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Saint Joseph Berea to Discuss Importance of Sleep on Overall Health During Bite Size Learning Event

Saint Joseph Berea, part of KentuckyOne Health, invites the community to learn more about the importance of sleep on your overall health, at the free Bite Size Learning event on Wednesday, January 24. The event will take place at noon on the Berea College Campus in The Commons Room of the Woods-Penniman Building, located at the corner of Prospect and Scaffold Cane. Parking is available in the Presser Lot or behind Boone Tavern. Continue reading Saint Joseph Berea to Discuss Importance of Sleep on Overall Health During Bite Size Learning Event

UP-COMING ALZHEIMER EVENTS

One Size Does Not Fit All: Understanding Dementia Signs & Symptoms
Join us for an educational session focused on the warning signs of dementia and a discussion of different causes of dementia, including vascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Lewy Body Dementia. Please bring your questions about dementia detection, brain changes including behaviors and cognitive changes of various forms of dementia. This program is offered through an interactive telemedicine system to connect with persons who are impacted by Alzheimer’s and related memory disorders, providing education and supportive services across the state of Kentucky. This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required. Contact Hardin Stevens at the UK Sanders Brown Center on Aging at 859-323-2997 or [email protected] to register. Deadline to register is January 18th. Program provided by the UK Sanders Brown Center on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Date: January 25, 2018
Time: 6:30-8pm EST
Location: Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center
145 Newcomb Avenue
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
Large Conference Room

Contact W. Anne Harris for directions at (606)256-7835.

Gov. Matt Bevin Announces Approval of Kentucky HEALTH

Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the Commonwealth’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH. The acronym HEALTH stands for “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health.” Kentucky’s new program will improve the health of its participants, strengthen Medicaid’s long-term fiscal sustainability, and promote personal responsibility for health and well-being. Kentucky HEALTH introduces innovative delivery system reforms for the treatment of substance abuse, and a first-ever community engagement initiative for Kentucky HEALTH members designed to improve their health and strengthen Kentucky’s workforce.

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Kentucky Reports its First Pediatric Flu Deaths for the Season as Flu Activity Remains Widespread

The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reports the state’s first pediatric deaths for the 2017-18 flu season.

“Of the thirty-six flu-related deaths reported so far this season, two of those were children,” said the Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard. “The average age of death of the other thirty-four people who died as a result of flu is 75 years of age,” continued Dr. Howard. To protect the family’s privacy, the children’s hometown, county and gender are not being released.

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Top Five Screenings for Better Health in 2018

The new year is underway, and Saint Joseph Berea, part of KentuckyOne Health, is encouraging community members to kick off the year on a healthy note by resolving to get their recommended health screenings. Top screenings that KentuckyOne Health recommends include breast, prostate, vascular, colon, and biometric screenings. Continue reading Top Five Screenings for Better Health in 2018

KSP Post 7 to Conduct Traffic Safety Checkpoint

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, which provides coverage for Madison, Clark, Estill, Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard and Jessamine counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual.  These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance, and registration violations.  A complete list of traffic safety checkpoint locations can be found at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post7_checkpoints.htm

Beshear: As Powerball, Mega Millions Jackpots Grow so do Lottery Scams

Andy Beshear

Kentuckians hoping to cash in on soaring Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots should also be on alert for increases in scam calls, emails and letters claiming they have won millions.

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert today to help Kentuckians identify and avoid common lottery and sweepstakes scams. Continue reading Beshear: As Powerball, Mega Millions Jackpots Grow so do Lottery Scams

Winter Weather Poses Numerous Health Threats

With temperatures below freezing, and in some cases near zero, throughout this week, Department for Public Health (DPH) officials emphasize the importance of limiting exposure to the cold and taking steps to prevent hypothermia.

The National Weather Service is reporting bitterly cold air will enter the area this evening, lowering temperatures and increasing risk of frost bite and hypothermia.  Precautions should be taken to protect infants, older Kentuckians, pets and livestock. In addition, poorly protected water pipes will be at continued risk of freezing. Harsh conditions are expected to last through the weekend, the weather services reports.

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KSP Motor Carrier Compliance Program Removes Unsafe Driver

The Kentucky State Police Motor Carrier Compliance Investigation Program, along with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, was successful in removing a dangerous driver from public roads.

Through a joint effort, Scotty Kinman, who held a Kentucky commercial driver’s license, had his commercial driving privileges permanently revoked after being declared an Imminent Hazard by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  Through Officer First Class William Rein’s investigation, it was discovered that Kinman was involved in several alarming incidents involving controlled substance use while operating commercial motor vehicles.

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Kentucky Flu Activity Level is Widespread Consecutive Week

Department for Public Health (DPH) officials, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), now report “widespread” flu for the first time this flu season.  Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

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Reduce Stress to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect During Holidays

The attached video of Department for Community Based Services Commissioner Adria Johnson (at https://youtu.be/QBWL9CM4pRY is available for your media use.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2017) – Stress can increase during the holidays, even in the most loving of families. And that can put some children at risk for abuse or neglect.

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Give the Gift of Safety This Holiday Season

 As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is recognizing Toy Safety  Awareness Month during this holiday season.

Although toys are intended to be fun and enjoyable, there are some health risks associated with toys that are not made properly. Before you make a purchase, the Kentucky Department for Public Health encourages all shoppers to make safe toys a priority this holiday season by following the recommendations for the American Academy of Pediatrics and Safe Kids:

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