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Kentucky is seeing a rapid increase in the number of syphilis infections, mirroring a national trend. 

Public health officials are seeking expanded education and treatment for the sexually transmitted disease. Kentucky’s number of syphilis cases has doubled since 2009, to just over 10 cases per 100-thousand residents.

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A new report shows Kentucky continues to make strides in reducing the number of babies born premature.  Just over 12 percent of babies in the state last year were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, which was an improvement for the 7th year in a row. 

The commonwealth earned a “C” on the latest report card from the March of Dimes. Only a few years ago, the state was failing.  Katrina Smith with the Kentucky March of Dimes Chapter credits the improvement to better education.

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September is Emergency Preparedness Month, a time where one needs to think or rethink plans in the case of an emergency from smaller disasters like a house fire to a car wreck to larger emergencies like an earthquake or region-wide ice storm. Calloway County Director of Emergency Management Bill Call joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to reflect on preparedness at home. 

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A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that Kentucky medical facilities did not receive tainted steroids responsible for a fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 11 people in the US. However, the Kentucky Department for Public Health reports that five Kentuckians have been diagnosed with the illness after receiving the epidural injections in Tennessee medical facilities.

Paducah Among Nation's Sleepiest Cities

Aug 14, 2012
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The website SleepBetter.org has ranked Paducah third among the nation’s sleepiest cities. The site got the rankings by analyzing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System. Paducahans averaged 9.6 days of lost sleep each month, and nearly 26 percent reported not getting enough sleep more than half the time.