Health

Here's Your Chance To Swim Across The Ohio River

Sep 10, 2018
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Courtesy Great Ohio River Swim

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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National Institute Of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / Flickr Creative Commons

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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Bruce Blaus Blausen.com staff/Medical gallery of Blausen Medical 2014

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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Courtesy Matt Steffen

When Michael Johnson stepped into the role as the next President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, he also stepped out into the community. He met with people living in a homeless camp downtown. Next, he will host pop-up community events to find out more about the issues facing neighbors living in each of the counties the United Way serves.

A union that intended to put a measure capping kidney dialysis costs on the Ohio ballot this fall says it isn’t giving up despite a ruling from the state’s top court saying that can’t happen this November. 

How To Prevent And Treat Childhood Trauma

Aug 15, 2018
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Childhood experiences, good and bad, can have a lifelong impact on an individual. A trauma suffered at an early age – abuse, losing or being separated from a parent, bullying, homelessness or surviving a serious accident – can affect a person's mental and physical well-being long into adulthood.

Ohioans won’t vote this fall on a ballot issue capping how much clinics can charge for kidney dialysis. The Ohio Supreme Court says signatures were gathered for the Kidney Dialysis Patient Protection Amendment without the proper paperwork.

Ohio state researchers may have come up with an effective Zika vaccine. Symptoms from the primarily mosquito-borne disease are often mild, but the virus can lead to birth defects when it’s contracted by pregnant mothers.

A mobile health clinic is touring different coal towns in Ohio to help miners find out if they have black lung disease. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the goal is to detect the disease early before it gets worse.

As many Kentucky students head back to school this week, the state Department for Public Health is reminding parents to make sure children and teens are up to date on their vaccines

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade must show proof of having received two doses of the Hepatitis-A vaccine to attend school.  The commonwealth is in the grips of a Hepatitis-A outbreak with more than 400 confirmed cases in the past year.

How To Steer Clear Of Foodborne Illnesses

Aug 7, 2018
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Early this summer there was a multi-state outbreak of E. coli from romaine lettuce. That was followed in late July by a massive recall of products including Goldfish and Ritz crackers due to potential salmonella contamination. And just last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert about dozens of beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products that may have been contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite.

President Trump has signed into law a bipartisan bill aimed at investigating the high cancer rate among firefighters. The president of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters says it’s needed.

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kimberly Spencer

This month, Interact for Health released results of a survey that asked local parents and caregivers to rate the oral health of their children. While 71 percent of survey respondents said their child's teeth were very good or excellent, lower-income caregivers were less likely to rate their child's dental health highly.

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Medicaid enrollees who lost dental, vision and non-emergency medical transportation on July 1 will have those benefits restored, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. That state agency manages Medicaid, the health insurance program for people with low-incomes and disabilities.

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