be forced to switch to new plans to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

The Kentucky Department of Insurance reports that the number is now closer to 168,000 people.

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8:30 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Kentuckians Urged to Get Flu Vaccine

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The Centers for Disease Control is focusing on flu prevention this week as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Complications with the flu result in nearly 23,000 deaths annually, according to reports from the CDC.

Louisville health officials said the best way to avoid the virus is prevention and a flu shot is the best method of prevention.

Dr. Ron Waldrige, physician executive with KentuckyOne Health, said the vaccine is recommended for everybody from “birth to 100 years old.”

“We encourage everyone to get flu vaccines,” he said.

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12:01 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Oldham County is No. 1 in Kentucky Child Wellbeing Ranking

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The best county in Kentucky for children is Oldham—or, at least, they're doing better there than in the state's 119 other counties, says a first-time ranking of the well-being of kids in the state.

For the first time, Kentucky Youth Advocates' Kids Count County Data Book has broken down the state's 120 counties, considering economic security, education, health and family/community support. 

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9:48 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Injured Indiana Hunter Chooses to End Life Support

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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana man who was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after a hunting accident told his family he wanted to be taken off life support rather than be dependent on others for the rest of his life.

Thirty-two-year-old Tim Bowers of Decatur died Sunday about five hours after doctors removed his breathing tube.

Bowers suffered three crushed vertebrae Saturday when he fell about 16 feet from an elevated tree stand while hunting deer. His sister Jenny Shultz of Las Vegas says her brother's brain wasn't injured in the fall.

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4:04 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Takeaways From WFPL's News Special on Health in Louisville

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A Greater Louisville Project report highlights the challenges the community faces to become healthier.

The report looked closely at life expectancy and morbidity when calculating their results. It provided a neighborhood-by-neighborhood analysis of health in Louisville. As it turns out, left expectancy varied by as much 13 years depending on where you lived. In Portland, for example, the average life expectancy is 70; in St. Matthews it's 83.

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6:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

WFPL Panel Discussion on 'Building a Healthier Louisville' Today

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Last month, the Greater Louisville Project released a study that said how long residents live depends largely on their level of educational attainment and their neighborhood. 

City leaders said they wanted the study to galvanize residents to act upon the health issues facing Louisville. 

The study will be the topic of a WFPL panel discussion  on Monday in Louisville Public Media's performance studio.

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6:53 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Kentucky Prepares To Open Online Health Insurance Marketplace

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Kentucky's health insurance exchange—an element of Obamacare— opens Tuesday to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Kentuckians. For the first time they’ll be able to shop around online for health insurance that’s competing for business.

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7:15 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Flu Shot Appointments Now Available in Louisville

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Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now offering flu shots at several locations throughout the city.

Health officials are recommending that everyone older than six months be immunized in preparation for the upcoming flu season, which is expected to last from mid-October through the end of February.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports there will be adequate supplies. But Dave Langdon, Metro Department of Health and Wellness spokesperson, encourages people to avoid the dangerous risk of flu and get their shots as soon as possible.

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10:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

How Long Louisvillians Live Depends on Their Neighborhood, Education, Study Says

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Louisvillians' neighborhood and education level have a great effect on how long they'll live, said a new study released Thursday morning.

The Building a Healthier Louisville study from the Greater Louisville Project is meant to compare where the city's health stands to peer cities. (Louisville doesn't do well—more on that later.)

But the study points to a wide disparity in life expectancy across Metro Louisville. Here's a breakdown:

83-Year Life Expectancy

Northeast Louisville

St. Matthews

Southeast Louisville

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