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1:49 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Medicaid Open Enrollment Begins in Kentucky

Kentuckians on Medicaid now have the opportunity to change healthcare providers for the first time in months.

Open enrollment for all of the state except Louisville started today. It's the first time since Medicaid was privatized that residents can choose a new private operator to handle their care.

Local News
5:17 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Kentucky Again Among Most Obese States

2011 Obesity Data

A new government survey once again ranks Kentucky among several states with very high obesity rates.

Overall, more than a third of American adults are obese, but rates vary by location. The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight. For the first time, households with only cell phones were included.

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Local News
2:03 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Veterinarians Will Be Watching for Swine Flu at Kentucky State Fair

Veterinarians will be watching for evidence of swine flu during this year's Kentucky State Fair as health officials nationwide have reported a five-fold increase of a new strain of the flu that spreads from pigs to people.

State veterinarians will staff the swine pavilion and visually inspect all swine. Animals that are coughing, sneezing or have labored breathing will be isolated and tested.

Fair Board President Harold Workman says the fair is prepared for the slightest sign of an outbreak and the public will be notified immediately if swine flu is found.

5:49 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Analysts Say Data Sharing Could Help Louisville Residents With Asthma

A team of data analysts is recommending Louisville pursue public-private partnerships to help collect and organize data to help residents with asthma.

The team was paid for with a grant from technology company IBM’s Smarter Cities program. Members were in Louisville last month interviewing people and collecting data, and revealed preliminary recommendations today.

Team member Anne Fitzpatrick explained how the aggregation of multiple sources of data could help those who suffer from asthma.

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2:43 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

New Studies Look Closer at Mountaintop Removal's Effect on Health

A mountaintop removal site in Eastern Kentucky.
Gabe Bullard WFPL

Three new studies have added more scientific evidence to support ill health effects from mountaintop removal coal mining.

Over the past few years, several studies have presented evidence supporting links between health problems—like cancer and birth defects—that are more prevalent in communities with mountaintop removal mines. But these new studies attempt to pinpoint specific pollutants that could be causing those health problems.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

West Nile Found in Indiana Mosquitoes

James Gathany CDC

Indiana health officials say the West Nile virus has been confirmed among mosquitoes in the state weeks earlier than last year.

The State Department of Health says tests found the virus in mosquitoes in southern Indiana's Orange County, which is northwest of Louisville.

The department says the virus wasn't confirmed in the insects until mid-July last year, and it's impossible to predict whether that will mean greater severity of illnesses in people because rainfall and temperatures this summer will affect the number of mosquitoes.

9:26 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Local Students Support World Immunizations

A map from the World Health Organization shows immunization coverage with measles-containing vaccines in infants.


A handful of Jefferson County Public Schools students are walking today in support of World Immunization Week.

The campaign targets the estimated 1.7 million children that will die this year from diseases that have “all but disappeared in the U.S.”  One in five children around the world do not have access to the life-saving immunizations needed to survive, according to the Shot@Life website. The map above shows data from the World Health Organization (WHO) on immunization coverage with measles-containing vaccines in infants.

The “World Immunization Week” is a campaign led by WHO, and along with it the Shot@Life campaign is launching this week to raise awareness of immunization issues affecting other countries.

As Time Magazine reports, while some diseases like measles have increased in areas of the world, deaths by measles has actually declined the past decade.

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