Health

New Shingles Vaccine Difficult To Find In Ohio

Oct 17, 2018

For older Ohioans, there’s some good and some bad news.  A new shingles vaccine is markedly better than previous options, but the drugmaker is having a hard time keeping up with demand.

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital say they were surprised by the results of a study that found no decline in the neurocognitive abilities of youth football players over the course of one season.

Last year, Ohio changed its rules for prescribing opioids, restricting amounts of, and circumstances under which, doctors can prescribe those narcotics. The new rules have an exemption for people who are in hospice type care for diseases like cancer. But many patients who suffer from chronic pain say the new rules are leaving them without pain relief, resulting in unintended consequences.

The Ohio Department of Medicaid announced that Medicaid will begin covering more medications to help with drug withdrawal symptoms, beginning in January.

The leader of a health advocacy group says Kentucky isn’t investing enough in the prevention of cancer. 

Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, says many of the state’s cancer cases are related to smoking.  In a speech to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club on Wednesday, Chandler said the state isn’t doing enough to curb the habit. 

The Foundation wants a higher tax on cigarettes.  While the General Assembly raised the tax this year by 50 cents, Chandler says that’s not enough to make people kick the habit. 

Steve Dillman thinks he can trace his prostate cancer back to August 1, 1985.

Some 750 doctors say they’re endorsing Democrat for governor Richard Cordray, breaking with the Ohio State Medical Association, which is backing his Republican opponent Mike DeWine. The doctors split over protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.

A new annual report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows Ohio's current obesity rate is 33.8 percent, up from nearly 20 percent in the year 2000. 

Public health officials in Kentucky are preparing for what they expect to be a difficult flu season. 

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Kentucky’s Department of Public Health launched a campaign to urge Kentuckians to prepare for disasters. It’s called "First 72 On You."

Hepatitis A Outbreak May Be Slowing

Sep 10, 2018
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Kentucky has more than 1,600 cases of Hepatitis A, but Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard says that rise in cases has prompted people outside of the high-risk groups to recognize the seriousness of the outbreak and the opportunity for prevention.

Here's Your Chance To Swim Across The Ohio River

Sep 10, 2018
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The Bill Keating, Jr. Great Ohio River Swim takes place Sunday, September 23. Participants enter the water at the Serpentine Wall, swim across the river to Newport and then back, finishing at the Public Landing – a total distance of about 900 meters.

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A clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) finds the drug ibudilast slows the rate of brain shrinkage in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, which included researchers at the University of Cincinnati, involved more than 250 people with progressive MS.

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The health disparities suffered by those in poorer communities – lack of transportation, education and of access to care, along with poor housing and environmental conditions – make it hard for low-income families to maintain proper and consistent treatment for chronic diseases such as asthma.

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A medication derived from marijuana could help patients with a rare form of epilepsy. Epidiolex, a pure cannabidiol (CBD) with no THC content, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in June.

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Dania Palanker wanted to find out what kind of short-term health insurance plan she could get, a plan that only lasts for three months and can cost much less than some Obamacare exchange plans. On a website, she plugged in her age, 43, and listed her location as Louisville. Of the results, Palanker said one of the seemingly better plans costs $393 a month, which she said is much cheaper than she could get on an Obamacare exchange.

In a legislative committee hearing on Monday, Kentucky health officials outlined the daunting task of trying to find permanent homes for children in the state’s adoption and foster care system, as a law that seeks to reform the system begins to roll out.

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Vice President Mike Pence visits Cincinnati to tout President Trump and tax cuts. Ohio gubernatorial candidates Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray promote their economic and workforce development plans for the state. The friction between current Ohio Governor John Kasich and President Trump increases as Trump plans a visit to Columbus next week. The City of Cincinnati continues to be at odds with the people who populate homeless camps in the city. And an outbreak of hepatitis A prompts a call for all Northern Kentucky residents to get vaccinated for the disease.

Health officials have determined that a type of bacteria found in food left at unsafe temperatures is the cause of an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that struck 647 people who ate last month at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Ohio.

Between July 26 and July 30, customers of a Chipotle restaurant in Powell, Ohio, just north of Columbus, complained of food poisoning and diarrhea after eating tacos and burrito bowls there.

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The American Cancer Society estimates 65,340 new cases of kidney cancer (42,680 in men and 22,660 in women) will occur this year. About 14,970 people (10,010 men and 4,960 women) will die from the disease. Kidney cancer is among the 10 most common cancers in both men and women.

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